Textbook of Men's Mental Health

Textbook of Men’s Mental Health

The first of its kind, this book reflects progress in an under-explored area of psychiatry by demonstrating that gender plays a significant role in men’s mental health issues. The Textbook of Men’s Mental Health equips clinicians with the knowledge necessary to recognize how certain disorders manifest differently in men—and how treatment responses differ between men and women. This ground-breaking guide’s multidisciplinary approach draws on fields such as public health and substance abuse to provide a comprehensive approach to men’s specific mental health problems.

This work, which includes contributions from leading experts in men’s mental health, compiles the most recent research on men’s psychiatric issues, ranging from the difficulties associated with diagnosing male depression to strategies for engaging men in marital therapy. The text begins by addressing developmental issues unique to childhood, adolescence, and old age. It then discusses treatment options for a variety of issues, ranging from anxiety to sexual disorders to posttraumatic stress disorder. This volume then discusses psychosocial issues unique to men, such as fathering, marriage, aggression, and overcoming the stigma associated with mental health treatment—along with a chapter on how men’s ethnicity affects the effectiveness of therapy. Several topics are discussed, including how men behave in intimate relationships with women and the unique mental health concerns faced by gay men. – men are more likely than women to suffer from psychiatric disorders such as substance abuse, antisocial personality disorder, and conduct disorder. – current information about male sexual function, including erectile dysfunction, precocious ejaculation, and male orgasmic disorder – why disorders more prevalent in men—anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder—require a different treatment approach than in women – coverage of compulsive disorders prevalent in men, such as pathological gambling and compulsive sexual behavior, as well as those that are less prevalent, such as kleptomania and compulsive buying – an understanding of how body image, traditionally associated with women, has developed into a significant health issue for men, as evidenced by eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and steroid abuse.

No previous text has covered such a broad range of issues relating to men’s mental health as this one does, with each chapter featuring case vignettes, key points, practice guidelines, and an extensive reference list. Clinicians seeking to make more prudent care decisions for men with mental health issues will find this text indispensable to their practice—and to the well-being of their male patients.