Making sense of such bewildering problems as hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and anxiety seems an incredible challenge, but modern psychiatry is able to bring understanding and change to many of those whose lives are impaired by psychiatric problems. This is not accomplished through the application of one dominant psychological theory, but through the integration of perspectives of many such theories in this diverse field into a befitting approach-the biopsychosocial model.
Application of the biopsychosocial model will allow for understanding the patient in biological, psychological, and social terms simultaneously, and provide a holistic picture with multiple strategies for treatment.
In this book, the author takes a step back from the assessment to demonstrate to the student methods of the information gathered from the patient into a clinically useful whole, essentially showing exactly how and why the psychiatrist arrives at an intervention.
"This a concise text . . . [it] provides the reader with the framework of the biopsychosocial model and guidelines for applying the model to diagnosis and treatment. The text is easy to read and understand, even for those with no prior psychiatric knowledge. . . . It is an excellent book for its target audience." -- Psychiatric Services: A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
"This monograph models mental illness in the human condition very well. This comprehensive but compact overview of clinical psychiatry integrates, in an internally consistent, highly readable synopsis, the cloaked heritage that we assume as clinicians." -- Ronald M. Salomon, M.D. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee