Mental Health and Mental Disorders
An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being
by Len Sperry, Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Cunningham, Melissa A. Mariani, Mindy Parsons, and Steven R. Vensel; Associate Editors
December 2015, 1310pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0382-6
$358, £276, 312€, A491
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-0383-3
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Roughly one in five American adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.

Serving as an indispensable resource for students and general-interest readers alike, this three-volume work provides a comprehensive view of mental health that covers both mental well-being and mental illness.

A three-volume ready-reference encyclopedia, this up-to-date work supplies a holistic introduction to the fields of mental health and mental disorders that is written specifically for high school students and college students. Covering the full continuum of mental health, the set describes typical functioning, including biology and neurology of the brain, emotions, and the traits and characteristics of mental well-being. It also addresses mental disorders and conditions, from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to phobias and schizophrenia.

Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being highlights important concepts and phenomena, key individuals, treatment techniques, organizations, and diagnostic tools to give readers a complete view of this broad field of study. It also investigates all sides of wellness, exploring what it means to be “normal” and consistently identifying the links between lifestyle and mental health. The encyclopedia is consistent with the goals of AP psychology curricula and addresses the various disorders classified in the new edition of the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V-TR).


  • Provides exhaustive content that affords readers a holistic understanding of mental health and mental disorders
  • Features extensive cross-referencing that allows readers to easily see connections and relationships between different entries
  • Offers end-of-entry further readings that serve as a gateway to additional information for study
  • Reflects on common perceptions and portrayals of mental health through a variety of pop culture-oriented entries that focus on subjects such as television shows and movies
Len Sperry, PhD, MD, is professor of counselor education at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his doctorate in counseling and educational psychology from Northwestern University. He is board certified in both psychiatry and clinical psychology, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to his teaching duties, Sperry has a private psychology practice and serves on the boards of a number of academic journals and national committees. He has published more than 350 articles and chapters and some 50 professional books.


"The prose is uniformly clear and easy to read, easily understood by students and nonprofessionals. . . . This is a sound purchase for college libraries as well as public libraries."—Booklist, April 28, 2016

"[T]he work does fill an important niche by updating and expanding current information intended for a wide audience. Written at a level appropriate for general readers, it also makes a welcome addition to collections used by students and scholars. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, February 1, 2017

Top Community College Resource, February 2017—Choice, February 28, 2017
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