Chronic Disorders and the Family (Book)

Smith, Iris T.
February 1991
Health & Social Work;Feb1991, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p75
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the book "Chronic Disorders and the Family," edited by Froma Walsh and Carol Anderson. This book is intended to help psychiatric and medical clinicians in their work with chronic mentally and physically ill patients and their families. The editors have gathered well-written, scholarly papers by known authors on relevant subjects. The text focuses on the effects of psychiatric and physical illness on families. The first half of the book looks at chronic illness from a psychiatric perspective. Topics such as schizophrenia, depression, borderline disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse are discussed, with recommendations on how a clinician can best serve patients with these illnesses. A major theme of the book, considered from both the psychiatric and physical illness perspective, is that no one system causes a person's problems. Throughout the book, clinicians are encouraged to consider and compare various research theory and treatment modalities. The value of looking at chronic mental and physical illness from a broad family system point of view is another major theme.


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