Psychiatry is an endlessly controversial endeavour, incorporating emotively-charged questions over the reality of mental illness, the medicalization of everyday life, and the role of nature versus nurture which cause constant discussion today, and on which almost everyone has an opinion.In this Very Short Introduction Tom Burns explores the nature of psychiatry, focusing on what it can and cannot do, and discussing why its history has been beset by dramatic shifts in emphasis and types of treatment. Considering the main disorders that have shaped its practice (such as schizophrenia and manic depression), he analyses how it differs from (and overlaps with) psychology and psychotherapy. Many of the controversies arise from its dual origin 200 years ago and the separatedevelopment of psychiatry with a more 'medical' approach in the asylums, rather than the psychological approach which birthed psychoanalysis and various forms of psychotherapy. Discussing philosophical issues of psychiatry's legitimacy, Burns explores the mistakes psychiatry has made and the blind alleys inits history, before looking forward to the likely changes in its practice with the coming of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Board certification and recertification exams are critical career moments. That is why you should rely on the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Update & Board Preparation, Fourth Edition. It puts our 80+ years of clinical experience at your fingertips to help you prepare for your exam. This powerful and in-depth study tool contains 88+ chapters on all the key topics in your psychiatry exam. In fact, it is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Faculty in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry developed every chapter. Eating disorders, behavioral interventions, child psychiatry, dementia, emergency psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatric conditions, psychopharmacology, seizures, sleep disturbances, substance use disorders, suicide, and much, much more. Along with each robust chapter you get: An outline that highlights key topics so you can plan and focus on key areas to study Board exam questions with annotated answers that test your knowledge and align with the style and content of your ABPN exam This Fourth Edition is fully updated for new standards and criteria in the DSM-5. If you are not taking an exam this year, use this tool to refresh your clinical knowledge and skills. Our study guides have helped residents and psychiatrists prepare for exams for decades. Here are a few online reviews about the Third Edition. “It is an excellent book. I have not seen anything better than this psychiatric board review book in the market.” “This book has hardly any filler, and is just chock full of high yield content, well-written and concise.” “This book is comprehensive, covers all the major topics in psychiatry and neurology.” You can find the same level of excellence in this Fourth Edition! U.S. News & World Report ranks the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry among the best in the nation each year. We are proud to put all of our clinical expertise into this complete overview on the field of psychiatry.
It is difficult to improve on a classic, but the fifth edition of Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice does just that, offering the updates readers expect with a deft reorganization that integrates DSM-5(R) with the author's emphasis on psychodynamic thinking. The individual patient is never sacrificed to the diagnostic category, yet clinicians will find the guidance they need to apply DSM-5(R) appropriately. Each chapter has been systematically updated to reflect the myriad and manifold changes in the 9 years since the previous edition's publication. All 19 chapters have new references and cutting-edge material that will prepare psychiatrists and residents to treat patients with compassion and skill. The book offers the following features: - Each chapter integrates new neurobiological findings with psychodynamic understanding so that clinicians can approach their patients with a truly biopsychosocial treatment plan.- Excellent writing and an intuitive structure make complicated psychodynamic concepts easy to understand so that readers can grasp the practical application of theory in everyday practice.- The book links clinical understanding to the new DSM-5(R) nomenclature so that clinicians and trainees can adapt psychodynamic thinking to the new conceptual models of disorders.- New coverage of psychodynamic thinking with relation to the treatment of patients on the autism spectrum addresses an increasingly important practice area.- Posttraumatic stress and dissociative disorders have been combined to allow for integrated coverage of primary psychiatric disorders related to trauma and stressors. A boon to clinicians in training and practice, the book has been meticulously edited and grounded in the latest research. The author firmly believes that clinicians must not lose the complexities of the person in the process of helping the patient. Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Fifth Edition, keeps this approach front and center as it engages, instructs, and exhorts the reader in the thoughtful, humane practice of psychodynamic psychiatry.
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This book is for prescribers specializing in psychiatry, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and pharmacists. Featuring one hundred and fifty new and updated case-based questions, divided into ten core areas of psychiatry, this collection will help you identify areas in which you need further study. Each question is followed by an explanation of the answer and a list of references. After completing the questions you will be better able to: • diagnose patients presenting with psychiatric symptoms using accepted diagnostic standards and practices • implement evidence-based psychiatric treatment strategies aligned with the patient's recovery goals • integrate recent advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies into clinical practice according to best practice guidelines. This collection has been approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as part of a lifelong learning and self-assessment program and as a component of maintenance of certification. Optional posttests with CME credit are available for a fee (waived for NEI members). For more information, contact the Neuroscience Education Institute.
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