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xxii, 312 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -274) and index.
Mental illness: what families can do -- The facts about diagnosis and treatment -- Principles of good care -- Getting help: the referral, the doctor, the meeting -- The places you may go -- A world of hurt: the faces of mental illness. Depression and anxiety disorders ; Eating and personality disorders ; Schizophrenia, Acute psychotic disorder, and bipolar disorder -- Medications: what to know, what to ask -- Psychotherapy and rehabilitation -- The buck never seems to stop: paying for mental health care -- Mental health and the law -- Recovery: why believe?
More than fifty million people a year are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. It spares no sex, race, age, ethnicity, or income level. And left untreated, mental disorders can devastate our families and communities. Family members and friends are often the first to realize when someone has a problem, but it is hard to know how to help or where to turn. From understanding depression, bipolar illness and anxiety to eating and traumatic disorders, schizophrenia, and much more, readers will learn what to do and how to help.