Foreword, by Paul R. McHugh, M.D., and Phillip R. Slavney, M.D.
Part I: The Concepts behind the Approach
1. An Introduction
2. The Psychiatric Evaluation
3. The Life-Story Perspective
4. The Dimensional Perspective
5. The Behavior Perspective
6. The Disease Perspective
Part II: The Approach in Action
Case 1 Bipolar Disorder: Maintaining Personhood in the Face of a Disease
Case 2 A Young Man with Psychosis: The Role of Life Story and Behavior in Disease
Case 3 A Mother's Overdose: Life Story and Dimension
Case 4 A Man with Depression amidst Multiple Life Stressors: Life Story or Disease?
Case 5 A Matriarch with Memory and Mood Problems: Managing Diagnostic Dilemmas
Case 6 An Executive with Health Worries: Dimension or Disease?
Case 7 A Young Woman's Fear of Fat: An Aberration in Feeding Behavior
Case 8 A Lawyer Who Lies and Cuts: Synthesis of a Complex Case
Case 9 A Case of Bereavement: Why Psychotherapy Matters
Appendix A: The Psychiatric Evaluation
Appendix B: The Mental Status Examination
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