PUBLISHED in 2002! A book on mental health for every reader.
Straight Talk, released in September of 2002 by Guilford Press, is my most recent attempt to demonstrate that mental health care is no longer shrouded in secrecy. I have provided the most up-to-date facts available about what might be troubling you or a friend or loved one. This book's three sections A) tell you what mental health is and where to find it; B) explain about drugs, other physical treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy, and the main types of psychotherapy available today; and C) Use case examples to help you understand the many variants of mental disorder and how they are best treated. Throughout, I've used the results (but not the language) of scientific studies to point your way to the most effective treatments known today.
I've drawn on my experience evaluating and treating many thousands of patients to answer these questions, and many more like them:
Why do I have these symptoms and when will they improve?
Can mental illness be cured?
How safe are drugs like Prozac -- and what about herbal remedies?
How can I learn what's wrong?
How will I recognize a good therapist?
Copies of this book are available from Guilford, my publisher, and from Amazon.com. Bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble will be carrying it soon.
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James Morrison, M. D.