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"In a flat 20 minutes the reader would be equipped to assess someone with mental illness. The book is simple and has an appeal at various levels from an average lay reader to a medical practitioner. This great enduring effort from Vikram Patel is timely and a godsend for all." - One India One People journal "This is no ordinary text. It is designed to be used in the large tracts of the developing world where there is no easy access to skilled medical help. It is a very considerable undertaking, which succeeds with ingenuity and flair. The range of psychiatric problems covered is impressive. It is impossible to gauge the benefits to sufferers from mental disorder that this remarkable book will bring." - W. A. Lishman (Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London) "The general practitioner (health worker or doctor) tends to know a lot about physical illnesses but too little about mental health. Until now, a huge gap has remained in the provision of primary health care in the field of mental health. Now, at last, that need has been magnificently filled, with Dr Vikam Patel's very comprehensive yet remarkably user-friendly book Where There Is No Psychiatrist. How I wish had had this book years before!" - David Werner (Author of 'Where There Is No Doctor')

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Dr Vikram Patel is a Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). He is the Joint Director of the School's Centre for Global Mental Health (www.centreforglobalmentalhealth.org). He is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India. He is a co-founder of Sangath and member of its Managing Committee. He serves on the Ministry of Health (Government of India) Mental Health Policy Group and National Rural Health Mission ASHA Mentoring Group. He also serves on the WHO's Expert Advisory Group for Mental Health and the Technical Steering Committee of the Department of Child and Adolescent Health. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK and won the Chalmers Medal from the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2009. His book Where There Is No Psychiatrist (Gaskell, 2003) has become a widely used manual for community mental health in developing countries. He is a Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health.
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  • Series: Books Beyond Words
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: RCPsych Publications; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901242757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901242751
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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This book is designed primarily for community health professionals in developing nations. As a longtime owner of Where There is No Doctor, I bought this book hoping it would be as useful and enlightening as "Doctor" was, not only for international situations but even for backcountry situations here in the U.S., or if you are poor and don't have access to medical care here in America.

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.
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I am a family phyician who teaches introductory Medical Psychology at Hope Africa Medical School in Burundi. This is an excellent introductory book for medical students, nursing students and for others who might deal with mental illlness (social workers, village health workers, pastors). It gives general principles and symptoms and discusses what can cause them. Short case vinettes are often presented. It is very easy for someone who is not familiar with mental illness and substance abuse to understand it, even if their first language is not English. My students read the book, practice interviewing each other and understand it. Difficult subjects like the difference between delerium and dementia are also presented. One chapter deals with mental health issues in various groups like prisoners, refugees, homeless etc. This chapter really brings things home to them and covers things that much larger psychiatric texts may skip. It is socially and clinically very revelant. It would be useful for anyone feeling unprepared to deal with mental illness. I hope that it will soon be translated into Spanish and French.
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I enjoyed learning from this book. It gave quick and well explained treatments in helping someone in an area that is not easily accessible by transport. The amount of information in this book is fantastic, too much to mention here, but does have images and covers over 30 clinical problems to do with mental illness, violence, trauma & loss, physical illnesses, over 150 case studies with both physical and mental illness combined, diagnosis and treatments and so much 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.
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