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Quality of Life Impairment in Schizophrenia, Mood and Anxiety Disorders

New Perspectives on Research and Treatment

Editors: Awad, A. George (Ed.)

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  • New insights from neuroscience shed light on a hugely important field
  • Integrative approach to quality of life measurement
  • Practical usefulness for professionals comes from comparative data regarding severe mental disorders
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Over the past few decades health-related quality of life (HRQL) has emerged as the new image of medicine viewed from a psychosocial perspective. The concept of Quality of Life has attracted a good deal of interest, not only from a clinical perspective but also from psychosocial, health economics as well as cultural aspects. More recently, the neurobiological brain substrates that modulate many aspects of subjective experiences, which is relevant to quality of life such as affect, mood, cognition, pleasure, reward responses as well as feeling of wellbeing and satisfaction has been explored and elucidated. Such increased interest in HRQL is highlighted by the large number of recent publications. Over the past 10 years at least 350 papers were published describing aspects of HRQL in the psychiatric and mental field. Among them 78% dealt with HRQL in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders, 21% with major depression, 14% with anxiety disorders and 4% with bipolar disorder. It is gratifying to witness the enhanced interest and popularity in HRQL research and publications, yet the field continues to suffer from conceptual inconsistencies as well as a good deal of methodological limitations. It is worrisome that we still do not have a clear understanding of the concept itself as applied to mental health and illness as well as the complex array of its determinants. Similarly there is a lag in the application of quality of life data in improving clinical practice.

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"Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is certainly a construct with legs. … The editors are very successful in covering a broad scope of information, allowing readers … to fill in the gaps of their understanding about HRQOL concepts and methodology. This may be the greatest contribution of this book … . There are a number of wonderful chapters that many researchers will find quite useful. … I’m glad to have this resource in my library and will recommend it to my colleagues." (Charles E. Drebing, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (13), 2008)

"The best cumulative work on the topic of health-related quality of life (HRQL) with regard to severe mental health diagnoses. … This collaborative text adds to the knowledge about HRQL and encourages the reader to consider quality of life as a measurement of success. … Technically, the book is well written and edited as well as attractively printed. … it will be useful for all researchers of quality-of-life issues and particularly so for specialists in behavioral health." (Mark H. Fleisher, JAMA, Vol. 300 (4), July, 2008)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • The Distress/Protection Vulnerability Model of Quality of Life Impairment Syndrome

    Pages 3-19

    Ritsner, Michael S.

  • Role of Dopamine in Pleasure, Reward and Subjective Responses to Drugs

    Pages 21-31

    Voruganti, Lakshmi N.P. (et al.)

  • Neuroendocrine functions, mood and quality of life

    Pages 33-56

    Mazza, Marianna (et al.)

  • In the mind of the Beholder Neuronal mediators for the effect of emotional experience on~quality of life

    Pages 57-66

    Hendler, Talma (et al.)

  • Cross-cultural Quality of Life Research in Mental Health

    Pages 67-98

    Bullinger, Monika (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quality of Life Impairment in Schizophrenia, Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives on Research and Treatment
Editors
  • A. George Awad
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5779-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5779-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5777-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7443-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 388
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