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Straight Talk about Your Mental Health

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Too often, mental health care is postponed due to fears about what treatment might entail. This comprehensive guide gives frank and authoritative answers to all the questions typically raised by individuals and their family members — plus some they might not even think to ask. Explaining what really works when treating psychological difficulties, leading psychiatrist and author Dr. James Morrison shares knowledge gleaned from years of clinical practice. Presented are the pros and cons of available medications — including details on safety and side effects — as well as psychotherapy and alternative treatments. Readers learn to recognize the symptoms and warning signs of a wide range of mental health problems, find the right doctor or therapist, and make well-informed decisions about their own care. Included are diverse examples and fact-filled charts that compare the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments. This is a book readers will turn to again and again.

Book News Annotation:

Explaining what really works for a range of psychological difficulties, this guide for general readers tells how to seek help for mental problems and how clinicians determine what is wrong, explains how treatments work and which problems they address, and describes the symptoms and course of various mental health diagnoses and the treatments that are most likely to work. There is much information on drug side effects, interactions, and prices. Morrison is a psychiatrist and educator who has written several books for professionals. He teaches clinical psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University.
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Synopsis:

Too often, mental health care is postponed due to fears about what treatment might entail. Now Dr. James Morrison, a highly experienced practitioner with a no-nonsense approach, provides up-to-date facts and reliable advice about what might be wrong and what you can do about it. Explaining what really works for a wide range of psychological difficulties, Dr. Morrison gives frank and empathetic answers to all the common questions, plus many you may not even think of asking:

*Why do I have these symptoms and when will they get better?

*How safe are drugs like Prozac--and what about herbal remedies?

*What will I have to go through to find out what's wrong?

*How will I know if I've found a good therapist?

*How can I get the best care when my insurance and finances are limited?

*What can I expect in the months and years ahead?

Whether you feel trapped by depression or driven by anxiety, whether you're worried about an aging parent's memory loss or a spouse's mood swings, Straight Talk gives you the knowledge you need now and anticipates what you'll need in the future. It helps you make well-informed choices about this critical aspect of health and well-being--for yourself and those you love.

About the Author

James Morrison, MD, is a psychiatrist who has treated over 15,000 people with mental health concerns. He was educated at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and is currently Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. His acclaimed books for professionals include The First Interview, DSM-IV Made Easy, When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, and Interviewing Children and Adolescents (coauthored with Thomas F. Anders).

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I Seeking Help

Chapter 1. Taking Charge of Your Care: What Mental Health Clinicians Do

Chapter 2. Will Treatment Help Me?

Chapter 3. Where Can I Go for Help?

Chapter 4. What Is My Role in Treatment?

Part II Treatment Options

Chapter 5. Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs

Chapter 6. Antidepressants

Chapter 7. Mood Stabilizers

Chapter 8. Drugs to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia

Chapter 9. Antipsychotic Medications

Chapter 10. Drugs for Dementia

Chapter 11. Medications to Treat Substance Abuse

Chapter 12. Nondrug Physical Treatments

Chapter 13. Psychotherapy

Chapter 14. Behavior Modification

Part III Mental Disorders

Chapter 15. Depression

Chapter 16. Mania and Mood Swings

Chapter 17. Anxiety and Panic

Chapter 18. Phobias

Chapter 19. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 20. Obsessive<en>Compulsive Disorder

Chapter 21. Somatization Disorder

Chapter 22. Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Chapter 23. Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Chapter 24. Eating and Sleeping Disorders

Chapter 25. Substance Abuse

Appendix A Resources

Appendix B Medication Generic and Trade Names

Index

About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572306745
Author:
Morrison, James R.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
Morrison, James
Author:
Morrison, James M
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Mental health services
Subject:
Mental Health
Subject:
Mental health care
Subject:
Psychotherapy
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
150-101-686
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Too often, mental health care is postponed due to fears about what treatment might entail. Now Dr. James Morrison, a highly experienced practitioner with a no-nonsense approach, provides up-to-date facts and reliable advice about what might be wrong and what you can do about it. Explaining what really works for a wide range of psychological difficulties, Dr. Morrison gives frank and empathetic answers to all the common questions, plus many you may not even think of asking:

*Why do I have these symptoms and when will they get better?

*How safe are drugs like Prozac--and what about herbal remedies?

*What will I have to go through to find out what's wrong?

*How will I know if I've found a good therapist?

*How can I get the best care when my insurance and finances are limited?

*What can I expect in the months and years ahead?

Whether you feel trapped by depression or driven by anxiety, whether you're worried about an aging parent's memory loss or a spouse's mood swings, Straight Talk gives you the knowledge you need now and anticipates what you'll need in the future. It helps you make well-informed choices about this critical aspect of health and well-being--for yourself and those you love.

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