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Title:
Mental illness : opposing viewpoints
Author:
Roleff, Tamara L., 1959-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737703481

9780737703474
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Book

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Summary

Summary

- Current book and periodical bibliographies
- Lists of organizations to contact
- Critical thinking activities and discussion questions
- Illustrations, inserts, and cartoons
- Titles continually revised and updated
- Biographical sketch of authors
- Paper and durable library bindings


Author Notes

Tamara L. Roleff is a published author and an editor of young adult books. Some of the published credits of Tamara L. Roleff include The Olympics (At Issue Series), Genetic Engineering (Compact Research Series), Body Piercing and Tattoos (At Issue Series).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Tamara L. Roleff is a published author and an editor of young adult books. Some of the published credits of Tamara L. Roleff include The Olympics (At Issue Series), Genetic Engineering (Compact Research Series), Body Piercing and Tattoos (At Issue Series).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Clearly, the editors of the Opposing Viewpoints series know their audience. Rather than presenting concrete, black-and-white arguments on this topic, they offer essays and conference speeches (including one copresented by Hillary Rodham Clinton) that explore the abstract elements of trying to define, diagnose, and treat mental illness. Teens, drawn to the topic for research or personal interest, should relish the heated debates that grow more multidimensional as the book progresses. Chapters consider how mental illness should be defined, how society should deal with it, children's mental health issues, and treatments. Experts share plenty of information on institutionalization, antidepressants, Ritalin prescribed for children, and even electroconvulsive therapy. As usual in the series, contact lists and discussion questions are appended, and each essay is prefaced by an overview. --Roger Leslie


Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Clearly, the editors of the Opposing Viewpoints series know their audience. Rather than presenting concrete, black-and-white arguments on this topic, they offer essays and conference speeches (including one copresented by Hillary Rodham Clinton) that explore the abstract elements of trying to define, diagnose, and treat mental illness. Teens, drawn to the topic for research or personal interest, should relish the heated debates that grow more multidimensional as the book progresses. Chapters consider how mental illness should be defined, how society should deal with it, children's mental health issues, and treatments. Experts share plenty of information on institutionalization, antidepressants, Ritalin prescribed for children, and even electroconvulsive therapy. As usual in the series, contact lists and discussion questions are appended, and each essay is prefaced by an overview. --Roger Leslie


