xiv, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- What is normal, anyway? -- The epidemiology of mental illness -- Mental illness in childhood and adolescence -- Mood disorders -- Anxiety disorders -- Psychotic disorders -- Personality disorders -- Eating disorders -- Substance use disorders -- Geriatric mental health -- Suicide in America -- Mass shootings -- Women's mental health -- Professional athletes and mental health issues -- Conclusion.
More than 40 million people in the US suffer from mental health problems--yet less than half receive adequate care and treatment. Even in the 21st century with the most advanced medical care in the world, social stigma still surrounds psychiatric problems, and this, combined with a lack of understanding, perpetuates a national mental health crisis affecting those in need and their families. Ignoring and/or being unaware of a problem can have devastating effects in our families and for society at large--many people living with mental illness go untreated, and as a result, people with untreated mental illnesses make up one third of the nation's homeless population and can be imprisoned. To meet these challenges, Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills have written this necessary and comprehensive, practical guide to educate and help everyone better understand mental health.-- Publisher's description.