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Hospice & Palliative Care

Discusses the goals and challenges involved in palliative care. Lists key aspects of addressing advanced medical directives, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, mechanical ventilation, and tube feedings at the end of life. Describes major symptoms encountered in terminal illness and treatment options. Outlines common sources of mental, emotional, and spiritual suffering at the end of life and measures to ease them. Identifies key factors to improve communication with the patient and family members and ease caregiver stress.

Humor & Healing

Describes the different definitions of humor. Identifies the various theories of humor. Discusses the physiology and therapeutic effects of laughter. Discusses the use of humor in health care settings and the role of humor for health care professionals. Defines the relationship between children and humor and the elderly and humor. Identifies some strategies for adding humor to health care practices.

Irritating The Ones You Love

Irritating the Ones You Love explores how “unconscious” reasons control so much of our choices and behavior in relationships—the hidden reasons we are drawn to particular partners, and how, unknowingly, the past affects our reactions in present situations. This book provides tools to help readers uncover the hidden influences on them so that they can choose partners for the “right” reasons, grow as human beings, stop making the same mistakes when issues arise with their partner, and make their relationships more intimate and happy.

Loss of Control: Fighting Back with Full Strength

Evaluates the issues related to stress-induced feelings of loss of control, the physiological and psychological mechanisms behind these issues, and means of coping with them. Identifies grief-, aggression- and suicide-related trends in both society and the individual and identify the neurobiologic mechanisms involved. Develops approaches to the rehabilitation of patients who have loss of control issues that lead to substance abuse. Screens and pre-diagnoses patients at risk for disorders that may be triggered by the feeling of loss of control.

Medical Ethics

Identifies and discusses the principles of medical ethics. Defines and distinguishes between ethics, morals, and values. Identifies the ethical obligations in a clinician-patient relationship. Explains the issues surrounding patient consent, including informed consent, voluntary consent, and competent consent. Discusses ethical principles in preserving patients’ confidentiality, including the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Explains the legal documents that apply to end-of-life health care decisions and the ethical principles that apply to the right-to-die controversy. Identifies the core values and code of ethics as they should be applied within the medical professions.

Non-traditional Approaches: Anxiety, Insomnia, & Depression

Identifies and describe cognitive behavioral therapy techniques used in treatment of insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Discusses how existing communication technology expands psychotherapeutic treatment options. Lists reasons why many people with anxiety disorders never seek medical help. Discusses how non-traditional approaches can improve patient care and outcomes.

On Loss & Grief

Discusses the clinical study of grief from classical to modern times. Identifies emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and physical responses to loss. Describes resilience to loss and explain what may increase the likelihood of this response. Discusses the role of grief counseling and when it may be useful. Describes an intervention model for dealing with loss and grief. Explains the differences between normal and complicated grief. Discusses the treatment of grief in children and adolescents.

Paradise Regained: Achieving Remission in Depression

Identifies pharmacological, herbal, and integrative approaches useful in remission-oriented management of unipolar depression/major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Outlines the issues of neurotransmitter-affecting medications, associated side effects, and interactions with other medications, including drugs used in dental practice. Discusses the optimal strategies for treatment augmentation in cases of treatment-resistant depression. Discusses experimental treatments for depression (e.g., transcranial magnetic therapy and vagus nerve stimulation) with patients.