The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Guide to Mental and Emotional Health

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Library Journal
This volume is intended to be ``comprehensive, interesting, and, above all, useful.'' It succeeds on all counts. Four broad sections cover mental illness assessment and treatment, common problems and disorders among adults, common problems and disorders among children and adolescents, and special issues and problems. Chapters are written by experts and contain an impressive amount of accessible information. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the therapeutic use of drugs, eating and sleep disorders, aging, suicide, AIDS, and ethical issues. The only other comparable guide available is Frank J. Bruno's Family Mental Health Encyclopedia ( LJ 9/1/89), which is not as accessible as this. Many people will find this work useful, from those who want more than brief explanations of the various aspects and personnel involved in the mental health field to those trying to choose the best therapy and therapist for a particular problem. Strongly recommended.-- January Adams, Somerville P.L., N.J.
Booknews
Prepared under the aegis of the Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry, this comprehensive, authoritative reference provides information and advice for individuals and families who are coping with mental illness--from common disorders such as insomnia to severe, long-term illnesses such as manic-depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease. It is sure to become the standard home reference, like its companion medical, pregnancy, and early childhood guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Stephanie Zvirin
Although one third of all Americans will experience a severe mental problem at some time during their lives, mental illness is still not talked about. Indeed, it is greatly misunderstood and even feared. This collection of articles contributed by more than 50 mental health specialists begins to set matters right. Authoritative yet accessible, the material defines what constitutes various types of mental illness and explains treatment options in a clear, no-nonsense fashion that will help readers determine whether a problem exists and whether it necessitates a visit to a therapist. Introductory chapters take the terror out of seeking professional counseling by clearly defining the roles of the mental health specialists and summarizing what practitioners do. Succeeding sections introduce common mental health issues--anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, and addictive behaviors--as well as the concerns of special groups, such as women, the elderly, children, and AIDS patients. Scattered through the text are addresses of organizations from which further information can be obtained. Well organized and informative, this book belongs in every public library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805007244
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/7/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 496

Table of Contents

Foreword: How to Use This Book
About the Editors
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
1 What Is Mental Illness? 3
2 Going for Help: How Diagnoses Are Made and Appropriate Treatments Determined 18
3 Mental Health Professionals and Treatment Facilities 33
4 Common Approaches to Psychotherapy 44
5 The Use of Drugs and Other Somatic Treatments 63
6 Is Treatment Effective? 81
7 Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders 95
8 Depression and Other Mood Disorders 108
9 Alcoholism and Other Substance Abuse 125
10 Eating Disorders 147
11 Sexual Dysfunctions and Disorders 157
12 Sleep Disorders 170
13 Personality Disorders 182
14 Schizophrenia 192
15 Alzheimer's Disease and Other Organic Causes of Mental Disorders 206
16 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health 223
17 Developmental Disabilities and Common Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Preschool Children 237
18 Disorders of School-Age Children 258
19 Normal Development and Major Problems of Adolescence 272
20 Stresses and Traumas of Childhood 290
21 Women's Issues at a Time of Social Change 309
22 Developmental Issues for Men Throughout Life 323
23 Aging and Mental Health 336
24 Stress and Stress Management 352
25 Emotional Crises 364
26 Suicide 374
27 Violence and Aggression 385
28 Coping with Medical Illness and Dying 394
29 Coping with AIDS 408
30 Legal and Ethical Issues 419
31 National Policy and Mental Health 428
32 Outlook for the Future 436
Glossary 445
Index 457
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