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Featured Items of the Week - May 4, 2015 - Mental Health Week

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Happy Asian Heritage Month!

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What Is Mental Illness? - Richard J. McNally
Call Number: RC454/M36/2011 (on the 3rd floor)
ISBN: 9780674046498
Publication Date: 2011-01-15
According to a major health survey, nearly half of all Americans have been mentally ill at some point in their lives—more than a quarter in the last year. Can this be true? What exactly does it mean, anyway? What’s a disorder, and what’s just a struggle with real life?

This lucid and incisive book cuts through both professional jargon and polemical hot air, to describe the intense political and intellectual struggles over what counts as a “real” disorder, and what goes into the “DSM,” the psychiatric bible. Is schizophrenia a disorder? Absolutely. Is homosexuality? It was—till gay rights activists drove it out of the DSM a generation ago. What about new and controversial diagnoses? Is “social anxiety disorder” a way of saying that it’s sick to be shy, or “female sexual arousal disorder” that it’s sick to be tired?

An advisor to the DSM, but also a fierce critic of exaggerated overuse, McNally defends the careful approach of describing disorders by patterns of symptoms that can be seen, and illustrates how often the system medicalizes everyday emotional life.

Neuroscience, genetics, and evolutionary psychology may illuminate the biological bases of mental illness, but at this point, McNally argues, no science can draw a bright line between disorder and distress. In a pragmatic and humane conclusion, he offers questions for patients and professionals alike to help understand, and cope with, the sorrows and psychopathologies of everyday life.

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Voices Rising : Asian Canadian Cultural Activism - Xiaoping Li
Call Number: Electronic book available on Ebrary (click the cover)
ISBN: 9780774812214
Publication Date: 2007-02-07
The uprooting and confinement of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians during the Second World War constituted the worst violations of citizenship rights in twentieth-century North America. Voices Raised in Protest examines the meaning and impact of these actions and how they diverged in Canada and the United States.

Many North Americans opposed their governments wartime policies toward their fellow citizens of Japanese extraction. In this timely book, Stephanie Bangarth studies the efforts and discourse of anti-internment advocates, and discusses the various cases they brought before the courts. Persons of Japanese ancestry were also active in their own defence. Their critiques of the removal and deportation policies were seminal examples of a growing general interest in civil rights, and would provide a foundation for rights activism in subsequent years.

Voices Raised in Protest offers valuable perspective for today's debates over ethnic and racial profiling, treatment of "enemy combatants," and tensions between civil-liberty and security imperatives. It will be of interest to activists and general readers as well as to scholars and students in history, law, politics, and Asian Canadian/American studies.

May is also Asian History Month in Canada

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The Encyclopedia of Mental Health - Ada P. Kahn; Jan Fawcett
Call Number: REF RC437/K34/2008 (on the Main Floor)
ISBN: 9780816064540
Publication Date: 2007-11-01
Twenty percent of adult Americans (one in five) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime that is severe enough to require treatment, and many others have problems that prevent them from enjoying their lives on a daily basis.

The Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition is an up-to-date A-to-Z reference covering all aspects of general mental health topics. This accessible guide sorts through a maze of professional jargon to provide incisive definitions of theories, syndromes, symptoms, treatments, and contemporary issues, in language that everyone can understand, bringing readers the most up-to-date information on this subject. Presenting more than 2,000 new and updated entries with approximately 70,000 words of new text, this volume is the perfect resource for anyone dealing with this mental disorder.

Entries include: Adoption Depression Domestic violence Environmental hazards Holistic medicine Life-change rating scale Nervous habits Performance anxiety Pharmacology Reflexology St. John's wort Type A personality The workplace.

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The Brain - Helen Dwyer (Editor)
Call Number: Electronic book available on CREDO Reference (click the cover)
ISBN: 9781936333165
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
This book looks at how our understanding of the brain and mind has developed. It describes in detail the workings of the brain, and investigates how our perceptual systems and the brain work to interpret the sensations we experience. The concept of mind and consciousness, and the role that emotions play in both mental health and our everyday lives, are also discussed in detail. This book contains: Clear text, photographs, and diagrams that explain how the brain and mind work, from consciousness to neurotransmission Sidebars that explain the relevance of concepts to the American science curriculum Many glossary terms explained on the page Book jacket.

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Psychology Today
Call Number: Available in Full text on Academic Search Premier
ISBN: 19110189
Publication Date: May/June 2015
"Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody's favorite subject: Ourselves.

At, where you are now, we have gathered renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and authors in our field -- there are over 750 of them -- to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. We're a live stream of what's happening in 'psychology today'.

Our magazine, first launched in 1967, continues to thrive."
-- taken from the magazine website

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