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Essentials of Abnormal Psychology

Andrew R. Getzfeld

ISBN: 978-0-471-65623-4 January 2006 288 Pages


Essentials of Abnormal Psychology provides students and professionals with a concise overview of the major topics in abnormal psychology as well as chapters on the leading categories of disorders such as eating disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, and substance-related disorders. This book utilizes the popular Essentials format and makes a perfect companion to primary texts on the topic or a useful study guide.

As part of the Essentials of Behavioral Science series, this book provides information mental health professionals need to practice knowledgably, efficiently, and ethically in today's behavioral healthcare environment. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as "Test Yourself" questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Condensing the wide-ranging topics of the field into a concise, accessible format for handy and quick-reference, Essentials of Abnormal Psychology is an invaluable tool for learning as well as a convenient reference for established mental health professionals

Other titles in the Essentials of Behavioral Science series:
  • Essentials of Child Psychopathology
  • Essentials of Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Essentials of Psychological Testing
  • Essentials of Research Design and Methodology
Series Preface.


One: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology and the DSM-IV-TR.

Two: Essentials of Anxiety Disorders.

Three: Essentials of Mood Disorders.

Four: Essentials of Substance-Related Disorders.

Five: Essentials of Eating Disorders.

Six: Essentials of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.

Seven: Essentials of Schizophrenic Disorders.

Eight: Essentials of Personality Disorders.

Appendix A: Glossary of DSM-IV-TR Terms.

Appendix B: Essentials of the Multiaxial System and How to Code an Individual Using the DSM-IV-TR.


Annotated Bibliography.


About the Author.

"It is a clear and concise text with useful tables of definitions of key concepts and call boxes of "cautions" alerting the reader to the need for further clarifications of some descriptions. A detailed psychotropic drugs for each diagnostic category is a great asset of the book." (The Pediatric Neuropsychologist; 8/07)
* Features quick reference boxes, "Test Yourself" questions, and numerous case examples.
* Comprehensive yet concise and presented in student-friendly writing style

*Includes glossary and instructions on how to code a diagnosis using the DSM-IV-TR