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Where There Is No Psychiatrist
A Mental Health Care Manual

2nd Edition


Neerja Chowdhary, Gauri Divan, Christopher G. Fairburn, Abebaw Fekadu, Pramada Menon, Abhijit Nadkarni, Maryam Shahmanesh, Suvrita, Manjari Tripathi
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  • Date Published: January 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781909726833

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  • Mental illnesses are common and cause great suffering to individuals and communities everywhere in the world, but many health workers are more comfortable dealing with physical illness. This practical manual of mental health care is vital for community health workers, primary care nurses, social workers and primary care doctors, particularly in low-resource settings. This guide gives the reader a basic understanding of mental illness by describing more than thirty clinical problems associated with mental illness and uses a problem-solving approach to guide the reader through their assessment and management. Mental health issues as they arise in specific contexts are described - in refugee camps, in school health programmes, as well as in mental health promotion. The final section helps the reader to personalise for a particular location, for example, by entering local information on voluntary agencies, the names and costs of medicines and words in the local language for symptoms. This product is also available as Open Access.

    • Features flow charts on common clinical problems for quick reference
    • Provides a problem-solving approach to diagnosis and management
    • Delivers a practical guide to the use of psychiatric medicines and simple psychological treatments
    • This product is also available as Open Access
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The first edition of this book has been a tremendously helpful resource in the humanitarian settings where I have worked over the last fifteen years. The new edition is now firmly aligned with the tools of the mhGAP programme which will make it an invaluable resource for health workers and others who wish to learn what they can do to help people with mental health conditions.' Peter Ventevogel, Senior Mental Health Officer, Public Health Section, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781909726833
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Overview of Mental Health Problems:
    1. An introduction to mental health problems
    2. Core skills for mental health care
    3. Assessing someone with a mental health problem
    4. General approach to treatment of mental health problems
    Part II. Treatments:
    5. Specific treatments for mental health problems
    Part III. Clinical Problems:
    6. Emergency management
    7. Behaviours causing concern
    8. Symptoms that are medically unexplained
    9. The person with problems due to habits
    10. Problems arising from loss and violence
    11. Problems in childhood and adolescence
    Part IV. Integrating Mental Health:
    12. Integrating mental health into health care platforms
    13. Integrating mental health into community platforms
    Part V. Localising This Manual For Your Area:
    14. Medications for mental health problems
    15. Resources in your area
    16. Psychiatric terms for mental health problems
    17. Glossary
    18. Resources used in the manual.

  • Authors

    Vikram Patel, Harvard Medical School
    Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He works in India with Sangath and the Public Health Foundation of India.

    Charlotte Hanlon, Addis Ababa University
    Charlotte Hanlon is an Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University and Clinical Senior Lecturer at King's College London. She lives and works in Ethiopia.


    Neerja Chowdhary, Gauri Divan, Christopher G. Fairburn, Abebaw Fekadu, Pramada Menon, Abhijit Nadkarni, Maryam Shahmanesh, Suvrita, Manjari Tripathi

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