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Greetings Fellow List Members

The communicational factors underlying mental illness have finally been
resolved in the ground-breaking new book - Communication Breakdown: Decoding the Riddle of Mental Illness, edited by John E. LaMuth.
Each of the major categories of mental illness is incorporated into a unified communicational dynamic: where dysfunctional behavior patterns can accurately be determined, leading to effective resolution.
This communicational approach is intended as an adjunct to currently
available treatment regimens, adding a further crucial tool to the
repertoire of the mental health practitioner, enhancing the potential for
timely intervention. This new system helps increase awareness of
dysfunctional patterns of communication, further highlighting
trigger-factors that can precipitate behavioral outbreaks. Here, the 56
different classifications of mental illness breaks down into the eight forms
of the personality disorders, eight forms of the neuroses, and twenty forms
each for the mood disorders and schizophrenia: as partially depicted in the
schematic diagram below:

Narcissistic Personality >>> Obsession Neurosis
Confabulatory Euphoria >>> Confab. Paraphrenia
Enthusiastic Euphoria >>> Proskinetic Catatonia
Non-Participatory Euphoria >>> Silly Hebephrenia

Borderline Personality >>> Phobia Neurosis
Suspicious Depression >>> Fantastic Paraphrenia
Self-Torturing Depression >>> Negativistic Catatonia
Non-Participatory Depression >>> Insipid Hebephrenia

Dependent Personality >>> Compulsion Neurosis
Pure Mania >>> Expansive Paraphrenia
Unproductive Euphoria >>> Parakinetic Catatonia
Hypochondriacal Euphoria >>> Eccentric Hebephrenia

Avoidant Personality >>> Anxiety Neurosis
Pure Melancholy >>> Incoherent Paraphrenia
Harried Depression >>> Affected Catatonia
Hypochondriacal Depression >>> Autistic Hebephrenia

The extensive terminology (for the psychoses) is in large part due to a
pre-existing system of nomenclature pioneered by German clinician, Karl
Leonhard. The nomenclature for the personality disorders and the neuroses is
alternately specified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-IV). Indeed, this advanced degree of detail proves quite a
revelation for those more at home with the American model of the psychoses,
where manic-depressive disease and schizophrenia are generally treated as
unitary entities. This enhanced range of detail, in turn, allows the current
communicational approach to ultimately be proposed. In light of the
probability of being impacted by mental illness at some time during one's
lifetime (whether as a caregiver or a patient), this communicational
approach to the mental disorders proves an extremely timely issue, and one
holding considerable promise to those thusly afflicted.

Communication Breakdown:
Decoding the Riddle of Mental Illness

Editor-in-Chief - John E. LaMuth M.S.
Fairhaven Book Publishers, Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

More information posted at:

Publication Date - September 2004
ISBN# 1-929649-20-7
Trade softcover (7.44 x 9.69 inches) - 276 pages
Extensively illustrated.

About the Author

John LaMuth has applied his Masters
Degree in Counseling to the cause of Character Education, including a
Private Practice in Counseling in the Southern California area. In his
latest release, John seeks to share his years of experience in the mental
health field with the aim of focusing attention on issues of such critical
public concern.

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