Preventing Misdiagnosis of Women: A Guide to Physical Disorders That Have Psychiatric Symptoms

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Some clients don't respond to a therapist's chosen treatment for a specific mental disorder. Could there be a physical disorder that is causing psychiatric symptoms? How can a therapist distinguish between similar psychiatric and physical disorders to arrive at the correct diagnosis, refer on, and/or suggest appropriate treatment? Preventing Misdiagnosis of Women gives the therapist the foundation for identifying those physiological disorders that may be at the root of the mental problems presented by women clients. Hyperthyroidism, for example, can result in depression and anxiety, and temporal lobe epilepsy can manifest itself with the same symptoms as bipolar disorder. This special guidebook sorts out potential mix-ups by providing detailed cases and illustrations, a quick reference table for checking symptoms, and a glossary. Making technical information clear and concise, the authors cover endocrinological--including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and parathyroid systems--and brain seizure problems as well as other diseases--such as multiple sclerosis, mitral heart valve prolapse, and lupus erythematosus. They offer a basic overview of the systems and organs involved and focus on how particular malfunctions can result in serious behavioral problems. A guide to providing the best and most effective care to women clients, Preventing Misdiagnosis of Women presents important information about assessment and interfacing with medical professionals. All mental health and helping professionals will find this book invaluable, as will students in clinical/counseling psychology, health psychology, social work, and gender studies.
 

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Contents

The Endocrinological System
3
Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
9
Adrenal Pituitary and Parathyroid Disorders
20
Seizure Disorders
25
Brain Anatomy and Localization of Function
34
Clinical Practice Considerations
42
Generalized and Simple Focal Seizures
43
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
54
Multiple Sclerosis and Mitral Valve Prolapse
73
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SLE and Other Disorders
86
A Practical Guide
95
Conclusions
109
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