The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 4th edition, presents authoritative, comprehensive information on more than 200 mental disorders as well as drugs, treatments and therapies, alternative treatments, diagnostic and evaluation procedures, and related biological concepts totaling 530 articles. Written in language accessible to adult laypersons, it aims to fill the gap between basic consumer resources and highly technical professional materials, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Feature & Benefits
- Straight alphabetical arrangement of topics.
- Cross-references placed throughout the Encyclopedia direct readers to primary entries from alternate names, drug brand names, and related topics.
- Lists of Key Terms are provided where appropriate to define unfamiliar terms or concepts. A glossary of key terms is also included at the back of Volume 4.
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor sidebars provide sample questions that patients can ask their physicians.
- Biographies of key people recognized for their important work in the field of mental health are profiled in entry sidebars.
- Resources at the end of every entry direct readers to additional sources of information on a topic.
- Valuable contact information for organizations and support groups is included with each entry and compiled in the back of Volume 4.
- A comprehensive general index guides readers to all topics mentioned in the text.
- 354 color photographs, illustrations, charts, and tables.
- Standard structure and headings for each entry: Disorders and conditions including Definition: Demographics, Description, Causes and symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, and Prevention
- Drugs and herbs: Definition, Purpose, Description, Recommended dosage, Precautions, Side effects, and Interactions
- Tests and procedures: Definition, Purpose, Description, Preparation, Aftercare, Risks, and Results
- Treatments and therapies: Definition, Purpose, Demographics, Description, Preparation, Aftercare, And Risks
- Other areas of discussion include Origins, Benefits, Research and general acceptance, and Training and certification, when applicable.
28 new entries: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)