Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspectiveby David A. Baron
This book has it all - written by national and international experts and edited by world authorities, it is the first book on sport psychiatry in over a decade. Dealing with psychopathology, mental health problems and clinical management, it differs markedly from sports psychology books that focus on performance issues. Eating disorders, exercise addiction, drug… See more details below
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This book has it all - written by national and international experts and edited by world authorities, it is the first book on sport psychiatry in over a decade. Dealing with psychopathology, mental health problems and clinical management, it differs markedly from sports psychology books that focus on performance issues. Eating disorders, exercise addiction, drug abuse are all problems that are seen in ‘everyday’ athletes, not just elite performers. This book shows how to help.
This text covers the most important topics in contemporary sports psychiatry/psychology from an international perspective. Chapter authors are experts in the field and global leaders in the related professional organizations, including current and past Presidents/Chairs of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Exercise and Sports Psychiatry. Authors are mainly psychiatrists: the rest are PhD sport psychologists.
The book comprises representative chapter authors from around the world, to an extent unprecedented in this topic. The authors and editors are well-informed in global perspectives, e.g., having served as consultants to numerous Olympic teams, in addition to service on the International Society for Sports Psychiatry's Board of Directors.
Specifically, this book covers four main categories of topics:
1) mental health challenges faced by athletes (including substance use disorders, exercise addiction, eating disorders, depression, suicide, and concussion),
2) treatment approaches and therapeutic issues with athletes (including different types of psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders, psychotherapeutic performance enhancement approaches, transference and countertransference issues, achievement by proxy, psychotherapeutic issues as applied to a couple of sports that are played around the world, and use of psychiatric medications in athletes),
3) psychosocial issues affecting athletes (including sexual harassment and abuse, cultural issues, and ethics issues), and
4) the field of sports psychiatry (including work within one common sports psychiatry practice setting, and current status of and challenges in the field of sports psychiatry).
There is a growing need for this book. Performance-enhancing drugs, use of psychotropics in impaired athletes, head trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders, ethics, and depression and suicide in athletes, are just a few of the timely subjects addressed in this text. This is the only comprehensive reference available for those working in the field (or merely interested in it) to consult for current information on these topics. The existing sports psychology texts all focus on performance issues, with little, if any, attention paid to these areas of clinical significance. The book addresses the core differences between sports psychiatry and sports psychology, as well as the areas of overlap. Emphasis is placed on how the disciplines should work together in diagnosing and treating athletes dealing with emotional stress and psychopathology.
Chapters include case examples and specific goals listed at the beginning, along with tables and graphs to highlight key concepts.
Description: This is a comprehensive collection of the most significant mental and physical health issues in sports psychiatry. Written with international expertise, this book carefully describes the field, focuses on the modern-day challenges that athletes face, and serves as a guide to different treatment approaches.
Purpose: The book covers a wide range of areas, including addiction, eating disorders, performance enhancement, concussions, affective disorders, and cultural and ethical factors, making it an essential tool for understanding the complexity of mental health problems within the realm of sports. It facilitates the overall goal of optimizing the care of athletes.
Audience: Any clinicians who care for athletes would benefit from reading this book because of the growing global need to understand the demands and health consequences of participating in sports. Furthermore, any mental healthcare providers who are interested in pursuing a role in sports psychiatry would acquire a tremendous foundation in this area by reading this book.
Features: The four main parts of the book cover mental health challenges faced by athletes; treatment approaches and therapeutic issues; psychosocial issues affecting athletes; and the field of sports psychiatry. Chapters throughout the book are similarly formatted with key points, graphs, case studies, references, and conclusions. Concepts and terms are well defined so readers can fully understand the topics. Given the authority of the writers and their international leadership, this book also features rich content related to gender, cultural, and ethical themes. The breadth and depth of the book goes beyond the introduction of contemporary topics, such as doping, to provide a descriptive guide to understanding symptoms, disorders, diagnostic tools, and psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches to caring for athletes. The emphasis on a team-based approach helps make the point that sports psychiatry is an expansive field that is important for the welfare of athletes around the world.
Assessment: While there are other books about sports psychiatry, this one provides a panorama of the field. It is unprecedented in its scope and organization. Because sports are universal, this book has particularly broad appeal given the diverse backgrounds of its contributors and its attention to cultural attributes.
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