Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health 3rd Edition PDF
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The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health is a health reference product designed to inform and educate readers about mental health, mental disorders and psychiatry. The Gale Group believes the product to be comprehensive, but not necessarily definitive. It is intended to supplement, not replace, consultation with a physician or other healthcare practitioners. While The Gale Group has made substantial efforts to provide information that is accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date, The Gale Group makes no representations or warranties of any kind, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, comprehensiveness, or timeliness of the information contained in this product. Readers should be aware that the universe of medical knowledge is constantly growing and changing, and that differences of opinion exist among authorities. Readers are also advised to seek professional diagnosis and treatment for any medical condition, and to discuss information obtained from this book with their healthcare provider.
With mass shootings and post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans in the daily news, updated information about mental health is needed. The third edition of The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health provides comprehensive coverage of this field. Written by health-care professionals and medical writers, it offers 500 alphabetical entries, 240 color illustrations, graphs, charts, and tables. There are 65 new entries in this edition, reflecting changes in the forthcoming new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as well as entries covering age- and gender-specific disorders (Juvenile bipolar disorder, Female sexual arousal disorder, Male-to-eunuch gender dysphoria). There are entries on disorders and conditions (Autism, Depression); drugs and herbs (Antidepressants, St. John’s wort); procedures and tests (Magnetic resonance imaging, Intelligence tests); and treatments and therapies (Acupuncture, Journal therapy). All entries include color sidebars of key terms and references for further reading. Articles on disorders and treatments include sidebars with questions to ask health-care professionals. There are also biographies of key contributors to mental health in sidebars. B. F. Skinner is profiled in the article on behavior modification, and Alfred Adler has a biography in the article on psychotherapy. Oddly, it is Erich Fromm who is profiled in the entry on psychoanalysis rather than Sigmund Freud. Freud appears in various articles, and Carl Jung’s biography is within the article on the origins of mental illness. Articles on current topics, such as abuse, economic and financial stress, and organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, round out the coverage. A list of organizations, a glossary, and a detailed index help users find further information. The reading level is fairly high, but the encyclopedia is in lay language, making this a very useful resource for public and consumer-health libraries. –Barbara Bibel
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