Into the Abyss: A neuropsychiatrist's notes on troubled minds

ISBN: 9781786079312
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We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, specialists argue over whether the answers lie in the person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances.

As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Anthony David brings together many fields of enquiry, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour.

Patrick believes he is dead. Jennifer's schizophrenia medication helped with her voices but did it cause Parkinson’s? Emma is in a coma – or is she just refusing to respond?

Drawing from Professor David’s career as a clinician and academic, these fascinating case studies reveal the unique complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding.
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Publisher,ONE WORLD
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Based on 4 reviews
Into the Abyss

This is a book that I'm sure will continue to be beneficial for years to come. I would recommend this book to anyone, but if you like read general books. I highly recommend this book to all.

Amirah Bukhari

This is a great book that explains about the complexities of mental collapse and how the body, mind and society interact to bring people down .

Into the abyss

This powerful book can help everyone understand our minds better. Readers will be captivated. Fascinating stories from the practice of a skilled neuropsychiatrist. Displaying intellectual curiosity and pragmatic compassion, David focuses on cases in which the physiological and the psychological converge. Readers will come away from this thoughtful work feeling a sense of connection to both the patients profiled and the practitioners who aim to understand them. As someone who works in the behavioural health profession and someone who is also studying psychology this book is full of valuable introduction.


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