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Understanding Biological Psychiatry Paperback – June 17, 1996
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“Dr. Hedaya deserves the highest praise and appreciation for offering such a compendium of vital biologic information. He has managed to distill for the nonpsychiatrist the relevant neurobiological and physiological information we need to do the hard work of diagnosis and treatment…This book will be at my fingertips each time I make a diagnosis, make a referral, and design a treatment plan.”
- Carolyn L. Shertzer, PhD
“This book is packed with wisdom and insights drawn from the archives of a master clinician-it will prove extremely helpful to therapists of all kinds.”
- Norman E. Rosenthal, MD
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Beginning with a tour of the brain, Dr. Hedaya explains how the brain works and how brain function relates to physical symptoms and cognitive and emotional well-being. He explains how biological psychiatrists consider the biology of the individual as an integral part of the whole picture and demonstrates a new way of conceptualizing clinical problems. Understanding Biological Psychiatry provides information in three basic areas: Chapters 1 and 2 outline basic scientific foundations and core concepts in biological psychiatry; chapters 3 and 4 review biological theories and medical mimics of the major psychiatric disorders; chapters 5 and 6 discuss medication and practical issues, including the basics of psychotropic medications and their role in the biopsychosocial approach. At the heart of this book is the author's proposal for a working alliance between therapists and psychiatrists - an important goal in today's growing managed care environment. The book has a practical bent, discussing, for example, when and how to refer to a psychiatrist, even describing how to explain this new perspective to a patient. The author's conversational style, as well as many figures, tables, and case illustrations, makes Understanding Biological Psychiatry a guide that is sure to be well-read and often referred to by therapists and physicians, as well as psychiatrists wanting to brush up on the biology of the mind.