Two Harvard trained psychiatrists have authored a practical guide to help people better understand how to deal with the growing crisis in America. More than 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from mental health problems, yet less than half receive adequate care and treatment.

In their new book to be released in September, “Understanding Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health Disorders for Family and Friends,” Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills say that ignoring mental health illness can have devastating effects on our families and for society at large. The book is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

“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,” said Dr. Wills.  “Study after study has shown that the longer one waits to begin treatment, the greater the severity of the mental illness, and the more difficult it may be to effectively treat. Conversely, early treatment is very likely to lead to much more positive outcomes.”

Dr. Barnes adds, “Knowledge is power. Being aware and informed is the first step in helping a loved one or family member get the proper treatment they need to begin the road to recovery and emotional wellness.”

Each chapter offers insights and wisdom concerning a variety of psychiatric conditions including: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, women’s mental health issues, geriatric mental health and professional athletes and mental health.

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