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Evolutionary psychiatry offers evolutionary explanations for the range of mental health conditions identified by psychiatry today. The Evolving Psychiatry podcast provides interviews, insights and an introduction to evolutionary psychiatry, with guest appearances from leading academics and psychiatrists.

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Evolutionary psychiatry offers evolutionary explanations for the range of mental health conditions identified by psychiatry today. The Evolving Psychiatry podcast provides interviews, insights and an introduction to evolutionary psychiatry, with guest appearances from leading academics and psychiatrists.

    Evolutionary Clinical Care | Alfonso Troisi | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #21

    Evolutionary Clinical Care | Alfonso Troisi | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #21

    Alfonso Troisi discusses how an evolutionary perspective should inform our measurement of clinical outcomes, the potential of evolutionary thinking to advance care, and his experience treating patients as an evolutionary psychiatrist. 

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'Evolutionary Thinking and Clinical Care of Psychiatric Patients', authored by Alfonso Troisi. It is chapter 20 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health', published by Cambridge University Press.

    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 10 min
    Evolution and Crime | Adam Hunt | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #20

    Evolution and Crime | Adam Hunt | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #20

    Adam Hunt considers how evolutionary thinking helps us understand criminal behaviour, circumstances leading to crime, blameworthiness and the chance to improve social outcomes. 

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'What the Evolutionary and Cognitive Sciences Offer the Sciences of Crime and Justice' authored by Brian B. Boutwell, Megan Suprenant and Todd K. Shackelford. It is chapter 19 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health", published by Cambridge University Press.

    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 17 min
    Schizophrenia and Evolution | Martin Brüne | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #19

    Schizophrenia and Evolution | Martin Brüne | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #19

    Martin Brüne talks through the paradox of why schizophrenia persists, how his view on its persistence has changed over the decades, and how an evolutionary approach informs us regarding treatment and prevention.

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'Evolutionary Perspectives on Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders' authored by Martin Brüne. It is chapter 10 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health', published by Cambridge University Press.


    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 16 min
    Psychopharmacology and Evolution | Paul St-John Smith | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #18

    Psychopharmacology and Evolution | Paul St-John Smith | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #18

    Paul St-John Smith gives an evolutionary psychiatrist's perspective on using pharmaceuticals in treatment, thinks about the limits of rating scales and the usefulness of animal models, and how evolution adds necessary depth to the task of healing in psychiatry. 

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'Psychopharmacology and Evolution', authored by Paul St John-Smith, Riadh Abed and Martin Brüne. It is chapter 18 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health", published by Cambridge University Press.

    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 29 min
    Evolution and Alzheimer's | Molly Fox | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #17

    Evolution and Alzheimer's | Molly Fox | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #17

    Molly Fox gives an insight into why evolution has left us vulnerable to Alzheimer's, what odd aspects of modern life may lead to increased rates of Alzheimer's, and how female reproductive health are a particularly important consideration. 

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'Alzheimer’s Disease as a Disease of Evolutionary Mismatch, with a Focus on Reproductive Life History' authored by Molly Fox. It is chapter 17 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health', published by Cambridge University Press.


    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 14 min
    Child Maltreatment in Evolution | Daniela Sieff | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #16

    Child Maltreatment in Evolution | Daniela Sieff | Evolving Psychiatry Podcast #16

    Daniela Sieff talks about the difficulties and differences of rearing children in hunter gatherer societies and how child maltreatment can follow. She considers what this means for understanding, prevention and social intervention in the modern world. 

    This episode is based on a chapter titled 'Maternal Negativity and Child Maltreatment: How Evolutionary Perspectives Contribute to a Layered and Compassionate Understanding' by Daniela Sieff. It is chapter 16 in the book 'Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health", published by Cambridge University Press.

    The book is available for purchase here via CUP or on Amazon.

    You can follow Adam Hunt on Twitter @RealAdamHunt

    • 15 min

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