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Responding to Individuals with Mental Illnesses

Author(s): Michael T. Compton, MD, MPH, Emory University
Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Emory University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763741105
  • ISBN-10:0763741108
  • Paperback    228 pages      © 2007
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Responding to Individuals with Mental Illnesses is designed as a comprehensive guide for recognizing mental illnesses and responding to people affected by these disorders, especially during times of crises. This text describes the signs and symptoms of a variety of psychiatric illnesses, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities that may be most frequently encountered by first responders, public safety officials, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

Many of the chapters deal with specific categories of mental illnesses and provide basic skills to enhance interactions with people who have these disorders and who may be facing stressful situations. This practical guide aims to enhance the knowledge and skills for non-mental health professionals who interact with individuals with such illnesses.

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Case Studies

Vital Vocabulary

Questions for Discussion and Review

Clear, Concise Descriptions of Specific Mental Illnesses

Practical Information to Deal with Individuals with Mental Illness

Part I: Recognizing the Need
Chapter 1: The Myths of Mental Illness
Chapter 2: Criminalization of Mental Illnesses
Chapter 3: Mental Health Care in Detention
Chapter 4: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs
Chapter 5: Collaborations Between Mental Health and Law Enforcement

Part II: Understanding Mental Illnesses
Chapter 6: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illnesses
Chapter 7: Schizophrenia and Related Disorders
Chapter 8: Mood Disorders: Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 9: Substance Abuse and Dependence
Chapter 10: Delirium and Dementia
Chapter 11: Responding to Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Chapter 12: Responding to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 13: Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 14: Maladaptive Coping Skills, Personality Disorders, and Malingering

Part III: Responding with Enhanced Knowledge and Skills
Chapter 15: De-escalation Techniques
Chapter 16: Responding to Special Populations
Chapter 17: A View of Law Enforcement-Consumer Interactions Through the Lens of Psychosis
Chapter 18: Emergency Receiving Facilities and Other Emergency Resources
Chapter 19: Mental Health Resources and Levels of Care

Michael T. Compton, MD, MPH-Emory University

Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH-Emory University

  • "This helpful book performs a vital role in educating and protecting officers. It provides them with knowledge and skills they can use to perform their daily duties more effectively, and most importantly, with greater safety and awareness for all parties concerned when an individual with a mental illness is in crisis. For much too long, law enforcement officers have had to try to do the best they can with little or no specific training when called upon to protect and serve citizens and families struggling with the burden of mental illness. The ideas and knowledge this book conveys to officers is a huge step toward educating and protecting officers as they seek to help and protect us all."


    William J. Johnson, Executive Director
    National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.


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