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Title:
Straight talk about your mental health
Author:
Morrison, James R., 1940-
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Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 343 pages ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Taking charge of your care: what mental health clinicians do -- Will treatment help me? -- Where can I go for help? -- What is my role in treatment? -- Introduction to psychiatric drugs -- Antidepressants -- Mood stabilizers -- Drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia -- Antipsychotic medications -- Drugs for dementia -- Medications to treat substance abuse -- Nondrug physical treatments -- Psychotherapy -- Behavior modification -- Depression -- Mania and mood swings -- Anxiety and panic -- Phobias -- Posttraumatic stress disorder -- Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Somatization disorder -- Psychosis and schizophrenia -- Alzheimer's and other dementias -- Eating and sleeping disorders -- Substance abuse.
ISBN:
9781572307865

9781572306745
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Summary

Summary

Too often, mental health care is postponed due to fears about what treatment might entail. Now Dr. James Morrison, a highly experienced practitioner with a no-nonsense approach, provides up-to-date facts and reliable advice about what might be wrong and what you can do about it. Explaining what really works for a wide range of psychological difficulties, Dr. Morrison gives frank and empathetic answers to all the common questions, plus many you may not even think of asking:

*Why do I have these symptoms and when will they get better?
*How safe are drugs like Prozac--and what about herbal remedies?
*What will I have to go through to find out what's wrong?
*How will I know if I've found a good therapist?
*How can I get the best care when my insurance and finances are limited?
*What can I expect in the months and years ahead?

Whether you feel trapped by depression or driven by anxiety, whether you're worried about an aging parent's memory loss or a spouse's mood swings, Straight Talk gives you the knowledge you need now and anticipates what you'll need in the future. It helps you make well-informed choices about this critical aspect of health and well-being--for yourself and those you love.


Author Notes

James Morrison, MD, is a psychiatrist who has treated over 15,000 people with mental health concerns. He was educated at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. His acclaimed books for professionals include The First Interview , DSM-IV Made Easy , When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders , and Interviewing Children and Adolescents (coauthored with Thomas F. Anders).


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Library Journal Review

Morrison (clinical psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science Univ.; DSM-IV Made Easy) adds to his growing list of works this effective lay readers' guide to treating mental illness. As the author reveals, many people put off getting help for fear of what their treatment may involve, the cost of treatment, of being stigmatized, and the side effects of medication. Morrison provides authoritative answers to those and many other concerns typically raised by individuals and their families, organizing the material into sections on seeking help, mental disorders, and, most important, treatment options. Morrison explains which treatments work best for which illnesses, detailing numerous drugs, including the new generation of antipsychotics. Although written for consumers, this book will also well serve professionals and students and nicely complements Daniel G. Amen's Healing the Hardware of the Soul. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I Seeking Help
Chapter 1 Taking Charge of Your Care: What Mental Health Clinicians Do
Chapter 2 Will Treatment Help Me?
Chapter 3 Where Can I Go for Help?
Chapter 4 What Is My Role in Treatment?
Part II Treatment Options
Chapter 5 Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
Chapter 6 Antidepressants
Chapter 7 Mood Stabilizers
Chapter 8 Drugs to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia
Chapter 9 Antipsychotic Medications
Chapter 10 Drugs for Dementia
Chapter 11 Medications to Treat Substance Abuse
Chapter 12 Nondrug Physical Treatments
Chapter 13 Psychotherapy
Chapter 14 Behavior Modification
Part III Mental Disorders
Chapter 15 Depression
Chapter 16 Mania and Mood Swings
Chapter 17 Anxiety and Panic
Chapter 18 Phobias
Chapter 19 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter 20 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Chapter 21 Somatization Disorder
Chapter 22 Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Chapter 23 Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
Chapter 24 Eating and Sleeping Disorders
Chapter 25 Substance Abuse
Appendix A Resources
Appendix B Medication Generic and Trade Names
Index
About the Author