Fears, Phobias & Fantasies

Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health

Patricia Casey

Since mental health problems are common, and range in severity from transient stress reactions to those that impact seriously on day to day living, a book that helps people understand these conditions is required reading.
Date Published :
July 2021
Publisher :
Columba Books
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781782189213
Pages : 284
Dimensions : 5.3 X 8.4 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$26.99

Overview
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Written by well-known psychiatrist Patricia Casey, this book is aimed at the general public. Since mental health problems are common, and range in severity from transient stress reactions to those that impact seriously on day to day living, a book that helps people understand these conditions is required reading. There is also concern about the medicalization of day-to-day problems of living and this too is explored critically.

Case vignettes and tips on how family and friends can help will make this accessible to the non-medical reader and to those who either suffer with mental health problems or who are caring for somebody who does. Useful reading and contact details of support organizations conclude each chapter. These will deal with the organization of the psychiatric services, how to access a mental health professional, the consultation process, the various psychiatric disorders and legal and ethical issues in mental health. It will clarify the various symptoms and therapies and explore some of the common myths surrounding mental illness.

About The Author
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Patrica Casey is Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Adult Psychiatry, UCD and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. She is the author of 11 books, including 'Psychiatry and the Law, a Guide to Psychiatry in Primary Care' and is co-editor of the book 'Stress and Trauma Related Disorder' (APP, 2016). She has published over 120 papers in peer reviewed journals. Her research interests include suicidal behavior and adjustment disorders. She is Editor of BJPsych Advances and writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent (Mind and Meaning).

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword
Introduction

Chapter 1 - History and Definition of Mental Illness
Chapter 2 - Organization of the Psychiatric Services
Chapter 3 - What Happens at a Psychiatric Consultation?
Chapter 4 - Stress- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Chapter 5 - Anxiety and Fear Related Disorders
Chapter 6 - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Chapter 7 - Mood Disorders
Chapter 8 - Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
Chapter 9 - Suicidal Behavior
Chapter 10 - Disorders of Personality and Behavior
Chapter 11 - Disorders Due to Substance Use or Addictive Behaviors
Chapter 12 - Eating Disorders, Dementia and Psychosexual Disorders
Chapter 13 - Mind and Body Disorders
Chapter 14 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychiatry

Index

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