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The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra

The Overlap of Affective and Schizophrenic Spectra

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Edited by Andreas Marneros, Hagop S. Akiskal
Cambridge University Press, 16/11/2006
EAN 9780521858588, ISBN10: 0521858585

Hardcover, 312 pages, 24.8 x 17.6 x 2 cm

Many clinicians and researchers are convinced that there is an overlap between affective and schizophrenic spectra. In this book, an international team of experts discuss aspects of comorbidity, genetic models, clinical course, phenomenology and therapies. This is the first comprehensive overview of the schizoaffective spectra. Challenging cases presenting clinical and paraclinical features of both spectra are surprisingly numerous. Not only the phenomenology but also the course, outcome and treatment of such cases have their own characteristics. Recent research shows that the overlap also involves genetics and biological processes related to psychotic disorders. Within the overlap of affective and schizophrenic spectra it is possible to identify some groups of disorders having similar clinical and non-clinical features: the ‘schizoaffective’ group, ‘Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorder’ or ‘Brief Psychosis’, and other groups found in so-called ‘Atypical Forms’.

'The book is well written and provides an excellent and accessible overview of relevant research ... provides a wealth of useful, clinically relevant information that will be of interest to any reader who accepts the importance of taking account of a patient's illness beyond simple allocation to an operational diagnostic category. All psychiatrists involved in the management of individuals with mood and psychotic illnesses should read this book.' British Journal of Psychiatry 'If this book is not of interest, the reader has no business being a psychiatrist... The book is well written and provides an excellent and accessible overview of relevant research. ... This book provides a wealth of useful, clinically relevant information that will be of interest to any reader who accepts the importance of taking account of a patient's illness beyond simple allocation to an operational diagnostic category. All psychiatrists involved in the management of individuals with mood and psychotic illnesses should read this book.' British Journal of Psychiatry