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Images of Mental Illness in Central Asia: A Casebook with Commentaries

Edited by John Cooper, Norman Sartorius, Neil Nixon and Xenia Solojenkina

Price: £10.00

College members' price: £9.00

Published: 2008

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 248

ISBN: 9789668782503

Images of Mental Illness in Central Asia: A Casebook with Commentaries

This book presents case histories from patients seen in Central Asian countries, in order to compare differences in the processes of diagnosis and prescription of treatments as they occur in Central Asia with those of other countries in Eastern and Western Europe.

Little is known about psychiatry in Central Asia.  Do people in the Central Asian countries suffer from the same types of mental disorders as those in Eastern and Western European countries?  Do psychiatrists there make the same sort of diagnoses and use the same methods of treatment as those in Eastern and Western European countries?  

An excellent way to begin exploring these and other clinical issues is to circulate and discuss case histories describing real patients from Central Asian countries, as was carried out during the preparation for this book.  Psychiatrists in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kirghystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan wrote case histories describing patients in their clinical care, made diagnoses using Chapter V of ICD-10 and indicated what treatment they gave to these patients.  These case histories were then sent to selected psychiatrists in some Eastern and Western European countries for independent assessment.  Thus for each case history there are diagnostic assessments and treatment prescriptions made by Central Asian, Eastern and Western European psychiatrists, plus a commentary by the editors.

This book makes for highly interesting reading and also provides excellent discussion material for postgraduate education in psychiatry.  In addition it shows that the ICD 10 – a classification designed for international use - can be used for more than just the recording of diagnostic information in clinical and research work.

(English language version).

About the editors:

JOHN E. COOPER - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, UK.

NORMAN SARTORIUS - President of the Association for the Improvement of MentalHealth Programmes, Past President of the World Psychiatric Association and of the Association of European Psychiatrists, Past Director of the WHO Division of Mental Health.

NEIL L. NIXON - Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK.

XENIA SOLOJENKINA - Assistant Psychiatrist, University Clinic, Frankfurt.


INTRODUCTION: The origin and purposes of this project

1) Design and methods

2) The Central Asian countries

3) Organic, including symptomatic, mental disorders (F00–F09): Case histories 1, 2, 3

4) Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use (F10–F19): Case
    histories 4, 5, 6

5) Schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders (F20–F29): Case histories 7, 8, 9, 10

6) Mood (affective) disorders (F30–F39): Case histories 11, 12

7) Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders (F40–F48): Case histories 13, 14, 15, 16

8) Behavioural syndromes associated with physiological disturbances and physical factors
    (F50–F59): Case history 17

9) Disorders of adult personality and behaviour (F60–F69): Case histories 18, 19, 20

10) Consistent differences and similarities amongst the groups of assessors

11) Treatment and management





1. Prognostic ratings for case histories in each chapter

2. Topics for discussion and investigation

3. Demographic information on the Central Asian countries and summaries of their mental health services

4. Additional information about the mental health services of Kyrgyzstan

5. Forms used in the study

This book is published by the Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) but is being made available for sale through the College.  Booksellers may also acquire this title direct from the College.
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