Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa: Research, Policy, and Practise

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May 112019

This volume looks at positive psychology from a culturally-responsive, empirically-driven perspective to avoid a descent into pseudoscience. Through evidence-based, regionally relevant topics in the field of well-being, this volume shows how increasing levels of excellence in the GCC region enhance upon business, education, research, and social innovations. Grounded in the empirical research literature, each chapter applies psychological concepts to locally relevant considerations, such as culture, religion, and socio-political contexts, making this book an essential tool for understanding positive psychology and well-being in the GCC nations and beyond.





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Reviews on Biomarker Studies in Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disorders

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May 092019

This book includes a series of reviews on general aspects of biomarker use in the study of psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and the development of medications involved in their treatment. It describes the pros and cons of the various approaches and covers the successes and failures in this research field. It is only by a thorough understanding of the shortcomings that progress can be made. The overall goal is to facilitate the understanding and treatment of these disorders, by providing a viable mechanism of catching up with other areas of modern medicine, such as diabetes and heart disease. Finally, it is anticipated that the development and application of valid biomarker tests and the leveraging of novel drug targets will help the fields of psychiatry on neurodegenerative disorders move into the area of personalized medicine where the right patients can receive the right medication at the right time for the best possible outcome.
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Clinical Consult to Psychiatric Nursing for Advanced Practice

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May 092019

This is the only advanced practice guide to provide an overview of the major DSM-5 disorders across the lifespan and complete clinical guidelines for their psychopharmacologic management. It has been compiled by expert practitioners in psychiatric care and is designed for use by nurse practitioners and other primary caregivers in clinical practice.
The guide is organized in an easy-to-access format with disorders for which drugs can play a significant therapeutic role. The listing for each disorder includes clinical features and symptoms, as well as information about the most current and effective drugs for management. A clearly formatted table identifies the first and second lines of drug therapy along with adjunctive therapies for each disorder. Drugs are organized according to classification, and each listing provides the essential information needed to safely prescribe and monitor a patient’s response to a particular drug. Brand and generic names, drug class, customary dosage, side effects, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics, precautions, and management of special populations are addressed. Convenient, practical, and portable, this guide will be a welcome and frequently used resource.
Key Features:
• Presents psychopharmacological treatment guidelines for major DSM-5 disorders and parameters for use of each drug
• Prioritizes drugs according to their clinical efficacy and recommended treatment algorithms
• Includes brand and generic names, customary dosages, side effects, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics, precautions, and management of special populations
• Provides easy-to-read tables for quick clinical consultation
• Offers information on clinical algorithms, lab evaluation, and preventive services





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Clinical Guide to Psychiatric Assessment of Infants and Young Children

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May 082019

This book provides a clinical guide to the psychiatric assessment of infants and young children, birth through five years, and their families. It offers a comprehensive, data-rich framework for conducting mental health assessments of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The book includes a step-by-step guide for evaluation and assessment, reviewing relevant literature and best practices for working with very young children. It begins with an overview of the purpose and principles of psychiatric assessment and offers a protocol for planning and executing a thorough evaluation. Chapters examine critical aspects of the assessment process, including children’s relationships with parents/caregivers, assessment of parents, cultural considerations, and play behaviors. Chapters also provide illustrative case vignettes and information on specialized tools that can be adapted for use in a private office or training clinic.
Topics featured in this book include:
Play-based assessment models for accessing the inner world of young children.
The effect of caregivers and their reflective functioning on the mental health of young children.
The use of adult-report rating scales in the clinical assessment of young children.
Psychopharmacologic considerations in early childhood.
The Clinical Guide to Psychiatric Assessment of Infants and Young Children is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians, and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early childhood development, pediatrics, social work, psychiatry, and public health.
“The volume is both highly practical and up to date, impressively bridging the gap between science and practice. The book is an invaluable guide for students and trainees and an important reference for seasoned clinicians.”
David Oppenheim, Ph.D., University of Haifa
“The book integrates relational, developmental and social-emotional health dimensions within each chapter, reviewing subjective and objective measures in a range of domains. The book is clear and user-friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend it!”
Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., New York University School of Medicine
“This important new volume provides multiple perspectives on the entire range of assessment methods and procedures used in early childhood mental health. This is a vital read for students and practitioners.”
Charles H. Zeanah, M.D., Tulane University







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The Science and Pseudoscience of Children’s Mental Health: Cutting Edge Research and Treatment

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May 062019

Intended for mental health practitioners, concerned parents, and child advocates alike, this book presents a powerful new paradigm for understanding the causes of children’s psychological disturbances-and as a result, the proper treatment of these symptoms. Based in cutting-edge research on the developing brain and epigenetics, this important volume serves to inform readers about the latest scientific conclusions and clinical practices that need to supplant pervasive and often dangerous drug prescriptions to millions of children. Sharna Olfman, PhD, and contributors including leading researchers, clinicians, and childhood advocates present their research findings and explain the implications for treatment of a range of symptoms, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), concussion syndromes, and mood disorders. The book definitively lays to rest the “chemical imbalance theory” of mental illness, a theory that has been roundly discredited by the scientific community but kept alive by the pharmaceutical industry. Chapters focus on the real science of epigenetics and the sensitivity of the developing brain to environmental influences such as trauma and chemical toxins-legitimate research findings that are largely ignored by mental health practitioners and rarely influence practice.