Table of Contents

L. J. DavisHillary Rodbam Clinton and Steven HymanMartin Bobgan and Deidre BobganJohn Ratey and Catherine JohnsonPaula J. CaplanDennis PragerE. Fuller TorreyIra A. BurnimLewis L. JuddRichard E. VatzMary ConroyG.E. ZuriffHarold S. KoplewiczArianna HuffingtonPeter JaksaThomas ArmstrongRussell A. Barkley and George J. DuPaul and Anthony CostelloMary EberstadtAl SiebertRael Jean IsaacPeter R. BregginL. J. DavisHillary Rodbam Clinton and Steven HymanMartin Bobgan and Deidre BobganJohn Ratey and Catherine JohnsonPaula J. CaplanDennis PragerE. Fuller TorreyIra A. BurnimLewis L. JuddRichard E. VatzMary ConroyG.E. ZuriffHarold S. KoplewiczArianna HuffingtonPeter JaksaThomas ArmstrongRussell A. Barkley and George J. DuPaul and Anthony CostelloMary EberstadtAl SiebertRael Jean IsaacPeter R. Breggin
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 How Should Mental Illnesses Be Defined?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
1. Mental Illness Is Too Broadly Definedp. 18
2. Mental Illness Is Not Too Broadly Definedp. 28
3. Mental Illness Is a Diseasep. 37
4. Mental Illness Is Not a Diseasep. 42
5. Some Unusual Behaviors Are Signs of Mental Illnessp. 47
6. Normal Women's Behavior Is Erroneously Classified as Mental Illnessp. 55
7. Immoral Behavior Should Not Be Excused as a Sign of Mental Illnessp. 62
Periodical Bibliographyp. 66
Chapter 2 How Should Society Deal with the Mentally Ill?
Chapter Prefacep. 68
1. Severely Mentally Ill Persons Should Be Institutionalizedp. 69
2. Institutionalization Harms Most Mentally Ill Personsp. 74
3. Mental Health Should Be Treated on a Par with Physical Healthp. 81
4. Mental Health Should Not Be Treated on a Par with Physical Healthp. 85
5. The Mentally Ill Should Be Accommodated in the Workplacep. 89
6. Personality Disorders Should Not Be Accommodated in the Workplacep. 93
Periodical Bibliographyp. 98
Chapter 3 What Mental Health Issues Do Children Face?
Chapter Prefacep. 101
1. Antidepressants Are Helpful for Depressed Childrenp. 102
2. Antidepressants for Children Are Overprescribedp. 108
3. Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder Is a Serious Problemp. 112
4. The Extent of Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder Is Exaggeratedp. 119
5. Ritalin Is Safe and Effective for Children with Attention Deficit Disorderp. 126
6. Ritalin Is Dangerousp. 134
Periodical Bibliographyp. 143
Chapter 4 What Mental Health Treatments Are Beneficial?
Chapter Prefacep. 145
1. Psychotherapy Is Effective Consumer Reportsp. 146
2. Psychotherapy Is Harmful and Ineffectivep. 154
3. Electroconvulsive Therapy Is an Effective Treatment for Schizophrenia and Depressionp. 160
4. Electroconvulsive Therapy Causes Severe Brain Damagep. 169
Periodical Bibliographyp. 178
For Further Discussionp. 179
Organizations to Contactp. 181
Bibliography of Booksp. 184
Indexp. 187
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 How Should Mental Illnesses Be Defined?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
1. Mental Illness Is Too Broadly Definedp. 18
2. Mental Illness Is Not Too Broadly Definedp. 28
3. Mental Illness Is a Diseasep. 37
4. Mental Illness Is Not a Diseasep. 42
5. Some Unusual Behaviors Are Signs of Mental Illnessp. 47
6. Normal Women's Behavior Is Erroneously Classified as Mental Illnessp. 55
7. Immoral Behavior Should Not Be Excused as a Sign of Mental Illnessp. 62
Periodical Bibliographyp. 66
Chapter 2 How Should Society Deal with the Mentally Ill?
Chapter Prefacep. 68
1. Severely Mentally Ill Persons Should Be Institutionalizedp. 69
2. Institutionalization Harms Most Mentally Ill Personsp. 74
3. Mental Health Should Be Treated on a Par with Physical Healthp. 81
4. Mental Health Should Not Be Treated on a Par with Physical Healthp. 85
5. The Mentally Ill Should Be Accommodated in the Workplacep. 89
6. Personality Disorders Should Not Be Accommodated in the Workplacep. 93
Periodical Bibliographyp. 98
Chapter 3 What Mental Health Issues Do Children Face?
Chapter Prefacep. 101
1. Antidepressants Are Helpful for Depressed Childrenp. 102
2. Antidepressants for Children Are Overprescribedp. 108
3. Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder Is a Serious Problemp. 112
4. The Extent of Childhood Attention Deficit Disorder Is Exaggeratedp. 119
5. Ritalin Is Safe and Effective for Children with Attention Deficit Disorderp. 126
6. Ritalin Is Dangerousp. 134
Periodical Bibliographyp. 143
Chapter 4 What Mental Health Treatments Are Beneficial?
Chapter Prefacep. 145
1. Psychotherapy Is Effective Consumer Reportsp. 146
2. Psychotherapy Is Harmful and Ineffectivep. 154
3. Electroconvulsive Therapy Is an Effective Treatment for Schizophrenia and Depressionp. 160
4. Electroconvulsive Therapy Causes Severe Brain Damagep. 169
Periodical Bibliographyp. 178
For Further Discussionp. 179
Organizations to Contactp. 181
Bibliography of Booksp. 184
Indexp. 187