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From The CriticsReviewer: Huma Pandit, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This second edition, written by various national and international authors, provides a thorough and in-depth description of parental psychiatric disorders. It also makes a giant leap by talking about the paradigm shift towards a family context perspective and rethinking about the conventional treatment approaches.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to enlighten mental health professionals about thinking of the family and not just the patient. The authors are masterful in their use of literary examples to illustrate this point.
Audience: This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the developmental perspective, i.e. mental health workers, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers, nurses and trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Features: This book is divided into six sections, beautifully written and easy to read. Part I is focused on parenthood, attachment in the context of parental mental disorder and also the role of adult psychiatrists in identifying it. Part II is a superb guide to do a thorough assessment and planning. Part III talks about specific disorders through well-illustrated examples which make it easy to understand. Part IV focuses on specific needs ranging from medications to social work needs. It also discusses the involvement of law and gives an excellent international perspective about it. Part V talks about the child's perspective and their understanding of the parental illness and also how to deal with it. Part VI raises interesting and thoughtful questions about our existing resources and also explores the other possibilities that haven't been tapped yet.
Assessment: This book is an excellent example of international teamwork. It brings home the message about how our current approach towards mental illness needs to change. It also clearly voices the limitations of our existing system. It is very empathically written and makes one think about the developmental perspective, which is often ignored. It is well-edited and all chapters have enough information without being too lengthy. It is a job well-done as it stimulates the reader to think developmentally. It will be the harbinger for future research in this field.