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Clinical child neuropsychiatry

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May 012019

Neuropsychiatry is a rapidly expanding field, linking the traditional areas of neurology and psychiatry, which has benefited greatly from recognition of the role of genetic and environmental determinants of psychiatric disorder particularly in childhood and adolescence. Based on twenty years of clinical experience and eighteen years of research, Professor Gillberg has utilised his unique and detailed interdisciplinary knowledge of neurobiology, pharmacology, epidemiology and neuropsychology to compile this comprehensive reference to clinical assessment and treatment of the many neuropsychiatric disorders of childhood which, at a conservative estimate, affect five in every hundred children. This is valuable reference resource that is sure to be welcomed by a wide range of professionals and researchers including child neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech therapists and special education teachers





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Veteran Psychiatry in the US: Optimizing Clinical Outcomes

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Apr 302019

This volume explores the unique psychiatric needs of active and former military personnel and offers clinical pearls for the optimal delivery of care for these individuals. Written by experts in military and veteran psychiatry, this book addresses the most common issues in military and veteran patients, including depression, traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, homelessness, and suicidality. Chapters highlight the characteristics of veterans suffering from each disorder that requires special treatment, making it a valuable resource for both military and civilian clinicians.

Veteran Psychiatry in the US is a valuable resource for all mental health clinicians working with or seeking to work with veterans, including psychiatrists, neurologists, primary care physicians, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, residents, and all others.







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Domestic and sexual violence and abuse : tackling the health and mental health effects

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Apr 282019

“Taking a life-course approach, the book explores what is known about appropriate treatment responses to those who have experienced, and those who perpetrate, domestic and sexual violence and abuse.” — Publisher’s description. Content: Pt. 1. Setting the scene / Catherine Itzin, Ann Taket and Sarah Barter-Godfrey — 1. Introduction : the Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (VVAPP) and its work — Pt. 2. Violence and abuse through the life-course / Ann Taket, Sarah Barter-Godfrey and Catharine Itzin — 2. Across the life-course — 3. Violence and abuse through the life-course : the importance of childhood — 4. Across the life-course : youth, young people, and adolescence — 5. Violence and abuse across the life-course : adults — Pt. 3. Addressing inequalities — 6. Gender and sexuality / by Marianne Hester — 7. Race and culture — 7.1. Asian and minority women, doemstic violence and mental health: the experience of Southall Black Sisters — 7.2. Violence, agencies and South Asian women / Jalna Hanmer — 8. Violence, abuse, and disabled people — 8.1. Learning -disabled adults and children / Richard Curen and Valerie Sinason — 8.2. Physically disabled women / Jackie barron and Nicola Harwin — 8.3. Disabled children / Ruth Marchant — 9. Abuse by professionals / by Sarah Barter-Godfrey — Pt. 4. Tackling sexual and domestic violence and abuse: moving towards improved prevention and early intervention / Ann Taket, Sarah Barter-Godfrey and Catherine Itzin — 10. Conclusions and implications for research, policy, and practice.
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100 Cases in Psychiatry

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Apr 232019

100 Cases in Psychiatry presents 100 scenarios commonly seen in the hospital and community setting. The patient’s history and examination are described, with questions on the diagnosis and management of each case. The answer includes a detailed discussion on each topic, providing an essential revision aid as well as a practical guide for students and junior doctors.

Making clinical decisions is one of the most important and difficult parts of training to become a doctor, and the area of mental health presents its own unique challenges. These cases will help students and junior doctors to recognize important medical conditions in psychiatry, and to develop their diagnostic and management skills. It covers common conditions are covered including depression, anxiety, psychosis, alcohol dependence, dementia, autism, mania, self-harm and anorexia.





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Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing more Harm than Good

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Apr 182019
An expose of the current state of psychiatry that reveals how the pursuit of pharmaceutical riches has compromised the patients’ well-being. In an effort to enlighten a new generation about its growing reliance on psychiatry, this illuminating volume investigates why psychiatry has become the fastest-growing medical field in history; why psychiatric drugs are now more widely prescribed than ever before; and why psychiatry, without solid scientific justification, keeps expanding the number of mental disorders it believes to exist.This revealing volume shows that these issues can be explained by one startling fact: in recent decades psychiatry has become so motivated by power that it has put the pursuit of pharmaceutical riches above its patients’ well being. Readers will be shocked and dismayed to discover that psychiatry, in the name of helping others, has actually been helping itself.In a style reminiscent of Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science and investigative in tone, James Davies reveals psychiatry’s hidden failings and how the field of study must change if it is to ever win back its patients’ trust.
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