Sep 282016
 

Cortical Functions (Routledge Modular Psychology)


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By (author): John Stirling

Cortical Functions is a companion to Kevin Silber’s series title, The Physiological Basis of Behaviour and concentrates on the cerebral cortex, its structure, connections, functions and dysfunctions. John Stirling includes clinical descriptions and case studies to illustrate various forms of agnosia, aphasia and the split brain syndrome. Methods in neuropsychology are reviewed and other chapters provide comprehensive but straightforward coverage of the role of the brain in language, sensation, perception and movement.
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Sep 272016
 

An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology: What is it like to Suffer from Mental Disorders?


This book introduces the reader to a clear and consistent method for in-depth exploration of subjective psychopathological experiences with the aim of helping to restore the ability within psychiatry and clinical psychology to draw qualitative distinctions between mental symptoms that are only apparently similar, thereby promoting a more precise characterization of experiential phenotypes. A wide range of mental disorders are considered in the book, each portrayed by a distinguished clinician. Each chapter begins with the description of a paradigmatic case study in order to introduce the reader directly to the patient’s lived world. The first-person perspective of the patient is the principal focus of attention. The essential, defining features of each psychopathological phenomenon and the meaning that the patient attaches to it are carefully analyzed in order to “make sense” of the patient’s apparently nonsensical experiences. In the second part of each chapter, the case study is discussed within the context of relevant literature and a detailed picture of the state of the art concerning the psychopathological understanding of the phenomenon at issue is provided.  

An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology, and the method it proposes, may be considered the result of convergence of classic phenomenological psychopathological concepts and updated clinical insights into patients’ lived experiences. It endorses three key principles: subjective phenomena are the quintessential feature of mental disorders; their qualitative study is mandatory; phenomenology has developed a rigorous method to grasp “what it is like” to be a person experiencing psychopathological phenomena. While the book is highly relevant for expert clinical phenomenologists, it is written in a way that will be readily understandable for trainees and young clinicians.

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Sep 262016
 

Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening


By (author): John Elder Robison

An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye

Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.

It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? What if that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind?

In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next.

Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships. Switched On is a real-life Flowers for Algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is upended overnight.

Praise for Switched On

“An eye-opening book with a radical message . . . The transformations [Robison] undergoes throughout the book are astonishing—as foreign and overwhelming as if he woke up one morning with the visual range of a bee or the auditory prowess of a bat.”The New York Times

“Astonishing, brave . . . reads like a medical thriller and keeps you wondering what will happen next . . . [Robison] takes readers for a ride through the thorny thickets of neuroscience and leaves us wanting more. He is deft at explaining difficult concepts and doesn’t shy from asking hard questions. This is a truly unusual memoir—both poignant and scientifically important.”The Washington Post

“Fascinating for its insights into Asperger’s and research, this engrossing record will make readers reexamine their preconceptions about this syndrome and the future of brain manipulation.”Booklist

“Like books by Andrew Solomon and Oliver Sacks, Switched On offers an opportunity to consider mental processes through a combination of powerful narrative and informative medical context.”BookPage

“A mind-blowing book that will force you to ask deep questions about what is important in life. Would normalizing the brains of those who think differently reduce their motivation for great achievement?”—Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain

“At the heart of Switched On are fundamental questions of who we are, of where our identity resides, of difference and disability and free will, which are brought into sharp focus by Robison’s lived experience.”—Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Effect

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Sep 242016
 

When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement)


When Professionals Weep speaks to the humbling and often transformational moments that clinicians experience in their careers as caregivers and healers?moments when it is often hard to separate the influence of our own emotional responses and worldviews from the patient’s or family’s. When ProfessionalsWeep addresses these poignant moments?when the professional’s personal experiences with trauma, illness, death, and loss can subtly, often stealthily, surface and affect the helping process. This edition, like the first, both validates clinicians’ experiences and also helps them process and productively address compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress.

New material in the second edition includes increased emphasis on the burgeoning fields of hospice and palliative care, organizational countertransference, mindfulness, and compassionate practice. It includes thought-provoking cases, self-assessments, and exercises that can be used on an individual, dyadic, or group basis. This volume is an invaluable handbook for practitioners in the fields of medicine, mental health, social work, nursing, chaplaincy, the allied health sciences, psychology, and psychiatry.

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Sep 242016
 

Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2: A Positive Psychology Approach


By (author): Richard W. Levak, Liza Siegel, David S. Nichols

Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2 provides the clinician with empirically-based, practical information about how to convey the abundance of information in the MMPI-2 profile in a way that is collaborative, empathic, hopeful, and facilitates a therapeutic alliance. Readers will find this book to be as useful and applicable as the MMPI-2 itself, which is used in psychiatric hospitals; correctional settings; in evaluations for job selection, general medicine, forensic and child custody cases; and even in screenings for television, game, and reality shows. The authors expand upon this already robust test by demonstrating how therapeutic assessment and feedback can be improved upon by considering three contributions from positive psychology:

  • that behavior can be viewed as potentially adaptive; traditional pathological and maladaptive behaviors can be reframed as understandable responses to stressors
  • that therapeutic feedback is empathic, nonjudgmental, and mostly jargon free; humans respond to overwhelming stress in understandable ways that the therapist can give coherence and meaning to
  • lastly, that therapeutic feedback stresses self-esteem and resilience building through self-awareness as a goal.

