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It’s Not All In Your Head
Susan Swedo, M.D. & Henrietta Leonard, M.D.
Softcover, 318 pages
Harper Collins, 1996
Taking a neuropsychiatric approach in this informative, nontechnical introduction to women's psychiatric disorders, Swedo and Leonard, both researchers at the National Institutes of Health, describe thoughts and feelings as resulting from biochemical events in the brain controlled by interactions of genetics, biology, and life experiences. They explain that just as medical illnesses often have emotional, psychological, and behavioral manifestations, so psychiatric disorders may have physical and psychological components. The effective diagnosis of psychiatric conditions should rule out vitamin deficiencies, hormonal and autoimmune disorders, toxic reactions to medications, and other medical causes of psychiatric syndromes. Case studies are used to illustrate diagnoses (with charts of symptoms and conditions that need to be considered) and treatments (usually combinations of psychotherapy, behavior therapy, and medications). Especially helpful are sections on choosing a therapist, when and where to seek mental healthcare, and what to expect from conventional treatments. Though extensive references are lacking, each chapter does conclude with a short reading list and the address of a national organization or support group.
This copy is in excellent condition--actually appearing new and unread. The book is without writing, marks or tears, little cover wear, a remainder mark on bottom page edge, not ex-library.