Adjustment Disorders: From Controversy to Clinical Practice

ISBN : 9780198786214

Patricia Casey
224 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
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Although adjustment disorders (AD) have been included in the major psychiatric diagnostic classifications for over 50 years, no book devoted solely to the topic of AD's has been published to date. Apart from scant coverage in psychiatric textbooks, there is little to assist the doctor or therapist in understanding or making a diagnosis of AD. The result is the under-recognition of AD's in settings where it is believed to be a common condition. In general practice, where AD's are said to be the most common disorder, they are seldom recognized and are misdiagnosed as depressive illness (major depressive disorder) or generalized anxiety disorder. Even among psychiatrists, AD's are underdiagnosed, except in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and even there, changes in diagnostic practice are afoot. Adjustment Disorders: From Controversy to Clinical Practice provides concise and comprehensive information on AD's and advances a greater understanding and better diagnostic skills among tho


1 Patricia Casey: History of the concept of adjustment disorders; 2 Patricia Casey: How common is adjustment disorder?; 3 Patricia Casey: The diagnostic quagmire: Philosophical issues; 4 Patricia Casey: Models, risks, and protections; 5 Anne Doherty: The biological basis of adjustment disorders; 6 Patricia Casey: Making the diagnosis in clinical practice; 7 Patricia Casey: Treatment of adjustment disorders; 8 Patricia Casey: The course and prognosis of adjustment disorders; 9 Aisling Mulligan: Adjustment disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry; 10 Elspeth Bradley, Sheila Hollins, Marika Korossy, and Andrew Levitas: Adjustment disorder in disorders of intellectual development; 11 Geoffrey Reid: Adjustment disorder: An occupational perspective (with particular focus on the military); 12 Keith Rix: Adjustment disorders in legal settings

About the author: 

Patricia Casey is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at University College Dublin, Ireland and the Editor of BJPsych Advances for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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