The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

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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. Our mental health “system” can feel like a bewildering and frustrating maze. How can you tell that someone has a mental illness? What are the first and best steps for you to take? Where do you go to find the right care?The Family Guide to Mental Health Care is the first comprehensive print resource for the millions of people who have loved ones suffering from some kind of mental illness. In this book, families can find the answers to their most urgent questions. What medications are helpful and are some as dangerous as I think? Is there a way to navigate privacy laws so I can discuss my adult daughter’s treatment with her doctor? Is my teenager experiencing typical adolescent distress or an illness? 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.Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.As one of the nation’s leading voices on quality care in mental health, Dr. Lloyd Sederer has played a singular role in advancing services for those with mental illness. Now, the wealth of his expertise and clear guidance is at your disposal. From the first signs of a problem to sorting through the variety of treatment options, you and your family will be able to walk into a doctor’s office know what to do and what to ask.
Advice on Helping Your Loved Ones, from the medical director of the country's largest state mental health system and the mental health editor of The Huffington Post

Baker & Taylor
Counsels those dealing with a family member's mental illness on medications, medical privacy laws, depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and eating disorders, and includes a checklist of questions to ask at a doctor's visit.

Book News
Author Sederer, medical director of New York State's Office of Mental Health and mental health editor for the Huffington Post, offers down-to-earth advice and inspiration for families and general readers; the book will also be useful for those who encounter patients and families in their work. Vignettes and a conversational style guide readers through the maze of the mental health care system. Emphasis is on symptoms, diagnosis, medications, and what to expect from visits to practitioners, with only brief overviews of paying for mental health care and dealing with legal issues such as consent and estate planning. The book offers 'walk-throughs' of a real-life ER, a peer-run recovery program, and supportive housing, and includes a list of books and websites, plus symptom assessment scales. An introduction by actress Glenn Close is included. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This resource for those dealing with a family member's mental illness provides information on medications, medical privacy laws, depression, anxiety, bipolar illness and eating disorders and includes a checklist of questions to ask at a doctor's visit.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Co., c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393707946
0393707946
9780393710632
Branch Call Number: 616.89 Se27f
Characteristics: xxii, 312 p. ; 25 cm

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