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Straight Talk about Your Mental Health


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Part I: Seeking Help. Taking Charge of Your Care: What Mental Health Clinicians Do. Will Treatment Help Me? Where Can I Go for Help? What Is My Role in Treatment? Part II: Treatment Options. Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs. Antidepressants. Mood Stabilizers. Drugs to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia. Antipsychotic Medications. Drugs for Dementia. Drugs to Treat Substance Abuse. Nondrug Physical Treatments. Psychotherapy. Behavior Modification. Part III: Mental Disorders. Depression. Mania and Mood Swings. Anxiety and Panic. Phobias. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Somatization Disorder. Psychosis and Schizophrenia. Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Eating and Sleeping Disorders. Substance Abuse. Appendices: A. Resources. B. Medication Generic and Trade Names.

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).


Morrison (clinical psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science Univ.; DSM-IV Made Easy) adds to his growing list of works this effective lay readers' guide to treating mental illness. As the author reveals, many people put off getting help for fear of what their treatment may involve, the cost of treatment, of being stigmatized, and the side effects of medication. Morrison provides authoritative answers to those and many other concerns typically raised by individuals and their families, organizing the material into sections on seeking help, mental disorders, and, most important, treatment options. Morrison explains which treatments work best for which illnesses, detailing numerous drugs, including the new generation of antipsychotics. Although written for consumers, this book will also well serve professionals and students and nicely complements Daniel G. Amen's Healing the Hardware of the Soul. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

'Dr. Morrison has combined his careers as a practicing psychiatrist, a noted researcher, a respected teacher, and a popular author to produce this work that I (and many of my colleagues) have wanted to write for years. It should become the flagship among many other fine efforts to help the public navigate the confusing seas of mental disorders. It will be 'must' reading for my patients and their loved ones, as well as my students.' - Charles L. Rich, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of South Alabama

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