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Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Seventh Edition

Donald W. Black, M.D., and Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-318-5
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The prevalence of psychiatry in popular culture has coincided with the rise of amateur armchair psychiatrists—and this often serves to muddy the waters about what, exactly, the field entails. For all the misconceptions, though, psychiatry is an endlessly fascinating field, charged with defining and recognizing mental illnesses, identifying methods for treating them, and discovering their causes and developing measures to prevent them.

Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry
dispels common misunderstandings and delves into what makes this such an exciting discipline. Now in its seventh edition, this bestselling guide is organized along the lines of DSM-5 and has been updated to reflect changes to the manual, including new medications and therapies.

Rigorous in scope, Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry is nevertheless accessible and conversational in tone. It employs fascinating case vignettes, clinical pearls, self-assessment questions, and tables and figures as it offers a summary of:

  • The DSM-5 diagnostic system
  • The neurobiological basis of psychiatry
  • Interviewing and assessment—including specific questions that patients can be asked
  • The various psychiatric disorders
  • Legal issues
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Treatment

Initially developed for medical students and beginning residents, this guide is also a valuable reference for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists. And because it has been edited to align with the Pocket Guide to Psychiatric Practice, it makes an excellent companion piece to that volume, as well.


  • About the Authors
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Background

  • 1. Diagnosis and Classification
  • 2. Interviewing and Assessment
  • 3. Neurobiology and Genetics of Mental Illness
  • Part II: Psychiatric Disorders

  • 4. Neurodevelopmental (Child) Disorders
  • 5. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • 6. Mood Disorders
  • 7. Anxiety Disorders
  • 8. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • 9. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • 10. Somatic Symptom Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
  • 11. Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • 12. Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • 13. Sexual Dysfunction, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders
  • 14. Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
  • 15. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  • 16. Neurocognitive Disorders
  • 17. Personality Disorders
  • Part III: Special Topics

  • 18. Psychiatric Emergencies
  • 19. Legal Issues
  • 20. Psychotherapy
  • 21. Somatic Treatments
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

About the Authors

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.

This well-written, easy to read, updated edition of a popular text by 2 prominent psychiatrists covers all psychiatric disorders in just the right amount of detail. That makes it ideal for most health profession learners including medical students, nurses, physician-assistants, psychologists and social workers, and even first year residents.—Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

This 7th edition of Black and Andreasen's Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry is a welcome new version of what has become a classic resource for medical students, residents, and early-career clinicians. Or maybe I should say for all clinicians, since it is clear, comprehensive, practical, and chock full of take-to-the-bedside wisdom. Highly recommended!—John M. Oldham, M.D., Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

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