Demystifying Psychiatry: A Resource for Patients and Families

Hardcover | October 21, 2009

byCharles F. Zorumski, Eugene Rubin

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Psychiatry is arguably the most misunderstood specialty in modern medicine and psychiatrists are often thought of as part physician, part confessor, part police officer, and part shaman. In Demystifying Psychiatry, two eminent psychiatrists offer an illuminating look at the entire field,offering a clear and informative portrait of a medical specialty often clouded in myth. Zorumski and Rubin range from a basic discussion of what psychiatry is, to the types of illnesses psychiatrists treat, the training of psychiatrists, the treatment of psychiatric disorders (covering medications,psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, electroconvulsive therapy, and much more), and how families can help with treatment. They caution the consumer about practices that should raise red flags. The book also covers new trends in psychiatry and explores the future of the field, predicting thatmajor advances in genetics and neuroscience will lead to rapid and amazing changes in psychiatry. The book concludes with extensive reference materials that will be valuable both to general readers and medical practitioners.

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Psychiatry is arguably the most misunderstood specialty in modern medicine and psychiatrists are often thought of as part physician, part confessor, part police officer, and part shaman. In Demystifying Psychiatry, two eminent psychiatrists offer an illuminating look at the entire field,offering a clear and informative portrait of a me...

Charles F. Zorumski, MD, is Samuel B. Guze Professor and Head of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. Eugene H. Rubin, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.9 inPublished:October 21, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. What Is Psychiatry?Psychiatry Is a Branch of MedicineMyths and Realities about PsychiatryPsychiatric Disorders and Public HealthPrevalence and Treatment of Psychiatric DisordersTake-Home Messages2. What Illnesses Do Psychiatrists Treat?A Few DefinitionsMood DisordersAnxiety DisordersPsychotic DisordersDrug Use DisordersCognitive DisordersPersonality DisordersAdjustment DisordersOther DisordersTake-Home Messages3. Warning SignsWarning Signs of Depressive DisorderSuicidal Thoughts and BehaviorWarning Signs of Anxiety DisordersWarning Signs of PsychosisViolent BehaviorWarning Signs of Substance AbuseWarning Signs of Personality DisordersWarning Signs of Delirium or DementiaTake-Home Messages4. Who Are Psychiatrists and What Do They Actually Do?Psychiatrists Are Medical Doctors with Specialty TrainingThe Psychiatric Examination of PatientsThe Importance of DiagnosisPsychiatric HospitalizationPreventing the Complications of Psychiatric DisordersTake-Home Messages5. Why Are Psychiatric Disorders So Common?How Common Are Psychiatric Disorders?Are Psychiatric Disorders Over- or Underdiagnosed?The Interaction of Genes and EnvironmentHow Do Complex Genetics Translate into Common Disorders?Take-Home Messages6. What Do We Know about the Mechanisms Underlying Psychiatric Disorders?"Chemical Imbalance" Means "We Don't Know"How the Brain Functions and Malfunctions: Current Science and TheoryWhat Brain Systems Contribute to the Human Mind?How Are Diverse Brain Systems Coordinated?What Are We Learning about the Brain in Psychiatric Disorders?Stress and Psychiatric DisordersBrain Development and PsychiatryTake-Home Messages7. How Are Psychiatric Disorders Treated: Basic PrinciplesSeven Basic PrinciplesEvidence-Based TreatmentsTake-Home Messages8. MedicationsAntidepressantsMood StabilizersAntipsychoticsAntianxiety MedicationsMedications for Alzheimer's Type DementiaSleep MedicationsStimulantsMedications for Drug Dependency DisordersOver-the-Counter Medications or Herbal Remedies for Psychiatric DisordersTake-Home Messages9. Psychotherapies and Lifestyle InterventionsThe Importance of Human InteractionsSpecific PsychotherapiesThe Importance of the TherapistThe Role of Psychiatrists in PsychotherapyLifestyle Changes and PsychiatryTake-Home Messages10. Brain Stimulation MethodsElectroconvulsive TherapyVagus Nerve StimulationOther Brain Stimulation MethodsPsychosurgeryTake-Home Messages11. How Can Patients and Families Help with Treatment?The Importance of Educated ConsumersTreatment ComplianceThe Importance of Lifestyle: A ReprisePsychotherapy and LearningSocial NetworksTake-Home Messages12. Consumers BewarePractitioners Vary Widely in Their Training and ExpertiseThe Vagaries of Psychiatric DiagnosesSnake Oil and Psychiatric TreatmentsFaddism, Bad Logic, and PsychiatryTake-Home Messages13. Case ExamplesCase 1. Is This 20-Year-Old Student Having a Heart Attack?Case 2. Is It Normal for a 58-Year-Old Man to Become a Couch Potato after a Heart Attack?Case 3. Do Multiple Physical Complaints Necessarily Signal the Presence of Severe Medical Illnesses?Case 4. Is Larry's Problem All about His Substance Abuse?Case 5. Why Is This 69-Year-Old Man Watching a Soccer Game No One Else Can See?Take-Home Messages14. Trends in Psychiatry and Mental HealthA Brief Overview of Past TrendsTrends in DiagnosisTrends in TreatmentsTrends in the Relationships between Psychiatry and IndustryTrends in Psychiatric EducationTrends in Demographics and Health Care DeliveryTake-Home Messages15. The Future of Psychiatry: Reasons for OptimismThe Brain Is PlasticNeurogenesis and PsychiatryScience Will WinNew Vistas in Diagnosis and TreatmentBibliographyBooks for the ConsumerTextbooks and ManualsSelected Books and Articles Organized by TopicPsychiatric DiagnosisPsychiatric TreatmentMedicationsElectroconvulsive Therapy and Brain StimulationPsychotherapies and LifestyleGenetics and PsychiatryBrain MechanismsGeneralIllness-Related Brain ChangesEmotions, Plasticity, and NeurogenesisPsychiatry and Public HealthTrends in PsychiatryIndex