Straight Talk about Your Mental Health

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Guilford Press, 2002 - Psychology - 344 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Taking Charge of Your Care What Mental Health Clinicians Do
11
Will Treatment Help Me?
21
Where Can I Go for Help?
27
What Is My Role in Treatment?
36
Treatment Options
45
Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
47
Antidepressants
63
Mood Stabilizers
85
Depression
191
Mania and Mood Swings
214
Anxiety and Panic
224
Phobias
236
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
246
ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
251
Somatization Disorder
257
Psychosis and Schizophrenia
264

Drugs to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia
96
Antipsychotic Medications
112
Drugs for Dementia
129
Medications to Treat Substance Abuse
137
Nondrug Physical Treatments
148
Psychotherapy
158
Behavior Modification
178
Mental Disorders
189
Alzheimers and Other Dementias
276
Eating and Sleeping Disorders
287
Substance Abuse
299
Resources
319
Medication Generic and Trade Names
327
Index
337
About the Author
344
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About the author (2002)

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).

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