Library JournalThis volume is intended to be ``comprehensive, interesting, and, above all, useful.'' It succeeds on all counts. Four broad sections cover mental illness assessment and treatment, common problems and disorders among adults, common problems and disorders among children and adolescents, and special issues and problems. Chapters are written by experts and contain an impressive amount of accessible information. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the therapeutic use of drugs, eating and sleep disorders, aging, suicide, AIDS, and ethical issues. The only other comparable guide available is Frank J. Bruno's Family Mental Health Encyclopedia ( LJ 9/1/89), which is not as accessible as this. Many people will find this work useful, from those who want more than brief explanations of the various aspects and personnel involved in the mental health field to those trying to choose the best therapy and therapist for a particular problem. Strongly recommended.-- January Adams, Somerville P.L., N.J.
Stephanie ZvirinAlthough one third of all Americans will experience a severe mental problem at some time during their lives, mental illness is still not talked about. Indeed, it is greatly misunderstood and even feared. This collection of articles contributed by more than 50 mental health specialists begins to set matters right. Authoritative yet accessible, the material defines what constitutes various types of mental illness and explains treatment options in a clear, no-nonsense fashion that will help readers determine whether a problem exists and whether it necessitates a visit to a therapist. Introductory chapters take the terror out of seeking professional counseling by clearly defining the roles of the mental health specialists and summarizing what practitioners do. Succeeding sections introduce common mental health issues--anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, and addictive behaviors--as well as the concerns of special groups, such as women, the elderly, children, and AIDS patients. Scattered through the text are addresses of organizations from which further information can be obtained. Well organized and informative, this book belongs in every public library.
BooknewsPrepared under the aegis of the Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry, this comprehensive, authoritative reference provides information and advice for individuals and families who are coping with mental illness--from common disorders such as insomnia to severe, long-term illnesses such as manic-depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease. It is sure to become the standard home reference, like its companion medical, pregnancy, and early childhood guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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