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Delusional Disorder
Paranoia and Related Illnesses

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521029803

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  • Delusional disorder, once termed paranoia, was an important diagnosis in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Only in 1987 was it reintroduced into modern psychiatric diagnosis after being incorporated with schizophrenia. This book provides a comprehensive review of delusional disorder for psychiatrists and other clinicians. Beginning with the emergence of the concept of delusional disorder, the book goes on to detail its manifold presentations, differential diagnosis and treatment. The author provides many instructive case histories, illustrating manifestations of the various subtypes of delusional disorder, and related conditions in the paranoid spectrum. This is the most wide-ranging and authoritative text on the subject to have appeared for many years, and the first to suggest--based on the author's extensive experience--that the category of delusional disorder should contain not one but several conditions. It also emphasizes that, contrary to traditional belief, delusional disorder is a treatable illness.

    • A comprehensive text on delusional disorder following its reintroduction in DSMIIIR (1987)
    • Includes many informative case histories
    • Emphasizes that the condition is treatable, and gives clear guidelines for diagnosis and treatment
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    "Munro has done members of the medical and legal professions a service by providing cogent synthesis of difficult material. His book will be of great interest not only to those in the mental health field but also to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and lawyers, who often unwittingly must deal with delusional persons." New England Journal of Medicine

    "The book is clear, well written and well illustrated with clinical case vignettes. It is well produced. Recommended for institutional as well as personal libraries." Behaviour Research and Therapy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521029803
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of case descriptions
    Part I. Delusional Disorders and Delusions: Introductory Aspects:
    1. Outline and introduction: a brief perspective on the delusional disorders
    Part II. Descriptive and Clinical Aspects of Paranoia/Delusional Disorder:
    2. Paranoia or delusional disorder
    3. Delusional disorder, somatic subtype
    4. Delusional disorder, jealousy subtype
    5. Delusional disorder, erotomanic subtype
    6. Delusional disorder, persecutory/litigious and grandiose subtypes
    Part III. 'Paranoid Spectrum' Illnesses which should be Included in the Category of Delusional Disorder:
    7. Paraphrenia and paranoid schizophrenia
    8. 'Late' paraphrenia and late onset schizophrenia
    9. Delusional misidentification syndrome
    10. Folie à deux: an accompaniment of illnesses with delusions
    Part IV. Illnesses which are Liable to be Misdiagnosed as Delusional Disorders:
    11. Reactive and cycloid psychoses: the acute and transient psychotic disorders
    12. Non-psychotic disorders which may simulate delusional disorders
    Part V. Treatment of Delusional Disorder and Overall Conclusions:
    13. The treatment of delusional disorder
    14. Conclusions

  • Author

    Alistair Munro, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

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