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

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

by Richard W. Roukema
     
 

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Despite tremendous strides in knowledge gained in the field, psychiatric disorders continue to present challenges to patients, caregivers, those with family histories of mental illness, and even physicians. This layperson's guide is filled with essential, comprehensive information on the gamut of adult psychiatric disorders.

Aimed at patients and caregivers --

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Despite tremendous strides in knowledge gained in the field, psychiatric disorders continue to present challenges to patients, caregivers, those with family histories of mental illness, and even physicians. 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, in-depth advice on understanding and dealing with stress and difficult patient behaviors. Noted psychiatrist Richard W. Roukema covers such topics as heredity's role in alcohol and drug dependency, marital troubles, psychiatric problems common among the elderly, and stress management, as well as emotional illness versus mental illness (for example, he helps readers recognize the difference between acute anxiety prompted by temporary stress and more serious conditions that require psychiatric treatment). In explaining a wide range of illnesses, Dr. Roukema makes this work reader-friendly by including definitions of psychiatric terms and explaining the effects and uses of the myriad of medications now available.

The second edition has been extensively updated with new findings on the genetics of mental illness, diagnostic techniques and brain scans, medications, psychotherapeutic techniques -- and an expanded section on Alzheimer's disease, its effect on caregivers, and what caregivers can do to help. It also examines the effects of events since 9/11 on the occurrence of psychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder.

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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.
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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585627509
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/13/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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