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An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology

What is it like to Suffer from Mental Disorders?

  • Describes the subjective experiences of persons with a wide variety of mental disorders

  • Uses detailed case studies to introduce the reader directly to the patient’s lived world

  • Presents challenging concepts in a way that will be understandable for students and clinicians trained in different perspectives

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Back Matter

    Pages 379-383

About this book

This book introduces the reader to a clear and consistent method for in-depth exploration of subjective psychopathological experiences with the aim of helping to restore the ability within psychiatry and clinical psychology to draw qualitative distinctions between mental symptoms that are only apparently similar, thereby promoting a more precise characterization of experiential phenotypes. A wide range of mental disorders are considered in the book, each portrayed by a distinguished clinician. Each chapter begins with the description of a paradigmatic case study in order to introduce the reader directly to the patient’s lived world. The first-person perspective of the patient is the principal focus of attention. The essential, defining features of each psychopathological phenomenon and the meaning that the patient attaches to it are carefully analyzed in order to “make sense” of the patient’s apparently nonsensical experiences. In the second part of each chapter, the case study is discussed within the context of relevant literature and a detailed picture of the state of the art concerning the psychopathological understanding of the phenomenon at issue is provided.

An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology, and the method it proposes, may be considered the result of convergence of classic phenomenological psychopathological concepts and updated clinical insights into patients’ lived experiences. It endorses three key principles: subjective phenomena are the quintessential feature of mental disorders; their qualitative study is mandatory; phenomenology has developed a rigorous method to grasp “what it is like” to be a person experiencing psychopathological phenomena. While the book is highly relevant for expert clinical phenomenologists, it is written in a way that will be readily understandable for trainees and young clinicians.

Keywords

  • Hermeneutics
  • Person-Centred Psychiatry
  • Phenomenological Psychopathology
  • Psychopathology
  • Subjective Psychopathological Experiences

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Psycho,Humanis.&Terr. Sci, Uni"D.Portales",Chile,&Uni“G.D’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy

    Giovanni Stanghellini

  • Sapienza Univ&Crossing Dialogues Assoc., Rome, Italy

    Massimiliano Aragona

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Stanghellini, University “G. D’Annunzio”, Department of Psychological, Humanistic and Territorial Sciences, Chieti, Italy, and University "D. Portales", Santiago, Chile 
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Aragona, Sapienza University, School of Psychiatry. Rome, Italy

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology

  • Book Subtitle: What is it like to Suffer from Mental Disorders?

  • Editors: Giovanni Stanghellini, Massimiliano Aragona

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29945-7

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-29943-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80691-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-29945-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 383

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Psychology

  • Industry Sectors: Biotechnology, Health & Hospitals, Pharma

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-29945-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)