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Textbook of Men's Mental Health

Textbook of Men's Mental Health

Edited by Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., and Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D.
2006
468 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-215-3
Hardcover Also Available In: eBook
Item #62215



The first of its kind, this book reflects progress in a too-little explored corner of psychiatry to show that gender plays an integral role in mental health issues for men. Textbook of Men's Mental Health provides clinicians with the information they need for understanding how certain disorders manifest differently in men—and for recognizing how treatment responses in men differ from those in women. Multidisciplinary coverage in this groundbreaking guide draws from fields such as public health and substance abuse to create a well-rounded approach to addressing men's specific mental health problems.

With contributions by today's experts in men's mental health, this work gathers the latest research about men's psychiatric issues, from the difficulties in diagnosing male depression to strategies for engaging men in marital therapy. First addressing developmental issues specific to childhood, adolescence, and old age, the text then presents treatment options for an array of problems, from anxiety to sexual disorders to posttraumatic stress disorder. This volume then addresses psychosocial issues as they apply uniquely to men, such as fathering, marriage, aggression, and overcoming the stigma of mental health treatment—as well as a chapter on how men's ethnicity influences the effectiveness of therapy. Among the topics discussed are


  • how men behave in intimate relationships with women—and the mental health considerations unique to gay men
  • psychiatric disorders more prevalent in men than women, such as substance abuse, antisocial personality, and conduct disorder
  • up-to-date facts on male sexual functioning, covering erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and male orgasmic disorder
  • why disorders less common in men—anxiety, depression, PTSD—require different treatment than for women
  • coverage of compulsive disorders seen in men both more frequently, such as pathological gambling and compulsive sexual behavior—and less frequently, such as kleptomania and compulsive buying
  • insight into how body image, a problem usually associated with women, has become a serious health issue for men, as evidenced by eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and steroid abuse

No previous text has addressed such a wide range of issues concerning men's mental health, presented here in evidence-based coverage featuring case vignettes, key points, practice guidelines, and an extensive reference list in each chapter. Clinicians who wish to make more prudent decisions regarding the care of men with mental health issues will find this text indispensable to their practice—and to the well-being of their male patients.

Contributors. Introduction. Boys and Men at Different Life Stages. Childhood: normal development and psychopathology. Adolescence: neurodevelopment and behavioral impulsivity. Older men. Psychiatric Disorders in Men: Assessment and Treatment. Anxiety disorders. Depression. Substance use disorders. Antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder, and psychopathy. Sexual health and problems: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and male orgasmic disorder. Impulse control disorders. Posttraumatic stress disorder. Sociocultural Issues for Men. Fathering and the mental health of men. Men, marriage, and divorce. Body image and muscularity. Aggression, violence, and domestic abuse. Culture, ethnicity, race, and men's mental health. Mental health of gay men. Overcoming stigma and barriers to mental health treatment. Index.

"This Textbook of Men's Mental Health, edited by Grant and Potenza, is extraordinarily timely, given our recent understanding that this topic has been largely neglected, and that boys and men have a unique developmental trajectory, distinct brain function, and special sociocultural challenges and barriers to treatment. Clinicians who read this book will gain expertise in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in men and will gain insight into how to understand and manage common and complex mental health problems in men."—Eric Hollander, M.D., Esther & Joseph Klingenstein Professor & Chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Director of the Seaver and New York Autism Center of Excellence, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


"This textbook takes on an issue that has been hiding in plain sight: men have gender-specific mental health issues, and the failure to recognize these issues can compromise effective treatment. Grant and Potenza have pulled together experts in fields ranging from functional neuroanatomy to gender-role sociology in order to provide a compendium of knowledge that should be essential for every clinician who evaluates or treats men."—Lawrence H. Price, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School; Clinical Director and Director of Research, Butler Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island


"Drs. Grant and Potenza bring our field's attention to a significant issue—how being a male influences presentation and treatment of psychiatric illnesses. The popular press has recently highlighted the vulnerabilities of boys from grade school through college, thus underscoring a growing sense of understanding males who present for treatment. In this groundbreaking book, the authors introduce issues of male development, disorders of high as well as low prevalence in males, and a highly relevant section on social issues as they affect men broadly. This is a highly useful and interesting volume for teachers, clinicians and investigators."—S. Charles Schulz, M.D., Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Declan T. Barry, Ph.D.
Donald W. Black, M.D.
Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
R. Andrew Chambers, M.D.
Rani Desai, Ph.D.
Caroline J. Easton, Ph.D.
Craig A. Erickson, M.D.
Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D.
Scott Haltzman, M.D.
David C. Hodgins, Ph.D.
Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S.
Michael King, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.G.P., F.R.C.Psych
Ann M. Lagges, Ph.D.
Yael Levin, B.A.
Oriana Vesga L-pez, M.D.
Dolores L. Mandel, L.C.S.W.
Lauren N. Manning, B.A.
Thomas J. McMahon, Ph.D.
Sherry B. Moss, M.A.
Tara M. Neavins, Ph.D.
Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
Deborah A. Perlick, Ph.D.
Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D.
David L. Rowland, Ph.D.
Gerard Sanacora, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric L. Scott, Ph.D.
N. Will Shead, M.Sc.
Steven Southwick, M.D.
Aaron Z. Spector, M.S.N., A.P.N.
Dolores Vojvoda, M.D.

Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.