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Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health

Edited by Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.

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According to David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., the 16th U.S. Surgeon General, we know a great deal more about treating mental illnesses than about preventing them and promoting mental health. In his foreword to Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health, Dr. Satcher applauds this guide as timely and vital, as it provides new and emerging research on the importance of prevention in mental health.

Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health was conceived through discussions within the Prevention Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), and features contributions from 30 highly regarded clinicians and researchers who are experienced in the treatment and prevention of specific types of mental illnesses.

Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health will help you move toward widespread adoption of mental illness prevention in your own practice setting. This important new reference provides practical suggestions to help you work toward preventing, or implementing preventive measures in the treatment of

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance use disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Family violence
  • Conduct disorder and other adolescent disorders
  • Late-life depression, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment
  • Physical illnesses in psychiatric settings
  • Cigarette smoking

Compared with other areas of medicine, such as the prevention of infectious disease, our understanding of the prevention of mental illnesses remains in a relatively nascent state, especially in terms of how prevention can be incorporated into routine clinical practice. The authors of the various chapters have endeavored to balance reviewing the available research knowledge with providing guidance for practicing clinicians on how such knowledge can be incorporated into everyday practice.

Clinical Manual of Prevention in Mental Health urges clinicians everywhere to inquire about risk factors and protective factors in patients' lives in addition to focusing on the presenting problem. It is the authors' intent to provide mental health professionals with the knowledge and practical applications necessary to be prevention-minded in all of their interactions with patients, families, and the community.


  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. Prevention in mental health: an introduction from the Prevention Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry
  • Chapter 2. Identifying and understanding risk factors and protective factors in clinical practice
  • Chapter 3. Prevention of mood disorders
  • Chapter 4. Prevention of anxiety disorders
  • Chapter 5. Complementary and alternative medicine in the prevention of depression and anxiety
  • Chapter 6. Applying prevention principles to schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Chapter 7. Prevention of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Chapter 8. Suicide prevention
  • Chapter 9. Prevention of family violence
  • Chapter 10. Prevention principles for adolescents in psychiatric practice: preventing conduct disorder and other behavioral problems
  • Chapter 11. Prevention principles for older adults: preventing late-life depression, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment
  • Chapter 12. Health promotion and prevention of somatic illnesses in psychiatric settings
  • Chapter 13. Prevention of cigarette smoking: principles for psychiatric practice
  • Index


    Barbara Baumgardner, Ph.D., R.N.
    O. Joseph Bienvenu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Christina P.C. Borba, M.P.H.
    Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.
    Kathleen Connors, L.C.S.W.-C.
    Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H.
    Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H.
    Paul R. Duberstein, Ph.D.
    Kareem Ghalib, M.D.
    Golda S. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
    Michael F. Grunebaum, M.D.
    Ann L. Hackman, M.D.
    Gordon Harper, M.D.
    Eric B. Hekler, Ph.D.
    Laurel Kiser, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Carol Koplan, M.D.
    Jeffrey M. Lyness, M.D.
    Patricia Martens, Ph.D.
    William M. McDonald, M.D.
    Joanne A. McGriff, M.D., M.P.H.
    Christopher Oleskey, M.D., M.P.H.
    Ashli A. Owen-Smith, Ph.D.
    Rebecca A. Powers, M.D., M.P.H.
    David Pruitt, M.D.
    Charles L. Raison, M.D.
    Kenneth Rogers, M.D., M.S.H.S.
    David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
    Anne Shaffer, Ph.D.
    Daniel J. Siegel
    Laili Soleimani, M.Sc., M.D.
    Larry Wissow, M.D., M.P.H.
    Tuppett M. Yates, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine; and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

While a great deal of work remains to be done regarding prevention of psychiatric disorders, much has been learned in recent years. In this volume, Compton and his contributors provide a dispassionate review of the current state of knowledge about prevention of an array of mental disorders. The book makes a compelling case that clinicians should consider prevention an appropriate part of clinical practice.—Mark R. Munetz, M.D., Professor and Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Chair of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

Dr. Compton and colleagues more than fulfilled their ambition to provide a manual to encourage mental health professionals to adopt prevention-mindedness into their everyday practice with patients and in their collaborations with community organizations and agencies that may have a role to play in prevention efforts. They have created a valuable resource that would also be beneficial for mental health system architects and funders, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Institute of Mental Health, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and state and regional mental health system leaders.—Yad M. Jabbarpour, M.D.,, Psychiatric Services, 7/1/2010

This book provides some outstanding examples of prevention strategies that psychiatrists can learn from, and these exemplars should improve the practice of medicine, better aligning psychiatry with public health. Each chapter ends with key points that help clarify the vital elements of each topic area.—Carl C. Bell, MD, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 7/1/2010

This excellent book accomplishes the difficult task of efficiently and effectively condensing and presenting a great deal of information about preventive care in mental health, which often is an overlooked area of practice. The editor and the numerous authors both educate and equip readers to use evidence-based practices in the care of their patients. This topic is covered sporadically in other books and journals, but no other book has efficiently collected the information in one place. This book would be very effective in helping healthcare providers who strive to provide the best care for their patients.—Aaron Plattner, M.D., Doody Enterprises, Inc., 7/1/2010

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