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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

The Mind: A User's Guide

Consultant Editor: Raj Persaud

Price: £11.99

College members' price: £10.79

Published: Jun 2007

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 500

ISBN: 9780593056356

The Mind: A User's Guide

The full price of this book is £14.99.  We are currently selling it on special offer at £11.99

N.B. Price INCLUDES post and packing.


"I think it's terrific.  I couldn't put it down this afternoon actually.  It's fantastic."

RICHARD MADELEY - speaking on the Richard and Judy show (episode aired on Channel 4 on 11 July 2007)


Also see our 'sister' handbook on children and young people's mental health:

The Young Mind


The Mind: A User’s Guide is an accessible, jargon-free reference book designed to educate, inform and empower anyone who has an interest in safeguarding or improving their mental health.

Although we are all born with brains and minds which are amazing, those who research and treat the symptoms of psychological and psychiatric disorder firmly believe we would all find our lives enhanced by a user’s guide to the mind.

We are supposed to be living in more enlightened times, yet it seems that more people than ever are suffering from mental health problems. In fact statistics show:
  • 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health disorder in the course of their life...
  • 1 in 6 of us will suffer from depression – most commonly between the ages of 25 and 44…
  • 1 in 10 people are likely to suffer from disabling anxiety at some stage in their life...

Published by Transworld, in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, The Mind : A User’s Guide is written by distinguished experts and offers information on the latest research into brain and mind sciences. It gives distinctive descriptions of behaviour, feelings and thoughts relating to a variety of conditions - including addictions, body image and bipolar disorders, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder - and helps us to clarify and understand symptoms and treatments. This handbook also confronts and debunks some of the most damaging myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject of mental health.

This authoritative book fills a gap in the market - an accessible reference guide for the general public. Given how common mental health problems can be throughout our lifespan, The Mind: A User's Guide could prove to be the most valuable reference book you own. 

"The guidance to family and friends is clear and suggests that sufferers can have an impact on the move towards improved health, rather than feeling they 'can't do anything' and experiencing the attendant feelings of despair. It should be available in every GP practice!"
JO BRAND - comedian, writer and former psychiatric nurse


"I have read this with great interest and appreciation. It will be an invaluable, reader-friendly guide to mental health and its treatment."


"Mental health has been a taboo subject for far too long. This book blows away the shrouds of misunderstanding and stigma with clear, accessible information and case studies. Every home should have a copy."
VIVIENNE PARRY - Journalist and broadcaster



Part One: Disorders of the Mind



Introduction: Your Brain and How It Works


1. Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

2. Anxiety and Panic

3. Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

4. Bipolar Disorder

5. Body Image Disorders

6. Cravings

7. Dangerousness and Mental Disorder

8. Depression

9. Diagnosis: What Have I Got?

10. Eating Disorders

11. Gender Identity

12. Hysteria

13. Jealousy

14. Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

15. Less Common Disorders

16. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

17. Personality Disorder

18. Phobias

19. Postnatal Depression

20. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

21. Schizophrenia

22. Seasonal Affective Disorder

23. Sexual Problems

24. Sleep Problems

25. Stalking

26. Stress

27. Suicide and Self-harm

  Part Two: Managing the Mind




28. Alcohol

29. Bereavement and Grief

30. Caring and Carers

31. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

32. Complementary Medicines

00. Domestic Violence

34. Drug Problems

35. Exercise and Mental Health

36. Gambling

37. Managing Your Illness – and Your Life

38. Mind and Body

39. Parenting Problems

40. Physical Illness and Chronic Pain

41. Spirituality

42. Staying Well: Prevention and Mental Health

43. Stigma and Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness

44. Therapies, Treatments and Medication


Appendix One: Mental Health Legislation

Appendix Two: Mental Health Services

Editors and Contributors


"An excellent book. Dr Persaud has done a brilliant job of connecting this book together and making it a whole. ...This book could usefully educate everyone about mental health problems...I would recommend people to buy and keep it.  ...The lifestyle advice on keeping mentally healthy is positive and encouraging."

- Pendulum (journal of 'The Bipolar Organisation')

"It deserves very wide readership, not only as a rich source of material for teaching, reference and guidance in the medical profession but for all management professionals who are responsible for health, safety and well-being in the workplace.  At such a reasonable price it should be in all public libraries and higher education establishments."

- The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal

(TRADE - Please note this title is not available from our usual distributors, Turpin Distribution.  Please contact Transworld for further details on trade availability.)

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