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ABUSE

Synopsis

Key Themes: abuse in care homes, whistle-blowing, failures of legal system, true story. Book Description and About the Author Eileen is one of the unsung heroines of our time. Years ago when I opened the first refuge in Chiswick, London in 1971, I was fighting to bring attention to the plight of victims of domestic violence. Nan was the oldest member of our community. She came to take refuge with us after a severe beating from her son. She died as a result of a frenzied attack from him when he was drunk. I was always aware of the level of abuse amongst the fragile elderly people in this country but the battle to even get the subject of domestic violence acknowledged amongst the powers that be in England meant that the plight of the elderly in this country slipped under the radar. Whistleblowers anywhere in the world have to recognise that they will always be met with derision and abuse. We all grow up with the nursery story of the little boy who pointed to the Emperor with no clothes I always imagined his mother took him off and washed out his mouth with soap.As a nation the English do not like anyone who 'makes a fuss,' and I met Eileen when she was already cleaning lavatories to make a living after she was roundly condemned and blackballed by a major Nursing Home provider for daring to criticise their methods of caring for the fragile, elderly patients.


Eileen is an immensely courageous woman and this book is the story of her fight to gain recognition for the rights of the elderly community to be treated with respect and compassion. She tells the story of her brave and ferocious battle in such a way that the reader will be swept along and able to share her triumphs and the lows of what has become her life's mission. Her sense of humour never deserts her nor her archaic take on the pomposity of most of her enemies. It is chilling in these pages to read about the lengths people in power are willing to go to stop Eileen and her supporters trying to protect their charges. That a woman of her integrity and compassion should be black balled from the caring profession and forced to clean for a living is a terrible indictment of our society. I firmly believe that this book will reach a wide audience.All of us at one time or another will face the future care of our loved ones. Inevitably all of us will also look for caring as we reach an incapacitated old age. It is the Eileen's of this world who seek to make the changes needed.

Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

by Carolyn Ainscough (Author), Kay Toon (Author)

Synopsis

This manual is designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. It updates the first edition, and investigates all the effects of child sexual abuse, which often persist into adult life - guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems. It includes discussion of false memory syndrome and female abusers, and draws on accounts of survivors who want their voices to be heard, offering a positive and optimistic approach to help survivors break free from the past.

Practical help for survivors of child sexual abuse: Help for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse: Workbook

by Carolyn Ainscough (Author), Kay Toon (Author)

Synopsis

A workbook for survivors of sexual abuse, to use alongside "Breaking Free", or on its own. With more emphasis on practical exercises than "Breaking Free", the workbook offers to help the reader explore the problems that child sexual abuse often causes survivors in later life. The exercises should develop understanding, and help the survivors to work through the problems and develop healthy coping strategies. There is encouragement to the reader to find support and back-up actively as they work through the book.

A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

by Ellen Bass (Author), Laura Davis (Author)

Based on the experiences of hundreds of survivors, this work profiles victims who share the challenges and triumphs of their personal healing processes. It offers mental, emotional and physical support to all people who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

by Laura Davis (Author)

A step by step guide through the healing process, this workbook provides thr same directional support as its companion bestseller, Courage to Heal. The workbook is a combination of checklists, open-ended questions, writing exercises, art projects and activities.

The Terrifying Story of Life in a Children's Home and a Little Girl's Struggle to Survive

Book Description

A shocking account of the abuse a young girl suffered in the hands of the carers at children's homes

by Teresa Cooper (Author)

Book Description

Thrust into care at six months of age because of an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother, Teresa Cooper's life began in a less than perfect way. Teresa spent an unsettled childhood in a variety of children's homes before being sent at thirteen to Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent, which would become her prison and worst nightmare. Teresa found herself a victim of a terrible regime; being injected with dangerously high doses of drugs and sexually abused. This cruel and vicious treatment, accompanied by punishments such as 163 days spent in solitary confinement, meant that it was not long before Teresa began to harm herself and even attempt to take her life. After three years of hell, Teresa thought her nightmare was over but another was about to begin.

About the Author

Teresa Cooper is a survivor. Fighting against a corrupt social care system, she has taken her case of abuse and drugging to parliament, and is fighting to prevent many more children from suffering at the hands of unethical doctors and abusive foster parents.

The extraordinary story of how a young girl fought against the most evil of abuses to become the survivor she is today...

Teresa Cooper's life began in a less than perfect way. But little did she know that things would only go from bad to worse. Teresa spent her unsettled childhood in a variety of children's homes before eventually being sent to Kendal House in Gravesend, Kent, England which was to become the prison in which her worst nightmares would come true. Before her first day within these prison walls had ended, Teresa found herself a victim of the terrible 'pin-down' regime, during which she was injected with dangerously high doses of drugs and then raped and seriously abused. This cruel and vicious treatment, accompanied by punishments such as 163 days spent in solitary confinement, meant that it was not long before Teresa began to harm herself and even attempted to take her life."

"For too long we have been unheard and the government needs to make many changes where child abuse is concerned."

