Textbook of Men's Mental Health

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The first of its kind, this book reflects progress in a too-little explored corner of psychiatry to show that gender plays an integral role in mental health issues for men. Textbook of Men's Mental Health provides clinicians with the information they need for understanding how certain disorders manifest differently in men -- and for recognizing how treatment responses in men differ from those in women. Multidisciplinary coverage in this groundbreaking guide draws from fields such as public health and substance abuse to create a well-rounded approach to addressing men's specific mental health problems.

With contributions by today's experts in men's mental health, this work gathers the latest research about men's psychiatric issues, from the difficulties in diagnosing male depression to strategies for engaging men in marital therapy. First addressing developmental issues specific to childhood, adolescence, and old age, the text then presents treatment options for an array of problems, from anxiety to sexual disorders to posttraumatic stress disorder. This volume then addresses psychosocial issues as they apply uniquely to men, such as fathering, marriage, aggression, and overcoming the stigma of mental health treatment -- as well as a chapter on how men's ethnicity influences the effectiveness of therapy. Among the topics discussed are • how men behave in intimate relationships with women -- and the mental health considerations unique to gay men• psychiatric disorders more prevalent in men than women, such as substance abuse, antisocial personality, and conduct disorder• up-to-date facts on male sexual functioning, covering erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and male orgasmic disorder• why disorders less common in men -- anxiety, depression, PTSD -- require different treatment than for women• coverage of compulsive disorders seen in men both more frequently, such as pathological gambling and compulsive sexual behavior -- and less frequently, such as kleptomania and compulsive buying• insight into how body image, a problem usually associated with women, has become a serious health issue for men, as evidenced by eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and steroid abuse

No previous text has addressed such a wide range of issues concerning men's mental health, presented here in evidence-based coverage featuring case vignettes, key points, practice guidelines, and an extensive reference list in each chapter. Clinicians who wish to make more prudent decisions regarding the care of men with mental health issues will find this text indispensable to their practice -- and to the well-being of their male patients.

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Editorial Reviews


All 17 chapters are informative. They each present a collection of research relevant to the topic at hand. The Textbook of Men's Mental Health is a valuable reference. It provides an important collection of data on the state of men's psychological well-being.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Written as an introduction to mental health issues regarding men, this book highlights differences and similarities between men and women in the areas of clinical presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: Though vast amounts of information about mental health issues results from research about men, there is significantly less known regarding how being male affects the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. This book attempts to identify these issues for providers and offers practical guidelines for treatment.
Audience: Targeted mainly for mental health providers, this book may also be useful for individuals interested in the specific differences between mental health issues in men and women.
Features: Essentially divided into three sections — developmental issues, diagnostic and treatment issues, and sociocultural issues — this book uses case examples, clinical language, and clinical terminology to illustrate relevant information regarding men's mental health problems. Each chapter ends with key points and practice guidelines sections to condense the vital material into digestible bites for the reader.
Assessment: Because this book is rather unique, there are relatively few books with which to compare it. It is based on a premise receiving little attention until recently (mostly thanks to the recent explosion of interest in women's mental health issues), which is that men and women express differences in how their mental conditions present, and how these diseases are treated. Much of the data is fascinating, including the chapters regarding men and fatherhood, men and marriage, and the male body image and muscularity. It is a worthwhile read for anyone practicing psychiatry or psychology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622153
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Contributors. Introduction. Boys and Men at Different Life Stages. Childhood: normal development and psychopathology. Adolescence: neurodevelopment and behavioral impulsivity. Older men. Psychiatric Disorders in Men: Assessment and Treatment. Anxiety disorders. Depression. Substance use disorders. Antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder, and psychopathy. Sexual health and problems: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and male orgasmic disorder. Impulse control disorders. Posttraumatic stress disorder. Sociocultural Issues for Men. Fathering and the mental health of men. Men, marriage, and divorce. Body image and muscularity. Aggression, violence, and domestic abuse. Culture, ethnicity, race, and men's mental health. Mental health of gay men. Overcoming stigma and barriers to mental health treatment. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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