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Friday, March 5, 2021

Recipe for Mental Health: Understanding Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health Disorders for Family and Friends, Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from  Trina Kaye Orgization, and the author,  for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own



Get the straight facts about mental illness from two Harvard trained psychiatrists. More than 40 million people in the US suffer from mental health problems—yet less than half receive adequate care and treatment.

Even in the 21st century with the most advanced medical care in the world, social stigma still surrounds psychiatric problems, and this, combined with a lack of understanding, perpetuates a national mental health crisis affecting those in need and their families. 

Ignoring and/or being unaware of a problem can have devastating effects in our families and for society at large—many people living with mental illness go untreated, and as a result, people with untreated mental illnesses make up one third of the nation’s homeless population and can be imprisoned.

To meet these challenges, Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills have written this necessary and comprehensive, practical guide to educate and help everyone better understand mental health. Each chapter offers insights and wisdom concerning a variety of psychiatric conditions, including:

- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Substance abuse issues
- Eating disorders
- Women’s mental health issues
- Suicide in America
- Geriatric mental health
- Professional athletes and mental health
- And more

Armed with this knowledge, you and your loved one can better appreciate the real struggles at hand, and as a result, seek the proper care needed.

"I really liked the book because it teaches you how we use words wrong (like 'normal' and 'schizophrenic') and how they have become slang word removed from true definition. This is a good starter book for those who are trying to figure out what might be wrong with their child, or whose child has been diagnosed, and they need an easy to understand book that tells them the basics, what to look for, actions/moods, typical meds, etc. I think I would call it a starter book. It starts you on understanding you child/family member's illness better, and then if you want a deeper dive, you would get a book just on that illness. Overall it's a good book, and I think most people would get a lot from just reading a few chapters."

I would concur with her review, and also add, that I think if you have teens, it's worth a read, as SO SO many teens are facing issues we never did, and reaching out for help. By gaining the basic knowledge in this book, you'll have the means to help them, and to know WHEN you need professional help.


Da kid is taking a psychology course this semester, so as soon as this book came in, she claimed it to read and review! Unfortunately she's a slow reader (dyslexia), so the review took a bit longer.


About the Authors:

Carlin Barnes, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and behavioral health medical director at a Fortune 500 managed care company. For the past eighteen years, she has practiced child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry—she has a thriving, diverse, boutique private practice with patient clientele ranging from working adults to urban children and adolescents. She trained in the specialty of psychiatry at programs affiliated with both Harvard University and Emory University Schools of Medicine and attended Texas A&M University College of Medicine, where she received a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Barnes is a member of several professional organizations including the National Medical Association, the Black Psychiatrists of America, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is originally from Hillside, New Jersey, and currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she lives with her son.

Marketa Wills, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of Business and serves as a physician executive at a Fortune 500 health insurance company. She has cared for severely mentally ill patients in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room clinical settings. As treatment team leader and medical director, she effectively collaborated with other mental health professionals to ensure that patients with a variety of ailments—ranging from schizophrenia to postpartum depression to substance abuse—were able to live as productively as possible. Dr. Wills earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital program. In her last year of the program, she served as chief resident. She has received numerous accolades and awards highlighting her clinical and community achievements. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she currently resides in sunny Tampa, Florida. Her passions include travel, community service and the arts.

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