Guide to Mental Illnesses You Can Just Feel Coming On
Product DescriptionHot on the heels of the wildly successful The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have comes The Paranoid's Pocket Guide to Mental Disorders You Can Just Feel Coming On, Dennis DiClaudio's hilarious look at fifty disturbingly familiar maladies you just know are buried deep in your psyche. This inspired new collection profiles the most nerve-wracking, harebrained, loopy, life-threatening and totally out-there mental disorders you could imagine-and some you could never imagine. With complete descriptions of the symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment for psychosis, this book could convince even the most rational readers that something-or someone-is out to get them. From the slightly odd Stendhal Syndrome (the fear of artwork) to the mentally debilitating Athazagagoraphobia (the feeling that you've forgotten something important) and the downright bizarre Windigo Psychosis (the belief that you are a wild and ravenous monster), The Paranoid's Pocket Guide to Mental Illnesses You Can Just Feel Coming On is a fascinating compendium of psychological illnesses for all of us to fret and agonize over. Dennis DiClaudio is an editor in the Infectious Disease Department of Elsevier, a renowned medical publisher, and a humor writer. He is the author of The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have. His short pieces have been published in a number of journals, including Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He lives in Philadelphia.
Top ReviewsSuch sick fun to be had in any chapter
by Dim (5 out of 5 stars)
August 30, 2015
What a hysterical read; though, you may wish to (re)define "hysteria" after digesting Mr. DiClaudio's delightful descriptives! We are all neurotic. His breakdown (no pun intended) of forms serves to identify which label to claim! Such sick fun to be had in any chapter!
Fun series of books
by Miss Barbara (4 out of 5 stars)
January 21, 2010
DeClaudio has written several "Guide Books" that are excellent to leave laying around for guests to pick up, turn to any page and get a smile. He has basically taken a subject and then bull dog through the topics that are most apt to make the reader squirm (and laugh out loud). Lots of fun. I'm using the same review of all books in the series. No matter which ones you choose you'll enjoy equally.....bg
Good content, Poor quality
by sally shopper (3 out of 5 stars)
June 17, 2008
I liked reading this book. It was as informative as it was entertaining. Unfortunately, after just one read, the cover fell off, and the pages became loose at the binding. The book was constructed very poorly. I suppose for a gag gift it might serve the purpose, but I couldn't reccommend this product to anyone that actually wants to read the book more than once.
There is a fine line between hilarious and sad...if only I could find it...
by Anon (4 out of 5 stars)
May 23, 2014
I originally found this book in a used bookstore and it had me in stitches with it's clever layout and hilarious phrasing. My psych major friend guilted me into giving it to her during a particularly stressful midterm session in which I made the mistake of lending it to her to laugh her way through psychological disorders. Now I bought one of amazon for my high school age niece who was toiling her way through ap psych test prep. She loves it and we had a good laughing session over some of my favorites...but I have to admit to feeling bad over the connection between humor and mental health issues....let me be clear: they are not making fun of people with these disorders so much as describing the disorders in a hilarious way. In the end I choose to love it and laugh...
Very funny! Gave it as a gift to someone studying ...
by aficianado (5 out of 5 stars)
September 17, 2014
Very funny! Gave it as a gift to someone studying to be a therapist. It was very convincing: she found herself having to look up some conditions to find out if there was any basis to them.
by Lizzy (5 out of 5 stars)
February 17, 2014
This is a great little gift (going away, thank you, birthday) for people who work in mental health. They really get a kick out of it.
by BPKC (5 out of 5 stars)
February 16, 2017
I Got This For A Paranoid Friend
by Eli (4 out of 5 stars)
September 27, 2013
Since she has read it, no one has seen her. I am going to take that to mean that she probably developed every condition mentioned in the book, which indicates it was decently and convincingly written. Give it a try, but have your therapist in speed dial.
Humor filled to say the least....
by Rick S. (4 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2014
This book was very entertaining, but it's more like a coffee table book than one you just sit down to read from beginning to end.
For the paranoid friends and family in your life
by J. Lindsay (5 out of 5 stars)
January 15, 2015
My sister-in-law hasn't been able to sleep since receiving this gift. Home run!
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