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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This is a refreshingly accurate book that provides a thorough yet easy-to-understand source of information about mental illness and the various treatments available.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with reliable and easy-to-read information about the major mental disorders and how they are treated. The material is presented in a clear and concise question and answer format. The authors effectively address and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions of each disorder. This is a relevant and worthwhile contribution to the field of mental health, and the authors thoroughly meet and in some chapters surpass their overall objectives.
Audience: This book is intended for non-mental health professionals, namely those suffering with mental illness, family and friends of those with mental illness, and professionals with little or no mental health training. However, mental health professionals will find this book to be useful on many levels. The authors are consistently objective and highly credible regarding subject matter.
Features: The book includes a detailed yet easy-to-use index, excellent end-of-chapter sections on where to find more information about each disorder, and useful information on both how to select a therapist and how to obtain financial assistance for medications. Additionally, the generic and trade name medication chart is a useful reference for both professional and non-professional alike.
Assessment: This is a useful book for those with mental illness, family and friends of persons with mental illness, and non-mental health professionals. Mental health professionals will find this book to be an invaluable reference tool for both themselves and their patients. It is unique in the sense that it bridges the gap between mental health professionals and the lay public.