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Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace: A Handbook for Organizations and Clinicians

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6215-9
656 pages
November 2002, Jossey-Bass
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Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace is a comprehensive and practical guide to identifying, understanding, preventing, and resolving individual and organizational mental health problems in the workplace. Originally published as Mental Health in the Workplace (Van Nostrand/Wiley, 1993), this completely revised, updated, and expanded edition represents the most current thinking in the field and contains contributions from an expert panel of organizational and occupational psychiatrists. With fifty percent more chapters, this new edition adds essential material on creating systems and cultures that encourage organizational productivity and employee mental health and on finding cost-effective,quality mental health care. The book focuses on problems that start "at the top" (executive dysfunction) as well as on the effects of organizational structure, office politics, chronic change, downsizing and employment uncertainty, office wide emotional crises, and aspects of organizational development. In addition, this helpful resource includes information about such basic issues as anxiety, stress, burnout, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and psychosis.
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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables.

Foreword (Marcia Kraft Goin).



1. Workplace Mental Health Quality: Effective Recognition, Management, Evaluation, Treatment, and Benefits (Jeffrey P. Kahn).

2. Mental Health Care Providers and Delivery Systems (Alan M. Langlieb, Anne M. Stoline, Steven S. Sharfstein).

3. Cost-Effectiveness, Cost Containment, and Worker Productivity (Alan M. Langlieb, Benjamin G. Druss, Robert Rosenheck).

4. Mental Health Ethics and Confidentiality in the Organization (Robert C. Larsen).

5. Psychiatry, Productivity, and Health: A Brief History of Psychiatry in the Workplace (Len Sperry, Alan A. McLean).


6. Executive Development: Assessment, Coaching, and Treatment (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Len Sperry).

7. Executive Distress and Organizational Consequences (Jeffrey P. Kahn, Mark P. Unterberg).

8. Job Loss and Employment Uncertainty (Nick Kates, Barrie Sanford Greiff, Duane Q. Hagen).

9. Sending Employees and Families Overseas: Mental Health in the Workplace Abroad (Thomas H. Valk).

10. Office Politics: The Good the Bad, and the Ugly (Roy H. Lubit, Robert P. Gordon).


11. How Leadership and Organizational Structure Can Create a Winning Corporate Culture (Howard E. Book).

12. A Comprehensive Overview of Organizational Change (Gerald A. Kraines).

13. Organizational Consequences of Family Problems (David E. Morrison, David A. Deacon).

14. Psychiatric Causes of Workplace Problems (Steven E. Pflanz, Stephen H. Heidel).

15. Emotional Crises in the Workplace (Stephen H. Heidel).

16. Violence in the Workplace (Ronald Schouten).

17. Psychiatric Fitness-for-Duty Examinations (Robert C. Larsen).

18. Disability and Workers' Compensation (Brian L. Grant, David B. Robbins).

19. Workplace Forensic Psychiatry: The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act (Sara Eddy, Ronald Schouten).

20. Organizational Ethics in the Company: Beyond Personal, Professional, and Business Ethics (Len Sperry).


21. Anxiety and Stress (Dan J. Stein, Eric Hollander).

22. Depression and Burnout (Philip M. Liu, David A. Van Liew).

23. Personality: Personalities, Personal Style, and Trouble Getting Along (Mark P. Unterberg).

24. Drugs: Abuse and Dependence (Avram H. Mack, Jeffrey S. Rosecan, Richard J. Frances).

25. Alcohol: Abuse and Dependence (Carlotta Lief Schuster).

26. Psychosis: Peculiar Behaviors and Inflexible Bizarre Beliefs (Corinne Cather, Kim T. Mueser, Donald C. Goff).

27. Emotion and Illness: The Psychosomatic Interface (Brian L. Grant).

About the Editors.

About the Contributors.

Name Index.

Subject Index.
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Author Information

Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D., is president of WorkPsych Associates, which provides executive assessment, development, coaching, and treatment as well as management, human resource, organizational, and benefits consultation for a wide range of corporations and individuals (www.WorkPsychCorp.com). He also is past president of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in Manhattan.

Alan M. Langlieb, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., has broad experience in increasing public awareness of mental health issues, especially in business and through the media. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
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"It contains some powerful tools and imagery that could help many people." (Doody's Book Review, 5/28/2004)

"This is a book worth reading." (The Occupational Psychologist, August 2003)

"Two doctors have taken a close look at the sometimes slippery landscape of office personalities..." (Sun-Times (Chicago, IL), November 3, 2003)

"This important book is a must for top management, human resources practitioners and corporate mental health professionals. It shows the way to a comprehensive mental health strategy and that strategy's relationship to company performance. It also provides guidance for deciding how mental health benefits fit into overall benefits planning." —Robert S. Nadel, president, Human Resources Association of New York

"Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace is an outstanding work for business and mental health professionals. It provides a comprehensive psychiatric perspective on the emotional and organizational issues that are so important for today's effective management and organizational success." —Marcia K. Goin, M.D., Ph.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and president elect, American Psychiatric Association

"This comprehensive book will serve as a valuable guide for managers, human resource professionals, and employee assistance professionals. With up-to-date resources such as this, these professionals managers, HRPs, and EAPs will be able to view productivity as a business measure as well as identify areas in the organization in need of increased support." —Jody Dean, Ph.D., CEAP, director, employee health services, Hughes Electronics

"The velocity of change in the workplace continues to accelerate. Having the practical knowledge and an understanding of the resources available to cope with the personal stresses exacerbated by such change is essential to organizational effectiveness. This book provides both." —Mark Anders, president and CEO, BankAnnapolis

"This book will be very helpful for business leaders, health care managers, and mental health professionals trying to understand mental health care approaches to behavioral and psychological problems in the workplace. The writing is clear and the tone is dispassionate." —J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Henry Phipps Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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