This text seeks to stimulate greater awareness of the areas of overlap and fruitful interdisciplinary exchanges between environmental/occupational health professionals and mental health professionals, ultimately leading to better care of individual patients, and more effective advocacy for a clean, healthy environment. The author posits that environmental and occupational medicine intersects mental health in at least five ways. First, some chemicals have direct neurotoxic effects. Second, patients with occupational or enrivonmental illnesses or injuries, like any other sick patient, may suffer from stress and/or develop reactive depression. Third, environmental and occupational physicians confront a wide variety of poorly defined and in some cases overlapping syndromes, including multiple chemical sensitivity, closed building syndrome, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Fourth, a deeply rooted link with nature may lie at our core, a part of who we are as a species, contributing to our spirituality and our sense of wholeness. Finally, in a field that sometimes offers more questions than answers, that lacks some of the easy certainties of surgery or paediatrics, and in which some patients are needy, demanding and difficult, there is another lesson that can be learned from psychiatry: occupational and environmental physicians need to take a look at their own behaviour. In some cases, a doctor's own reaction to a patient goes beyond scientific skepticism and suggests that their own background and emotions can sometimes colour the therapeutic perspective. For all these reasons, environmental and occuptional health professionals need to collaborate with mental health professionals. This book aims to address that need.
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01 August 1998
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Contents: H. Frumkin, Foreword. A. Lundberg, Introduction. A. Lundberg, Environmental Change and Human Health. B. Weiss, Behavioral Manifestations of Neurotoxicity. A.A. Rahill, A. Lundberg, The Psychiatric Evaluation of Patients With Suspected Toxic Exposure. A. Lundberg, A.L. Santiago-Rivera, Psychiatric Aspects of Technological Disasters. M.J. Roy, Environmental Influences on Illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans. K. Brailey, J.J. Vasterling, P.B. Sutker, Psychological Aftermath of Participation in the Persian Gulf War. S.E. Spedden, Risk Perception and Coping. B.B. Arnetz, Environmental Illness: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Sick Building Syndrome, Electric and Magnetic Field Disease. H.L. Freeman, S.A. Stansfeld, Psychosocial Effects of Urban Environments, Noise, and Crowding. R. White, J. Heerwagen, Nature and Mental Health: Biophilia and Biophobia. A. Katcher, G.C. Wilkins, Animal-Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children. R. White, Psychiatry and Ecopsychology. Appendix: Environmental Information Resources for the Clinician.
Reviews for The Environment and Mental Health: A Guide for Clinicians
I recommend this book to people who wish to cover a large area rapidly. This is an excellent introduction for psychiatrists, general practitioners, pediatricians, and even the general public... -Environmental Conservation Clinicians must carefully consider all pertinent data when evaluating patients who may have environmentally induced illnesses. This book will prove valuable for clinicians faced with such challenges. -Psychiatric Services