Because society emphasizes "everyday emotions and overall mental health," claim the authors, they wrote this book to define for lay readers terms associated with various problems, feelings, and treatments. Entries range in length from several sentences to several columns of text, and the book concludes with an appendix of organizations and a bibliography, both categorized by type of disorder or mental health concern. Though the effort to treat such common terms as anger, grief, and mood reflect the authors' regard for simplicity, entries on medicines and some medical terminology tend to be difficult to understand.
Accessible information about mental health is always in demand. People are interested in everything from serious disorders and the psychological effects of physical conditions to phobias and stress management. The Encyclopedia of Mental Health provides an overview of this vast field. The authors are a medical administrator and a psychiatrist.