Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry, by Daniel Carlat, MD
Unhinged.jpg Once a specialty rich with the interactions between client and doctor which used to comprise a 50-minute hour, to one that has become a 15-minute, billable med check, psychiatry has become "unhinged" in the words of author Dr. Daniel Carlat. In a review of Unhinged, psychiatrist Richard Evans asks how to reconcile the pendulum swing for a professional with "an extremely challenging mandate." []
Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research and Therapy, by Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar, and Paul Grant
Thirty years of research and clinical know-how frame the techniques and theories of cognitive behavioral therapy. In a review of Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research and Therapy, Dr. Richard Evans explains how reading this book can be applied to treating people with schizophrenia. []
. . .from the APHA, Nov. 5-7
by Phyllis Vine
The American Public Health Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, has a number of events discussing a range of issues from Monday's session on empowering consumers in mental health treatments to disaster preparedness, school based reforms. Read summaries of selected sessions, including Dr. Ron Manderscheid's presentation about PTSD and returning vets.

Priorities for national reform, writes Ron Manderscheid
Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, of NACBHDD writes about "Implementing Service Improvements for Adults with Serious Mental Illness" On November 12 and 13, I served as convener and host for a major national meeting in Washington, D.C., designed to identify, build consensus, and prioritize needed improvements in services for adults with serious mental illness. The meeting, "National Action Meeting on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness", was convened because National Health Reform will provide a unique opportunity... []

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