Despite tremendous strides in knowledge gained in the field, psychiatric disorders continue to present challenges to patients, caregivers, those with family histories of mental illness, and even physicians. This layperson's guide is filled with essential, comprehensive information on the gamut of adult psychiatric disorders.
Aimed at patients and caregivers -- including family, friends, professional caregivers -- this down-to-earth volume provides clear, in-depth advice on understanding and dealing with stress and difficult patient behaviors. Noted psychiatrist Richard W. Roukema covers such topics as heredity's role in alcohol and drug dependency, marital troubles, psychiatric problems common among the elderly, and stress management, as well as emotional illness versus mental illness (for example, he helps readers recognize the difference between acute anxiety prompted by temporary stress and more serious conditions that require psychiatric treatment). In explaining a wide range of illnesses, Dr. Roukema makes this work reader-friendly by including definitions of psychiatric terms and explaining the effects and uses of the myriad of medications now available.
The second edition has been extensively updated with new findings on the genetics of mental illness, diagnostic techniques and brain scans, medications, psychotherapeutic techniques -- and an expanded section on Alzheimer's disease, its effect on caregivers, and what caregivers can do to help. It also examines the effects of events since 9/11 on the occurrence of psychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder.show more