Too often, mental health care is postponed due to fears about what treatment might entail. This comprehensive guide gives frank and authoritative answers to all the questions typically raised by individuals and their family members—plus some they might not even think to ask. Explaining what really works when treating psychological difficulties, leading psychiatrist and author Dr. James Morrison shares knowledge gleaned from years of clinical practice. Presented are the pros and cons of available medications—including details on safety and side effects—as well as psychotherapy and alternative treatments. Readers learn to recognize the symptoms and warning signs of a wide range of mental health problems, find the right doctor or therapist, and make well-informed decisions about their own care. Included are diverse examples and fact-filled charts that compare the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments. This is a book readers will turn to again and again.
Table of Contents
I. Seeking Help
1. Taking Charge of Your Care: What Mental Health Clinicians Do
2. Will Treatment Help Me?
3. Where Can I Go for Help?
4. What Is My Role in Treatment?
II. Treatment Options
5. Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
7. Mood Stabilizers
8. Drugs to Treat Anxiety and Insomnia
9. Antipsychotic Medications
10. Drugs for Dementia
11. Drugs to Treat Substance Abuse
12. Nondrug Physical Treatments
14. Behavior Modification
III. Mental Disorders
16. Mania and Mood Swings
17. Anxiety and Panic
19. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
20. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
21. Somatization Disorder
22. Psychosis and Schizophrenia
23. Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
24. Eating and Sleeping Disorders
25. Substance Abuse
B. Medication Generic and Trade Names.