May 16, 2015

New Resources on Mental Health

Explanation of Mental Disorders -- Plain-Language Guide to the DSM-5

As explained in this article from Kaiser Health News, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released a plain-English guide to the new the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The book, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide To DSM-5, includes in-depth explanations of risk factors, symptoms and symptom management, treatment options, and success stories, designed to help those with mental health problems, as well as their families, friends, and co-workers. As noted by the APA, the book is intended to help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care, thereby helping them to better advocate for themselves. Featured disorders include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Children's Mental Health Guide for Families from SPAN of NJ

This guide 6-page guide, available in English and Spanish, include the following topics:

  • What parents and professionals need to know about mental health
  • When to get help
  • What to expect
  • The diagnosis
  • Medication
  • Supports and services
  • Schools and mental health
  • Where to find help your community
  • Advocacy
  • Additional Resources
  • Glossary


If your health services are covered by TRICARE, the insurance plan for our members in the military, this site can help you learn about coverage.