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  • Published: 1 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780593056356
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $39.99

The Mind

A User's Guide

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An accessible, user-friendly and jargon-free handbook designed to inform and empower anyone who has an interest in safeguarding or improving their mental health.

Although we are all born with brains and minds which are amazing, those who research and treat the symptoms of psychological and psychiatric disorder firmly believe we would all find our lives enhanced by a user’s guide to the mind.
We are supposed to be living in more enlightened times, yet it seems that more people than ever are suffering from mental health problems. In fact statistics show:
* 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health disorder in the course of their life...
* 1 in 6 of us will suffer from depression – most commonly between the ages of 25 and 44…
* 1 in 10 people are likely to suffer from disabling anxiety at some stage in their life...
Edited by Dr Raj Persaud and published in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, THE MIND: A USER’S GUIDE has been written by distinguished experts and offers information on the latest research into brain and mind sciences. It gives distinctive descriptions of behaviour, feelings and thoughts relating to a variety of conditions - including Addictions, Body Image and Bipolar Disorders, Depression and OCD - and helps us to clarify and understand symptoms and treatments. This handbook also confronts and debunks some of the most damaging myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject of mental health.
Given how common these kinds of problems are throughout our lifespan, THE MIND: USER’S GUIDE could prove to be the most valuable reference book you own.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780593056356
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Raj Persaud

Raj Persaud is a consultant psychiatrist working in the British National Health Service at the world-famous Maudsley Hospital in south London, and an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. In 2004 he was appointed Gresham Professor for Public Understanding of Psychiatry. Uniquely for a doctor, he also holds a first-class honours degree in psychology from University College London, which recently awarded him the title of Fellow in recognition of his ground-breaking work in psychiatry. Other medical awards and honours include the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Prize and Medal, the Denis Hill Prize and the Osler Medal. As well as medicine, psychology and psychiatry, he holds university-level qualifications in statistics, history and philosophy.
Raj Persaud is the author of Staying Sane, The Motivated Mind, From the Edge of the Couch and Simply Irresistible, published in January 2007. He is also the consultant editor for The Mind: A User's Guide - presented in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists - which will be published in 2007. His work has been published in academic medical journals, including the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the British Journal of Psychiatry. He writes regularly for the national press and has hosted BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind - the only broadcast series dedicated specifically to reporting on academic psychology and psychiatry. Raj also appears regularly on television programmes such as Question Time, Newsnight and Tomorrow's World. In a recent poll of members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists published in the Independent on Sunday newspaper, he was voted one of the top ten psychiatrists in the UK.
He is married to an eye surgeon, has a son and a daughter, and lives in London.

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Praise for The Mind

“The guidance to family and friends is clear and concise...it suggests that sufferers can have an impact on the move towards improved health, rather than feeling they 'can't do anything' and experiencing the attendant feelings of despair. It should be available in every GP practice!.”

JO BRAND, comedian, writer and former psychiatric nurse

“Mental health has been a taboo subject for far too long. This book blows away the shrouds of misunderstanding and stigma with clear, accessible information and case studies. Every home should have a copy.”


“I have read this with great interest and appreciation. It will be an invaluable, reader-friendly guide to mental health and its treatment.”


“I think it's terrific. I couldn't put it down...It's fantastic!”


“The book is full of interesting, digestible information and useful case studies - it's a great self-help tome that features practical tips for overcoming problems.”

Health and Fitness Magazine

“An excellent book...Dr Persaud has done a brilliant job of connecting this book together...[It] could educate everyone about mental health problems, not just those with a particular interest in the subject'”


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