The LGBT Casebook

The LGBT Casebook

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Even in today's more enlightened society, it takes courage for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to "come out of the closet" and embrace their sexual orientation and identity. Coming out, or facing internal and societal conflicts related to sexuality, involves a great deal of anxiety that can permeate other aspects of an LGBT individual's life -- particularly when seeking psychiatric treatment. The goal of The LGBT Casebook is to help clinicians, trainees, and other mental health professionals address the mental health needs of LGBT people in the context of problems these individuals face in their everyday lives, including homophobia and discrimination.

The LGBT Casebook begins with five chapters devoted to basic concerns that affect LGBT populations, including coming out, heterosexist attitudes, the "don't ask, don't tell" mentality, legal issues, gay parenting, and sexual identity in patient-therapist relationships. In the rest of the book, clinician-authors present case studies of 20 patients with different DSM diagnoses, illuminating the impact of LGBT identity and illustrating a way of working with each presented patient. Features and benefits of The LGBT Casebook include:  Insights into the unique problems LGBT people face in their everyday lives when compared with heterosexual individuals. Problems that are common to all LGBT individuals, such as the anxiety of being in the closet (hiding one's identity) or coming out (embracing one's identity). Practitioners with little experience in working with the LGBT population can gain a better understanding of psychiatric diagnoses within the context of an LGBT individual's everyday life. The book can be read cover-to-cover to gain insights into the full diversity of the LGBT population, or by specific chapters of interest to help with the diagnosis of a patient currently in treatment. A glossary at the back of the book defines both clinical and colloquial terms and phrases that clinicians and patients use to define themselves and their peers.

While The LGBT Casebook is the ideal general overview and roadmap for the clinician new to treating LGBT patients, it also provides new pearls of wisdom and insights for psychiatrists, residents, medical students, nurses, and clinical social workers who are already familiar with working with the LGBT community. By introducing a diverse range of people, diagnoses, and presenting problems, it will serve as a valuable reference book for all mental health professionals when assessing and treating the mental health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients.
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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 3 Line drawings, unspecified; 4 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624217
  • 9781585624218
  • 1,057,003

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals seeking care for psychiatric problems often carry added anxiety related to their sexual orientation. The LGBT Casebook provides a general overview and roadmap for clinicians new to treating LGBT individuals, and it deepens and updates knowledge for those already seeing these patients in their practices. The LGBT population represents a diverse range of people, diagnoses, and presenting problems. Some are common to all, such as anxiety associated with being in the closet or coming out, while others only affect a minority, such as chemical dependence or a serious mental illness like schizophrenia. The LGBT Casebook is a collection of case studies of patients with a DSM diagnosis (Axis I, Axis II, V-codes, or some combination of these), followed by the case author's insights into how he or she helped a particular patient work through them. By leading the reader through mental health issues within the context of LGBT lives, The LGBT Casebook helps clinicians, residents, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals better address the unique needs of the LGBT community during both assessment and treatment.
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Table of contents

ContributorsForewordPrefacePART I: Basic PrinciplesChapter 1. What's in Your Closet?Chapter 2. Coming Out to Self and OthersChapter 3. From Outlaws to In-LawsChapter 4. LGBT ParentingChapter 5. Sexual Identity in Patient-Therapist RelationshipsPART II: Case StudiesChapter 6. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderChapter 7. Substance DependenceChapter 8. SchizophreniaChapter 9. Major Depressive DisorderChapter 10. Dysthymic DisorderChapter 11. Bipolar DisorderChapter 12. Panic DisorderChapter 13. Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderChapter 14. Posttraumatic Stress DisorderChapter 15. Generalized Anxiety DisorderChapter 16. Adjustment DisorderChapter 17. Borderline Personality DisorderChapter 18. Parent-Child Relational ProblemChapter 19. Partner Relational ProblemChapter 20. BereavementChapter 21. Occupational ProblemChapter 22. Identity ProblemChapter 23. Religious or Spiritual ProblemChapter 24. Acculturation ProblemChapter 25. Phase of Life ProblemGlossaryIndex
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This timely and sensible book seems to me to be a model of what a casebook should be. It is clear without being simple. It is relatively brief. It embodies good listening to patients. It is scientifically up-to-date and well written and edited. It provides reasonably detailed and thoughtful examples across a solid group of major psychiatric diagnoses -- as well as across a few psychiatric and social categories other than diagnoses -- and examples of integrated, educated, and helpful biopsychosocial consideration and treatment of people. I recommend this book to all psychiatrists, young and old, and to our mental health colleagues and students, particularly, but not limited to, those who are actively or might potentially work with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) patients or clients. * Lawrence Hartmann, M.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry * With this casebook, psychiatry finally finds itself walking toward -- to meet and understand -- the LGBT experience. The editors do a wonderful job of covering this rapidly changing cultural topography, ranging from more recent changes, such as the repeal of "don't ask don't tell," to the ongoing national debate concerning marriage equality, with its resulting legal uncertainties. Drs. Levounis, Drescher, and Barber cover the significant ground yet to be gained and address how this affects our clients and their families. As such, this book is a needed addition to help therapists deal with LGBT-related issues. * Genevieve Yancey, M.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry * The variety and detail of the cases provide a living palette of LGBT experiences, one that offers a practical guide for the clinician rather than merely offering a theoretical framework for interaction with LGBT patients This volume should have broad appeal for all health care professionals given that it is difficult to imagine a clinician who will not at some point have LGBT patients or patients whose lives are touched by LGBT individuals. It should be required reading for trainees such as psychiatric residents. * James Krajeski, M.D., M.P.A., Journal of Psychiatric Practice March 2013 *
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About Jack Drescher

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is Director of the Addiction Institute of New York; Associate Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, and Chief of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals; and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.

Jack Drescher, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at New York Medical College, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the William A. White Institute in New York, NY.

Mary E. Barber, M.D., is Clinical Director of Rockland Psychiatric Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.
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