New Guide Decodes Mental Illness for the Consumer

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The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts.

The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts.

The American Psychiatric Association recently released a groundbreaking consumer-focused guidebook to help explain mental illness in easy-to-understand language.

The guidebook, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5®, decodes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is a resource for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage.

The guidebook provides valuable insight on what to expect from an illness and its treatment and will help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care.

Featured disorders include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, among others. The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts. In addition to specific symptoms for each disorder, readers will find:

*Risk factors and warning signs

*Related disorders

*Ways to cope

*Tips to promote mental health

*Personal stories

*Key points about the disorders and treatment options

*A special chapter dedicated to treatment essentials and ways to get help

*Helpful resources that include a glossary, list of medications and support group