"Roberts addresses the subjects that are troubling professionals across the globe, providing a sound theoretical base on which a professional viewpoint can be formed. Complex concepts are presented in a simple way, enabling readers at all stages to grasp difficult and often radical ideas quickly and easily." - Tony Barlow, Birmingham City University
In The Heartland, Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, invites us to spend time in the company of some extraordinary people whose lives have been affected by this most strange of human conditions, and to discover their complex, surprising, painful, funny and ultimately relatable stories.
Ruth Fox's story reflects the harsh reality of what mental illness can do to somebody's seemingly ideal life. An athlete, a high achieving student, a sister, and a friend, Ruth never expected depression to turn her life upside down. In Within the White Lines, she explains how the beautiful game of football helped pull her back from the brink of suicide
In recent years, the concepts of peer support, self-help and self-management have moved from the periphery of mental health care toward the centre, and have fast become mainstream approaches to supporting well-being.
This practical guide focuses on the reduced expression and activity often described as constituting negative symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. Using engaging activities and case studies to aid learning, it offers alternative explanations for these symptoms and outlines strategies for addressing them in practice
Drawing on a wealth of experience from both current and past practitioners in mental health, this book is a handbook for Approved Mental Health Practitioners at a time of uncertainty and change. The book considers the themes and issues relating to the role, the present day challenges and future directions for the profession.
But with each encounter, it becomes increasingly and disturbingly apparent that what we are reading is not really about the patients at all: it is about the author's own fevered descent into mental illness and mania as he confronts his traumatic past.
A collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. The work includes: accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and other treatments; stories of life in mental institutions and moves into the community; self-help methods; and work to improve mental health services.
After describing how the healthy real self develops and functions, the author explains what can go wrong. Drawing on case histories, he shows how the false self behaves in relationships and on the job, and then delineates appropriate treatments, offering real hope for cure.
With profound insight and remarkable candor, the author tracks the progress of his madness, from the smothering misery and exhaustion, to the agony of composing his own suicide note and his eventual, hard-won recovery.
Presents an analysis of life in 'total institutions' - closed worlds like prisons, army camps, boarding schools, nursing homes and mental hospitals. This book focuses on the relationship between the inmate and the institution, how the setting affects the person and how the person can deal with life on the inside.
Kay Jamison draws on her work as a psychiatrist and researcher in mood disorders to explore connections between manic-depressive illness and artistic activity. She applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of artists including Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.
The benefits of talk to individuals, families and organizations are proclaimed by pop psychologists, television talk show hosts, and management gurus. In this study Deborah Cameron looks at what lies behind the current upsurge of concern about talk in our workplaces, classrooms and private lives.
This is the third, significantly expanded and revised, edition of this seminal text. Incorporating additional contemporary topics, including mental health of refugees, trauma and psychosocial approaches, this text offers an illuminating account of mental health and mental disorder seen cross-culturally and internationally.
If you have severe depression or bipolar disorder, you may find it difficult to take that first step toward recovery. Centered on interviews with several people from of all walks of life, this book offers people with depression and bipolar disorder, tools for putting what they've learned into practice in recovering from their symptoms.
A title, in which, the author narrates his own agonising experience of depression. It also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease.
For centuries, those afflicted by Alzheimer's disease have been robbed of their memories and ability to think clearly. This book charts the history of the disease, explaining the science behind it, recounting the efforts to understand and combat it, and introduces us to the researchers who are working to find a cure.
An investigation of illegal drugs in the UK. Filled with case studies gathered over twenty years of investigative reporting, it explodes the myths and misconceptions about drug use, and makes a compelling case for a way forward.
Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of his colleagues on the ward, the author examines: the different major mental disorders - their symptoms and manifestations; the various methods of treatment - medication, therapy and conversation; and how religion, sex, wealth, health and drugs can bear influence on mental health.
This entertaining tour of the brain answers such fundamental questions as, What is the purpose of the brain? What is an emotion? What is a memory? How does food affect how you feel? Dr. Wenk has skillfully blended the highest scholarly standards with illuminating insights, gentle humor, and welcome simplicity.
This accessible, practical text provides mental health practitioners with the core knowledge and skills they need to be able to care effectively for the physical health of those who have been diagnosed with mental illness.