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(p. 1) Introduction 

(p. 1) Introduction
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(p. 1) Introduction
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Brian A. Sharpless

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0001
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date: 25 November 2020

There are important practical, theoretical, and scientific reasons to give increased attention to lesser-known psychological disorders. After discussing classification issues more generally and the values that undergird our nosological decisions, the book and chapter structures are discussed. In order to facilitate both ease of reading and consistency across chapters, each follows a specific structure. Vignettes will introduce a de-identified patient, followed by discussions of the cultural and historical context of the disorder in question; its role in contemporary diagnostic systems, if any; its symptomatology; its prevalence and associated features; theories of its etiology; options for its assessment; any differential diagnoses; treatment options available; and finally, recommendations for future research.

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