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On the possibility of ethological explanations of psychiatric disorders.
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PMID:  3138894     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper discusses: previous ethological and evolutionary explanations of psychiatric disorders; a behavior-physiology interaction framework for explaining the frequency and course of selected psychiatric illnesses; atypical behavioral capacities among persons with psychiatric disorders; behavioral mechanisms; and ethological explanations of the behavior of patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses. The importance of behavior-physiology interactions is emphasized. Possible consequences of current taxonomic systems (DSM-III) are considered. It is concluded that ethology has a vital role in increasing our understanding of psychiatric disorders through identifying: characteristics of disorders; selected causes; degree and type of compromised mechanisms; and, intervention effectiveness.
M T McGuire
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum     Volume:  341     ISSN:  0065-1591     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-10-24     Completed Date:  1988-10-24     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370365     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine University of California, Los Angeles.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior / physiology*
Hormones / metabolism
Mental Disorders / etiology*
Social Environment
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