Job Stressors And Mental Health: A Proactive Clinical Perspective, 1st Edition

  • Published By: World Scientific Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 9814525561
  • ISBN-13: 9789814525565
  • DDC: 616.89
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 404 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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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.

Table of Contents

Frong Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Panels and Table.
List of Figures.
1: Work as a Potential Source of Meaning versus of Stress: Implications for Mental Health.
2: Background: Evidence, Mechanisms, Current Standard of Care and Methodology.
3: The Work Environment's Impact on Mental Health: Epidemiologic Evidence.
4: Work Stress Mechanisms and Mental Health: A Focused Overview.
5: Work Fitness and Occupational Rehabilitation: The Current Standard of Care.
6: The Occupational Stressor Index (OSI): A Comprehensive Model Derived from Cognitive Ergonomics for Clinical Practice.
7: The Clinical Case Studies.
8: Introduction to Part II: The Clinical Case Studies.
9: An Exhausted Psychiatrist Thinking about Suicide: Our First Clinical Case Study.
10: Middle School Teacher with Panic Attacks and Migraine Headaches: Second Case Study.
11: Computer Programmer with Epilepsy and Agoraphobia: Third Case Study.
12: Oncology Nurse with Breast Cancer and Disturbed Sleep: Fourth Case Study.
13: Control Panel Worker with Paranoid Ideation: Fifth Clinical Case Study.
14: Tram Driver with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Sixth Case Study.
15: Scientist with Bipolar Disorder: Seventh Clinical Case Study.
16: A Dysphoric Academic Physician Near Formal Retirement Age: Concluding Case Study.
17: A New Clinical Approach to Neuropsychiatry Focusing upon the Work Environment.
18: The Need for a New Subspecialty: Occupational Neuropsychiatry.
19: Perspectives Towards a Humane Work Environment: A Clinical View.
Appendix A: Diagnostic Criteria for Selected Mental, Behavioral and Somatic Disorders.
Appendix B: Completed Physician-Specific OSI Questionnaire and Score Sheet.