Nature and Nurture in Psychiatry: A Predisposition-Stress Model of Mental Disorders

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The age-old debate of nature versus nurture is nothing new to psychiatry. Most in the field recognize the importance both have in contributing to the development of psychiatric disorders. However, very few clinicians use an interactive approach to uncover the complex causes of mental disorders.

Presenting cutting-edge research on the biological and psychosocial factors contributing to mental illness, Nature and Nurture in Psychiatry demonstrates how the predisposition-stress model goes a long way towards addressing the complex origins of psychopathology.

Evidence from twin, adoption, and family history studies; biological markers; and genetic mapping shows how individual variations in susceptibility are measured. This book reviews the mechanisms by which genes shape predispositions to medical and psychiatric illness as well as the mechanisms by which environmental stressors precipitate mental disorders.

Specifically, this resource illustrates the application of the predisposition- stress model to major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit and conduct disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders. It also discusses how the model can be used as a guide in treating and preventing these disorders.

Dr. Paris examined hundreds of research reports and drew from his own 25 years of clinical experience to create an invaluable reference for the practicing clinician. It is complete with an extensive reference list of over 600 publications to aid you in further research.

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Joel Paris, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada.

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"Dr. Joel Paris, a Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and a Clinician with over 30 years of experience, has long pursued inquiry into the nature of personality disorders. In two earlier volumes on borderline personality and on the personality disorders, in general, Paris has critically scrutinized the literature on childhood experiences and adult personality. This had led to this new easy-to-read, yet scholarly, volume in which he turns his attention to the nature/nurture controversy in psychiatry. Through a careful examination of up-to-date, empirical evidence and utilizing a predisposition stress model, Paris clearly lays out the complexity of the pathways to mental illness which involve multiple points of interaction. This book is ideal for practicing clinicians, investigators, and students eager to move beyond simple reductionistic models to appreciate the complexity of human beings and the variety of forces involved in mental disorder. A proper understanding of the broad range of predispositions to mental illness, as advocated by Paris, leads to individualized treatments. This also leads the way to use the data derived from scientific investigations to a more humane view of illness and of patients."-- "Paul E. Garfinkel, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada"

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