The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology
The field of phenomenological psychopathology (PP) is concerned with exploring and describing the individual
experience of those suffering from mental disorders. Whilst there is often an understandable emphasis within
psychiatry on diagnosis and treatment, the subjective experience of the individual is frequently overlooked. Yet
a patient’s own account of how their illness affects their thoughts, values, consciousness, and sense of self, can
provide important insights into their condition – insights that can complement the more empirical findings from
studies of brain function or behaviour.
The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology is the first ever comprehensive review of the field. It
considers the history of PP, its methodology, key concepts, and includes a section exploring individual experiences within schizophrenia, depression, borderline personality disorder, OCD, and phobia. In addition it includes chapters on some of the leading figures throughout the history of this field.
Bringing together chapters from a global team of leading academics, researchers and practitioners, the book will be valuable for those within the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and philosophy.