AIDS and People with Severe Mental Illness

A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

Edited by Francine Cournos and Nicholas Bakalar

View Inside Price: $66.00


September 25, 1996
360 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300067576
Cloth

While HIV spreads among people with severe mental illness for the same reasons it does in the general population, there are specific ways in which mental illness is associated with elevated HIV risk. Every mental health institution or program now has to deal with the consequences of increased HIV rates, but until now there has been no single book that could tell them how to do so. AIDS and People with Severe Mental Illness covers the entire range of information essential for those who deal with these patients: epidemiological, medical, psychological, legal, ethical, and policy issues are all examined by eminent authorities in those areas.

Nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health administrators, forensic specialists, and others involved in the care of people with severe mental illness will find here exactly what they have been looking for: the information essential for dealing with the challenges the AIDS epidemic has set before them.

Francine Cournos, M.D., is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She runs a program for people with severe mental illness, and her research in the area of HIV infection among this population has been widely published. Nicholas Bakalar is a New York writer and editor.

"AIDS and People with Severe Mental Illness is, as promised, 'a handbook,' and all clinicians working with this population will find themselves referring to it regularly as part of their practice. Yet it is also much more: perhaps the most thoughtful, comprehensive, and accessible compendium of what we know, and what we need to know, about HIV infection and major psychiatric disorders."—Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.

"An exceptional and essential text for all mental health providers working with people with severe mental illness who need to incorporate HIV/AIDS knowledge into their daily work, and for all HIV/AIDS providers who increasingly must recognize that HIV affects and further stigmatizes people with severe mental illness. Should be required reading for all providers, students, and trainees in the mental health professions."—Marshall Forstein, M.D.

"This text provides all the information health workers need to help contain the spread of HIV among people with severe mental illness and to provide services to those already infected."—Center for Agricultural and Biosciences Abstracts

"This is an excellent handbook for all health care professionals"—Gina Giovinco, Readings

"Mental health providers, public health administrators, and legislators who have not considered the impact of HIV on the delivery of mental health services mush read this book. It will motivate them and provide basic background information."—Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, New England Journal of Medicine

"This is a marvellous book. It is well written, concise and covers a wide range of issues related to HIV and mental illness."—Neil Buhrich, AIDS Care

"This volume will be useful not only to mental health professionals but also to other groups responsible for patient care (e.g., administrators, policymakers, primary health care providers)."—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"A substantial, well written, and well documented book on an important topic. The authors address significant issues concerning the relationship between HIV infection, mental illness, and care giving for dually diagnosed patients."—Peter A. Selwyn, M.D., associate director of the AIDS program at the Yale School of Medicine