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Author Belkić, Karen, 1952-

Title Job stressors and mental health : a proactive clinical perspective / Karen Belkić, Čedo Savić.

Imprint Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific Pub. Co., ©2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 376 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-372) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Work as a potential source of meaning versus of stress: implications for mental health. 1.1. The need for an integrative clinical approach. 1.2. Insights from cognitive neuroscience. 1.3. The aims and organization of this book -- pt. I. Background: evidence, mechanisms, current standard of care and methodology. ch. 2. The work environment's impact on mental health: epidemiologic evidence. 2.1. Sociological models to assess the association between the psychosocial work environment and health outcomes. 2.2. The work environment and mental health outcomes. 2.3. Neurological disorders, cognitive function, cerebrovascular disease and work-related exposures. 2.4. Unhealthy behaviors associated with work stressors. 2.5. Other health outcomes related to the work environment. 2.6. Mental health consequences of job insecurity, precarious employment, unemployment and retirement -- ch. 3. Work stress mechanisms and mental health: a focused overview. 3.1. Gender, work stressors and health: a richer conceptualization. 3.2. Econeurologic mechanisms: mental burden of work processes. 3.3. Burden upon mental resources and the recovery process. 3.4. Event-related potentials, quantitative EEG and neuropsychiatry. 3.5. The environment-brain-cardiovascular system: econeurocardiology -- ch. 4. Work fitness and occupational rehabilitation: the current standard of care. 4.1. Mental health disorders, work fitness and rehabilitation. 4.2. Neurological disorders. 4.3. Experience regarding work fitness and rehabilitation from other areas of medicine. 4.4. Special issues for work fitness and occupational rehabilitation -- ch. 5. The Occupational Stressor Index (OSI): a comprehensive model derived from cognitive ergonomics for clinical practice. 5.1. Basis and organization of the OSI. 5.2. The occupation-specific OSI instruments. 5.3. Reliability of the OSI. 5.4. Validity of the OSI.
pt. II. The clinical case studies. ch. 6. Introduction to part II: the clinical case studies. 6.1. A brief recapitulation. 6.2. Aims, scope and organization of part II -- ch. 7. An exhausted psychiatrist thinking about suicide: our first clinical case study. 7.1. The case: Dr. R is extremely fatigued and admits to thoughts of suicide. 7.2. Dr. R's case re-visited: insights from the OSI. 7.3. How to proceed? Return to healthier work with bolstered coping strategies. 7.4. Comments and further thoughts -- ch. 8. Middle-school teacher with panic attacks and migraine headaches: second case study. 8.1. The case: M.A.'s panic attacks and severe migraines. 8.2. M.A.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 8.3. M.A. meets with the occupational neuropsychiatrist -- ch. 9. Computer programmer with epilepsy and agoraphobia: third case study. 9.1. The case: S.P.'s epilepsy and agoraphobia. 9.2. S.P.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 9.3. S.P. meets with the occupational neuropsychiatrist. 9.4. The outcome -- ch. 10. Oncology nurse with breast cancer and disturbed sleep: fourth case study. 10.1. The case: C.G. has breast cancer and disturbed sleep. 10.2. C.G.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 10.3. C.G. meets with the occupational neuropsychiatrist. 10.4. Comment -- ch. 11. Control panel worker with paranoid ideation: fifth clinical case study. 11.1. The case: T.S. mistrusts his entire work collective. 11.2. T.S.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 11.3. Intervention by the occupational neuropsychiatrist. 11.4. Further thoughts and comments -- ch. 12. Tram driver with post-traumatic stress disorder: sixth case study. 12.1. The case: B.F. has post-traumatic stress disorder. 12.2. B.F.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 12.2. Return to healthier work: the process for B.F -- ch. 13. Scientist with ipolar disorder: seventh clinical case study. 13.1. The case: Dr. A. has bipolar disorder. 13.2. Dr. A.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 13.3. What are the feasible options for Dr. A. vis-à-vis the work environment? 13.4. Healthy work for scientists? -- ch. 14. A dysphoric academic physician near formal retirement age: concluding case study. 14.1. Dr. L. is nearing formal retirement age and is dysphoric. 14.2. Dr. L.'s work situation: insights from the OSI. 14.3. The transition process for Dr. L. 14.4. Comments and further thoughts -- pt. III. A new clinical approach to neuropsychiatry focusing upon the work environment. ch. 15. The need for a new subspecialty: occupational neuropsychiatry. 15.1. An occupational neuropsychiatry paradigm: mental health disorders as potential "occupational sentinel health events". 15.2. A larger framework for the occupational neuropsychiatrist. 15.3. Can workplace modifications suggested by the clinician for individual patients help inform workplace intervention trials? -- ch. 16. Perspectives towards a humane work environment: a clinical view.
Summary The title of this book reflects the fundamental aim: to explore the relation between exposure to job stressors and mental health. This is done with the primary intention of developing a new clinical approach, one which takes a proactive stance, emphasizing the need for creating work conditions that are more in harmony with the needs of the human being. Pivotal to this endeavor is to provide an integrative and comprehensive methodology, for assessing work stressors and ameliorating them whenever possible. This methodology, the Occupational Stressor Index, the OSI, was developed by the authors, who have successfully applied the OSI over the years in the context of prevention-oriented clinical practice within neurology and psychiatry, as well as within cardiology, oncology and other medical disciplines. The OSI is grounded in cognitive ergonomics and brain research. The authors, as clinicians, have a special interest in and affinity with their colleagues, their fellow physicians. Consequently, the working conditions and mental health of physicians are strongly emphasized throughout the book. Gender considerations are also woven into the entire book. This book will be of value to readers at many levels and interests. It is written in such a way that a non-expert can learn a great deal about the topics. Readers at all levels can reflect on their own work situation and how it could be improved within the framework of enhanced mental health. For health professionals, particularly psychiatrists, occupational medicine specialists, clinical psychologists as well as physicians involved in primary care and rehabilitation, this book will represent a sorely-needed paradigm shift which will help them address a main source of their patients' mental distress. It will be thought-provoking and yet also practical. Part I of the book provides the multi-faceted, scientific justification for this new clinical approach. The authors, as clinicians themselves, speak the clinical language and guide the reader step-by-step as to how this approach can be applied in practice.
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Subject Stress (Psychology) -- Case studies.
Burn out (Psychology) -- Case studies.
Job satisfaction -- Case studies.
Mental illness -- Etiology -- Case studies.
Occupational diseases -- Prevention -- Case studies.
Work -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies.
Mental health.
Stress, Psychological.
Burnout, Professional -- psychology.
Job Satisfaction.
Mental Disorders -- etiology.
Occupational Diseases -- prevention & control.
Work -- psychology.
Genre/Form Case Reports.
Electronic books.
Case studies.
Added Author Savić, Čedo.
World Scientific (Firm)
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