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50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This compelling book introduces a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and their treatments. Written for anyone concerned about his or her own mental health or about symptoms observed in family members or close friends, the book is packed with useful and reassuring information. It is both easy to read and difficult to put down.The volume presents fifty signs that may—or may ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Janice
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
On page 1 of his introduction, James Whitney Hicks, M.D. writes, "This book will teach you what you need to know about mental illness, whether you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, have untreated problems, or care about someone who may be mentally ill." I disagree. "50 Signs of Mental Illness..." is actually 50 symptoms that may or may not accompany various mental illnesses. Dr. Hicks provides a thumb nail sketch of these symptoms, which could be helpful if you have little knowledge of ...more
Ronnie
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in psychology.
This book was incredible. It broke down everything perfectly, accurately, and very, very comprehensibly. It was easy to understand, even if one would have no background knowledge of any mental illness. The author gave excellent examples and described it all well. I highly recommend this book.
Chris
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, I'm not crazy. It's just more research for my fiction.
Angela
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-s-psychology
6-10 pages per syndrome, expresses traits, and how to determine whether the symptoms displayed are just quirkiness or genuine mental illness, in order to avoid "textbookitis". Gives concise suggestions about what to expect at the doctor's or therapist's office, which meds have shown the most promise recently, and even some alternative therapies in lieu of Rx. Also helpfully compares and contrasts syndromes for a fuller understanding of loverlapping symptoms, terminology, and spectrum analysis. V ...more
Aaron
An excellent introduction to mental illness by showing the experience from the point of view of someone suffering from each of 50 "types" of mental illness. These are not all proper diagnostic categories, but that is really beside the point. Hicks does an excellent job to introduce the general public to the reality of mental illness and suffering.

Each chapter starts with a brief paragraph, written as someone with that illness narrating his or her inner thoughts. The remainder of the chapter giv
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Jenny
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! The best resource I found for pre-diagnosis.
Stephanie
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to understand.I enjoy reading it.
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