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Understanding Psychosis

Author : Donald Capps
ISBN : 9781442205949
Genre : Psychology
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Severe mental illness afflicts many men and women throughout their lives, often without warning, and almost always with devastating results. This book takes a look at psychosis, and contends that although the delusions and hallucinations of the psychotic person are misguided and confused, they are understandable when viewed in the context of a person's life. Using real life examples, Capps covers the prevalence of psychotic illness; the long-range effects of deinstitutionalization on mentally ill persons, their families, and their communities; family members' responses to their mentally ill relative; rehabilitation and prevention approaches and methods; the nature of delusions and hallucinations; the delusional belief that one is someone else; and the realization of mental stability.

Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology S Marginalization

Author : Philip Browning Helsel
ISBN : 9781137492692
Genre : Psychology
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This book explores the suffering of social class and how traditional biomedical models for mental illness do not adequately account for the stresses of poverty. Turning to mental health user testimonies, this book equips ministers and counsellors to become working class advocates.

Psychotherapies For The Psychoses

Author : John F. M. Gleeson
ISBN : 9781134127511
Genre : Psychology
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Can biological and psychological interventions be integrated in the treatment of psychosis? Throughout the world, access to psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatments for the psychoses varies significantly, with many people diagnosed with psychotic disorders receiving only medication as treatment. Psychotherapies for the Psychoses considers ways that this gap can be bridged through theoretical, cultural and clinical integration. The theme of integration offers possibilities for trainees and experienced mental health professionals from diverse orientations and cultural perspectives to strengthen alliances for tackling the gap in availability of treatments. In this volume contributors discuss: Theoretical integration across the psychological therapies for psychoses Global perspectives on psychosocial approaches for psychoses Integrating psychotherapeutic thinking and practice into 'real world' settings. Psychotherapies for the Psychoses explores different approaches from a variety of theoretical perspectives, providing significant encouragement for mental health practitioners to broaden the range of humane psychotherapeutic possibilities for people suffering from the effects of psychosis.

Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Author : Julie A. Fast
ISBN : 9781608822201
Genre : Psychology
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Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur. This updated edition includes a new section about the medications your partner may be taking so that you can understand the side effects and help monitor his or her bipolar treatment. As a supportive partner, you deserve support yourself. This book will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling relationship. Improve your relationship by learning how to: Identify your partner’s symptom triggers so you can prevent episodes Improve communication by stopping irrational “bipolar conversations” Handle your partner’s emotional ups and downs Foster closeness and connection with your partner

Understanding Psychosis

Author : Joachim Küchenhoff
ISBN : 9781351025928
Genre : Psychology
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Do psychotic disorders make sense? Are psychotic symptoms amenable to interpretation? Psychoanalytic clinicians and scholars have outlined theoretical and therapeutic pathways to psychotic illnesses. In Understanding Psychosis: A Psychoanalytic Approach, these pathways are integrated into a genuine factor model that allows us to systematically assess the relevant psychodynamic dimensions in the diagnosis of psychotic disorders, and serves as a guide to psychotherapy with psychotically ill patients. ? For more than a century, psychoanalysis has contributed widely to an understanding of psychotic experience and dynamics. This book reviews and integrates the various concepts into a multi-dimensional psychodynamic model that allows us to assess and understand the patient’s subjective experience, objective psychological capabilities, and interpersonal resources. It helps the therapist to find a basic attitude in working psychodynamically with psychotic patients and to understand the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. Specific issues addressed include: understanding imminent crises or precursor states, elucidating semiotic qualities in seemingly negative symptoms, differentiating the psychotic and a non-psychotic part of the personality, providing a dynamic approach to the psychopharmacological treatment. ? Understanding Psychosis will be of great use to psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. It will also appeal to psychologists and postgraduate students and academics in the fields of psychotherapy, psychiatry and psychoanalysis for psychosis.

Agents Of Hope

Author : Donald Capps
ISBN : 9781579108113
Genre : Religion
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Beyond Schizophrenia

Author : Marjorie L. Baldwin
ISBN : 9781442248342
Genre : Psychology
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The experience of living and working with schizophrenia is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. This book is a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market. As a researcher of economics and disability and the mother of a son with schizophrenia, the author speaks from both professional and personal experience. First, she looks at societal factors that affect employment outcomes for persons with schizophrenia (or other serious mental illness), including stigma and discrimination, investments in human capital, the quality of mental health services, and the support of family and friends. Then she examines workplace factors that affect employment outcomes, including employer mandates in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the decision to disclose a diagnosis of mental illness at work, the interaction between job demands and functional limitations, and job accommodations for persons with a serious mental illness. Giving weight to both perspectives, the final chapter outlines a set of policy recommendations designed to improve employment outcomes for this population.

The Traumatized Brain

Author : Vani Rao
ISBN : 9781421417967
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event, affecting an individual’s lifestyle, ability to work, relationships—even personality. Whatever caused it—car crash, work accident, sports injury, domestic violence, combat—a severe blow to the head results in acute and, often, lasting symptoms. People with brain injury benefit from understanding, patience, and assistance in recovering their bearings and functioning to their full abilities. In The Traumatized Brain, neuropsychiatrists Drs. Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi—experts in helping people heal after head trauma—explain how traumatic brain injury, whether mild, moderate, or severe, affects the brain. They advise readers on how emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mania, and apathy can be treated; how behavioral symptoms such as psychosis, aggression, impulsivity, and sleep disturbances can be addressed; and how cognitive functions like attention, memory, executive functioning, and language can be improved. They also discuss headaches, seizures, vision problems, and other neurological symptoms of traumatic brain injury. By stressing that symptoms are real and are directly related to the trauma, Rao and Vaishnavi hope to restore dignity to people with traumatic brain injury and encourage them to ask for help. Each chapter incorporates case studies and suggestions for appropriate medications, counseling, and other treatments and ends with targeted tips for coping. The book also includes a useful glossary, a list of resources, and suggestions for further reading. -- Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist

Rethinking Madness

Author : Paris Williams
ISBN : 9780984986712
Genre : Psychology
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As the research continues to accumulate, we find that the mainstream understanding of schizophrenia and the other related psychotic disorders has lost virtually all credibility. We’ve learned that full recovery is not only possible, but may actually be the most common outcome given the right conditions. Furthermore, Dr. Paris Williams’ own groundbreaking research, as mentioned in the New York Times, has shown that recovery often entails a profound positive transformation. In Rethinking Madness, Dr. Williams takes the reader step by step on a highly engaging journey of discovery, exploring how the mainstream understanding of schizophrenia has become so profoundly misguided, while crafting a much more accurate and hopeful vision. As this vision unfolds, we discover a deeper sense of appreciation for the profound wisdom and resilience that lies within all of our beings, even those we may think of as being deeply disturbed, while also coming to the unsettling realization of just how thin the boundary is between so called madness and so called sanity.

The Poet S Gift

Author : Donald Capps
ISBN : 0664254039
Genre : Religion
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Donald Capps draws upon the poetry of William Stafford and Denise Levertov to show how poetry can benefit the field of pastoral care. He argues that poetry focuses on the immediate experience and attends to life itself, whereas theology and ethics focus more on abstract discourse, seeking to achieve a more panoramic view of life.

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