A Primer on Mental Disorders: A Guide for Educators, Families, and Students

A Primer on Mental Disorders: A Guide for Educators, Families, and Students

by Thomas Eugene Allen, Mayer C. Liebman, Lee Crandall Park
     
 

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From four practicing physicians comes this down-to-earth, easy to understand introduction to mental disorders—essentially a "what is it" book to help identify disorders, understand the ramifications, and assist teachers and families in providing a supportive environment for anyone who suffers from mental disorders. Arranged by broad category (following the DSM

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From four practicing physicians comes this down-to-earth, easy to understand introduction to mental disorders—essentially a "what is it" book to help identify disorders, understand the ramifications, and assist teachers and families in providing a supportive environment for anyone who suffers from mental disorders. Arranged by broad category (following the DSM-IV-TR, the standard reference for medical professionals), disorders and their treatments are described, along with a list of helpful resources for the classroom, library, and home. Appendixes list important advocacy and support groups, appropriate videos for classroom viewing, and Web sites for further information. This useful tool makes a difficult subject readily accessible to students, teachers, and the general public. A Primer on Mental Disorders belongs in every school and public library and institutions of higher learning, as well as the offices of school counselors and administrators.

Editorial Reviews

Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Handy and readable.
VOYA
Intended and designed as an accessible companion to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-Text Revision, 2000), the definitive list of recognized mental disorders, this book offers definition, identification of population(s) affected, symptoms, onset and course, treatment, and, where applicable, notes about classroom management for each of more than fifty mental health disorders. Although the stated aim is to provide a guide "for educators, families, and students" written at a tenth grade reading level, some sentences are awkwardly complex. Vocabulary, however, is explained carefully and accurately. Clear distinctions are made between professional treatments available and self-help that can be useful in coping with different diagnoses. Although many conditions are treated with drugs, the authors wisely omit naming specific regimens; drug treatment is part of professional treatment and must be rendered by a professional practitioner. Teachers and school administrators who have students or parents suffering from the listed conditions will find the beginning of guidance here and will be able to formulate intelligent questions as they seek help beyond this text. High school and college students will find the text useful both for research and to come to a clearer understanding of the mental health issues faced by themselves, their friends, and their families. This text is appropriate to school as well as to public libraries; in the latter, it should be accompanied by access to the full DSM-IV-TR. Appendixes include cross-referencing to the DSM, as well as directories to organizations and publications. VOYA also is listed for helpful further reading.Index. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix. 2001, Scarecrow, 174p. PLB $45, $26.50 pb. Ages 15 to Adult. Reviewer: Francisca Goldsmith SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
Library Journal
Written by four practicing physicians associated with the faculties of the University of Maryland Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, this accessible volume is keyed to the latest revision of professional psychiatry's diagnostic manual (DSM-IV-R, 2000). The result is a one-stop-shopping approach to mental health that covers an impressive array of mental disorders. The text, which is well organized and reliable (it uses the same disorder headings as the DSM-IV-R), reflects the point of view that mental health is grounded in each individual's genetic endowment and life experiences. Entries include symptoms, affected groups, onset and course of the illness, and treatments divided into self-help materials and professional approaches. Specific medications are not listed. Congruent with its goal of educating a wide audience in mental health issues, the book provides the etymology of psychiatric terms, and it boasts a liberal use of classical quotes. Its selection of additional sources (books, videos, and web sites) is well chosen. A useful first source of guidance and consultation for nonprofessionals, this is recommended for public libraries and collections serving counselors and health educators. Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This introduction to mental disorders helps families and other general readers classify disorders and understand their ramifications, and helps teachers and relatives provide a supportive environment for those who suffer from emotional problems and mental disorders. Arranged by broad category, chapters describe disorders and treatments and identify resources for classroom, library, and home use. Appendices list organizations, videos, and Web sites. Allen is a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and has had a private psychiatric practice for 25 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810839199
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

The authors are all mainstream doctors, educated at top medical institutions: Thomas E. Allen, M.D. (Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons); Mayer C. Liebman, M.D. (New York University School of Medicine); Lee Crandall Park, M.D. (www.leecrandallparkmd.net) (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) and William C. Wimmer, M.D. (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

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