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Psychiatric and Mental Health Essentials in Primary Care PDF

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Psychiatric and Mental Health Essentials in Primary Care PDF Free Download

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Our fascination with the mysteries of mind, body, and spirit laid the foundation for this book. Increasingly, the general public and healthcare providers accept and expect attention to mind/ body connections in health matters. Yet, doing justice to holistic practice is often constrained by the Cartesian mind/body split influencing our cultural legacy. Also, time and the easy availability of providers can profoundly influence outcomes for clients presenting in general medical settings with mental health problems or serious psychiatric illness. Over the years we grew to appreciate the special challenges of caring for those patients historically out of sight in mainstream medical and nursing arenas. But just as most psychiatric patients lived out their lives in largely segregated facilities until recently, the rewards of working with them are typically less visible and tangible than dramatic surgical cures, for instance. Our vision for this book is to share our insights beyond the typically few psychiatry lectures for primary care graduate students.In our early consultation and psychiatric liaison work, the national and international “golden era” of community-based mental healthcare had not yet arrived.Unfortunately, the ideal model of integrating medical and psychiatric/mental health services in a single comprehensive entity is still unrealized in many communities. We know from experience that a brief encounter and meaningful exchange with a patient can be the basis of a long-term professional relationship that brings satisfaction to both the patient and provider. The need for an integrated model of care will be a continued focus in the U.S. as health insurance expands and mental health parity becomes a reality in our healthcare system. We see a natural affinity between primary care and mental health. Complementing social psychiatry, primary care providers—especially family physicians (GPs) and nurse practitioners— serve individual patients in the context of family, jobs, ethnicity and other factors affecting health status. Yet, a dearth of easy-to-use resources often shortchanges these practitioners in the mental health essentials required in busy practice arenas. Our aim is to provide key mental health concepts and strategies for such time-pressured practitioners—keeping in mind the “essentials” in the book’s title—and to build strong and supportive bridges between primary care providers and mental health specialists.