A Psychiatric Diagnosis Primer
A Psychiatric Diagnosis Primer
As a former Chief Executive Officer of a multinational corporation, psychotherapist, and currently an author and Professor of Psychology at The College of Southern Nevada, I have encountered a wide variety of academic and work environments. There is no question that a single theme persists in all human milieus: psychiatric morbidity, more commonly known as mental illness.
Mental illness accounts for an untold loss of business and personal income, marital disillusionment, school attrition, and physical harm including death. In spite of the world wide pervasive nature of mental illness, few have any idea how to identify and categorize these psychiatric problems in our environment. Additionally, once the psychological problem is recognized, confronting and treating the individual with presenting mental health issue(s) is often overlooked.
A Psychiatric Diagnosis Primer: an easy guide to identifying psychiatric illness is the first book of its type written for non psychiatric medical professionals, therapists, attorneys, employers, teachers, students, parents, etc., to assist them in identifying and taking action relating to problem presentations of mental illness. My book is designed to assist individuals and groups with the quick identification of mental illness. Additionally, my book supplies the reader with instant information on how and where to seek support for those who may be suffering from a mental health problem. However, I must begin with an important message; my book comes with a Warning :
A Psychiatric Diagnosis Primer: an easy guide to identifying psychiatric illness does not replace the work and skills of a trained professional. You should not come to a final conclusion regarding an individual's mental status without consulting someone who is skilled in the area of diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric problems.
Although A Psychiatric Diagnosis Primer does not turn you into a professional diagnostician, my book does allow you to make an educated evaluation of a presenting mental health problem or situation making a presentation in a wide range of milieus; work, home, school, public settings, etc. Offered in an easy to read easy to understand model, you will be able to quickly access psychiatric diagnostic information.
About Mental Illness
Let me begin by saying that mental illness is a complex area of medicine and the human condition. Of all the many organs in the human body, the brain, the center all mental illness, is the least understood of all. Because of this fact mental illness and emotionally based problems continue to be an enigma in the world wide population. While research continues to uncover the mystery of mental illness, true understanding of origin and etiology of mental health problems appears to be far in the future. However, clinicians have reached a point where it is possible to identify and attempt to treat a wide range of mental health problems; psychiatric morbidity.
Academics, researchers and clinicians have spent decades compiling information on the hundreds of complex mental illnesses that affect humans all over the world. There are literally a plethora of volumes of work dealing with everything from childhood psychological problems and adult mental dysfunction to mental health presentations of the mentally retarded and the elderly. It is extremely important for you to understand that condensing the wide and varied mental health diagnostic presentations into a single text borders on the impossible.
All humans suffer from psychological problems. Being stressed about work, having too much to drink, unable to sleep, feeling sad and depressed, coping with a child's behavior, being anxious over the ending of a relationship, and coping with the death of a loved one are but a few examples of the many psychological problems that m