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Understanding Mental Disorders
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Understanding Mental Disorders
Your Guide to DSM-5®

American Psychiatric Association
2015
388 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-491-1
Paperback
Item #62491





Due May 2015!

Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5® is a consumer guide for anyone who has been touched by mental illness.

Most of us know someone who suffers from a mental illness. This book helps those who may be struggling with mental health problems, as well as those who want to help others achieve mental health and well-being.

Based on the latest, fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—known as DSM-5®—Understanding Mental Disorders provides valuable insight on what to expect from an illness and its treatment—and will help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care. Featured disorders include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, among others.

The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts. In addition to specific symptoms for each disorder, readers will find:


  • Risk factors and warning signs
  • Related disorders
  • Ways to cope
  • Tips to promote mental health
  • Personal stories
  • Key points about the disorders and treatment options
  • A special chapter dedicated to treatment essentials and ways to get help
  • Helpful resources that include a glossary, list of medications and support groups

Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Disorders That Start in Childhood. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders. Bipolar Disorders. Depressive Disorders. Anxiety Disorders. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Trauma and Stress Disorders. Dissociative Disorders. Somatic (Physical) Symptom Disorders. Eating Disorders. Elimination Disorders. Sleep-Wake Disorders. Sexual Dysfunctions. Gender Dysphoria. Disruptive and Conduct Disorders. Addictive Disorders. Dementia and Other Memory Problems. Personality Disorders. Paraphilic Disorders. Treatment Essentials. Glossary of Terms. Appendix: Disorders Grouped by DSM-5 Category. Appendix: Generic and Brand Names of Medications. Appendix: Helpful Resources. Index.

"This is a simple, user-friendly guide that is clear and informative. The format makes it easy to look up information about specific disorders and the vignettes make this a valuable resource for clinicians, patients and their families."—Alies Muskin, Executive Director, Anxiety and Depression Association of America


"Understanding Mental Disorders is an important resource that highlights in a balanced, sensitive way the multifaceted nature of mental disorders."—Allen Doederlein, President, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


"The DSM-5 sounds mysterious or technical to many people. This guide dissolves the mystery and bridges gaps between other books on mental illness by explaining psychiatric diagnoses in readily understandable terms. It presents symptoms and discusses treatment options. It will be helpful not just to mental health professionals, but to individuals and families affected by mental illness and the general public."—Mary Giliberti, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness


"Understanding Mental Disorders is a consumer-friendly guide to understanding the full array of mental health concerns and conditions that affect so many of us, and to understanding the range of treatments that can be effective in addressing them. It is laid out clearly and succinctly, with individual chapters devoted to each family of disorders. Each chapter describes the relevant disorders, speaks to causes and risk factors, and highlights relevant treatment options. Brief stories or vignettes that are incorporated into the chapters also serve to illustrate and clarify conditions and disorders for the reader. This volume will be useful for providers, advocates, family members, and consumers, because it will help to de-mystify both common and not-so-common mental health conditions. It will also help to encourage earlier identification and intervention for people with mental health concerns, long before they reach a crisis, or “Stage 4,” level."—Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, Mental Health America


"Understanding Mental Disorders is a unique resource that serves as a tool for communication between mental health professionals, patients, and families. It translates information from DSM-5 into simple language that can empower those who need mental health care to understand disorders and seek help. It educates in a way that allows patients to take an active role in their care."—Renee Binder, M.D., Professor and Director Psychiatry and Law Program, Associate Dean Academic Affairs, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association

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