Many of us take our mental health for granted, so when we are confronted by mental illness in friends or family members, or in ourselves, we can be overwhelmed. Understanding Troubled Minds is a calm and authoritative guide that takes us through the full range of mental illnesses and their treatments, emphasising the value of partnerships between psychiatrists, patients and their families. There are chapters that deal with mental illnesses afflicting children and adolescents, women and the elderly, as well as covering eating disorders, self-harm, gender identity and alcohol and drug dependence. Sidney Bloch, an eminent academic psychiatrist of many years clinical experience, highlights the place of hope and optimism throughout, pointing to the great strides being made in the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Ackwledging the complexity of human nature, Professor Bloch weaves stories of real people and the insights of many writers and artists throughout the text. Balanced, humanistic and thoroughly readable, this updated edition of Understanding Troubled Minds serves as a practical guide to mental illness and its treatment.
Award-winning author Sidney Bloch is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Psychiatrist at St Vincent s Hospital. He has been Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and Chief Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. His 14 books, many of which have been translated, deal with the psychotherapies, psycho-oncology and medical ethics. Understanding Troubled Minds- A Guide to Mental Illness and its Treatment won the SANE Book of the Year Award in 2012. Sidney was awarded a Citation by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2004 for his academic contribution to psychiatry. He is also a Fellow of that College, as well as a Fellow of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has had Visiting Professorships in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia University.