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According to data from the U.S. surgeon general, more than 54 million Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, while only eight million seek treatment. To educate the public, Morey (former president, Concord, NH, chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Mueser (clinical psychiatry & community & family medicine, Dartmouth Medical Sch.) have assembled this solid, pragmatic lay guide to understanding and identifying common mental illnesses and assisting loved ones who suffer from them. Readers will learn how to recognize the signs of mental illness in a timely fashion and get effective treatment, as well as come to understand the role of family members in helping their loved ones manage and recover from mental illness. This highly useful material is organized into sections on finding out about and discussing various mental illnesses, how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated, and long-term strategies for maintaining wellness. The superb appendixes provide further information on psychiatric medications, mental health resource organizations, and a handy nine-step guide to recognizing and managing mental illness. While targeted to lay readers, this book will also be of value to professionals. Highly recommended for public libraries.