Chronic Mental Illness and the Changing Scope of Intervention Strategies, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Chronic Mental Illness and the Changing Scope of Intervention Strategies, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Barre Vijaya Prasad (Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (DIMHANS), India)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 404
ISBN13: 9781522505198|ISBN10: 1522505199|EISBN13: 9781522505204|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0519-8


Although the epidemiology of mental illnesses is innately complex, there have been many strides in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic mental illnesses as more research is being conducted in the field. As more information becomes available, mental health professionals are able to develop more effective plans for caring for their patients.

Chronic Mental Illness and the Changing Scope of Intervention Strategies, Diagnosis, and Treatment examines emergent research on the identification and epidemiology of various mental illnesses. Featuring information on the prevalence of the disease, psychopharmacological advancements, and strategies for the management of chronic mental illnesses, this book is ideally suited for students, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and other health professionals interested in learning more about shifting practices in the mental health sector.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Caregiver Perspectives
  • Cognitive Remediation
  • Comorbidity Issues
  • Legal Issues
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • Rehabilitation Strategies
  • Substance Abuse

Reviews and Testimonials

This volume contains 18 chapters on the changing scope of chronic mental illness intervention strategies, diagnosis, and treatment. Psychologists and psychiatrists working in India examine chronic mental illness and rehabilitation in terms of homelessness, nursing homes, dumping patients in institutions, and psychosocial intervention strategies for patients with schizophrenia; comorbidities like substance use disorders; the family and global burden, including caregiver stress, quality of life, and quality of care; disabilities and legal issues, as well as chronic mental illness in prison; children and adolescents; and advanced treatment strategies for suicide, schizophrenia, and emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents.

– ProtoView Reviews

Prasad’s selection of articles for this book helps to provide a comprehensive study of mental illness in India at the current time. Information within chapters focus on the homeless population, those who are incarcerated, and those who live in old age homes. It also focuses on management needs, quality of care and unmet needs, burdens placed on caregivers, suicide, and legal aspects. Substance abuse, OCD, schizophrenia, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as the diagnosis and treatments of these disorders is also highlighted within related chapters. Each chapter is concise and many include case studies which assist the reader to reflect on how information within this text may be used to further research studies and interventions being conducted in both India and in other countries by researchers around the world.

– Donna Kearns, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

This is an excellent book on the global impact of chronic mental illness with important strategies for how to reduce the burden. It is really an excellent review of the literature on chronic mental illness. Written and edited by clinicians in the field, this is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature.

– Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Doody’s Medical Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Barre Vijay Prasad He completed Masters Degree in Psychology from Andhra University, he later went to acquire his first M Phil in Rehabilitation Psychology from National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH) in Secunderabad. Thereafter, he went on to acquire his second M Phil in Clinical Psychology from one of the most reputed institutes in India - Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences- [IHBAS] Shahdra, Delhi). He is the first psychologist to have accreditation as a dually trained professional psychologist with qualifications as a Clinical Psychologist and a Rehabilitation Psychologist from Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) – Delhi. He is a Professional Life Member of Indian Association of Clinical Psychology (IACP). He has awarded Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad. He has been awarded: Centenary Merit award during beginning of his professional psychology career. Currently he is working as Associate Professor and HoD in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (DIMHANS-India). He is now working to produce ways of working manuals for reducing psychological distress amongst mentally ill and patients with cancer in the field of Psycho-oncology. He is trained at conducting various assessments such as Psycho-diagnostics, neuropsychological profiling, personality assessments amongst other skills. Not only does he work on assessments he is proficient in providing interventions using multi-modal approaches. He is trained in providing support for various initiatives disability rehabilitation, promotion of mental health and wellbeing. He specializes in cognitive behavioral therapies and behavioral interventions for various clinical disorders. He has published many articles in national and international journals, book chapters as well, and presented several conference papers on mental health, disability rehabilitation and psycho-oncology. He is also working on writing a book on “21st Century Eminent Psychologists- Biography”.