A Guide for Teen Survivors

by Barbara Bean (Author), Shari Bennett (Author)

Synopsis

The first book for sexually abused teens to turn to When teenagers are victims of sexual abuse, the 'normal' problems of adolescence are exacerbated. The authors validate the conflicting emotions aroused by sexual abuse and offer these adolescents simple, concrete advice about reporting the abuse and how to seek counseling.This unique book is for teenagers in therapy that have been victims of sexual abuse, as well as for their therapists. Through written, visual, and relaxation exercises, the book shows survivors how to begin to cope.

Victims No Longer: (Second Edition)

The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse (Paperback)

by Mike Lew (Author)

Mike Lew's book positively shows that hope, information and understanding will lead to recovery. With insight into the respect for deep emotions, you feel you are in compassionate hands that have steered many successful stories of recovery.

ADHD

How Psychiatry Makes Patients of Normal Children

by Fred A. Baughman (Author), Craig Hovey (Author)

Synopsis

Psychiatry listed the symptoms of emotional discomfiture in children, and in a stroke devoid of science and Hippocratic motive, called each a "chemical imbalance" needing a "chemical balancer" - a pill.

What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs

Synopsis

By the author of The Antidepressant Fact Book and Talking Back to Ritalin, a straight-talking guide to the drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD. Known as the "Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless civil and criminal cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, access that informs this straight-talking guide to the most-prescribed and controversial class of psychoactive medications prescribed for children. From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal effects, The Ritalin Fact Book is up-to-the-minute and easy-to-access. With its suggestions for non-prescriptive ways to treat ADD and ADHD, it is essential reading for every parent whose child is on or who has been recommended psychoactive medication.

ALLEN CARR

Book Description

Allen Carr's Easy Way To Control Alcohol marks a landmark in our understanding of why alcohol has such a grip on our society and offers the solution to anyone who sincerely wants to turn their back on a problem that ruins lives, tears families apart, fuels crime and costs the economy billions of pounds every year. Allen Carr has established himself as the world's greatest authority on helping people stop smoking and his internationally best-selling THE EASYWAY TO STOP SMOKING has sold over 3 million copies in over 20 languages. In Easy Way To Control Alcohol, he now turns his revolutionary method to the question of drinking and offers a startling new view of why we drink and how we can escape from the 'alcohol trap'. Allen Carr's Easyway To Control Alcohol is bold and controversial and takes issue with many experts in the field and much received wisdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Synopsis

In 1983, after countless failed attempts to give up smoking, Allen Carr discovered his unique technique for tackling and overcoming his addiction. He has since given up a successful career as an accountant to build a global reputation and network of clinics to help others in the same situation. His common-sense approach can now be used with equal success to beat alcohol addiction. 'I won't try to tell you how or why this method is so effective. All I will say is that by the time you have finished reading the book, the great mystery in your life will be why you couldn't see it so clearly before.' Emanual Johnson

Synopsis

Allen Carr's hundred-cigarettes-a-day addiction drove him to despair, but after countless attempts to quit he discovered what the world had been waiting for - the easy way to stop smoking. Now recognised as the world's leading expert on helping smokers to quit, Allen Carr's informative, no scare tactics methods and techniques are a revelation for those desperate to kick the habit.

ANTI-DRUGS

Reclaiming Our Children:

A Healing Plan for a Nation in Crisis

by Peter Roger Breggin (Author)

Synopsis

In response to the recent rash of teen violence in our schools, a noted psychiatrist delivers a passionately argued yet highly prescriptive blueprint for healing our relationships with our children.. From recasting our attitudes as parents to restructuring class sizes, limiting homework and fostering honest dialog about the pressures in our society, Reclaiming Our Children shows us the way to profound and lasting peace with and among our children. Beginning with a dramatic shift in adult priorities that places children at the center of our lives, Peter Breggin demonstrates how we can dedicate ourselves to creating meaningful, loving, disciplined, and inspiring relationships with all of our children.

Talking Back to Ritalin:

What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants & ADHD

by Dick Scruggs (Foreword), Peter Roger Breggin (Author)

Synopsis

By the best-selling author of Talking Back to Prozac, a revised and updated edition of the first and most-compelling book to challenge the use of Ritalin to treat ADHD.. Millions of children take Ritalin for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The drug's manufacturer, Novartis, claims that Ritalin is the "solution" to this widespread problem. But hidden behind the well-oiled public-relations machine is a potentially devastating reality: children are being given a drug that can cause the same bad effects as amphetamine and cocaine, including behavioral disorders, growth suppression, neurological tics, agitation, addiction, and psychosis. Talking Back to Ritalin uncovers these and other startling facts and translates the research findings for parents and doctors alike. An advocate for education not medication, Dr. Breggin empowers parents to channel distracted, disenchanted, and energetic children into powerful, confident, and brilliant members of the family and society.

