- Series: Opposing Viewpoints
- Hardcover: 191 pages
- Publisher: Greenhaven Press; 1 edition (March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0737703474
- ISBN-13: 978-0737703474
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,562,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mental Illness (Paperback Edition) (Opposing Viewpoints) 1st Edition
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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
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