Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Understanding Psychiatric Treatment: Therapy for Serious Mental Health Disorder in Adults

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Understanding Psychiatric Treatment: Therapy for Serious Mental Health Disorder in Adults

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UNDERSTANDING PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT: THERAPY FOR SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER IN ADULTS Editors: O'Mahony G, Lucey JV John Wiley & Sons Ltd, New York, USA, 1998. US$55.00; pp200; ISBN: 0-471-97570-2.

The essence of this book can be gleaned from the following excerpt in the preface: "This book originated from case discussions in the Department of Psychological Medicine, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London.... This book is about therapy. It is not a textbook of psychiatry. We have drawn together a group of contributors to set out brief accessible accounts of a variety of common treatments. Not every treatment in psychiatry is described. Neither do we attempt to prescribe the management of specific conditions. Instead we have asked contributors to describe the essentials of the most widely applied methods in clinical practice."

Apart from one introductory chapter on treatment planning, the specific areas covered include psychoanalytic thinking, group therapy, social and community psychiatry, behavioural and cognitive therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, physical treatments for depression, prophylaxis of affective disorders, and antipsychotic therapy. …

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