The Physician as Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

The Physician as Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

by Michael F. Myers, Glen O. Gabbard
     
 

Because physicians are shaped by the expectations and responsibilities of their profession and are especially susceptible to stress and illness, professionals treating them need to be attuned to a host of demands and considerations not applicable to other patients. The Physician as Patient meets that need by combining the perspectives of two seasoned psychiatrists

Overview

Because physicians are shaped by the expectations and responsibilities of their profession and are especially susceptible to stress and illness, professionals treating them need to be attuned to a host of demands and considerations not applicable to other patients. The Physician as Patient meets that need by combining the perspectives of two seasoned psychiatrists who have been assessing and treating physicians for more than 30 years. Drs. Myers and Gabbard pool their career-long dedication to physician health, counseling, and risk management to demonstrate that, through accurate diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment, most impaired physicians can recover and return to practice.

As the most current sourcebook available on this subject, The Physician as Patient not only discusses common illnesses and problems seen in doctors but also outlines the many biopsychosocial treatments that are indicated -- always with an emphasis on integrated care. It considers such issues as the reluctance of physicians to assume the role of patient and the uniqueness of the physician's psychological makeup that facilitates or impedes diagnosis and treatment. It describes the most common medical and psychiatric illnesses in physicians -- including addictions -- and addresses personality disorders and the increasingly important subject of boundary violations. And it helps readers determine what can be done about doctors behaving badly or out-of-character, or what strategies are useful in treating physicians to assure accuracy while also diminishing morbidity and relieving suffering. Among other key issues raised are: • The importance of considering sociocultural customs and values when treating the increasing number of minority and International Medical Graduate physicians • Addressing the many clinical, humanistic, ethical, and legal dimensions of the psychiatric evaluation of physicians• Distinguishing between long-standing patterns of personality disorders that manifest as disruptive behaviors and those patterns that lead to burnout and depression• Assessing amenability to rehabilitation in cases of sexual boundary violation, including an awareness of alcohol or drug abuse as contributing factors• Utilizing a physician's predisposition as a learner and pragmatist to enter into cognitive behavior therapy• The success of early diagnosis and treatment in lowering the occurrence of suicide, for which physicians are notoriously at risk Brimming with case examples, The Physician as Patient adopts a reader-friendly style that facilitates quick grasp of concepts, while an extensive list of references and websites provides an entrée for additional support. This book is an indispensable resource for all mental health professionals who take caregivers into their care.

American Psychiatric Publishing

Editorial Reviews

PsycCRITIQUES

Myers and Gabbard have made a significant contribution to physician mental health. While reading this book, I repeatedly muttered to myself," they really get it." On page after page, I consistently admired the authors' ability to reflect upon their experience with their corresponding impact on mental health. Their ability to integrate clinical assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy with medical culture and physician characteristic makes this book very useful to a wide audience.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

This is a valuable, and much needed, resource for any mental health professional who treats physicians and their families. It should also be read by administrators concerned with the future of impaired physicians.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

This book a gift of wisdom and generosity from authors who have been in the trenches for decades caring for physicians-and the medical profession as a whole. Their experiences are exposed thought case vignettes, and their breath and depth of knowledge are succinctly revealed. Dr. Michael F. Myers and Dr. Glen O. Gabbard ably entreat a paradigm shift in the culture of medicine and the care of physicians. This is a must-read text.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This handbook explores the unique problems inherent in treating mentally ill physicians and discusses how to treat them successfully.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide understanding of and treatment guidelines for mentally ill physicians.
Audience: Although the authors intend the book for anyone who is involved with mentally ill physicians — clinicians, therapists, families, and friends, it appears most suitable for treating clinicians.
Features: The first of the three sections explores the characteristics and vulnerabilities particular to physicians. The culture of medicine, minority physicians, and psychiatric evaluation of physicians are all detailed. The second section examines diagnostic and treatment issues from personality disorders to addictions to professional boundary violations. The third covers treatment principles, prevention, and rehabilitation with a particular focus on psychotherapy modalities and suicidality.
Assessment: This excellent and well written book tackles a very difficult subject with care and concern, but manages to remain pragmatic and objective. The sections on suicidality, the culture of medicine, and professional boundary violations are particularly good. The case examples are relevant and appropriate and the writing is clear and unambiguous. I would highly recommend this book to anyone — licensing board members, deans, clinicians — who is involved with treating ill physicians.
David Baron

This handbook, co-authored by two of the leading psychoanalytic educators in Northern America, covers an important topic rarely addressed in the training of mental health care providers: providing treatment to the physician-patient. The entire book is an easy read and very well written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585623129
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Leah J. Dickstein

The Physician as Patient in 12 chapters is superb, complete, concise, and easy to read and to apply. All health professionals should keep it handy for ongoing self and other referral, and insights into psychiatrically ill physicians. Detailed diverse patient examples include recognition of sex, gender, age, cultural, racial, ethnic, spiritual and relational factors important for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

David Baron
This handbook, co-authored by two of the leading psychoanalytic educators in Northern America, covers an important topic rarely addressed in the training of mental health care providers: providing treatment to the physician-patient. The entire book is an easy read and very well written.(M.S.,Ed., D.O., Psychiatric Services)
Michael Kaufmann

How are physician-patients like other patients... and how are they different? In a comprehensive manner, well referenced and using plenty of case examples, Drs. Gabbard and Myers tackle this question head on. This text will become a valuable, if not essential, resource to every clinician who wishes to understand the needs of their physician-patient and the cultural context in which their problems arise.

Meet the Author

Michael F. Myers, M.D., is Director of the Marital Therapy Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst at the Houston--Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston, Texas.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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