Sports Psychiatry

ISBN : 9780198734628

Alan Currie; Bruce Owen
160 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
Oxford Psychiatry Library
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Psychiatric conditions of all kinds can present in sporting populations due to the high intensity physical effort, competition and anxiety associated with competitive sports. Mental illness is not just a health concern but is likely to have a significant impact on sporting performance and achievement. Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, this concise and practical pocketbook covers the breadth of psychiatric conditions that can present in sportsmen and sportswomen. It provides practical and up-to-date guidance which is invaluable for all health professionals working within sporting communities. There are a variety of topics covered from 'Eating disorders' to 'Psychotropic drug prescribing' and it is based on the latest research to help health professionals working within sport better assess mental health problems and support those in need.


1 David R. McDuff: Adjustment and anxiety disorders
2 Kate Goodger and Sarah Broadhead: Managing the anxiety of performance
3 Valentin Z. Markser, Alan Currie and R. Hamish McAllister-Williams: Mood disorders
4 Alan Currie, Jon Arcelus and Carolyn Plateau: Eating disorders
5 Pamela Walters, Andrea Hearn and Alan Currie: Substance misuse
6 Paul McArdle: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
7 Bruce Owen: The athletic personality and personality disorders
8 Alan Currie and Reshad Malik: Exercise participation and mental health
9 Kate Goodger and Sarah Broadhead: The sports arena
10 Allan Johnston and R. Hamish McAllister-Williams: Psychotropic drug prescribing

About the author: 

Dr Alan Currie has been a consultant psychiatrist in full-time NHS practice in the north-east of England since 1997. Additionally he has experience of medical management and served for 4 years on the executive of the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published on topics such as social inclusion, remission and recovery in severe mental illness, antidepressant discontinuation syndromes, movement disorders and socio-cultural factors in eating disorders. He has presented his work on illness behaviours in athletes, eating disorders in sport and the rehabilitation of doping offenders at several national and international conferences. He has advised a number of national sports organisations on mental health matters and in 2007 he edited and co-authored the UK Sport guidelines on eating disorders.; Dr Bruce Owen works as a full time NHS consultant psychiatrist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He spent eight years working in an inner city community mental health team before moving to work in a recovery and rehabilitation focussed psychosis service working in both inpatient and community settings. He has a strong interest in medical education being involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Training Programme Director with Health Education North East. As well as being Director of Medical Education with Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT he has had educational roles with both the General Adult and Community Faculty and the NE Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published and presented on a range of topics including studies looking at the aetiology of unipolar and bipolar depression and treatment focused studies in bipolar disorder.

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