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Better But Not Well

Better But Not Well Author Richard G. Frank
ISBN-10 9780801889103
Release 2008-04-01
Pages 208
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The past half-century has been marked by major changes in the treatment of mental illness: important advances in understanding mental illnesses, increases in spending on mental health care and support of people with mental illnesses, and the availability of new medications that are easier for the patient to tolerate. Although these changes have made things better for those who have mental illness, they are not quite enough. In Better But Not Well, Richard G. Frank and Sherry A. Glied examine the well-being of people with mental illness in the United States over the past fifty years, addressing issues such as economics, treatment, standards of living, rights, and stigma. Marshaling a range of new empirical evidence, they first argue that people with mental illness—severe and persistent disorders as well as less serious mental health conditions—are faring better today than in the past. Improvements have come about for unheralded and unexpected reasons. Rather than being a result of more effective mental health treatments, progress has come from the growth of private health insurance and of mainstream social programs—such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, housing vouchers, and food stamps—and the development of new treatments that are easier for patients to tolerate and for physicians to manage. The authors remind us that, despite the progress that has been made, this disadvantaged group remains worse off than most others in society. The "mainstreaming" of persons with mental illness has left a policy void, where governmental institutions responsible for meeting the needs of mental health patients lack resources and programmatic authority. To fill this void, Frank and Glied suggest that institutional resources be applied systematically and routinely to examine and address how federal and state programs affect the well-being of people with mental illness. -- Kathleen Brown RN, MSN, PhD



Better But Not Well

Better But Not Well Author Richard G. Frank
ISBN-10 080188442X
Release 2006-08-02
Pages 183
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Frank and Glied explore the changes in the treatment, living standards, rights and stigma of people with mental illness over the past fifty years and assess the factors that generated these changes. They argue that stressing only the deficiencies of the present -- without an understanding of how these relate to the past -- can lead to a replay of prior unproductive efforts to improve the situation. They contend that by carefully analyzing the forces that have guided the past transformation of mental health care, America will be better equipped to steer public policy in a direction that results in further gains for a most disadvantaged segment of Americans.



Better But Not Well

Better But Not Well Author Richard G. Frank
ISBN-10 0801884438
Release 2006-08-02
Pages 208
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Frank and Glied explore the changes in the treatment, living standards, rights and stigma of people with mental illness over the past fifty years and assess the factors that generated these changes. They argue that stressing only the deficiencies of the present -- without an understanding of how these relate to the past -- can lead to a replay of prior unproductive efforts to improve the situation. They contend that by carefully analyzing the forces that have guided the past transformation of mental health care, America will be better equipped to steer public policy in a direction that results in further gains for a most disadvantaged segment of Americans.



American Psychosis

American Psychosis Author E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN-10 9780199988716
Release 2013-12
Pages 204
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E. Fuller Torrey's book provides an insider's perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program.



From Asylum to Community

From Asylum to Community Author Gerald N. Grob
ISBN-10 9781400862306
Release 2014-07-14
Pages 434
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The distinguished historian of medicine Gerald Grob analyzes the post-World War II policy shift that moved many severely mentally ill patients from large state hospitals to nursing homes, families, and subsidized hotel rooms--and also, most disastrously, to the streets. On the eve of the war, public mental hospitals were the chief element in the American mental health system. Responsible for providing both treatment and care and supported by major portions of state budgets, they employed more than two-thirds of the members of the American Psychiatric Association and cared for nearly 98 percent of all institutionalized patients. This study shows how the consensus for such a program vanished, creating social problems that tragically intensified the sometimes unavoidable devastation of mental illness. Examining changes in mental health care between 1940 and 1970, Grob shows that community psychiatric and psychological services grew rapidly, while new treatments enabled many patients to lead normal lives. Acute services for the severely ill were expanded, and public hospitals, relieved of caring for large numbers of chronic or aged patients, developed into more active treatment centers. But since the main goal of the new policies was to serve a broad population, many of the most seriously ill were set adrift without even the basic necessities of life. By revealing the sources of the euphemistically designated policy of "community care," Grob points to sorely needed alternatives. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.



