Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare andmedical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites andweblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where canstudents - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affectingtheir daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers abalanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding mental healthand its import in today's world of healthcare. Mental Health is organized to provide researchers with easy accessto the information they need: BLSection 1 provides overview chapters on the background information needed tointelligently understand the issues and controversies surrounding mental health, such as the history of mentalhealth issues and standard diagnostic criteria BLSection 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issuesand debates that provoke the most heated disagreements and misunderstandings, such as debates over whether mentalillness is actually a disease, and the use of medications to treat the problem BLSection 3 includes referencematerial on mental health, including primary source documents from important players in debates over mentalhealth, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources.This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand theissues involved in mental health and provides a springboard for further research into the issue.
Author:Marie L. Thompson