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Psychiatric Epidemiology: Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia, and Evelyn Bromet

Abstract

Searching for the causes of mental disorders is as exciting as it is complex. The relationship between pathophysiology and its overt manifestations is exceedingly intricate, and often the causes of a disorder are elusive at best. This book provides a resource for anyone trying to track these causes. Uniting theory and practice and rather than attempting to review the descriptive epidemiology of mental disorders, this book gives a dynamic exposition of the thinking and techniques used to establish it. The book starts out by tracing the brief history of psychiatric epidemiology, then describes t ... More

Keywords: mental disorders, pathophysiology, overt manifestations, risk factors, statistical analysis, casual relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195101812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ezra Susser, author
Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Sharon Schwartz, author
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Alfredo Morabia, author
Division of Clinical Epidemiology, University Hospitals of Geneva, and Professor of Clinical Eipdemiology at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

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Contents

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I PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY, THEN AND NOW

II RISK FACTORS AS CAUSES OF MENTAL DISORDERS

III COHORT DESIGNS IN PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY

IV CASE-CONTROL DESIGNS IN PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY

V CASE-CONTROL DESIGNS IN BIOLOGIC PSYCHIATRY

VI ANALYZING THE DATA

VII THE SEARCH FOR GENETIC CAUSES OF MENTAL DISORDERS

VIII COMPLEX CAUSAL RELATIONSHIPS