Layperson's Guide to Living with Mental Disease

Kathie Maier Rodkey

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A Layperson's Guide to Living with Mental Disease includes a Plan of Action for people to follow when behavioral changes in themselves or others are causing concern. It explains what Mental Disease is, talks about the stigma of the illness and the actual behavioral changes based on age from infants, to toddlers, to the age of reason, to puberty, to adolescents, to adults and seniors. The Guide covers Psychological Disorders and Syndromes such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Schizoaffective Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Psychiatric Disorders. The difference between Psychiatrists and Psychologists is explained. The Guide DOES NOT recommend medications as only Psychiatrists can do this, but it does discuss medications in general. The issue of hospitalizations and rehabilitation centers and the stress of navigating getting help once Mental Disease is diagnosed (by a Psychiatrist) is discussed. Other issues like stigma, hereditary, Power of Attorney, and family impact are covered throughout the Guide.

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