Changing Minds

The go-to Guide to Mental Health for Family and Friends

by Dr Mark Cross Dr Catherine Hanrahan

On Sale: 22/02/2016


About the Book

This compassionate and insightful guide will demystify mental health issues and help anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones.

Leading psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross, from the acclaimed ABC TV series 'Changing Minds', feels strongly that everyone should have easy access to information they can trust about common mental health problems, whether for themselves or to help family or friends. The result is this empowering guide, written with Dr Catherine Hanrahan, which aims to cut through the myths and taboos about mental health and offer clear, practical help. It covers a wide range of common issues, from bipolar, anxiety, personality and eating disorders, to depression, post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, and includes how to get help, what treatments are available and how to live successfully with a mental illness. Most importantly, it shows how carers and families can help a loved one through what can be a very challenging time. Since almost half of all Australians will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime, this book is for everyone.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460705612
  • ISBN 10: 1460705610
  • Imprint: ABC Books
  • On Sale: 22/02/2016
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 14.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General


Doctor Mark Cross, a face and warm personality known to many through the award-winning ABC TV series CHANGING MINDS, knows a lot about anxiety. He sees a huge number of patients with it - anxiety disorders affect up to 14 per cent of the Australian population, and that is just the figure for those with a medical diagnosis, so we can safely assume that many more people suffer this condition without having sought or received a diagnosis. Anxiety is, in fact, the most common mental health condition in Australia. Up to one-third of women and one-fifth of men will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.But Mark also knows about anxiety from another perspective - it's a mental illness he's dealt with all his life.While dealing with mental illness and emerging sexuality, Mark completed his medical training in his home country of South Africa, where he helped open a 16-bed mental illness ward, the first of its kind to be open to all races in South Africa. Moving to London in the late 1990s, he undertook specialist training including setting up a psychiatric consultation service to a hospital HIV department, another breakthrough. In 2005 he moved to Australia, taking up a position at Liverpool Hospital, initially as Director of Consultation-Liaison, then for nine years as Clinical Director, after which he was the senior psychiatrist at one of Sydney's few public youth psychiatric wards before moving full-time to the Northside group in May 2016.He has been involved with foundations including Bobby Goldsmith and more recently SANE Australia, for which he is currently a director. Now in private practice and teaching, Mark specialises in treating young people, complex PTSD, women's mental health and LGBT people. Mark has created a caring career and helped break down the dangerous public stigma around mental illness, including helping develop and lead the landmark ABC TV series CHANGING MINDS. Along the way he has made a flourishing family in his very own way.

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