Psychosocial Treatment for Medical Conditions: Principles and Techniques

Psychosocial Treatment for Medical Conditions: Principles and Techniques

Psychosocial Treatment for Medical Conditions: Principles and Techniques

Psychosocial Treatment for Medical Conditions: Principles and Techniques

Synopsis

Mental Health and Physical Health are undeniably connected. One cannot recover physically, if there is still mental suffering, and vice versa. The essays collected here examine the relationship between mental and physical health, and how that relationship flourishes or suffers in a managed care environment. Understanding more about how the psychological aftereffects of an illness, and the best ways to respond to them, will ultimately enhance the care offered to patients. The contributors offer a wide range of examples of linked physical and mental illnesses, with advice on how best to responsibly address and treat both.Clinicians and practitioners will welcome this guide to navigating a managed care system and working with patients to heal both their mental and physical maladies equally.

Excerpt

New diagnostic and treatment protocols for medical conditions have increased the life expectancy of patients and have shifted previously imminent life-threatening diseases to a more chronic status. The psychosocial and psychological sequelae associated with medical conditions have not received concomitant attention nor been adequately integrated with medical treatment.

This volume provides a comprehensive practice focus for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and others who conduct psychosocial treatment interventions for chronic or life-threatening medical conditions.We will provide information about the principles of psychosocial individual, group, and family interventions and their application to a variety of medical conditions. Basic information with regard to various medical conditions will be presented, including a concise description of the medical condition, treatments, side effects, prognosis, and expectable psychological sequelae.The psychosocial reactions about which clinicians should be aware to enable an optimal understanding of the concerns of patients and their families are reviewed. Understanding their reactions is central in order to conduct effective psychosocial interventions. Psychosocial individual, group, or family intervention offers an excellent vehicle for mental health practitioners in hospitals, in social service agencies, and in private practice to meet the varied treatment needs of a large population. Among the concerns to be considered are race, cultural implications, women's health, and the implications of working within the medical culture. Few medical institutions have yet developed comprehensive and integrated programs that incorporate knowledge about, and sensitivity to, these factors.

Specifically, psychosocial support group treatment can contribute to a reduction in behaviors that affect risk factors for various illnesses or enhance the progression of illness; diminish depression, anxiety, and stress; enhance a sense of feeling understood; clarify information; assist patients in assuming an active participant position with their physician and in their treatment; sustain the medical and lifestyle recommendations of patients' physicians; help discuss concerns of self-image, self-esteem, and body-image; help patients cope with their condition; and mobilize maximum support from family and friends. These groups can improve the patients' quality of life and enhance adherence to medical treatment protocols. The book will describe the special adaptations that are

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