Discussion centers around ten scales and 27 common code types. Each section addresses the complaints, thoughts, emotions, traits and behaviors associated with the profile; therapists’ notes; lifestyle and family background; modifying scales; therapy and therapeutic pitfalls; feedback statements; and treatment and self-help suggestions. The larger page size reflects the size of the MMPI-2 interpretive reports and makes it easy for clinicians to copy pages of the book to share with their clients. Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2 is the most detailed volume available on MMPI-2 feedback and is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any clinician who uses this test.

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Sep 232016
 

The Diagnosis of Psychosis (Cambridge Medicine (Paperback))


By (author): Rudolf N. Cardinal, Edward T. Bullmore

Psychosis has many causes. Psychiatrists typically receive a thorough training in its diagnosis, but the diagnosis of psychosis secondary to non-psychiatric conditions is often not emphasized. An understanding of the underlying cause is important so that effective management programs can be implemented. The Diagnosis of Psychosis bridges the gap between psychiatry and medicine, providing a comprehensive review of primary and secondary causes of psychosis. It covers both common and rare causes in a clinically focused guide. Useful for both teaching and reference, the text covers physical and mental state examination, describes key investigations, and summarises the non-psychiatric features of medical conditions causing psychosis. Particularly relevant for psychiatrists and trainees in psychiatry, this volume will also assist neurologists and general physicians who encounter psychosis in their practice.
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Sep 212016
 

Psychotic Disorders: A Practical Guide (Practical Guides in Psychiatry)


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By (author): Oliver Freudenreich MD

This new addition to the Practical Guides in Psychiatry series is a clinically oriented pocket guide to diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses. Using the conversational style and case vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Freudenreich shows how to recognize psychotic signs and symptoms, arrive at a clinical diagnosis that explains the psychosis, and treat the disorder. Close attention is given to management of medical comorbidity, antipsychotic-induced side effects, and drug interactions. Coverage also includes prognostic considerations and forensic and social aspects of schizophrenia. Appendices contain pocket cards covering emergencies, rating scales, and wellness.

The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.

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Sep 212016
 

Practical Approaches to Forensic Mental Health Testimony


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By (author): Thomas G. Gutheil MD, Frank D. Dattilio PhD ABPP

A practical hands-on guide to testifying in court on mental health issues, this text offers a vital tool for the novice as well as the most seasoned practitioner. Prepared by two of the field’s leading scholars and practitioners, this original work cuts through dense forensic mental health theory and addresses the actual, concrete approaches to ethical and effective testimony that experts need in court. Rich in multiple examples of courtroom dialogue, direct and cross examination, collaboration with attorneys, and the craft of effective testimony, this text describes the common pitfalls and various traps that experts so frequently encounter and tells you how to avoid them. Strategies and techniques are clearly illustrated and arm readers with exactly what they need to be successful in their testimony. This book is a must-read for anyone serious about excelling in court.

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Sep 212016
 

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Third Edition (Concise Guides)


By (author): Mina K. Dulcan, D. Richard Martini, Marybeth Lake

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is an ideal resource for novicesApractical, easy-to-understand, and small enough to carry in a jacket pocket. The Third Edition of this invaluable reference summarizes fundamental information on mental health issues affecting children and adolescents, including: -Basic information on evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning -Sections on specific disorders, including epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, course and prognosis, evaluation and differential diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and relevant interventions -Details on treatment options, including psychosocial and psychopharmacological approaches -Simplified information on theoretical and research foundations, with references for further reading All the necessary basic information is here, organized for easy reference with a detailed table of contents, index, tables, figures, and other charts for quick access. The third edition has been expanded and updated to reflect the latest research on the emotional and behavioral states of children and adolescents. Readers will find new techniques for diagnosis and treatment, as well as updated information from DSM-IV-TR. Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Third Edition, is an invaluable resource for those just beginning to treat child psychiatry patients. Convenient and affordable, itAs also an outstanding on-the-spot reference for daily use in the clinic.
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Sep 202016
 

Personality Disorders: A Practical Guide (Practical Guides in Psychiatry)


By (author): Carol W. Berman MD

This new addition to the Practical Guides in Psychiatry series is a clinically oriented pocket guide to diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders. Using the conversational style and case vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Berman addresses every category of personality disorder. The first section discusses the various types of personality disorders. The second section discusses those that coexist with other major psychiatric disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. The third section focuses specifically on treatment issues. Among the issues discussed are how gender, culture, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, somatoform disorders, and medical conditions intersect with personality disorders.

The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.

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