Special Issue "Management and Treatment of the Major Mental Disorders"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014).
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In any given year, over 1 in 20 adults will suffer from a diagnosable, significant mental illness. The socio-economic burden of severe mental disorders, particularly of psychotic and mood disorders, presents significant challenges to health care providers worldwide. Often, severe mental illnesses are chronic in nature, with periods of waxing and waning. Indeed, many patients struggle to receive accessible and effective treatments. Appropriate treatment and management of severe mental illnesses is paramount to both the mental and physical health of patients. Without such treatment, the opportunity to regain normal social functioning, so as to return to school or work, and to engage in relationships, is greatly curtailed.
A diversity of treatment and management options are available, including psychotropic medications and mood stabilizers, psychotherapy (e.g., cognitive remediation, behavioral therapy), occupational therapy, recreational and physical therapies, family therapy, genetic counseling, and periods of clinical interventions or hospitalization when symptoms become overwhelming. The vast majority of mental health patients are best served by a combination of two or more treatments and interventions. In this special issue of Behavioral Sciences, various treatment and management options will be explored, and their efficacy will be discussed. I invite you to submit papers that discuss varying types of interventions for psychotic and mood disorders, the efficacy of such interventions, and the challenges associated with the treatment and management of severe mental illnesses. Both primary data and reviews are welcomed.
Donna J. Lang,
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- severe mental illness
- psychotropic medications
- behavioral therapy
- cognitive therapy
- clinical intervention
- treatment efficacy in mental illness
- genetic counseling and mental illness