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What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry, Second Edition

Richard W. Roukema, M.D., F.A.P.A.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-110-1
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If you care for someone with a mental illness—whether as a family member, friend, or practitioner—this hands-on reference is for you. The acclaimed What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry is now available in a long-awaited second edition. Like the first, it is written in a simple, concise style for the layperson—and is packed with need-to-know information on adult psychiatric disorders, including their causes, approaches to treatment, and what caregivers can do to help. It is an excellent resource for therapist's waiting room.

What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry features a wealth of immediately usable guidance for caregivers. It's an excellent text for introduction to psychiatry classes in colleges and nursing schools for helping students develop valuable knowledge and skills to apply in practice.

This one-stop resource is the first place to turn for practical guidance for the latest research-based techniques. You'll

  • Get a solid understanding of the causes of psychiatric disorders, including stress, genetics and heredity, and emotional and physical problems
  • Develop hands-on skills for the full range of emotional and mental disorders, including psychosomatic disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, loss, personality and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease
  • Find out how the psychiatrist should function in the patient-caregiver-doctor relationship—and learn how to choose a psychotherapist.

This second edition has been extensively revised and updated with new information on diagnostic techniques and brain scans, the role of genetics, new medications and psychotherapeutic approaches, and more. In addition, it features a unique and illuminating look at mental health in our post-9/11 nation, including the rising incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Whether you're a social worker or psychologist, nurse or other professional, friend or family member, you'll get a sound framework to help you achieve better results.

Caring for a person with mental illness requires knowledge, skill, understanding, and strength. What Every Patient, Family, Friend, and Caregiver Needs to Know About Psychiatry gives you a source of guidance and techniques that will make you more confident and successful in your role as practitioner or caregiver.


  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • PART I: Background and Normal Variations in Stress
  • Chapter 1. A Day at the Office
  • Chapter 2. Normal Development and the Life Cycle
  • Chapter 3. Heredity, Parenting, and Society
  • Chapter 4. Stress and Common Emotional Reactions
  • Chapter 5. Managing Stress
  • PART II: How Emotional Illness Differs From Mental Illness
  • Chapter 6. Adjustment Disorders and Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Anxiety Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders
  • Chapter 8. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Chapter 9. Sexual Problems in Our Culture
  • Chapter 10. Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 11. The Emotional Effects of Loss
  • Chapter 12. Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Unusual Psychiatric Disorders
  • PART III: Mental Illness: The Psychoses
  • Chapter 14. Mood Disorders: Depression and Manic States
  • Chapter 15. Schizophrenia
  • Chapter 16. Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Chapter 17. Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
  • PART IV: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Illnesses
  • Chapter 18. How a Psychiatrist Helps
  • Chapter 19. Psychotherapy: Who, What, When, and How?
  • Conclusion
  • Suggested Readings
  • Index

About the Authors

Richard W. Roukema, M.D., F.A.P.A., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey. He also serves as Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Wyckoff, New Jersey, a division of the Christian Health Care Center.

Richard Roukema's new book is an excellent exposition of basic issues pertaining to psychiatry. Given the widespread nature of psychiatric problems and questions related to emotions, I would imagine that almost every individual would gain from this clear, interesting, insightful description of the problems that psychiatrists encounter. It would serve a useful purpose not only for patients but for family and caregivers who want to help. I recommend it as an understandable and authoritative text for the everyday issues pertaining to psychiatric disorders and the attention that is given to them.—Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York

I like the accessibility of this book, in its appearance, writing style, and organization. It is informative and thorough without patronizing the reader and should be recommended to families and friends of patients to enhance the support they offer. Patients especially will appreciate the respect the author shows for those who suffer from mental illness and the author's commitment to improving their lives.—Diana Marta, BSN, RN, Doody's Book Reviews, 6/1/2004

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