An authoritative resource for understanding the nature of mental illnesses and for pointing the way to treatment, written by two eminent mental health professionals with almost a century of academic achievement and clinical experience between them.
Many of us take our mental health for granted. But we can feel overwhelmed when confronted by mental illness in ourselves, a family member, or a friend. Troubled Minds is an invaluable guide for anyone whose life has been touched by mental ill-health and who wants to understand and deal effectively with it.
It serves as an ideal introduction to common mental illnesses, developmental disorders, and neurological variations that can lead to distress such as autism, anorexia nervosa, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia. Innovative chapters cover mental health problems of children and adolescents, and how we have the potential to promote our own mental health and wellbeing.
Bloch and Haslam tell illuminating stories of people they have treated, discuss public figures who have wrestled with mental ill-health, and share their personal experiences. Their book is informed by the latest research, warmed by lived experience and empathy, and seasoned by the insights of philosophers, writers, and artists.
Troubled Minds is essential reading for anyone who seeks deeper psychological insights to help deal with the challenges of contemporary life. It is a balanced and accessible account of a subject that is of profound significance in everyone’s life.
1 Setting the scene Great and desperate cures · The advent of psychological therapies · Defining and classifying mental illness · Why is classification necessary? · The core groups of mental illnesses · How classification is used · The contemporary scene
3 The highs and lows of mood How do we recognize clinical depression? · Mania — the other side of the coin · Why does our mood become abnormal? · Psychological and social factors · How do we integrate the possible causes of the highs and lows of mood? · Treating depression · Treating mania · Treating bipolar disorder
4 The mind talking through the body The mind in the body · Why the mysterious leap from mind to body? · Who is likely to express emotional distress through their body? · How do we approach the mind talking through the body? · Conversion disorder · Somatic symptom disorder (SSD) · Illness anxiety disorder (IAD) · Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) · Factitious disorder and malingering · Treating both body and mind
6 Personality and its variations Types of personality disorder · How common are personality disorders? · What leads to personality disorders? · Approaches to identifying personality disorders · Specific personality disorders · Treating personality disorders
7 Schizophrenia and other psychoses Schizophrenia · What causes schizophrenia? · Treating schizophrenia · Psychosis and mood disorders · Reactive psychosis · Delusional disorder · Drug-induced psychosis
8 Substance use What is problematic substance use? · What causes problematic substance use? · The cycle of substance use · Likely outcomes · Seeking help · Treating substance use · Different forms of substance use
9 Suicide Defining suicide and related behaviors · How common is suicide? · What leads to suicide? · Suicide and mental illness · How do we try to help? · Prevention at the general population level · Deliberate self-harm (DSH) · Treating and preventing DSH
10 Mental ill-health in children and adolescents The role of childhood development · Development and clinical problems · The approach of mental health professionals in working with children · Diagnosing and categorizing clinical problems in childhood and adolescence · Problems in infancy and early childhood (0–5 years) · Problems of primary-school children (6–12 years) · Problems of adolescence (13–18 years) · Maltreatment in childhood and adolescence · Preventing mental ill-health in children and adolescents
11 Mental ill-health in women The menstrual cycle · Motherhood · Pregnancy loss and infertility · Menopause · The older woman · The abused woman
12 Mental ill-health in the elderly The role of the mental health professional · The dementias · How are patients affected? · Dementia through the eyes of the carer · Treating dementia · Caring for the carer · Other mental illnesses encountered in the elderly · Abuse of the elderly
13 The biological therapies Drugs used to treat the mentally ill · The role of the pharmacist · Brain-stimulation therapies
14 The psychotherapies The core features of psychotherapy · Therapies for specific goals · Therapies by approach · Therapies for two or more people · Counselling and psychotherapy — how do they differ?
15 Promoting our mental health General principles and strategies to promote mental health · Grappling with life’s stresses · Ways of relaxing · Cultivating a sense of self · The family and mental health · Friends and mental health · Work and mental health · When things go awry · Detecting change early · When vulnerability persists · When mental ill-health becomes long-term · Family and friends as carers · A concluding note on hope and reality
About the Authors
Sidney Bloch AM is emeritus professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. His 14 books, many of which have been translated, deal with the psychotherapies, the interface between psychology and cancer, and medical ethics.
Nick Haslam, professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne, has chaired its School of Psychological Sciences and co-directs its Mental Health PhD Program. He trained as a clinical psychologist in the US, and has taught social and personality psychology for over 25 years.
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