2. Madness: a history of ideas
3. Emotions and normal life
4. Control, stress and coping
6. Psychosocial perspectives on distress
7. Psychosis: symptoms and causes
8. Psychosocial perspectives of psychosis
10. Psychological therapies
11. The treatment of mental distress with psychiatric medication
In Psychopathology: A Social Neuropsychological Perspective, Lee and Irwin demonstrate that mental distress often defies traditional forms of medical classification. Integrating both psychosocial and neuropsychological frameworks, they present a unique and balanced perspective on psychopathology, emphasising the importance of context, relationships and neuroplasticity. Written to support teaching and learning at the undergraduate level, Psychopathology: A Social Neuropsychological Perspective encourages students to explore alternatives to traditional diagnostic models. Pedagogical features such as reflection points in each chapter encourage critical engagement and classroom debate. The result is an original examination of mental distress and a stand-alone resource for students in this area.
- Questions the validity of the dominant diagnostic framework of psychopathology (grounded in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases)
- Presents a variety of perspectives on mental distress, emphasising the importance of context, relationships and neuropsychological processes
- Encourages critical engagement through pedagogical features such as reflection points in each chapter, and provides a balanced discussion of issues from differing perspectives and authors, supporting classroom debate
- Fills a much-needed gap in the market for instructors who do not want to base their class on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM)/International Classification of Diseases (ICD) approach to abnormal psychology
Alison Lee is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment at Bath Spa University and Robert Irwin is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment at Bath Spa University.