Caring for Adults with Mental Health Problems
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Mental health care provision can be complex and the approach the carer uses can have a detrimental effect on the health of the person being cared for.  Caring for Adults with Mental Health Problems provides the reader with many examples of thoughts, ideas and perspectives in a user-friendly, easily accessible format. The chapters are divided into discrete sections reflecting contemporary care approaches.

Reference to care in a range of primary and secondary care settings is made throughout the book. Each chapter provides the reader with a clear and concise approach to health care, encouraging the reader to understand and delve deeper. Written by contributors who are experienced clinicians and academics with many years of clinical and academic experience in various health care settings, this text is based upon the principles of care, a foundation text that encourages the student to grow and develop.

Caring for Adults with Mental Health Problems is a practice-based handbook or manual that has a sound evidence basis, and one that will challenge and encourage the student to develop a questioning approach to care. The text is designed to be used as a reference book by a variety of readers in either the clinical setting, classroom or at home, in statutory or non-statutory surroundings.


Ian Peate, Associate Head of School
EN (G) RGN DipN (Lond) RNT BEd (Hons) MA (Lond) LLM
Ian began his nursing career in 1981 at Central Middlesex Hospital, becoming an Enrolled Nurse working in an intensive care unit. He later undertook three years’ student nurse training at Central Middlesex and Northwick Park Hospitals, becoming a Staff Nurse then a Charge Nurse. He has worked in nurse education since 1989. His key areas of interest are nursing practice and theory, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. He is currently Associate Head of School. His portfolio centres on recruitment and marketing and professional academic development within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Sonya Chelvanayagam, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
MSc PgDip (Learning and Teaching) RN
Sonya qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1985. She then trained as a Registered General Nurse. Sonya has worked in a range of different settings caring for individuals with a combination of physical symptoms and mental health problems. Most notably, she developed a mental health nurse service within a specialist mental health team for people attending HIV/GUM services. Sonya works as a Senior Lecturer in mental health at the University of Hertfordshire and as a Lecturer in the Burdett Institute of Gastrointestinal Nursing, King’s College London.


Contributors vii

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction 1
Ian Peate and Sonya Chelvanayagam

2 History of Mental Health Care 7
Stephen Cloudsdale

3 Mad, Bad or Just Different 15
Alan Brownbill

4 Partnership Working in Mental Health Care 31
Paul Illingworth

5 Promoting Mental Health 53
Alan Brownbill and Sonya Chelvanayagam

6 Legal Matters 69
Soo Lee

7 Anxiety Disorders 87
Thomas Beary

8 Mood Disorders Including Self-harm and Suicide 103
Stephen Cloudsdale

9 Eating Disorders 117
Sonya Chelvanayagam

10 Dual Diagnosis: Substance Misuse and Mental Health Problems 131
Sue Hahn

11 Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia-type Disorders 145
Yvonne Mitchell

12 Personality Disorder 161
Brian Thomson

13 Dementias 177
Sue Hahn

14 Therapeutic Interventions 195
Soo Lee, Angela Edmonds and Clare Hubbard

Index 217