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What every patient, family, friend, and caregiver needs to know about psychiatry
Roukema, Richard W.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Pub., [2003]

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xii, 318 pages ; 23 cm
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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.

Author Notes

Richard W. Roukema, M.D., F.A.P.A., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey. He also serves as Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Wyckoff, New Jersey, a division of the Christian Health Care Center.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part I Background and Normal Variations in Stress
1 A Day at the Officep. 3
2 Normal Development and the Life Cyclep. 19
3 Heredity, Parenting, and Societyp. 31
4 Stress and Common Emotional Reactionsp. 45
5 Managing Stressp. 59
Part II How Emotional Illness Differs From Mental Illness
6 Adjustment Disorders and Psychosomatic Disordersp. 71
7 Anxiety Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, and Dissociative Disordersp. 83
8 Alcoholism and Drug Abusep. 105
9 Sexual Problems in Our Culturep. 121
10 Eating Disordersp. 143
11 The Emotional Effects of Lossp. 161
12 Personality Disordersp. 179
13 Unusual Psychiatric Disordersp. 195
Part III Mental Illness: The Psychoses
14 Mood Disorders: Depression and Manic Statesp. 203
15 Schizophreniap. 221
16 Other Psychotic Disordersp. 235
17 Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disordersp. 239
Part IV Treatment of Emotional and Mental Illnesses
18 How a Psychiatrist Helpsp. 255
19 Psychotherapy: Who, What, When, and How?p. 271
Conclusionp. 283
Suggested Readingsp. 291
Indexp. 297