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Mental Health for Primary Care
A Practical Guide for Non-Specialists

ISBN 9781846192715
Published November 24, 2008 by CRC Press
220 Pages

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Book Description

'This book gives a 'bottom-up', practical overview of mental health. I have distilled psychological, biological and sociological background material and siphoned off anything that is not relevant to primary care. I aim to demystify the management of common problems and empower the reader to have a more rewarding and fun time at work and a better ability to cope with the ever-increasing demand and challenge of dealing with multiple physical and mental health issues often brought by a single individual to a time-limited consultation' - Mark Morris.This book provides an up-to-date guide to mental health for primary care workers who are not experts in the field. It is logically structured, providing a clear overview of causal factors before presenting individual conditions in a diagnostic hierarchy. Particular attention is given to areas where there has been a deficit in understanding or training, along with problems that are most frequently encountered and managed in primary care. Meanwhile, a Psychological Tools section introduces solid practical frameworks for managing mental health problems developed from cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused and motivational interviewing techniques. A selection of resources for patients is also included. It includes foreword by: Andrew Polmear MA MSc FRCP FRCGP; Former General Practitioner and Senior Research Fellow, Academic Unit of Primary Care, The Trafford Centre, University of Sussex, September 2008.

Table of Contents

Mood Problems. Anxiety Issues and Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Personality Issues. Eating Disorders. Section III – Psychological tools - Psychological Tools – Background Considerations. Psychological Tools – Promoting Change In A Specific Area. Psychological Tools – Tools for General Use. Section IV – Patient resources.

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