What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry / Edition 2

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This layperson's guide is filled with essential, comprehensive information on the gamut of adult psychiatric disorders. Aimed at patients and caregivers - including family, friends, professional caregivers this down-to-earth volume provides clear, indepth advice on understanding and dealing with stress and difficult patient.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Diana Marta, BSN, RN (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a second edition of a very informative and user-friendly guide to the subject of psychiatry. It covers diagnoses, treatment options, case studies, medications and more in a way that can be readily understood by a lay person.
Purpose: The author's goal is to educate patients and their families, friends, and caregivers on issues that come up in dealing with mental illness. It avoids using medical jargon and is not at all like a textbook. The author's intent is to provide an authoritative, useful resource in a world where everyone tries to practice and give psychiatric advice; and do so in a manner that is easy to read and absorb. He has done an excellent job of accomplishing his goal.
Audience: The intended audience is lay people, particularly patients, family, friends and caregivers, but the book could be helpful to people who work with those affected by mental illness. The case studies help to illustrate the illnesses and propose ways to respond to them. The author is a university professor and clinical director of a major psychiatric hospital. He has also been recognized as an advocate for mental health by the National Alliance for the Mentally III (NAMI).
Features: The book begins by attempting to distinguish between what is normal or a mild variation in mood or behavior and what constitutes a psychiatric illness. The case studies illustrate various situations that a family member might encounter and how best to respond. It is comfortable reading, either in parts or in its entirety, and even has an inviting cover to draw the reader in. I felt like I was reading an interesting magazine article as opposed to a textbook or journal.
Assessment: I like the accessibility of this book, in its appearance, writing style, and organization. It is informative and thorough without patronizing the reader and should be recommended to families and friends of patients to enhance the support they offer. Patients especially will appreciate the respect the author shows for those who suffer from mental illness and the author's commitment to improving their lives.
Comprehensive information for the layperson covers the gamut of adult psychiatric disorders, providing in-depth advice on understanding and dealing with stress and difficult patient behaviors. Topics include heredity's role in alcohol and drug dependence; marital troubles, psychiatric problems common among the elderly; and emotional illness versus mental illness. Chapters feature definitions of psychiatric terms, explanations of the effects and uses of available medications, and discussions of biological theories and research on short-term therapies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585621101
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Roukema, M.D., F.A.P.A., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey. He also serves as Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Wyckoff, New Jersey, a division of the Christian Health Care Center.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Background and Normal Variations in Stress. A day at the office. Normal development and the life cycle. Heredity, parenting, and society. Stress and common emotional reactions. Managing stress. Part II: How Emotional Illness Differs From Mental Illness. Adjustment disorders and psychosomatic disorders. Anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, and dissociative disorders. Alcoholism and drug abuse. Sexual problems in our culture. Eating disorders. The emotional effects of loss. Personality disorders. Unusual psychiatric disorders. Part III: Mental Illness: The Psychoses. Mood disorders: depression and manic states. Schizophrenia. Other psychotic disorders. Delirium, dementia, and amnestic and other cognitive disorders. Part IV: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Illness. How a psychiatrist helps. Psychotherapy: who, what, when, and how? Conclusion. Suggested Readings. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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