Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness: A Guide for Physicians, Nurses, Patients, and Their Families

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9780615580982: Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness: A Guide for Physicians, Nurses, Patients, and Their Families

Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness helps laypersons understand all major forms of mental illness including how they are actually experienced by patients, and provides a complete compendium of treatments for all of them that actually work.

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John V. Wylie received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons, and then obtained his psychiatric training at Georgetown University Hospital, with which he continued to be associated on the clinical teaching faculty. He practiced general psychiatry in Washington, D.C. where he was on the medical staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital serving as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 1988 to 1995. Now retired, he lives and writes in Olney, Maryland.

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Library Journal vol. 134 iss. 16 p. 92 (c) 10/01/2009 - "Wylie (clinical psychiatry, Georgetown Univ.) shares his 35-plus years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist in this new guidebook that helps diagnose common mental health conditions and offers guidelines for health-care workers for treatment or referral to mental health experts. Wylie's focus is to distinguish normal emotional problems experienced by healthy people from psychiatric conditions that should be regarded as medical sicknesses and to provide a concise compilation of modern treatments for mental illnesses, including antipsychotic medications; his goal is to aid the family practice physician in deciding on appropriate referrals for psychiatric or psychotherapeutic therapy. The mental illnesses covered include anxiety, depression, pathological anger, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, compulsion, and impulse control, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. VERDICT Offering an excellent foundation of basic knowledge on the most common mental illnesses, this will be of some value to erudite lay readers, but the succinct, highly clinical chapters are more relevant for primary health-care providers." --Dale Farris, Groves, TX

"Description: This is a simple approach to mental illness developed by an experienced academic psychiatrist. Dr. Wylie looks back over his 35 years of practice and presents a common-sense retrospective evaluation of the changes in psychiatry during that time. It is an extraordinary book, removing the social politics and focusing on what works. Purpose: This is a book that can help orient medical students and simplify and refresh experienced attendings in psychiatry. The author offers plain language explanations and encourages primary care practitioners to accept more responsibility for the psychiatric care of patients. He makes an important differentiation, and injects his common sense, between the words "clients" and "patients," which has irritated many physicians - a nice, welcome touch. Audience: Anyone in healthcare - medical students, residents, attendings, nurses, and paraprofessionals - can benefit from this book. It is well written and helps define which professions should be caring for which patients and how to work together. Features: The book is divided into generalized chapters, but the division is logistical only, as the author's thought process carries the discussion along, integrating concepts very nicely among the chapters. Assessment: This is a valuable book, grounded in common sense. Everyone in healthcare should read it. The lessons of this experienced academician are well worth the time. --Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

Editorial Review - Library Journal vol. 134 iss. 16 p. 92 (c) 10/01/2009 Wylie (clinical psychiatry, Georgetown Univ.) shares his 35-plus years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist in this new guidebook that helps diagnose common mental health conditions and offers guidelines for health-care workers for treatment or referral to mental health experts. Wylie's focus is to distinguish normal emotional problems experienced by healthy people from psychiatric conditions that should be regarded as medical sicknesses and to provide a concise compilation of modern treatments for mental illnesses, including antipsychotic medications; his goal is to aid the family practice physician in deciding on appropriate referrals for psychiatric or psychotherapeutic therapy. The mental illnesses covered include anxiety, depression, pathological anger, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, compulsion, and impulse control, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. VERDICT Offering an excellent foundation of basic knowledge on the most common mental illnesses, this will be of some value to erudite lay readers, but the succinct, highly clinical chapters are more relevant for primary health-care providers. Dale Farris, Groves, TX --Editorial Review - Library Journal vol. 134 iss. 16 p. 92 (c) 10/01/2009

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reference for non-experts, April 12, 2010 By kalara (Denver, CO) This is the book I've long wanted to read - a book by an expert who can explain mental illness to non-experts. As someone who has a mentally ill family member, this book is exactly what I needed to understand his illness and treatment. I hope that Dr. Wiley will write more books. His expertise and his clarity are much needed by the rest of us. Karen's review Nov 06, 10 This is a superb book for anyone who wants to better understand mental illness. Dr. Wylie is an expert at both diagnosis and treatment, and has an ability to communicate complex issues in an easy-to-understand way. I highly recommend it. Laird K. Smith (Chester, CT) For a person like myself who has been in therapy this is a very helpful book. It provides in non-jargony terms a big picture of mental disturbance and its treatment and a plain-spoken outline of current theory behind mental distress and successful therapies. I think the book would also be worthwhile for people who have friends or relatives who suffer from mild to severe forms of mental disorders. --Amazon reviews for 1st edition

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