The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

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About the Author
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system and New York State's "chief psychiatrist." He is Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health and has served as Acting Director of The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Rockland County, New York. Dr. Sederer is a former Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, one of the world's foremost psychiatric hospitals, and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he also served on the faculty. In 2009, Dr. Sederer was recognized as Psychiatric Administrator of the Year by the American Psychiatric Association and was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar-in-Residence grant. He has also received an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest family mental health advocacy group in the country.The author of seven textbooks and more than 350 professional articles and reports, he lectures across the country and the world to families of people with mental illness, as well as to mental health policy makers, government officials, and other professionals. He is the first medical editor of The Huffington Post, where he writes frequently about mental health and the addictions, as well as provides movie and book reviews. His Web site,, is dedicated to helping people, and their families, get the care they need to recover from mental illness and the addictions.
Glenn Close starred in the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Sarah, Plain and Tall. An Academy Award nominee, Ms. Close has distinguished herself in such critically acclaimed films as The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons.
I respond personally to what Lloyd Sederer writes because he makes me feel like he is sitting at this very kitchen table, gently explaining to me, with great knowledge, insight and patience, what is happening to my loved one and what my family and I can do about it.--Glenn Close (from the Foreword) (04/15/2013)
[Sederer] is the rare combination of public health expert, teacher, and writer and has put all of his skills together in this superb volume. . . . This is one of the best and most practical guides for families. It will also be extremely useful in helping clinicians (physicians and other professionals) understand how to work with families and the lay language they need to use to empower families to be treatment extenders in many different settings. . .as well as to trainees and young clinicians embarking on practices that must include not only individuals in need but also interventions with families.-- (05/01/2014)
[A] practical, easy-to-read assortment of information and advice for many persons who have adult loved ones with a mental illness.-- (08/01/2013)
[A]n excellent resource for families struggling with a loved one's mental illness.-- (08/01/2013)
If your practice or your advocacy efforts place you anywhere near people encountering the mental health system for the first time, please have a look at this book. Piles of them - the books, not the patients - should be sitting in the waiting area of every mental health center and emergency department (ED). A brief literature search suggests there is nothing published like this book. In any case, this one is so comprehensive while remaining so welcoming; it is so authoritative and yet unintimidating, one need not look further.-- (06/01/2013)
[A] compassionate and fact-packed guide for families struggling with mental illness.-- (06/01/2013)
[P]ractical and compassionate.-- (04/15/2013)
[A] thoughtful, compassionate, and fact-packed guide for recognizing illness and getting help. . . . With passionate optimism, Sederer examines the facts about diagnoses, treatments, and doctors, and suggests questions to ask at every step of the way. . . . [A] remarkable resource . . . . With a moving foreword by actress Glenn Close, who calls mental illness 'a family affair, ' this extraordinary guide offers valuable information and inspiration.-- (04/15/2013)
[A]n invaluable 'must' bible packed with resources for any family facing mental illness.-- (06/01/2013)
[M]y favorite fallback of books. What I now refer to as my bible . . . thorough, comprehensive, but high-level enough to efficiently guide both veterans and newcomers alike through the realm of mental health care. . . . [I]ts dotted with hard-hitting factoids and numbers, gems of wisdom, and incredibly substantial pieces of information that no one on this journey should do without, yet is so hard-pressed to discover by their own accord.-- (11/18/2016)
For families reeling from the fact that a loved one suffers from mental illness, knowing what to do and where to go to find the best treatment can be a daunting task. Lloyd Sederer's timely book provides an informative and accessible guide to persons faced with this challenge. Dr. Sederer is uniquely qualified to advise people given his experience in virtually every sector of psychiatric medicine and mental health care. This book is indispensable to the many people who must confront mental illness.-- (04/15/2013)
In a society where the disorders of the mind and mood are too seldom understood, Dr. Sederer has provided remarkable clarity in his explanations of the illnesses for the layperson. He outlines what help is needed, where to get help, and how to manage the system for caregiving and treatment. This is a complete guide to navigating a complex and all-too-challenging world faced by anyone impacted by the challenges of mental illnesses. With outstanding clarity and sympathetic understanding he brings help to the helpers and guidance to those who can aid them.-- (04/15/2013)
Dr. Sederer's book recognizes the essential contributions families make, discusses every challenge they face, and provides them with clear and exceptionally well-informed advice. There is no book like it. I recommend this book to families as a highly useful guide for what is too often a confusing and frightening journey.-- (04/15/2013)
Many millions of people have a mental illness but most do not get the treatment and help that they need. With the knowledge to navigate the mental health care system comes the power to recover. This uniquely accessible book provides that knowledge, and is a necessary guide for patients and their families.-- (04/15/2013)
The Family Guide to Mental Health Care is an invaluable resource for any family struggling to recognize the myths, fueled by stigma, and find the best care for their loved one.--General Peter Chiarelli (Ret) 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army (04/15/2013)