Evolutionary Psychiatry was first published in 1996, the second edition followed in 2000. This ground breaking book challenged the medical model which supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums. A comprehensive introduction to the science of Darwinian Psychiatry, the second edition included important fresh material on a number of disorders, along with a chapter on research.

Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. Particularly important are the theories Stevens and Price propose to account for the worldwide existence of mood disorders and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for such puzzles as paedophilia, sado-masochism and the function of dreams.

Readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader, Evolutionary Psychiatry describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and shows how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature. 

This Classic Edition of the book includes a new preface by Anthony Stevens and a foreword by Paul Gilbert.

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PART I Evolutionary psychiatry: an introduction

chapter 1|8 pages

Historical background

chapter 3|14 pages

Principles of psychopathology

chapter 4|13 pages

Attachment, rank, and psychiatry

part |2 pages

PART II Disorders of attachment and rank

chapter 5|25 pages

Mood disorders

chapter 6|10 pages

Personality disorders

chapter 7|4 pages

Obsessional disorders

chapter 8|12 pages

Anxiety and phobic disorders

chapter 9|9 pages

Eating disorders

part |2 pages

PART III Borderline states

chapter 10|6 pages

The borderline state

chapter 11|4 pages

Borderline personality disorders

part |2 pages

PART IV Spacing disorders

chapter 12|8 pages

Spacing personality disorders

chapter 13|22 pages


part |2 pages

PART V Reproductive disorders

chapter 14|11 pages

Reproductive success and failure

chapter 15|11 pages


chapter 16|19 pages


chapter 17|11 pages


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PART VI Dreams, treatment, research, and the future

chapter 18|16 pages

Sleep and dreams

chapter 19|5 pages


chapter 20|18 pages


chapter 21|17 pages


chapter 22|4 pages

Towards a science of humanity