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What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Ps
- If you care for someone with a mental illness -- whether as a family member, friend, or practitioner -- this hands-on reference is for you. The acclaimed What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry is now available in a long-awaited second edition. Like the first, it is written in a simple, concise style for the layperson -- and is packed with need-to-know information on adult psychiatric disorders, including their causes, approaches to treatment, and what caregivers can do to help. It is an excellent resource for therapist's waiting room. What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry features a wealth of immediately usable guidance for caregivers. It's an excellent text for introduction to psychiatry classes in colleges and nursing schools for helping students develop valuable knowledge and skills to apply in practice. This one-stop resource is the first place to turn for practical guidance for the latest research-based techniques. You'll Get a solid understanding of the causes of psychiatric disorders, including stress, genetics and heredity, and emotional and physical problems Develop hands-on skills for the full range of emotional and mental disorders, including psychosomatic disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, loss, personality and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease Find out how the psychiatrist should function in the patient-caregiver-doctor relationship -- and learn how to choose a psychotherapist. This second edition has been extensively revised and updated with new information on diagnostic techniques and brain scans, the role of genetics, new medications and psychotherapeutic approaches, and more. In addition, it features a unique and illuminating look at mental health in our post-9/11 nation, including the rising incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder. Whether you're a social worker or psychologist, nurse or other professional, friend or family member, you'll get a sound framework to help you achieve better results. Caring for a person with mental illness requires knowledge, skill, understanding, and strength. What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry gives you a source of guidance and techniques that will make you more confident and successful in your role as practitioner or caregiver.
- About the AuthorIntroductionPART I: Background and Normal Variations in StressChapter 1. A Day at the OfficeChapter 2. Normal Development and the Life CycleChapter 3. Heredity, Parenting, and SocietyChapter 4. Stress and Common Emotional ReactionsChapter 5. Managing StressPART II: How Emotional Illness Differs From Mental IllnessChapter 6. Adjustment Disorders and Psychosomatic DisordersChapter 7. Anxiety Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, and Dissociative DisordersChapter 8. Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChapter 9. Sexual Problems in Our CultureChapter 10. Eating DisordersChapter 11. The Emotional Effects of LossChapter 12. Personality DisordersChapter 13. Unusual Psychiatric DisordersPART III: Mental Illness: The PsychosesChapter 14. Mood Disorders: Depression and Manic StatesChapter 15. SchizophreniaChapter 16. Other Psychotic DisordersChapter 17. Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive DisordersPART IV: Treatment of Emotional and Mental IllnessesChapter 18. How a Psychiatrist HelpsChapter 19. Psychotherapy: Who, What, When, and How?ConclusionSuggested ReadingsIndex
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