About the Book
A Complete, Definitive Guide to Mental Health Care
Do you have questions about mental health care? You're not alone. Despite solid proof that good mental health care can greatly improve both physical health and quality of life, managed care systems have made mental health care a low priority. Without easy access to professional advice from psychologists and psychiatrists, most of us turn to the Internet or the news media for information about mental health-and what a confusing, seemingly endless jumble that can be!
Now, at last, you can stop guessing about mental health care. Getting Help is a clear and comprehensive guide that will answer all of your questions about mental health conditions, practitioners, and treatments. Equipped with this resource, you'll be in a powerful position to take control of your own mental health care and the care of the people you love.
- Everything you need to know about:
- The symptoms and characteristic of common mental health conditions
- Different types of mental health professionals and the services they offer
- Psychotherapeutic and medical treatment methods
- How to choose an approach that is just right for a particular mental health issue
Books by Jeffrey Wood
We all must occasionally deal with major upheavals or emotional distress at some points in our lives. These events can cause a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in sleep or eating. What is the best way to understand these feelings? What is the best way to fix them? Jeff Wood, in his straightforward book Getting Help, provides an excellent guide to both the understanding of symptoms as well as options for treatment. This is the kind of book that should be in the waiting room of every physician, lawyer, or even car mechanic. It is an unbiased, scientifically respectable, and readable manual on understanding and treating mental health issues.
-James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
This book makes sense of the confusion that often prevents people from getting the best possible help for their emotional and psychological difficulties. Wood helps the reader to understand his or her symptoms, identify the various treatment options available, and assess whether treatment is working. Anyone who is considering trying psychotherapy or medication for a psychological problem should check out this book first.
-Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and more than twenty other books
I liked this book immediately! Clear, concise, comprehensive, and easy to use, it is a valuable resource for the consumer and the mental health clinician alike. The section on what to expect in the process of psychotherapy is especially informative and empowering. A deep bow to Jeff Wood for pulling so much information together so well!
-Jeffrey Brantley, MD, director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Calming Your Anxious Mind
Getting Help takes the mystery out of mental health problems and how to get help for them. In plain language and easy-to-use checklists, Wood explains different psychological problems and disorders, the most effective treatments for them, and the roles different mental health professionals play in their care. I recommend this excellent book to anyone suffering with mental health problems to get the help they need.
-Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School and coauthor of The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia
Getting Help is a one-of-a-kind book. It is an extraordinarily clear guide for those seeking help for emotional difficulties or major psychological disorders. It helps anyone suffering from emotional distress to both understand their particular difficulties and to seek out appropriate professional help. Getting Help will assist many, many people to navigate through the mental health maze and find solutions that work.
— John D. Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, licensed psychologist and author of more than seventeen books, including The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists and Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple