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The Language of Mental Health: A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms [NOOK Book]

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A must-have resource for both mental health professionals and laypeople, The Language of Mental Health: A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms transcends its title by offering not only a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute glossary of terms, both general and specialized, but also a full complement of features, including commonly used abbreviations, psychiatric measures, medications used in psychiatry, legal terms, and mental health resources. Each section is organized in a logical manner ...

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The Language of Mental Health: A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

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Overview

A must-have resource for both mental health professionals and laypeople, The Language of Mental Health: A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms transcends its title by offering not only a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute glossary of terms, both general and specialized, but also a full complement of features, including commonly used abbreviations, psychiatric measures, medications used in psychiatry, legal terms, and mental health resources. Each section is organized in a logical manner that optimizes ease of use and presentation.

Although The Language of Mental Health is designed to be used primarily by professionals, patients and their families, mental health advocacy groups, attorneys, and others also will appreciate its many reader-friendly features. The definitions are written in a style that is direct and accessible, and the Web-savvy list of mental health resources is current and complete. Clinicians will value having critical information in a single volume concise, yet substantial enough to withstand frequent consultation and extended study.

Utterly complete and yet accessible, The Language of Mental Health is the most current compendium of psychiatric terminology available today and is essential reading for practitioners, researchers, and residents.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Composed to define terms "currently relevant to the mental health field," this book attempts to clarify meanings of concepts through "definitions, examples, and qualifications."
Purpose: The authors note that the book "is meant to be a resource for anyone who needs concise but thorough explanations of terms that have pertinence to the practice and study of mental health." Its secondary purpose seems to be to solidify a consistent language and understanding among practitioners in the field.
Audience: Though primarily directed at those involved in the field of mental health, this book also might be useful for those without the training or experience of clinicians in the trenches. The authors also note "many of the definitions and examples have been edited to allow for those outside the field to grasp the meanings more easily."
Features: In addition to over 250 pages of definitions and examples, the book also has sections covering commonly used abbreviations, medications used in psychiatry, psychiatric measures, legal terms, and mental health resources.
Assessment: This book is unique to the field and there are few comparable publications. Although there are limited glossaries in many psychiatric/psychological books, few are as comprehensive and inclusive as this one. The authors have attempted to address virtually all relevant psychiatric terms, including brief but complete definitions of psychiatric diagnoses. The section regarding legal terms could be particularly enlightening, especially since many clinicians do not have a familiarity with the justice system and its many interactions with mental health. Additionally, the chapter on mental health resources is very valuable, as it includes physical addresses, web addresses, and phone numbers. Overall, this is a nice contribution to the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629558
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 346
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Narriman C. Shahrokh is Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in Sacramento, California.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Chair and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief, Books, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Butler Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chairman of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Glossary. Bibliography. Commonly used abbreviations. Medications used in psychiatry. Psychiatric measures. Legal terms. Mental health resources. Index.

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