The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology
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The field of phenomenological psychopathology is concerned with exploring and describing the subjective experience of those suffering from mental disorders. Despite psychiatry’s emphasis on diagnosis and treatment, it often overlooks how the individual’s subjective experience can facilitate these aspects of clinical practice. How patients’ illness affects their thoughts, values, consciousness, and sense of self can provide important insights into their condition – insights that can complement neurobiological research as well as inspire more personalized treatment.
The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology is the first ever comprehensive review of the field. It considers the history of phenomenological psychopathology, its methodology, key concepts, and includes sections exploring individual experiences within schizophrenia, depression, mania, paranoia, borderline personality disorder, addiction, feeding and eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and hysteria.
Bringing together chapters from a global team of leading academics, researchers, and practitioners, the book will be valuable for those within the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and philosophy.