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Understanding troubled minds : a guide to mental illness and its treatment
Bloch, Sidney.
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Publication Information:
Washington Square, N.Y. : New York University Press, 1999.

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xviii, 333 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Originally published: Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1997.
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Most of us take our mental health for granted. But when confronted by mental illness in our family, our friends, or ourselves, even the most competent among us is likely to become bewildered.

Understanding Troubled Minds provides a calm and authoritative guide to the full range of specific mental illnesses and available treatments. It deals with particular patterns of illness in women, children, and the elderly. It stresses the value of partnership among psychiatrists, patients, and their families. And it places this knowledge within the framework of modern psychiatry-from the history of the profession to just what it is that psychiatrists and fellow health-workers do, and how they can help.

A sense of hope and optimism prevails within these pages. The authors, both eminent psychiatrists with long practical experience, stress that great strides are being made in the treatment of mental illness. But they also warn against the lure of the instant cure. Acknowledging the complexity of human nature, they weave the stories of real people and the insights of many writers throughout their text.

Balanced, up-to-date, thoroughly readable, and humanistic, this book will both increase our practical knowledge and deepen our understanding of mental illness.

Author Notes

Sidney Bloch is Associate Professor and Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and Senior Psychiatrist at St. Vincent's Hospital. He is the author of numerous books dealing with psychotherapy, ethics, and the family.
Bruce S. Singh is Cato Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and Clinical Director of Psychiatry of the Western Health Care Network, Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
1 The Story of Psychiatryp. 1
2 Making Sense of a Lifep. 11
3 What Causes Mental Illness?p. 24
4 Defining Mental Illnessesp. 38
5 The Psychiatrist at Workp. 46
6 Coping with Stressp. 64
7 The Spectrum of Anxietyp. 77
8 The Highs and Lows of Moodp. 93
9 Mind Talking Through Bodyp. 113
10 Eating, Sex and Sleepp. 126
11 Disturbance of Personalityp. 144
12 The Psychosesp. 158
13 Alcohol and Drug Abusep. 173
14 Mental Illness and the Brainp. 187
15 Children and Adolescentsp. 198
16 Women and Mental Healthp. 218
17 The Elderly and Mental Healthp. 231
18 Psychiatry and the Lawp. 244
19 Suicide and Deliberate Self-harmp. 253
20 Drugs and Other Physical Treatmentsp. 266
21 The Talking Therapiesp. 278
22 A Guide to Good Mental Healthp. 297
A Selective Guide to Further Readingp. 317
Indexp. 321