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Depathologizing Psychopathology

The Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Its Treatment

  • Theodore Wasserman
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 1-5
  3. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 7-12
  4. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 13-21
  5. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 23-32
  6. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 33-44
  7. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 45-55
  8. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
    Pages 57-66
  9. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  10. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  11. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  12. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  13. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  14. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  15. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  16. Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  17. Back Matter
    Pages 157-181

About this book

Introduction

This brief, accessible treatise harnesses the neurophysiological processes of learning to create an innovative and powerful approach to therapy. It sets out a non-pathologizing alternative not only to the current medicalized conception of diagnosis and treatment but also to the labeling of relatively normal reactions to stressors and upsets as illnesses. Rooted in the neurobiology of human learning, the book’s approach to treatment, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy, characterizes maladaptive behavior patterns as learned responses to upsetting conditions—processes which can be unlearned. In addition, the coverage includes a clinical teaching guide for bringing NCLT theory and methods into the training curriculum.

This groundbreaking volume:

  • Proposes a non-stigmatizing learning model for therapy, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy.
  • Introduces the concept of the connectome and explains its critical role in mental health and illness.
  • Differentiates between the unconscious and automaticity in cognition and behavior.
  • Addresses the applicability of NCLT to biologically-based mental disorders.
  • Offers case studies illustrating NCLT in contrast with commonly-used approaches.
  • Includes a chapter-by-chapter clinical teaching guide with therapeutic principles and discussion questions.
  • Provides a comprehensive therapeutic framework for practitioners of all orientations.

Depathologizing Psychopathology gives neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and child and school psychologists new ways of thinking about mental illness and learning about learning for a bold new step in the evolution of mind/brain knowledge.

Keywords

cognitive behavior therapy cognitive learning therapy models of mental illness principles of learning theory psychotherapy for behavioral disorders psychotherapy for cognitive disorders

Authors and affiliations

  • Theodore Wasserman
    • 1
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
    • 2
  1. 1.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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