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Understanding Mental Disorders

Your Guide to DSM-5-TR®

American Psychiatric Association

  • 2024
  • 396 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-522-6
  • Item #37522

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Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5-TR is a valuable 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 love and care for them.

Based on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—known as DSM-5-TR—Understanding Mental Disorders provides useful 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-TR 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 list of medications and support groups


  • Foreword to the New Edition
  • Foreword to the Prior Edition
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Disorders That Start in Childhood
  • Chapter 2. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Chapter 3. Bipolar Disorders
  • Chapter 4. Depressive Disorders
  • Chapter 5. Anxiety Disorders
  • Chapter 6. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Trauma and Stress Disorders
  • Chapter 8. Dissociative Disorders
  • Chapter 9. Somatic (Physical) Symptom Disorders
  • Chapter 10. Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 11. Elimination Disorders
  • Chapter 12. Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Chapter 14. Gender Dysphoria
  • Chapter 15. Disruptive and Conduct Disorders
  • Chapter 16. Addictive Disorders
  • Chapter 17. Dementia and Other Memory Problems
  • Chapter 18. Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 19. Paraphilic Disorders
  • Chapter 20. Treatment Essentials
  • Appendix: Complete List of Mental Disorders in DSM-5-TR
  • Appendix: Medications
  • Appendix: Helpful Resources
  • Index

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