Assessment and Therapy: Specialty Articles from the Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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Assessment and Therapy is a derivative volume of articles pulled from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Mental Health, presenting a comprehensive overview of assessing and treating the many disorders afflicting mental health patients, including alcohol problems, Alzheimer's disease, depression, epilepsy, gambling, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and suicide

According to 1990 estimates, mental disorders represent five of the ten leading causes of disability.* Among "developed" nations, including the United States, major depression is the leading cause of disability. Also near the top of these rankings are bipolar depression, alcohol dependence, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, mental disorders are tragic contributors to mortality, with suicide perennially representing one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.

Assessment and Therapy describes the impact of mental health on the individual and society and illustrates the factors that aid positive mental health. Twenty-six peer-reviewed articles written by more than 40 expert authors include essential material on assessing and treating schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness, major depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental illnesses. Professionals and libraries will find this timely work indispensable.

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In 1998, Academic Press published the award-winning three volume Encyclopedia of Mental Health encompassing coverage of disorders, epidemiology, issues of treating specific patient populations, therapies, and more. By popular demand, we now present a more concise work: Assessment and Therapy, containing only those articles specific to therapeutic treatment and accuracy in assessment. Coverage includes both standard therapies such as psychoanalysis, family therapy, and couples therapy as well as newer treatment methods such as those encompassing brain neuroimaging. Methodological issues receive attention throughout, including important chapters on nontraditional approaches to classifying mental disorders and standards for psychotherapy. Also included is a cross section of topics not considered psychiatric pathology but which can be important to understanding therapy or to achieving success in treatment.

Also Available:
Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Three-Volume Set
1998, 2,398 pp. / ISBN: 0-12-226675-7

The Disorders: Specialty Articles from the Encyclopedia of Mental Health
2001, 528 pp. / ISBN: 0-12-267805-2

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Howard S. Friedman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He also holds an adjunct appointment as Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego Medical School. Dr. Friedman attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in psychology. He was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1976. Dr. Friedman is the author of many influential scientific articles in leading journals and was named "most-cited psychologist" by the publishers of the Social Science Citation Index. His books include a textbook, three edited scholarly volumes, and a comprehensive trade analysis. Friedman is a thrice-elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. His research centers around the relations of mental and physical health, and he has received research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Friedman also directs a project on health and longevity funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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