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