Mental Illness: A Guide to Recovery

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Medical - 257 pages
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Mental Illness: A Guide to Recovery gives you information, gleaned from many sources, which can help you learn to recover. Coping skills needed to deal with the illness can be developed. Materials which can help you reduce symptoms are presented. Recovery does not happen overnight, but step by step, most can make significant recovery.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall... and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The same holds true for those of us with a mental illness. The psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, etc. can assist, but it is up to the individual to create conditions which will allow recovery to happen.

The neurobiological basis of mental illness is often presented in a fatalistic way. That's the brain chemistry you've got, and that's what you're stuck with; as if the individual was unable to change the chemistry inside his or her own head. Breathing changes brain chemistry. So does excercise, the food you eat, the words you speak, the thoughts you think as well as how often you smile.

While drugs are capable of making radical changes in the chemistry of the brain, it is the slow changes over time which will help most in recovery.

"Thorough and informative without being technical...facinating...very enlightening." Psychiatric Rehabilition Journal (Fall 2004 Vol.28 No.2)

"You have made a complex issue easier to understand." Chief Kathryn Landreth, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

 

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Contents

What is Mental Illness?
13
THE BRAIN
59
Coping with Mental Illness
72
Grief
89
SCHEMAS
99
Voices Tapes and Nightmares
113
Communication
129
LEAP
139
Appendix C Glossary
217
Appendix D Organizations
235
Sources
239
Index A
249
B
250
D
251
F
252
H
253

ANGER
146
SUICIDE
155
Alternatives Complementary Treatments
172
Readings for Recovery
187
Appendix A Ego Defense Mechanisms
190
Appendix B Suicide Hotlines
196
L
254
O
255
S
256
U
257
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Rabbit enthusiast Bob Bennett has written six books, including Bob Bennett's Guide to Winning Rabbit Shows, Raising Rabbits Successfully, and Storey's Raising Rabbits the Modern Way. Besides writing many articles for newspapers and magazines, Bob has been editor of Rabbits magazine, contributing editor to Countryside magazine, and founder of Domestic Rabbit magazine. He has appeared on NBiTV's Today Show for a feature on rabbits, and has spoken on rabbits to commercial producers, feed companies, and fanciers, and is past director of the American Rabbit Breeders' Association. Bob lives in Shelburne, Vermont, and is vice president of corporate communications for Howard Bancorp and the Howard Bank.

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