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Penn Yan Public Library 1 616.89 SED Adult NonFiction Book
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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.

Author Notes

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system and New York State's "chief psychiatrist." He is Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health and has served as Acting Director of The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Rockland County, New York. Dr. Sederer is a former Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, one of the world's foremost psychiatric hospitals, and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he also served on the faculty. In 2009, Dr. Sederer was recognized as Psychiatric Administrator of the Year by the American Psychiatric Association and was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar-in-Residence grant. He has also received an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest family mental health advocacy group in the country.The author of seven textbooks and more than 350 professional articles and reports, he lectures across the country and the world to families of people with mental illness, as well as to mental health policy makers, government officials, and other professionals. He is the first medical editor of The Huffington Post, where he writes frequently about mental health and the addictions, as well as provides movie and book reviews.His Web site, www.askdrlloyd.com, is dedicated to helping people, and their families, get the care they need to recover from mental illness and the addictions.

Glenn Close is a film, television, and stage actress who has become a leader on the issue of eliminating the stigma of mental illness through her advocacy organization, Bring Change 2 Mind.

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Booklist Review

More than 50 million Americans experience some form of mental illness annually. A large number of these individuals fail to get appropriate treatment. Some don't even receive a correct diagnosis. Sederer's guide helps folks (particularly family members and friends of people afflicted with psychiatric conditions) familiarize themselves with all aspects of mental illness: symptoms, treatment, prevention, health-insurance issues, and the law. Tucked in the middle of this useful guide is a valuable chapter, A World of Hurt: The Faces of Mental Illness, that summarizes many mental-health disorders generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, panic, personality, bipolar, binge eating as well as depression and schizophrenia but not alcohol or substance abuse. Treatments of these problems, including medications, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), are described. Written by a psychiatrist who is a mental-health administrator, the presentation is practical and compassionate. The main message about mental illness is urgent and uplifting: recovery is possible but requires effort, excellent treatment, assistance from loved ones, patience, and steadfast hope.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sederer sees families as an early-warning system for mental illness, and here, New York State's top mental health official gives kin of the mentally ill a thoughtful, compassionate, and fact-packed guide for recognizing illness and getting help. "[T]reatment approaches for mental illnesses are no different from treatment approaches for other serious and persistent medical illnesses," Sederer writes. Recovery takes time- "Never, ever, give up." With passionate optimism, Sederer examines the facts about diagnoses, treatments, and doctors, and suggests questions to ask at every step of the way: What symptoms are being treated? Why this medication? Is the treatment working? There are heartbreaking case studies, but there are success stories too, including his own and that of a fellow doctor and author who is "thriving" with illness. The heart of this remarkable resource, however, is a wide-ranging breakdown of the "faces of mental illness," including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, as well as eating, personality, and bipolar disorders-and how each may manifest. "Trust your instincts," he urges. "To do the right thing, you must face the unwanted visitor of mental illness and act before it defeats the person you love-and you as well." With a moving forward by actress Glenn Close, who calls mental illness "a family affair," this extraordinary guide offers valuable information and inspiration. Agent: Jeanne Dube, Forte Associates. (Apr. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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