Catatonia

Catatonia : From Psychopathology to Neurobiology

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During the 20th century, catatonia all but dropped off the agenda of mainstream psychiatric research. However, several dedicated research groups, represented in this volume, continued to report original data highlighting catatonia as a relevant and ideal subject for clinical study. This book, which exemplifies the unparalleled breadth of the knowledge gained, will benefit clinicians managing catatonic phenomena as well as researchers interested in pursuing further investigations. This book covers in great detail the psychopathology and neurobiology of catatonia, focusing on the history, epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. This comprehensive volume  Offers a wide representation of the historical and worldwide literature on the many variants of catatonia in a single, well-organized text.  Includes work presented by the original investigators, many of whom work outside the United States and have had their previous studies published only in non-English journals.  Covers alternative opinions and perspectives on catatonia, contributing novel and illuminating perspectives on the syndrome.  Addresses areas of controversy -- including disagreements over treatment and the nosologic status of catatonia -- head-on, in a balanced, evidence-based presentation.  Balances practical clinical material with the underlying neurobiology, presenting clinical aspects in the context of history, epidemiology, cross-cultural perspectives, and neurobiological findings and highlighting the richness and intellectual attraction of the study of the disorder. Catatonia is unique in offering a diverse, international group of contributors and such a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the clinical and scientific literature, spanning the breadth of contemporary understanding about the nature, meaning, and importance of the syndrome.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 317.52g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 11 Tables, unspecified; 10 Line drawings, unspecified; 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 1585620858
  • 9781585620852

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The book has an evocative cover, a comprehensive bibliography for each chapter, user-friendly tables and figures, and an effective index. All in all, this small volume packs a lot of punch and will prove to be a very useful addition to every psychiatrist's library. * Psychosomatics *show more

About Stanley N. Caroff

Dr. Stanley N. Caroff is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Chief of Inpatient Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also serves as Director of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States.Stephan C. Mann, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Psychopharmacology at the Mental Health Clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Professional Advisory Council of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service.Andrew Francis, Ph.D., M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, where he is Chief of Inpatient Services and Medical Director of the Day Treatment Program. He also serves on the Professional Advisory Council of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service.Gregory Fricchione, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also serves as Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine and Director of the Division of International Psychiatry.show more

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During the 20th century, catatonia all but dropped off the agenda of mainstream psychiatric research. However, several dedicated research groups, represented in this volume, continued to report original data highlighting catatonia as a relevant and ideal subject for clinical study. This book, which exemplifies the unparalleled breadth of the knowledge gained, will benefit clinicians managing catatonic phenomena as well as researchers interested in pursuing further investigations. It covers in great detail the psychopathology and neurobiology of catatonia, focusing on the history, epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder. In addition to offering practical information for clinicians, Catatonia aims to stimulate new investigations. It includes a discussion of the genetics of catatonia as well as descriptions of little-known animal models useful for research on the disorder. Catatonia is uniquely suited for neuropsychiatric research: it is objectively observable, and responds dramatically to specific treatments. Promising and testable etiologic hypotheses have been proposed and may shed light on mechanisms underlying endogenous psychoses. Clinical discussions are presented in the context of neurobiological findings, highlighting the richness and intellectual attraction of the study of the disorder. A wide range of opinions and work is presented by the original investigators, and disagreements over treatment and the nosologic status of the disorder are addressed head-on. Catatonia is unique in offering a diverse, international group of contributors and such a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the clinical and scientific literature, spanning the breadth of contemporary understanding about the nature, meaning, and importance of the syndrome.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefaceChapter 1. HistoryChapter 2. EpidemiologyChapter 3. NosologyChapter 4. Clinical examinationChapter 5. Standardized instrumentsChapter 6. Laboratory findingsChapter 7. Neuroimaging and neurophysiologyChapter 8. Periodic catatoniaChapter 9. Malignant catatoniaChapter 10. Medical catatoniaChapter 11. Drug-induced catatoniaChapter 12. PharmacotherapyChapter 13. Convulsive therapyChapter 14. Prognosis and complicationsChapter 15. GeneticsChapter 16. Animal modelsChapter 17. Brain evolution and the meaning of catatoniaIndexshow more

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