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Heal Your Brain : How the New Neuropsychiatry Can Help You Go from Better to Well



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Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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Over 45 million people currently experience some form of depression or anxiety in the United States alone. For these people and their loved ones, Heal Your Brain offers a practical guide to better outcomes in the treatment of these often-disabling disorders.Heal Your Brain is based on principles of the New Neuropsychiatry -- a model emerging from advances in neuroscience and related scientific disciplines. This revolutionary way of thinking applies new insights about mind/brain/body interactions to various treatment options, including medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral intervention, to bring about the best possible results.Here, Dr. David J. Hellerstein, a psychiatrist at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, puts the New Neuropsychiatry to the test. Depression and anxiety damage the brain, but, as Dr. Hellerstein explains, the right treatment can change the patterns of brain activity, brain cell connections, and even the brain's anatomy. To illustrate, Dr. Hellerstein follows people through various phases of treatment -- from evaluation to therapy to remission. The book's compelling narratives show that, in many cases, it is possible to achieve a stable recovery and a return to normal life.Engaging, scientifically accurate, and clinically astute, Heal Your Brain leads those suffering from depression and anxiety disorders toward a meaningful and satisfying recovery.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Getting Better
Disorder: "Is There Any Hope for Me?"p. 13
The Evaluation: You Are Not Your Diagnosisp. 35
The Treatments: Charting a Course for Recoveryp. 62
On the Road: The Dramatic Beginning of Treatmentp. 94
Getting (and Staying) Well
A New Vista: Daring to Dream Againp. 127
Moving Forward: Love, Sex, Relationships, Kidsp. 164
Mapping the Route: From the Low Road to the High Roadp. 194
Returning Home: Staying Wellp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Notesp. 253
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 283
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