A famous mental hospital (Photo by State Records NSW)

If someone were to ask you what the top-selling textbook is on the market today, would you honestly think it would be a book about mental disorders?

According to Amazon, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision) is the most purchased textbook currently on the market that is used at colleges and universities. The book was written by several authors with the American Psychiatric Association. The book was published in June 2000 by American Psychiatric Publications. It is 943 pages in length. Since it’s now over 10 years old, the book demonstrates that it is still a very relevant textbook in today’s college classes. It is primarily intended to be used by students in medical school who are specializing in psychiatry.

The first book in the series was originally published in 1994.  As this is the fourth edition, it includes a number of updates and relevant information that is current up to its publication date. The textbook offers a wide array of information that was pulled from an extremely comprehensive literature review. This includes lots of research and the statistical results of various clinical trials and experiments on some of the most commonly known mental disorders. However, some of the lesser known ones are also mentioned. The research discussed throughout the text takes into account the following factors: age, gender, culture, and familiar patterns. In addition to laying out the findings from various studies that involve these specific factors, the book suggests which medications are most effective in treating the disorders mentioned as well as some of the more traditional treatments that may not involve using medications.

This book is basically a one-stop shop for information on mental disorders. Its primary focus is diagnostic information, which means it offers theories and research on how to diagnose mental illness in patients who display the signs and symptoms of such disorders. The human brain has been studied for centuries, and we may never know exactly how it works. But this text is an example of what we do know about psychiatry and why people act the way they do if they are diagnosed with some sort of psychiatric abnormality.

Be sure to use Textbooks.org to find this book and all of the other top-selling college textbooks that you may need for your classes. The site will give you the ability to compare prices on textbooks. When you’re in the market for a popular text such as this one, you’ll likely find more outlets that sell the book because of how widely used it is among college professors.