See what’s different and fill the gap between basic consumer resources and highly technical professional materials

According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental illness affects nearly one in five U.S. adults. Many library patrons---parents, students, caregivers, newly diagnosed patients---seek authoritative but accessible information on mental health topics. That’s where the fourth edition of The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health can make a difference. This resource presents authoritative, comprehensive information on 530 topics, including mental disorders, drugs, treatments and therapies, diagnostic and evaluation procedures, and related biological concepts.

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).

ISBN: 9781410388223 (eBook), 9781410388179 (print)
4 volumes/~2000 Pages
Original Copyright 2018 


See What’s Different:

  • Features content written by health-care professionals and medical writers and reviewed by an advisory board consisting of subject matter experts.
  • Contains 530 total entries; approximately 30 new entries.
  • Includes 354 full-color photos, illustrations, graphs, and maps.
  • Provides an appendix of mental health organizations.
  • Comes with a glossary of terms (compiled of the entry-specific Key Terms lists).
  • Offers a general index to access places, subjects, titles, and proper names mentioned within the text.
  • Includes new articles on attachment theory, Criminogenic risk, forensic psychiatry, Ketamine, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), trauma-informed care, and more.

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