Mental Illness and American Society 1875 1940

Mental Illness and American Society  1875 1940 Author Gerald N. Grob
ISBN-10 0691024138
Release 1987-09-01
Pages 428
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The Description for this book, Mental Illness and American Society, 1875-1940, will be forthcoming.



The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics Author Sherry Glied
ISBN-10 9780191667169
Release 2013-05-23
Pages 992
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The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics provides an accessible and authoritative guide to health economics, intended for scholars and students in the field, as well as those in adjacent disciplines including health policy and clinical medicine. The chapters stress the direct impact of health economics reasoning on policy and practice, offering readers an introduction to the potential reach of the discipline. Contributions come from internationally-recognized leaders in health economics and reflect the worldwide reach of the discipline. Authoritative, but non-technical, the chapters place great emphasis on the connections between theory and policy-making, and develop the contributions of health economics to problems arising in a variety of institutional contexts, from primary care to the operations of health insurers. The volume addresses policy concerns relevant to health systems in both developed and developing countries. It takes a broad perspective, with relevance to systems with single or multi-payer health insurance arrangements, and to those relying predominantly on user charges; contributions are also included that focus both on medical care and on non-medical factors that affect health. Each chapter provides a succinct summary of the current state of economic thinking in a given area, as well as the author's unique perspective on issues that remain open to debate. The volume presents a view of health economics as a vibrant and continually advancing field, highlighting ongoing challenges and pointing to new directions for further progress.



The Insanity Offense How America s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

The Insanity Offense  How America s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens Author E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN-10 9780393341379
Release 2012-01-02
Pages 304
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Outlines the down side of deinstitutionalization, tracing how steps taken in the 1960s caused patients with severe psychiatric disorders to be discharged from hospitals and rendered untreatable, in an account that makes recommendations for reform.



Understanding Disability

Understanding Disability Author Paul T. Jaeger
ISBN-10 0275982262
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 165
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Although 54 million Americans have a disability, few discussions of the issue address its various compenents in a holistic manner. The authors, both of whom have experienced disability, tackle complex issues facing the disabled, including access, diversity, and civil rights, in a human-centered manner.



Public Health Perspectives on Depressive Disorders

Public Health Perspectives on Depressive Disorders Author Neal L. Cohen
ISBN-10 9781421422817
Release 2017-08-27
Pages 456
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In 2001, the WHO recognized depressive disorders as the leading cause of disability worldwide. But most Americans who meet diagnostic criteria for major depression are untreated or undertreated. Luckily, recent advances have finally made it possible for the field of public health to address mental health in the population. Public Health Perspectives on Depressive Disorders fills a gap by identifying the tools and strategies of public health practice and by exploring their application to twenty-first-century public mental health policy and practice. By looking at depressive disorders through a public health lens, this book highlights the centrality of mental health to public health. Linking the available research on depressive illness at the population level with public mental health policy and practice, expert contributors set a research agenda that will help make mental health a central part of public health science and practice. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners to develop, facilitate, and conduct pilot and feasibility studies of promising preventive and treatment interventions that might mitigate the progression toward major depression and other mental disorders among populations at risk. The first part of the book underscores the public health significance of depressive illness by focusing on the evidence provided by recent approaches to nosology, epidemiology, illness burden, and impact on overall health. The second part looks at the social and environmental influences on depressive disorders that are critical to future efforts to prevent illness and to promote mentally healthy communities. The third and longest part addresses the vulnerability of diverse groups to depressive illness and underscore best practices to mitigate risk while improving both the preventive and therapeutic armamentaria. -- Ronald W. Manderscheid, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, coeditor of Mental Health, United States, 2000



The Invisible Plague

The Invisible Plague Author Edwin Fuller Torrey
ISBN-10 0813530032
Release 2001
Pages 416
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In The Invisible Plague, E.Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller examine the recordes on insanity in England, Ireland, Canada, and the UNited States over a 250 year period, concluding, through both qualitative and quantatative evidence, that insanity is, and continues to be, an unrecognized modern-day plague.



Mad in America

Mad in America Author Robert Whitaker
ISBN-10 9780786723799
Release 2001-12-14
Pages 368
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Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book—now revised with a new introduction—Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of “insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.



