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Angst: Origins of Anxiety and Depression Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0199796441 ISBN-10: 0199796440 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199796440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199796441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Why does mental illness persist when it would seem to be counterproductive in an evolutionary sense? Kahn argues that certain traits that promote group fitness can, in a modern context and if exaggerated, manifest as serious mental illness . . . A lively presentation." --Library Journal

"An amazingly insightful and timely book, Angst will make you think and rethink the way our brains deal with anxiety and tragedy." -- Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD is a cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University. His book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction.

"Most of the theorists who study mental illness through the lens of evolution have never seen a patient themselves. This is what makes Dr. Kahn's approach unique. Dr. Kahn refracts theory through his rich experience as a clinician and the result is a thesis on evolutionary psychiatry that is both conceptually rich and pragmatically valuable." -- Sally Satel, MD, Yale University psychiatry faculty, popular author One Nation Under Therapy; PC, MD and regular Op-Ed contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

"This remarkable book presents a revolutionary and counter-intuitive theory of anxiety and depression. This theory reflects the author's careful clinical observations over decades of outstanding individual psychiatric care, and from his vital work in dealing with 'the wounded workplace.' This landmark book is a must read for everyone interested in mental health, evolution - or in humankind." -- Richard K. Harding, MD, Past-President, American Psychiatric Association, Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

"Kahn is a highly experienced clinician and researcher, and he offers some of the soundest, most up-to-date advice available about the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness." -- Peter D. Kramer, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and author of Listening to Prozac and Against Depression.

"Jeffrey Kahn offers a novel and comprehensive evolutionary theory on the adaptive value of anxiety and depressive disorders. His insight into the social instincts in animal herds is compelling and is nicely integrated with psychiatric research and clinical observations. This is an outstanding book for the inquisitive reader, and a milestone in translating evolutionary theory into a new understanding of common psychiatric illnesses." -- Eric Hollander, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of Textbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Textbook of Anxiety Disorders, and Coping with Social Anxiety Disorder, and International Expert on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Neuropsychopharmacology

"I was intrigued by the evolutionary psychiatric explanation... make sense when you think about them from that perspective - emotional disorders arising from the conflict between societal instincts and our consciousness. It definitely got me to think about these problems in a different way, which will be useful to both me and my patients... well written with humor and insight... 4 Stars!" - Doody's Book Review Service

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Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D.'s evolutionary theory of Anxiety and Depression draws on his academic work on anxiety disorders, workplace mental health, and precision diagnosis, and most especially upon observations from clinical practice. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University Medical School, he is now Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, and works in Manhattan and Westchester County.

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Great information in a easy read format.
Destiny Champion
This has really helped me understand the evolutionary origins to social behaviours, which gave me a greater perspective on how to deal with some everyday problems.
Sarah Pinto
"Angst" is the rare book that manages to straddle the line between serious scholarship and a wide readership.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sanlore on December 1, 2012
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Very enjoyable reading. A must for mental health specialists as well as (educated) general readers interested in mental health. He draws from such fields as Biology,Evolutionary Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Psychiatry to paint a grand canvas depicting what affects most of us.
By concentrating in five psychiatric syndromes, he tries to simplify the bewildering nomenclature of the DSM IV, whit its often overlapping and confusing descriptions of mental illnesses. Well written and often humorous. His main thesis will be discussed for a long time.
Lorenzo Margini MD (Psychiatrist)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on October 28, 2012
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Coming on the heels of a number of articles and studies investigating the link between evolution and mental health, "Angst" is a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable read. Dr. Kahn draws from years of clinical research as well as numerous observations and anecdotes (many relating to the family dog) to present a very convincing and detailed argument on why we are what we are.

"Angst" is the rare book that manages to straddle the line between serious scholarship and a wide readership. Whatever your background, you'll find yourself highly engaged by "Angst" and pondering it's pages long after you've finished the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eg on November 12, 2013
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Fascinating approach to understanding the evolutionary origins of our mental health issues. Humor and cute illustrations make this serious topic easier to read, understand, and remember. A great gift for all my angsty friends and relatives!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Oneill on May 25, 2013
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Read this book and you will understand why we all have anxiety! Understanding is the beginning of getting help for it/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc Dawn on March 16, 2013
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It is a very interesting theory of how mental health issues resulted from evolution. It was very well written and had bits of humor in it... which is something to say for a psychology book. It was more than well worth the time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Destiny Champion on February 24, 2013
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Great information in a easy read format. I will use this information with my clients in my practice. Explaining we're fears come from makes them less personal and easier to manage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oded Regev on February 11, 2013
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A fresh look at evolutionary psychiatry, attributing most of today's syndromes to primordial herd social instincts. I enjoyed most the second part and was bored a bit
by the "patient cases".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda on December 18, 2012
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Good book on all different types of Angst. A big help for those struggling with anxieties. Would recommend this book.
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