The Writer's Guide to Psychology; How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
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An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.

Author Biography

Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD, is a professor at Columbus State Community College. She is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA’s Media Psychology division. She lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Common Myths and Mistakes
A Look at Fictional Portrayals of Psychological Problems, Professionals, and Treatmentsp. 1
Why People Do What They Do
Learning to Think Like a Shrinkp. 17
The Therapist's Profession
Degrees, Training, and Ethicsp. 37
Behind Closed Doors
How Real Therapy Sessions Workp. 47
Disorders and Diagnosis
When Does a Problem Become a Disorder?p. 63
The Disorders, Part I
Mood, Anxiety, and Psychotic Disordersp. 77
The Disorders, Part II
Childhood Disorders, Dementia, and Eating Disordersp. 109
The Disorders, Part III
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociationp. 125
The Disorders, Part IV
Personality Disordersp. 145
Psychopaths and Villains
Crossing the Linep. 163
Physical and Biological Interventions
Medications, Electroshock, and One Really Horrible Ideap. 175
Emergencies in Psychotherapy
Suicidality, Homicidality, and Hospitalizationp. 195
Conclusionp. 211
Glossaryp. 212
Note About the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)p. 217
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 224
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