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Alan E. Kazdin

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date: 23 April 2019

This chapter conveys the overall challenges in relation to mental disorders and their care. The challenges are the enormous need for effective clinical services and our current inability to provide them. The chapter breaks down the scope of mental illness and the paucity of treatment services into parts to convey the size of the problem and challenges, and states that the purpose of the book is to examine what can be done to reduce the personal and social burdens of mental illness. The chapter provides an overview of the focus of the book and sets the stage for elaborating the challenges and novel options to address them, noting that well above and beyond psychotherapy, there are other remarkable opportunities for helping people to overcome impairing conditions, as well as to improve life.

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