Some 20 million American families have a member with an undetected mental illness. The early signs of mental illness are detectable, and the earlier mental illness is treated, the higher the sufferer's chance of recovery. Yet there are few resources available to families, close friends, and first responders--teachers, emergency workers, pastors, and so forth--to help recognize the warning signs of mental illness. This book is a guide for people with questions about the disordered behavior of a family member or close loved one. It offers readers the step-by-step support and information for determining whether a loved one is suffering from a mental disorder and what to do about it. The book outlines the nine fundamental steps to recognizing, managing, and recovering from mental illness. It provides both diagnostic information and detailed information about therapy options and useful medication.