The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

Expert advice from the medical director of the country’s largest state mental health system and the mental health editor of The Huffington Post.

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.

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2 comments for “The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

  1. Jennifer
    October 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comprehensive, accessible, empowering! As an independently licensed forensic social worker, I found this to be a very thorough and empowering overview of the mental health system. Dr. Lloyd Sederer provides a comprehensive and honest guide to mental health care full of poignant vignettes from the field and illustrates how difficult it can be to navigate. This book reads like you have invited a caring and knowledgeable friend over for dinner. His message of hope for the individual and family living with mental illness is clear and can be felt throughout the pages. He in fact states, “Hope is critical to living with and managing any serious, persistent condition” and he could not be more right. This book empowers us to be prudent consumers in the complex maze of mental health services in America. I highly recommend this book to everyone as mental illness impacts each of us whether professionally or personally. Thank you Dr. Sederer for contributing to the discourse around this prevalent issue. It could not have come out at a more critical time in our country particularly in light of the recent events of Newtown.

  2. NYCMHPro
    October 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Perfect mental health primer This book is simply perfect for someone who’s concerned about a loved one’s mental health. Whether you’re wondering if someone you love has a mental illness or someone you love has been diagnosed with a mental illness and you don’t know how to help, this book will give you practical, useful advice in an accessible and understandable way. Dr. Sederer boils decades of expertise down into a digestible format with simple advice and clear guidance. This book is simply indispensable for families taking their first steps into the complex mental health system. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to help a loved one who is being swept up in a mental health crisis.Not since Rosalynn Carter published in 1999 has so much up-to-date information been brought together in one place in such a readable book.This book is a must read.

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