The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

by Carolyn Kaufman


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An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884995682
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 401,631
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD, is a professor at Columbus State Community College. She is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA's Media Psychology division. She lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Common Myths and Mistakes

A Look at Fictional Portrayals of Psychological Problems, Professionals, and Treatments 1

Chapter 2 Why People Do What They Do

Learning to Think Like a Shrink 17

Chapter 3 The Therapist's Profession

Degrees, Training, and Ethics 37

Chapter 4 Behind Closed Doors

How Real Therapy Sessions Work 47

Chapter 5 Disorders and Diagnosis

When Does a Problem Become a Disorder? 63

Chapter 6 The Disorders, Part I

Mood, Anxiety, and Psychotic Disorders 77

Chapter 7 The Disorders, Part II

Childhood Disorders, Dementia, and Eating Disorders 109

Chapter 8 The Disorders, Part III

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociation 125

Chapter 9 The Disorders, Part IV

Personality Disorders 145

Chapter 10 Psychopaths and Villains

Crossing the Line 163

Chapter 11 Physical and Biological Interventions

Medications, Electroshock, and One Really Horrible Idea 175

Chapter 12 Emergencies in Psychotherapy

Suicidality, Homicidality, and Hospitalization 195

Conclusion 211

Glossary 212

Note About the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 217

Bibliography 219

Index 224

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Fiction writers can get all the help they need with [flat characters, phony fictional shrinks and false diagnoses] in Carolyn Kaufman's excellent reference. (Dr. Roberta Isleib author, Deadly Advice)

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