50 Signs of Mental Illness A Guide to Understanding Mental Health James Whitney Hicks

Series:
Yale University Press Health & Wellness
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
15 Jun 2006
ISBN:
9780300116946
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
416 pages: 235 x 156mm

Categories:

Anger, fatigue, obsessions, memory loss, sexual performance problems, suicidal thoughts. Are these signs of mental illness? How can you tell? Should you consult your physician? This reassuring book is for anyone seeking to understand their own symptoms or those of a loved one.

"A smart, alphabetically arranged layperson’s guide to common symptoms."—Gregory Mott, Washington Post

"Each of us has experienced one or several of the various forms of emotional distress described in this enormously helpful book--and who has not worried about their meaning and sometimes wondered whether, or how, to seek treatment? Finally, here is the book that answers every question lucidly, directly and authoritatively."— Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., author of Lost In America: A Journey With My Father and How We Die

"This resource on the symptoms of mental illness and their treatment is a solid gem."—Library Journal

James Whitney Hicks, M.D., is director of clinical services at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center in New York City. He is also assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University.

"Tackling psychological problems begins when we notice their signs. Dr. James Hicks has used this fact to devise an exceptionally practical guide for anyone struggling with the questions of mental illness."?Anand Pandya, M.D., NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center, and NAMI Board of Directors


?Dr. Hicks has done what many doctors are afraid to do: tossed aside the jargon and described in everyday terms what mental illness looks and feels like. This is an important and wonderfully accessible book!??Charles Barber, project director, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health and Author of Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors


"The direct address, the concrete examples, and the quality of the writing give a dramatic, page-turning quality to the text."?Michael Rowe, Yale School of Medicine

 


?Concrete stories, a wide range of information, helpful advice?a most useful book for the general reader.??Michael Rowe, Yale School of Medicine


"Each of us has experienced one or several of the various forms of emotional distress described in this enormously helpful book?and who has not worried about their meaning and sometimes wondered whether, or how, to seek treatment? Finally, here is the book that answers every question lucidly, directly and authoritatively. Dr. Hicks deserves the thanks of every reader, for his remarkable contribution to mental health."? Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., author of Lost In America: A Journey With My Father and How We Die

 


"Hicks opens each chapter with a good story or character study, wasting no words and packing in much more than one might expect without getting heavy. . . . A reservoir of useful knowledge, this belongs in almost every library serving real people."?Library Journal


"A welcome addition to a general reference library shelf. The curious and the casual reader will find it a useful and authoritative tool for understanding mental illness. . . . The Recommended Resources in the back of the book is an outstanding listing of books, organizations, and Web sites about treatment, suggestions for managing illness, and nationwide support groups."?Janice Gabrovsek, NAMI Advocate

 


"A smart, alphabetically arranged layperson's guide to common symptoms ranging from anxiety to deceitfulness that may be either personal quirks or signs of psychosis. . . . Beyond the fifty signs, the expansive index helpfully guides readers to relevant discussions, and there is an ample list of recommended resources for those seeking further information."?nashuatelegraph.com


"A smart, alphabetically arranged layperson?s guide. . . . Fascinating observations abound. . . . The book includes valuable information about the benefits and side effects of available medications. . . . The expansive index helpfully guides readers to relevant discussions."?Gregory Mott, Washington Post


"This book provides authoritative yet easy-to-understand explanations for a wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, mood swings, cravings, memory loss, and self-esteem problems. Hicks also offers treatment and coping strategies. Most important, the book clearly defines the line between behaviors that are normal (if troublesome) and those that require professional attention."?Health


   Winner of the 2006 ?Ken? Award, the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill?s New York City Chapter.


 Semi-finalist for the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Health/Medicine/Nutrition category.


Selected for Association of American University Presses (AAUP)Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2006


"The tone is friendly, interested, and inviting, and the scholarship behind it is seamless. . . . The book should have wide lay appeal, but as one who trains residents and medical students, I believe it would also be useful for apprentice general clinicians and therapists. Compared with training student professionals to listen, it is more difficult to teach them how to talk to patients in a helpful way. The strength of this book is not in outdoing a textbook or in presenting a novel material, but in parsing subjects and phrasing acceptable ways to speak about them. It wouldn't hurt doctors to read a bit of Hicks' book and commit some of his patient-friendly language to memory."?David V. Forrest, American Journal of Psychiatry


Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.