About this Book
- Written by two eminent psychiatrists from one of the world's leading departments
- Exceptionally clear and accessible
- Chapters include 'take-home' summaries
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 that major 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.
Readership: Consumers-those interested iun mental illness and its treatment; Medical students-those considering psychiatry as a speciality; psychiatry residents;psychiatrists; Other physicians-esp. internists and family physicians; Other mental health professionals, e.g. clinical psychologists and social workers.
Table of Contents
1: What Is Psychiatry?
2: What Illnesses Do Psychiatrists Treat?
3: Warning Signs
4: Who Are Psychiatrists and What Do They Actually Do?
5: Why Are Psychiatric Disorders So Common?
6: What Do We Know about the Mechanisms Underlying Psychiatric Disorders?
7: How Are Psychiatric Disorders Treated: Basic Principles
9: Psychotherapies and Lifestyle Interventions
10: Brain Stimulation Methods
11: How Can Patients and Families Help with Treatment?
12: Consumers Beware
13: Case Examples
14: Tretns in Psychiatry and Mental Health
15: The Future of Psychiatry: Reasons for Optimism