Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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In the second edition, Kahn, co-author of over ten books on mental health and related areas, and Fawcett (psychiatry, Rush- Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center) have added many articles relating to contemporary challenges to good mental health, including the workplace, family and martial relationships, domestic violence, sexual concerns, lifestyle choices, everyday sources of stress, coping with chronic illness, and aging. The level is suitable for educated lay readers. The cross-referencing is extensive. The first edition was published in 1993. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Because society emphasizes ``everyday emotions and overall mental health,'' claim the authors, they wrote this book to define for lay readers terms associated with various problems, feelings, and treatments. Entries range in length from several sentences to several columns of text, and the book concludes with an appendix of organizations and a bibliography, both categorized by type of disorder or mental health concern. Though the effort to treat such common terms as anger, grief, and mood reflect the authors' regard for simplicity, entries on medicines and some medical terminology tend to be difficult to understand. In a similar work, The Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons' Complete Home Guide to Mental Health ( LJ 9/15/92), concepts are explained not by entry but in chapters based upon broad subject areas. Both approaches are effective, and both books are excellent reference sources required by most library collections.-- Ina M. Wise, Daley Community Coll. Lib., Chicago
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With the National Institute of Mental Health estimating that 50 million Americans are currently suffering from some type of mental disorder, references on the subject are in demand. Those affected, directly or indirectly, will find solid information in this overview by Kahn (manager, Community Health Education, Rush North Shore Medical Ctr., Skokie, IL) and Fawcett (chair, psychiatry, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Ctr.). Written for general readers and mental health professionals in an easy-to-use A-Z format, it presents more than 1000 succinct entries, which range in length from short sentences to multiple pages. Covered are common mental-health terms and theories (including many new ones related to recent findings in mental health, e.g., "performance anxiety"), mental illness diagnoses, symptoms of mental disorders, treatment options, pharmacological management (including new-generation antipsychotic medications), new uses of herbal remedies, and contemporary issues such as the environmental impact on mental health, domestic violence, and lifestyle choices. Readers will also find an outstanding collection of organizations and resources for further information, as well as an extensive bibliography and a suitable index. There are, however, no cross references. This second edition (the first came out in 1993) nicely complements but does not replace either the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the Physicians' Desk Reference both of which are essential for professionals. While The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Guide to Mental Health provides more detailed information on similar topics, this work contains more listings and is geared more toward the general public. It also packs more information than the Longman Dictionary of Psychology and Psychiatry. Highly recommended for all libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Identifies and explains the psychological and physical aspects of mental health in some 1,300 alphabetically arranged entries that provide information on a wide range of topics related to the field, including: common terminology, such as depression, behavioral therapy, and schizophrenia; social issues, such as aging, pollution, "safe sex," and sexual harassment; topical concerns, such as eating disorders, Alzheimer's disease, dyslexia, sexual dysfunction, and hyperactivity disorder; pharmacology, such as antianxiety medications, anticonvulsant medications, and antidepressants; and forms of therapy, such as family therapy, sex therapy, and psychotherapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816026944
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: Facts on File Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Entries A-Z 1
Resources 417
Bibliography 431
Index 451
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