Psychiatry in Techno Colors: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Lessons Learned about Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

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Get psychiatric help with atitude and aptitude!
"An excellent book for everyone. Dr. Liebowitz explains the life of a psychiatrist and the medications available to help those with anxiety and depression. Anyone who knows someone with depression or anxiety can benefit greatly by his lifetime experiences with patients. It is easy to read and once you start reading it, you can't put it down. It is very enlightening to anyone who has this ...
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Psychiatry in Techno Colors: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Lessons Learned about Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

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Overview

Get psychiatric help with atitude and aptitude!
"An excellent book for everyone. Dr. Liebowitz explains the life of a psychiatrist and the medications available to help those with anxiety and depression. Anyone who knows someone with depression or anxiety can benefit greatly by his lifetime experiences with patients. It is easy to read and once you start reading it, you can't put it down. It is very enlightening to anyone who has this diagnosis or to anyone who knows someone with this. EXCELLENT book and well worth the money. "
The author, Neil Liebowitz, M.D. is the founder and director of the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression Treatment Center in Farmington, Connecticut. "I wrote this book to help patients, loved ones of patients and clinicians who treat people with mental illness to understand the dilemmas in diagnosis and treatment. It is part expose of the faults in psychiatry's troubled past but more importantly it helps to provide a framework to make better choices in medications and therapy selection. My ultimate goal is to make patients and their families colleagues in the treatment decision making, and this involves giving insight into the thought process of a psychiatrist." In this collection of essays he tells clinical pearls about the evolution of modern psychiatric treatment. These are personal stories of the author and his patients that illustrate some of the dilemmas and possible solutions for key psychiatric problems. From growing up on suburban Long Island to residency training at Yale, to an academic career at the University of Connecticut, lessons were learned about how best to understand psychiatric problems and a strategy to treat them. The book has insights for those who want a self help guide and providers looking for treatment manual of strategies from an experienced clinician. It's stories and ideas are meant to help others to become better patients and clinicians. The author hopes that some of his ideas might be tested in the future with more rigorous investigative techniques to either provide support for or show them to be inaccurate observations.
Table of contents:
Forward: William Glazer, MD
Preface: Extending the boundaries by getting real about stigma and patient advocacy
1. Introduction: The phoenix rises from the academic ashes
2. Ode to Freud and latter day disciples
3. The evolution of my psychiatric faith
4. Battle of the titans and how I survived my psychiatry training in turbulent times
5. Seeing is believing, and why I stopped listening to Prozac
6. Psychiatry in techno colors
7. Bad drugs good medications
8. Marketing of a slightly better medication
9. What is my diagnosis, does it matter and who cares?
10. Confessions of a reformed bipolar over-diagnoser and how to see residual ADHD
11. You can't teach old dogs or neurons new tricks- when undesirable medication combinations maybe best
12. The RAM Hypothesis and why remembering everything may make you depressed
13. Origins of panic
14. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; assessing risks and benefits
15. I must be the worst patient you've ever seen; relativity theory
16. Suicide and the need for hope
17. A danger to others
18. Study conclusions, lies and statistics
19. Afterward-The future
20. Appendix: Depression treatment paradigms
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Editorial Reviews

P Douglas
Dr. Liebowitz has written an easy to read collection of essays that provides a fascinating and informative view into the world of psychiatry over the past thirty years or so. It is written in an informal style and gives a personal account of "lessons learned" instead of the usual presentation of clinical data. The focus is on the treatment of depression and anxiety with medication. This is probably what most people think of today, but thirty years ago the field was dominated by Freudian analysts
J Jack
Dr. Liebowitz writes with the insight of many years of clinical practice, and gives the reader a unique glimpse into the world of psychiatry and mental health. The many clinical and personal vignettes present valuable lessons for patients, families and practitioners in fun and entertaining ways. From the Freudian psychiatrist who unsettled a young Dr. Liebowitz at a college interview by bringing up sex as any Freudian would do to a paranoid schizophrenic patient at the Yale Psychiatric emergency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456316433
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/5/2011
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,142,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Liebowitz graduated as an Echols scholar and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1978. He worked as a research assistant at Stanford University during a year off from college in 1977. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical School in 1982 including psychiatry clerkship at Long Island Jewish/ Hillside Hospital during the release of DSM III. A Psychiatry sub-internship was completed at Columbia University Psychiatric Institute in 1981. He completed his psychiatric residency at Yale University in 1986. After completion he joined the Psychiatry faculty at the University of Connecticut where he remains an assistant clinical professor. He opened the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression treatment center in 1994. His peripatetic training provided for a diversity of learning experiences with a need to make sense of very diverse and divergent expert opinions. He has won many awards including Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Important Book with loads of Instinct and Insight

    This book is very important and here's why: you may have heard of "white-coat fever." If you haven't, it is the nervous reaction a patient gets when meeting with his physician, who is all dressed up in his starched-white coat. If the patient's Blood Pressure was normal before seeing his doctor, he can be sure that it will be elevated during an examination, because the doctor is dressed in white. It's not so much the color. It's what the color represents. Really just an irrational fear, it is a real reaction that happens often. And a good doctor will take the patient's BP a couple more times during an exam to make sure that it is really lower than the initial read.

    Although mental health workers usually dress in street-clothes, this phenomenom still exists in a big way whenever a patient with mental illness meets with his/her psychiatrist. "Psychiatry in Techno Colors" does a lot to erase "white-coat fever," not because Dr. Liebowitz dresses down, but because he dares to do even more: he lives in the same world his patients live in. This is made clear in his book. Plus he wrote it to be understood by all, not by just his peers. What's more, there's a cache of information about psychiatry--both past and present--in this book that everyone, not just the psychiatric community, should be aware of.

    All too often a psychiatrist stays mum about treatment plans and therapies. And sometimes that's warranted in order to avoid shaping the patient with ideas that are not owned by him. But take it from me--a paranoid man with schizophrenia (no lie)--the mystery that can surround the process of treatment is almost as unnerving to the patient as the mental disease itself. This book invites everyone--even the patient--to enter the Ivory Tower of Psychiatry. The Tower's secrets are finally becoming public knowledge.

    Topics Liebowitz discusses begin with his experiences--first as a boy interested in the field, then as a student learning the field and then as a professional learning the field. Clearly, his lessons will continue on, as well they should. He describes Freud as THE man who dared to humanize mental illness even if his theories might not necessarily ring true nowadays. Analysts--still considered the field's top advisors--are described as those who mostly follow Freud, supposing patients have an endless amount of time and inexaustible funds. And modern day medications are discussed in detail. It has been the break-through discoveries of these newer (but sometimes also combinations of the older) medications that have finally allowed psychiatrists to treat mental illness with the word "cure" in mind. Liebowitz employs an artist's pallette as a metaphor to help him paint the patient's true, healthy psyche with medications in multiple dimensions. This is really cutting edge treatment!

    The way I see it, Dr. Liebowitz has manufactured with this book a springboard for those who are mentally ill. I assume that for him the optimum attitude is one where ALL the LINES of COMMUNICATION are OPEN, as they should be everywhere.

    So, with this work the dream of happy endings is now in sight for both patients and the greater community. "Psychiatry in Techno Colors" is, therefore, for the patient, the psychiatrist and the world. No more "white-coat fever." Five stars for this MUST READ!

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