Shows clinical health psychologists how to assess and treat adults
suffering from chronic respiratory disease. This primer provides basic
medical information for practitioners, especially those performing in
outpatient settings who may be unfamiliar with these conditions.
This concise primer shows clinical health psychologists how to assess
and treat adults suffering from chronic respiratory disease. It provides
basic medical information for practitioners, especially those
performing in outpatient settings who may be unfamiliar with these
conditions, and gives psychologists clear, practical answers to the
What is this disease?
What is its impact on this person's life?
How, as a psychologist, should I assess and treat this person?
this book readers will learn to identify common symptoms of respiratory
dysfunction, and the basic features of common pulmonary diseases
including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, fibrosis and
pneumoconiosis, pulmonary arterial hypertension, sarcoidosis, cystic
fibrosis, and sleep apnea. Common medical treatments are described,
along with environmental and occupational exposures that can exacerbate
symptoms, as well as the impacts of gender, racial, and environmental
factors. Chapters examine psychological evaluation and treatment, with a
particular focus on anxiety and depression, the two most common
comorbid mental health conditions. Cognitive and behavior treatments,
psychotropic medications, and anti-smoking interventions are discussed,
as are the mental health effects of chronic pulmonary disease on family
members and friends, end-of-life issues, ethical and professional
Table of Contents
Part I: Overview of Chronic Respiratory Disease in Adults
Chapter 1: Understanding the Respiratory System and Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Chapter 2: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pulmonary Disease
Chapter 3: Environmental and Social Impacts on Chronic Respiratory Disease
Part II: Psychological Intervention
Chapter 4: Psychological Evaluation of Pulmonary Patients