Schizophrenia: The Facts / Edition 2

Schizophrenia: The Facts / Edition 2

by Ming T. Tsuang, Stephen V. Farraone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192627600

ISBN-13: 9780192627605

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Schizophrenia is one of the most traumatic psychiatric conditions both for the patient and his family. It also suffers from frequent misinterpretation by the popular media. The disorder usually manifests itself through significant periods of hallucinations and bizarre delusions, but patients are not generally violent, and do have periods of remission. However, it…  See more details below

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Schizophrenia is one of the most traumatic psychiatric conditions both for the patient and his family. It also suffers from frequent misinterpretation by the popular media. The disorder usually manifests itself through significant periods of hallucinations and bizarre delusions, but patients are not generally violent, and do have periods of remission. However, it is often difficult for them to maintain a regular lifestyle and relationships at home and at work, and many schizophrenics end up homeless on the streets of our cities.
This book provides a concise and up-to-date account of the underlying causes and symptoms of schizophrenia. The authors are psychiatrists with many years of experience in the treatment of schizophrenia. They look at all the current treatment options, both medical and psychological, together with likely side effects and the problem of compliance with treatment. The role of the family and the community in caring for schizophrenic patients is also considered. This book will provide a welcome source of information both for the families of schizophrenics and for the medical personnel involved in their care.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192627605
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Facts Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1What is schizophrenia?1
1Introduction3
2Defining the terms5
3Diagnosis12
4Symptoms22
Sect. 2Schizophrenia: the central questions31
5Introduction33
6How common is schizophrenia?35
7Is schizophrenia inherited?41
8How does the environment affect schizophrenia?57
9Is schizophrenia a disease of the brain?74
Sect. 3Meeting the challenge of schizophrenia89
10Introduction91
11Treating schizophrenia96
12Biological therapies101
13Non-biological therapies112
14The role of the hospital in modern mental health care120
Sect. 4Caring and coping in a changing social environment129
15Introduction131
16What special problems does the schizophrenic person face?133
17Prognosis154
18Summary166
App. 1List of family and patient support groups168
Further reading170
Index171

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