A Common Struggle

A Common Struggle Author Patrick J. Kennedy
ISBN-10 9780698185111
Release 2015-10-05
Pages 432
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**A New York Times Bestseller** Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles. On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He'll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning. Since then, Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. And ever since passing the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act--and after the death of his father, leaving Congress--he has been changing the dialogue that surrounds all brain diseases. A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy's private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy's philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his 'coming out' about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy's journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans' propensity to treat mental illnesses as "family secrets." Beyond his own story, though, Kennedy creates a roadmap for equality in the mental health community, and outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health policy. Written with award-winning healthcare journalist and best-selling author Stephen Fried, A Common Struggle is both a cry for empathy and a call to action. From the Hardcover edition.



Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows Author Edwin Fuller Torrey
ISBN-10 UOM:39015038162601
Release 1997
Pages 244
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Proposes a three-phase approach to correcting the problems with the U.S. policies on the mentally ill



After Heaven

After Heaven Author Robert Wuthnow
ISBN-10 0520924444
Release 1998-10-09
Pages 286
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The evolution of American spirituality over the past fifty years is the subject of Robert Wuthnow's engrossing new book. Wuthnow uses in-depth interviews and a broad range of resource materials to show how Americans, from teenagers to senior citizens, define their spiritual journeys. His findings are a telling reflection of the changes in beliefs and lifestyles that have occurred throughout the United States in recent decades. Wuthnow reconstructs the social and cultural reasons for an emphasis on a spirituality of dwelling (houses of worship, denominations, neighborhoods) during the 1950s. Then in the 1960s a spirituality of seeking began to emerge, leading individuals to go beyond established religious institutions. In subsequent chapters Wuthnow examines attempts to reassert spiritual discipline, encounters with the sacred (such as angels and near-death experiences), and the development of the "inner self." His final chapter discusses a spirituality of practice, an alternative for people who are uncomfortable within a single religious community and who want more than a spirituality of endless seeking. The diversity of contemporary American spirituality comes through in the voices of the interviewees. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Native Americans are included, as are followers of occult practices, New Age religions, and other eclectic groups. Wuthnow also notes how politicized spirituality, evangelical movements, and resources such as Twelve-Step programs and mental health therapy influence definitions of religious life today. Wuthnow's landmark book, The Restructuring of American Religion (1988), documented the changes in institutional religion in the United States; now After Heaven explains the changes in personal spirituality that have come to shape our religious life. Moreover, it is a compelling and insightful guide to understanding American culture at century's end.



Happy Pills in America

Happy Pills in America Author David Herzberg
ISBN-10 9781421400990
Release 2010-10-01
Pages 296
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Valium. Paxil. Prozac. Prescribed by the millions each year, these medications have been hailed as wonder drugs and vilified as numbing and addictive crutches. Where did this "blockbuster drug" phenomenon come from? What factors led to the mass acceptance of tranquilizers and antidepressants? And how has their widespread use affected American culture? David Herzberg addresses these questions by tracing the rise of psychiatric medicines, from Miltown in the 1950s to Valium in the 1970s to Prozac in the 1990s. The result is more than a story of doctors and patients. From bare-knuckled marketing campaigns to political activism by feminists and antidrug warriors, the fate of psychopharmacology has been intimately wrapped up in the broader currents of modern American history. Beginning with the emergence of a medical marketplace for psychoactive drugs in the postwar consumer culture, Herzberg traces how "happy pills" became embroiled in Cold War gender battles and the explosive politics of the "war against drugs"—and how feminists brought the two issues together in a dramatic campaign against Valium addiction in the 1970s. A final look at antidepressants shows that even the Prozac phenomenon owed as much to commerce and culture as to scientific wizardry. With a barrage of "ask your doctor about" advertisements competing for attention with shocking news of drug company malfeasance, Happy Pills is an invaluable look at how the commercialization of medicine has transformed American culture since the end of World War II. -- Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America



Insane

Insane Author Alisa Roth
ISBN-10 9780465094202
Release 2018-04-03
Pages 320
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An urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders. In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker. Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. Insane is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.