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Risk Assessment in Psychiatry: A Guide for Lawyers

ISBN13: 9781846611094
Published: March 2008
Publisher: LexisNexis Butterworths
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £39.00
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This new work examines the risks that are associated with psychiatric disorders and promotes an understanding of the relevant concepts to a non-specialist audience, thereby demonstrating both the possibilities and the limitations of psychiatric risk assessment.

The term ‘risk assessment’ is customarily taken to mean the evaluation of the risk of aggression or other untoward behaviour that has a major influence in situations concerning, for example, family and child practice and the criminal law. However, the alternative meaning attributable to the term, namely the risk of occurrence of mental disorder, which has substantial implications for personal injury law and employment law is also addressed in detail. As mental disorder is now acknowledged to be so widespread (and underdiagnosed), its effects are to be felt in all areas of life.

Risk Assessment in Psychiatry: A Guide for Lawyers is essential reading for lawyers in various fields of specialisation (criminal, family, employment and personal injury law), social workers, probation officers, occupational health professionals and those working within insurance.

Medical Law, Criminal Law, Family Law
Part 1 General considerations
Organic mental disorders: dementia, confusional states, head injury
Psychotic disorders: schizophrenia and paranoid disorders
Mood disorders: bipolar affective disorders
The neuroses: minor depressive illness, anxiety states, stress reactions, obsessive-compulsive disorders, hysteria
Disorders of dependence and appetite: misuse of substances and disorders of appetite
Disorders of personality and psychopathy
Learning disabilities and developmental disorders: learning disabilities, childhood autism and Asperger’s syndrome
Special situations and unusual disorders: post-partum states, morbid jealousy, Munchausen’s syndrome

Part 2 Specific situations involving risk assessment
Assessment of aggression and violence: suicidal behaviour, homicidal behaviour, sexual violence
Situations involving the family and children: domestic violence
Risk associated with recurrence of disorder in employment
Risk associated with cognitive disturbance; dementia and confusional states
Onset and recurrence of disorder in post-traumatic states
Risk of persistence or recurrence of nuisance behaviour
Bibliography/Appendix material;