Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being

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Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being. Edited by Len Sperry. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 3 vols. Acid free $320.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0382-6). Ebook available (978-1-4408-0383-3), call for pricing.

This three-volume set includes 875 entries focused on six broad areas: mental disorders and conditions, treatment, tests and assessment methods, common psychological terms and concepts, individuals and organizations, and popular and classic books and movies. It includes a wide variety of entries such as "Addiction," "Jeffrey Dahmer," "Hip-Hop Music," "Carl Jung," "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Support Groups," "Transgender," the "Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)," and "Xanax."

"Guide to Related Topics" arranges the entries for improved searching by topics such as "Books, Movies, Music, Internet, and Popular Culture," "Concepts," "Disorders," "Drugs, Natural Remedies, and Other Substances," "Legislation and Legal Issues," "Mental Health Professionals, Positions, and Professional Topics," "Organizations," "People," "Social Issues," "Tests, Experiments, and Classifications," and "Treatment."

The section on classic books and movies seems to be a weakness. Each entry includes a brief synopsis of the work, and some entries include a section titled "Psychological Influence" that is often not related to psychology at all. For example, the "Psychological Influence" entry for Ferris Bueller's Day Off includes information that the movie was successful, a classic teen movie, grossed over $70 million, and has an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is interesting but not related to mental health or psychological influence. …

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