Chapter 8. Mental Disorder

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch8

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Mental Disorder, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • evidence-based practice;
  • mental disorder;
  • thresholds for categorisation;
  • epidemiology of depression;
  • life events and depression;
  • neurobiology of depression;
  • electroconvulsive therapies;
  • tricyclic antidepressant in wide use for intervention in depression;
  • psychosocial interventions;
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Depression as a Concept

  • Diagnosing Depression

  • Epidemiology of Depression

  • Developmental Perspectives

  • Life Events and Depression

  • Neurobiology of Depression

  • Evidence-Based Interventions

  • Psychosocial Interventions

  • Problem-Solving Therapy (PST)

  • Neurobiological Treatments

  • Summary

  • Notes