Understanding Troubled Minds: A Guide to Mental Illness and Its Treatment available in Paperback
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- Melbourne University Publishing
Most of us take our mental health for granted. But when confronted by mental illness in our family, our friends, or ourselves, even the most competent among us is likely to become bewildered.
Understanding Troubled Minds provides a calm and authoritative guide to the full range of specific mental illnesses and available treatments. It deals with particular patterns of illness in women, children, and the elderly. It stresses the value of partnership among psychiatrists, patients, and their families. And it places this knowledge within the framework of modern psychiatry-from the history of the profession to just what it is that psychiatrists and fellow health-workers do, and how they can help.
A sense of hope and optimism prevails within these pages. The authors, both eminent psychiatrists with long practical experience, stress that great strides are being made in the treatment of mental illness. But they also warn against the lure of the instant cure. Acknowledging the complexity of human nature, they weave the stories of real people and the insights of many writers throughout their text.
Balanced, up-to-date, thoroughly readable, and humanistic, this book will both increase our practical knowledge and deepen our understanding of mental illness.
|Publisher:||Melbourne University Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Sidney Bloch is Associate Professor and Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and Senior Psychiatrist at St Vincent's Hospital. He is the author of numerous books dealing with psychotherapy, ethics, and the family.
Bruce S. Singh is Cato Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and Clinical Director of Psychiatry of the Western Health Care Network, Melbourne.
Table of Contents
1 The History of Psychiatry 1
2 Making Sense of a Life 12
3 Defining and Classifying Mental Illnesses 25
4 The Psychiatrist at Work 35
5 Stress, Crisis and Coping 53
6 The Spectrum of Anxiety 64
7 The Highs and Lows of Mood 83
8 The Mind Talking through the Body 102
9 Eating Disorders 116
10 Disturbances of Personality 124
11 The Psychoses 143
12 Alcohol and Drug Abuse 163
13 Gender Identity and Sexual Disorders 181
14 Children and Adolescents 192
15 Women 219
16 The Elderly 234
17 Suicide and Deliberate Self-harm 255
18 Drugs and Other Physical Treatments 273
19 The Psychotherapies 288
20 Promoting Mental Health 322
21 An Ethical Dimension 344
A Select Guide to Further Reading 356