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SANE Book of the Year, 2012

'The book I've been waiting for … A clear and invaluable account of mental illness in all its manifestations.' Anne Deveson, author of Tell Me I’m Here

Many of us take our mental health for granted, so when we are confronted by mental illness in friends or family members, or in ourselves, we can be overwhelmed.
Understanding Troubled Minds is a calm and authoritative guide that takes us through the full range of mental illnesses and their treatments, emphasising the value of partnerships between psychiatrists, patients and their families. There are chapters that deal with mental illnesses afflicting children and adolescents, women and the elderly, as well as covering eating disorders, self-harm, gender identity and alcohol and drug dependence.
Sidney Bloch, an eminent academic psychiatrist of many years’ clinical experience, highlights the place of hope and optimism throughout, pointing to the great strides being made in the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.
Acknowledging the complexity of human nature, Professor Bloch weaves stories of real people and the insights of many writers and artists throughout the text. Balanced, humanistic and thoroughly readable, this updated edition of Understanding Troubled Minds serves as a practical guide to mental illness and its treatment.


The book I've been waiting for! A clear and invaluable account of mental illness in all its manifestations, set in an absorbing historical and social context. The author reveals a warm appreciation of the vagaries of human nature.

Anne Deveson, journalist, broadcaster and author

...this is a fine book. It can be read with profit by anyone with an interest in such matters, especially family members of those affected themselves. Congratulations to the authors. Buy it.

Richard Ball, Chiron

...very readable, intelligently written and comprehensive in its understanding of mental wellbeing... Understanding Troubled Minds knits together the concept of holistic, collaborative healthcare provision and will, without a doubt, prove a useful and powerful tool.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2014

    Melbourne University Press

    384 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2014

    Melbourne University Press Digital

    705 pages

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Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry Third Edition


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