12. Studying the Natural History Of Psychopathology

  1. Ming T. Tsuang2,3,
  2. Mauricio Tohen4,5 and
  3. Peter B. Jones6
  1. William W. Eaton

Published Online: 14 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch12

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Eaton, W. W. (2011) Studying the Natural History Of Psychopathology, in Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition (eds M. T. Tsuang, M. Tohen and P. B. Jones), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Center for Behavioral Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92039, USA

  2. 3

    Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Genetics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA

  4. 5

    Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7526 Louis Pasteur Drive, San Antonio TX 78229-3900, USA

  5. 6

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Box 189, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK

Author Information

  1. Dept of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, John Hopkins University, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore MD 21205, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694671

Online ISBN: 9780470976739

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Keywords:

  • natural history of psychopathology - level of population, ebbing and flowing of psychopathology to its final outcome;
  • onset of psychiatric disorders, early in life - study of outcome ending with death;
  • concepts and methods - study of natural history of psychopathology;
  • operational criteria of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) - onset, full criteria met;
  • thinking about development toward disease - increase in severity or intensity of symptoms;
  • dichotomous view of onset - compared to symptom intensification;
  • prodromes and precursors, and prodrome - period prior to meeting full-blown criteria of disorder;
  • DIS/DSM-III major depressive disorder prodromal period - new cases epidemiologic catchment area program;
  • incidence data on specific psychiatric disorders - expensive;
  • measure of remission - using diagnostic criteria as a comparison or standard value

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Onset

  • Course

  • Outcome

  • Methodological concepts for studying the natural history of psychopathology

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References