‘Medicine and Medications’ Articles at Counselling Resource

Articles and book reviews included in the medicine and medications section relate specifically to medical considerations or psychopharmacological approaches to mental health.

Basic Science: Treatment, Therapy and Diagnostic Criteria for Mental Disorders

The notion of a ‘mental disorder’ rests upon a particular model of so-called ‘normal’ functioning and observable deviations from that norm; this model fits only awkwardly with some approaches to therapy. Perhaps even more significantly, unlike the usual notion of ‘diagnosis’ common to Western medicine, however, psychiatry’s diagnostic categories of mental disorders are defined in terms of lists of symptoms. Scientifically, they are nothing at all like most medical diagnoses.

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Medical and Psychiatric Issues for Counsellors

If a counsellor could only buy one book on medical and psychiatric issues as they relate to the practice of counselling, I believe this should be it. Every counsellor and psychotherapist should inform themselves to at least a basic degree about the broader medical and psychiatric issues which may impact upon their clients’ lives and well-being, and this book provides the best start I know for doing exactly that.Rating: 3.5

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