"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", "June 2004"
From the Inside Flap
Despite tremendous strides in knowledge gained in the field, psychiatric disorders continue to present challenges to patients, caregivers, those with family histories of mental illness, and even physicians. This layperson's guide is filled with essential, comprehensive information on the gamut of adult psychiatric disorders.
Aimed at patients and caregivers -- including family, friends, professional caregivers -- this down-to-earth volume provides clear, in-depth advice on understanding and dealing with stress and difficult patient behaviors. Noted psychiatrist Richard W. Roukema covers such topics as heredity's role in alcohol and drug dependency, marital troubles, psychiatric problems common among the elderly, and stress management, as well as emotional illness versus mental illness (for example, he helps readers recognize the difference between acute anxiety prompted by temporary stress and more serious conditions that require psychiatric treatment). In explaining a wide range of illnesses, Dr. Roukema makes this work reader-friendly by including definitions of psychiatric terms and explaining the effects and uses of the myriad of medications now available.
The second edition has been extensively updated with new findings on the genetics of mental illness, diagnostic techniques and brain scans, medications, psychotherapeutic techniques -- and an expanded section on Alzheimer's disease, its effect on caregivers, and what caregivers can do to help. It also examines the effects of events since 9/11 on the occurrence of psychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder.