Revealing Psychiatry... From an Insider: Psychiatric stories for open minds and to open minds by Pavlos SakkasRevealing Psychiatry... From an Insider: Psychiatric stories for open minds and to open minds by Pavlos Sakkas

Revealing Psychiatry... From an Insider: Psychiatric stories for open minds and to open minds

byPavlos SakkasTranslated byDoolie Sloman

Paperback | September 13, 2015

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THIS VOLUME contains the principal elements preoccupying modern Psychiatry. The author introduces the reader into all mental illnesses, on the one hand through real examples deriving from his rich clinical experience and on the other explaining in simple terms the ‘fault’ that is the underlying cause. It is in essence an interesting investigation into the magical world of the human brain. Using easily comprehended language, the author provides convincing explanations for the diverse mental functions. The models he expounds on bring mental illness down to earth from the mists of Philosophy to the realities of Medicine. He compares schizophrenia to a minor short–circuit, and Anorexia Nervosa to the activation of a programme in reserve in the brain. He gives reasons for the necessity for sleep and dreams.

Other than a doctor, however, Pavlos Sakkas is a person intensively querying social behaviour. His many years of practice of psychiatry and his experience of human pain give him the potential to be of assistance to those who arrive at crucial crossroads in their life. His charitable attitude and the unconventional viewpoints he develops provide interesting answers to the greatest existentialist questioning of human beings. He speaks of his own questioning and recounts what he answers when his patients ask him about the meaning of life.

In this book the reader will be able to find useful directions to be guided in the great and thrilling journey of life: Guidelines for relations with parents, siblings, companions and one’s children.

The author has a way of transmitting such knowledge to his layman reader as would be envied by an experienced psychiatrist. But the book’s best achievement is to bring the reader into the head and the thoughts of a psychiatrist. His way also at the same time gives advice in the correct practice of clinical Psychiatry as well as of Medicine in general.

It is a book addressing every challenged and questioning person who cogitates a problem, including professionals of mental health, who will find in it new methods of approach along the hazardous paths of the human soul.

PAVLOS SAKKAS grew up in the milieu of psychiatry as his father was also a psychiatrist. Pavlos has practiced Psychiatry at the front line for the last thirty years and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical School of the University of Athens. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has o...
Title:Revealing Psychiatry... From an Insider: Psychiatric stories for open minds and to open mindsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.53 inPublished:September 13, 2015Publisher:STERGIOU BOOKS LIMITEDLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910370738

ISBN - 13:9781910370735


Table of Contents

DEDICATION; ?AUTHOR'S BIOGRAPHY; ?A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BOOK; ?INTRODUCTION; ?THE HUMAN BRAIN: AN ADMIRABLE COMPUTER; ?Memory; ?Search engine; ?Plasticity: a gift as well as a jail; ?Habit: a gift to burn your fingers; ?SCHIZOPHRENIA: A TINY SHORT-CIRCUIT; ?Schizophrenia: a biological illness; ?An interesting model; ?THE PATIENT'S COMPLIANCE AND HIS/HER PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY; ?DEPRESSION: THE BATTERY NEEDS RECHARGING; ?Depression: a gift from modern life; ?RECESSION AND DEPRESSION; ?MANIA: A DATA STORM; ?Hypomania; ?ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS: A USELESS ALARM SYSTEM; ?Anxiety's prehistory; ?Modern anxiety; ?The mechanism of anxiety; ?Control of the Anxiety; ?The usefulness of anxiety; ?The impact of anxiety; ?A piece of advice; ?The relation between anxiety and depression; ?The treatment for anxiety in five steps; ?OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIONS: DEFICIENCY OF PROGRAMME LOADING; ?The treatment; ?DEMENTIA: AN UNAVOIDABLE DETERIORATION?; ?The symptoms; ?The treatment; ?SLEEP: AN OBLIGATORY 'RESTART'; ?The architecture of sleep; ?Dreams; ?Insomnia; ?10 recommendations for those who suffer from insomnia; ?The environment of sleep; ?ANOREXIA NERVOSA; ?Extreme anorexia: a programme for extreme situations; ?RESTRAINT; ?Addictions: stuck in a useless programme; ?An innocent game of strategy; ?NARCOTICS; ?PROVOCATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY; ?A strike where it hurts; ?Disorientation and relaxation; ?The approval; ?RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO SEXES; ?When biology is disregarded; ?DIVORCE: A WAR FOR FREEDOM; ?PARENT - CHILD RELATIONSHIPS; ?Downgrading: A canker in a relationship; ?The contest of generations; ?The Rule of Three S; ?TWO 'LOVING' SIBLINGS; ?PEOPLE'S PERSONALITY; ?Hysterical personality; ?Compulsive personality; ?WHAT HAS MEANING IN MY EXISTENCE?; ?SUICIDE; ?Why should I stay alive?; ?THE PSYCHIATRIST'S MORAL DILEMMA; ?Antidepressants; ?Improvement with drops; ?Advice on eugenics; ?PSYCHOANALYSIS: AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE A BASIC PROGRAMME; ?IN LIEU OF AN AFTERWORD: PSYCHIATRY AND RATIONALISM.

Editorial Reviews

"Roaming, conversational musings on psychiatry principles and phenomena." -- KIRKUS REVIEW