Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Israel: From Epidemiology to Mental Health Action

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Israel: From Epidemiology to Mental Health Action

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Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Israel: From Epidemiology to Mental Health Action Edited by Itzhak Levav Gefen Publishing House, 2009, 342 pages ISBN: 978-965-229-4685

This book provides an excellent overview of epidemiological research in Israel All 19 chapters have been written by leading Israeli interdisciplinary researchers. The data are based on unique national data sets as well as epidemiological research. Each of the chapters ends with recommendations for future research and actions that can be made by the authorities and mental health providers in the areas of prevention and treatment.

The book has three sections. The first presents epidemiological research conducted in specific populations: women, elderly patients, Holocaust survivors, Israeli Arabs, and others. I read the chapter dealing with elderly patients with great interest and found it to be comprehensive and up to date. Besides a lot of epidemiological information on this topic which helped me to better understand mental health in this population, the implications are very important for health insurers and governmental agencies or HMOs.

The second section contains descriptions of analyses of epidemiological studies of mental and behavioral disorders: drug and alcohol use, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, suicide and schizophrenic disorders. …

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