Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Disaster Psychiatry Book Provides Valuable Roadmap for Clinicians

A new book from American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. (APPI) provides clinicians with a comprehensive exploration of what to expect regarding mental health sequelae after a manmade or natural disaster strikes. With psychiatrists playing an ever-increasing role in the aftermath of disasters, Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment is a practical guide to help them and other mental health professionals respond rapidly and effectively.

Edited by Frederick Stoddard Jr., M.D., Anand Pandya, M.D., and Craig Katz, M.D., the book reviews postdisaster evaluations for a range of psychiatric disorders that responders will confront; psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies that have proven effective; interventions with groups, families, and children; legal and ethical issues; and the importance of self-care for disaster responders, along with other crucial topics. The book can be ordered at http://www.appi.org/. Read more about psychiatric intervention after disasters in Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/11/1.1.full and http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/15/26.full.


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