Treating stroke requires attention not only to patients’ physical needs, but to their psychiatric needs as well. Unfortunately, there has been a considerable lack of literature that tackles this important facet of recovery. The Psychiatry of Stroke fills this void through a comprehensive examination that explores the mental and physical issues faced by stroke patients and offers up-to-date treatment options.
Based on extensive clinical experience, the text offers practical advice for improving the treatment of stroke by increasing the attention paid to its mental aspects. Detailed and definitive, this unique text demonstrates how mental impairment sets limits to stroke treatment and rehabilitation and shows how to evaluate and treat these impairments. Accessible to a wide range of readers, this new edition presents detailed reviews of classical papers as well as more basic outlines that provide a general overview. Regardless of familiarity, readers will find comprehensive and authoritative guidance for improving treatment.
Some of the topics covered include:
- background and causation
- risk factors and diagnosis of stroke
- localization of mental functions
- psychiatric syndromes
- apathy and failure to rehabilitate
- depression, anxiety, and dementia
- anger and violence
- outcome and effects
- the process of recovery
- treatment team
- legal issues, money, and ethics
- and much more!
Physicians and mental health professionals who treat stroke patients; staff of stroke units and rehabilitation hospitals and centers; fellows in geriatric psychiatry, geriatrics, and stroke programs; gerontology students and educators; and families of the victims of stroke or vascular dementia will find this book an invaluable day-to-day resource.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: Background and Causation 2. Diagnosis of Stroke 3. Stroke Risk Factors 4. Strokes and Localization of Mental Function 5. The Neuropsychopharmacology of Stroke Part 2: Psychiatric Syndromes 6. Speaking and Understanding 7. Seeing and Believing 8. Hurting and Touching and Feeling 9. Sex 10. Apathy and Failure to Rehabilitate 11. Anger and Violence 12. Disinhibition 13. Paranoia and Delusions 14. Depression 15. Anxiety 16. Dementia Part 3: Outcome and Effects 17. The Process of Recovery 18. The Family 19. The Stroke Treatment Team 20. The Spectrum of Care 21. Legal Issues 22. Money 23. Ethics 24. Basic Anatomy of Stroke 25. Resources for Caregivers 26. Wilson, Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin
D. Peter Birkett, MD is Director of the Columbia/New York State Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Attending Psychiatrist at Good Samiaritan Hosipital in Suffern, New York.