In this book, leading experts in the field provide a broad andintegrated coverage of the concepts, structure and context ofpsychiatric diagnosis. It begins by addressing mental health andillness around the world from historical, philosophical andcultural perspectives. Health is approached comprehensively, toinclude such aspects as resilience, resources and quality of life.The book then covers major specific psychopathology topics inSection II, including new categorizations and dimensionalapproaches. Section III concentrates on the complex problem ofcomorbidity, a primary challenge for modern diagnosticclassifications in psychiatry. Finally, Section IV reviews emerginginternational diagnostic systems in psychiatry, consideringinnovative models and adaptations.
This book will be essential reading for anyone involved in thediagnosis of psychiatric disorders.