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Title:
Treating mental disorders : a guide to what works
Author:
Nathan, Peter E.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxvii, 208 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Childhood disorders -- Eating disorders -- Anorexia nervosa -- Bulimia nervosa -- Sleep disorders -- Insomnia -- Sexual disorders -- Substance use disorders -- Somotoform and dissociative disorders -- Depressive and bipolar disorders -- Anxiety and phobic disorders -- Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Schizophrenia -- Personality disorders -- Disorders of aging.
ISBN:
9780195102284
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For layperson and professional alike, Treating Mental Disorders: A Guide to What Works offers a comprehensive and highly readable compendium of the best psychotherapeutic and drug treatments available today. A more accessible distillation of the award-winning professional book, A Guide toTreatments That Work, this volume has been thoroughly revised to be more user-friendly while drawing upon the same outstanding empirical research as its predecessor. Devoting chapters to thirteen types of mental disorder, the authors employ a question-and-answer format to clearly communicate the latest knowledge on the wide variety of treatments available today. Each chapter discusses the definition and diagnosis of a particular disorder and then emphasizeswhich treatments work best, considering both psychotherapies and drug options, combinations of the two, as well as the pros and cons of each therapy. Topics include: childhood disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, sexual disorders, substance abuse, image disorders, depression and bipolardisorders, anxiety disorders and phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and disorders of aging. Each chapter concludes with a section that supplies the reader with additional information on a given disorder, including books,Internet sites, and addresses of advice groups and professional organizations.Accessible, completely up-to-date, and easy to use, Treating Mental Disorders is the best place to start for anyone seeking help for any number of mental disorders and an essential reference for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and anyone else involved in providing treatment for mentalillness.


Author Notes

Peter E. Nathan is the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the editor of Behavioral Approaches to Alcoholism and Alcohol Use and Misuse. Jack M. Gorman is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the DeputyDirector of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is the author of The Essential Guide to Mental Health and The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs. Neil J. Salkind is Professor of Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Kansas and the author of Child Development. Drs.Nathan and Gorman are the coeditors of the prize-winning professional book, A Guide to Treatments That Work (OUP).


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The authors of this practical volume are to be commended for their question/answer approach to understanding the treatment of mental disorders. Students will find it readable, succinct, and informative; the summary tables suggesting psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for each illness will be particularly useful. The myth debunking is particularly refreshing. This reviewer's only concern is the absence of explanatory material regarding what researchers know about the neurobiological underpinnings of most of these disorders. If the authors had provided even a brief introduction to suspected neurobiological etiology, the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments would be better understood and the volume would be appropriate for undergraduate courses linking biology and mental illness. As it is, the book will serve undergraduates, graduate students, and laypersons who need to understand the symptomatology and treatment of these disorders. Highly recommended. R. E. Osborne; Indiana University East


Table of Contents

1 Childhood Disorders
2 Eating Disorders
3 Sleep Disorders
4 Sexual Disorders
5 Substance Use Disorders
6 Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
7 Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
8 Anxiety and Phobic Disorders
9 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
10 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
11 Schizophrenia
12 Personality Disorders
13 Disorders of Aging