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Where There Is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual (Books Beyond Words) Paperback – January 1, 2003
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Physical illness is understood and treated much more readily in international aid and even domestic crises. Most people no matter the culture are much more comfortable dealing with the physically injured than the mentally/emotionally/spiritually injured. People shy away from the mentally ill, not knowing what to do.
Having encountered mentally ill people while in Nigeria in 1996 as well as in various cities in the U.S., I wondered what I might be able to learn by reading this book.
The book begins with an overview of mental illness, including disorders common to all cultures: depression and anxiety, psychoses, special issues with the elderly and children, causation and cultural factors. It then goes on to assessment of a patient, interviews and diagnosis. Treatment options follow, focusing on drug treatments and counseling ("talking treatments").
The next section goes into more depth on clinical problems, such as addressing troublesome behaviors such as violence, aggression, confusion, hearing voices, suicidal tendencies, seizures and fits, postpartum issues, and mental illness among the elderly.Read more ›
A great tool to have in remote areas where there may be no Dr on hand or just to have in the home.
Questions are asked and answers given so the reader has a good understanding. Sections are numbered for quick reference and enough material on each problem is presented in short sections. This is a very handy book to have and is an educational book of tools.