Dimensional Psychopathology

  • Massimo Biondi
  • Massimo Pasquini
  • Angelo Picardi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Massimo Biondi, Paola Gaetano, Massimo Pasquini, Angelo Picardi
    Pages 1-28
  3. Massimo Biondi, Martina Valentini, Corinna Pancheri, Daria Piacentino, Massimo Pasquini, Angelo Picardi
    Pages 29-81
  4. Roberto Delle Chiaie, Amedeo Minichino
    Pages 83-125
  5. Lorenzo Tarsitani, Annalisa Maraone
    Pages 127-158
  6. Angelo Picardi, Paola Gaetano, Elisa Fabi
    Pages 175-209
  7. Francesco Saverio Bersani, Massimo Pasquini
    Pages 211-232
  8. Ines Taddei, Martina Valentini, Massimo Pasquini
    Pages 233-265
  9. Mauro Pallagrosi, Angelo Picardi, Laura Fonzi, Massimo Biondi
    Pages 267-286
  10. Thomas Fuchs, Mauro Pallagrosi
    Pages 287-300

About this book


This book presents an innovative approach to clinical assessment in psychiatry based on a number of psychopathological dimensions with a presumed underlying pathophysiology, that are related to fundamental phenomenological aspects and lie on a continuum from normality to pathology. It is described how the evaluation of these dimensions with a specific, validated rapid assessment instrument could easily integrate and enrich the classical diagnostic DSM-5 or ICD-10 assessment. The supplemental use of this dimensional approach can better capture the complexity underlying current categories of mental illness. The findings from a large patient sample suggest how this assessment could give a first glance at how variable and multifaceted the psychopathological components within a single diagnostic category can be, and thereby optimise diagnosis and treatment choices. Being short and easy to complete, this dimensional assessment can be done in a busy clinical setting, during an ordinary psychiatric visit, and in an acute clinical context, with limited effort by a minimally trained clinician. Therefore, it provides interesting and useful information without additional costs, and allows research work to be performed even in difficult settings.


Anxiety Depression Psychosis Psychiatric classification Anger Impulsivity Obsessions Somatization DSM-5 ICD-10 "Psychiatric diagnosis"

Editors and affiliations

  • Massimo Biondi
    • 1
  • Massimo Pasquini
    • 2
  • Angelo Picardi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human NeurosciencesPoliclinico Umberto I Hospital, Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Human NeurosciencesSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Mental HealthItalian National Institute of HealthRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-78201-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-78202-7
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