May Book of the Month in Psychiatry Online
Monday, May 9th, 2011
Posted by Elizabeth Parang
May brings access to a free PDF version of this featured book from the APPI Bookstore: Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders edited by Gavin Andrews, M.D., Dennis S. Charney, M.D., Paul J. Sirovatka, M.S., and Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H.
As disorders in which stress or fear play major roles present an increasing need for psychiatric care around the world, this volume summarizes current research to determine whether a specific group of stress-induced and fear-based disorders form a distinct syndrome independent from other anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety. Intended to suggest DSM-V revisions regarding the classification of these disorders, Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders reflects findings that may lead to more refined treatments for these specific anxiety disorders based on a better understanding of the biological and environmental factors that contribute to their development and symptoms.
Thirty contributors, all international authorities on this group of mental illnesses, clarify how these disorders develop and what factors contribute to symptomatology. Focusing on posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobias, and specific phobia, the authors explore the possibility of linking the classification and etiology of these conditions by showing that they may be closely related in terms of brain pathophysiology. In addition to assessing the stability of disorders across patient lifespans and determining whether they form a cohesive and distinct group, the authors examine shared etiologies and biopsychosocial correlates, as well as aspects unique to each disorder. Among the book’s specific insights:
Given the importance of changes to DSM for professional education and public health, this book offers important new ways of thinking about stress-induced and fear-based disorders. It not only allows researchers to more accurately assess their diagnostic classifications, but also can help clinicians more effectively communicate with patients regarding the nature of their illness and the importance of adhering to treatment regimens.
You can access the Book of the Month from the home page, at PsychiatryOnline.com.
You’ll have access to Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders as a PDF download for the month of May.