The Road Back

How to Get Off Psychiatric Drugs Safely


by Jim Harper


The Road Back is a Patent Pending program, first developed in 1999 to assist individuals to taper off medication and eliminate existing side effects a person may be experiencing from the medication

How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

by Peter Roger Breggin (Author), David Cohen (Author)

Synopsis

The first book to guide patients and doctors through the process of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.. Psychiatric drugs are prescribed to more than twenty million Americans but can these drugs do more harm than good?While a doctor may take fifteen minutes to determine the need for a psychiatric drug, the patient may end up taking it for months, years, or a lifetime. We deserve to know the dangers in advance -including the difficulties we may encounter when trying to withdraw. Your Drug May Be Your Problem is the only book to provide an up-to-date, uncensored description of the dangers involved in taking every kind of psychiatric medication, and it is the first and only book to explain how to coordinate a safe withdrawal from them.

ASPERGER SYNDROME & AUTISM

Synopsis

A groundbreaking new book from the authors of the best-selling Ritalin Free Kids documenting a safe, effective, and natural treatment for children with Asperger syndrome and autism. Homeopathic medicine offers renewed hope for parents of children on the autism spectrum without the use of conventional drugs. Includes seventeen actual cases drawn from the authors' extensive clinical experience treating a wide range of children with developmental, behavioral and learning challenges. Also included is information on the characteristics of children with Asperger syndrome and autism, other natural approaches, advice and resources for parents, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about autism and homeopathic medicine. A must-read for any parent of a child on the autism spectrum.

Synopsis

This is the inspiring account of a family's struggle to break into their son's autistic world - and how a dog made the real difference. Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn't right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word 'autism' for the first time in a specialist's office. Scared but determined that Dale should live a fulfilling life, Nuala describes her despairat her son's condition, her struggle to prevent Dale being excluded from a 'normal' education and her sense of hopeless isolation. Dale's autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground. But the Gardner's lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying 'I love you', Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today.


This is a heartrending and fascinating account of how one devoted and talented dog helped a little boy conquer his autism

Synopsis

"All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome" takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.

Autism and Sensing:

The Unlost Instinct

by Donna Williams (Author)

Book Description

Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct

The realm of sensing is the place we have all come from: that world before mind was thought of as 'me, before body became 'mine', that time when we 'knew' because we FELT the nature of things, the feel of them- when we sensed. This was before we had learned to interpret and see the world not as it was but through our concepts and ideas of what it was. Autism is seen as a disability in a world where interpretation is highly valued, where the realm of mind, of imposed meaning, of words, becomes the place of trust, of proof, a world in which the System of Sensing becomes progressively redundant, devalued, discredited, even discouraged. This book is a journey into a unique way of experiencing the world, suggesting how this unlost instinct has much to teach us about the assumption of so called 'normality'


Published in 1998, this highly controversial and challenging book was the first internationally published text book by a person diagnosed with autism on the importance of the system of sensing in understanding more classically autistic individuals.

Synopsis

The author addresses the question of how things are sensed using her experience as a person with autism. Williams sees perception as having three stages and argues that these stages are moved through progressively during development, to the detriment of the adult. Williams proposes adopting a more holistic viewpoint to provide a new perspective.

Synopsis

'I was born on 31 January 1979 - a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing.' Like the character Hoffman portrayed, he can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways Daniel is not all like the Rain Man. He is virtually unique amongst people who have severe autisitic disorders in being capable of living a fully-functioning, independent life. It is this incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a totally extraordinary way that makes BORN ON A BLUE DAY so powerful.

A Guide for Friends and Family

by Jude Welton (Author), Jane Telford (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

by Marti Leimbach (Author)

Synopsis

A powerful novel exploring the effects of autism on a young family from Marti Leimbach, author of the international bestseller 'Dying Young', who has experienced and dealt with the condition within her immediate family. My husband saw me at a party and decided he wanted to marry me. Melanie Marsh is an American living in London married to Stephen, the perfect Englishman, who knew the minute he saw her that she was to be his future. But when their youngest child is diagnosed with autism their marriage starts to unravel at great speed. Stephen runs back into the arms of his previous girlfriend while Melanie does everything in her power to help her son and keep her family together. And then one day Melanie hears about a man named Andy O'Connor, who calls himself a "play therapist" and has a client list so long she can barely get him on the phone. Some say he's a maverick and a con artist of the first degree, but when he walks into the house and starts playing with her child, Melanie knows she's found the key to her son's success, and possibly to her own happiness. 'Daniel Isn't Talking' is a passionate and darkly humorous novel that explores a mother's determination to help her child. A love story for grown ups, it somehow extends its wisdom far beyond the parameters of disability and into the substance of human nature itself. A tense, moving novel that will make you laugh out loud even as it breaks your heart.


About the Author

Marti Leimbach was born in 1963 in Washington DC. She has written several other novels, one of which, `Dying Young', was turned into a major feature film in 1991 staring Julia Roberts. Marti now lives in the UK

Diet Intervention and Autism:


Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet for Autistic Children and Adults


by Marilyn Le Breton (Author)


Synopsis

People with autism often are intolerant of gluten (a protein in four types of cereal) and casein (a protein found in animal's milk). There are many testaments to the benefits for such people of a diet that excludes gluten, casein, monosodium glutamate and aspartame, and these persuaded Marilyn Le Breton to put her autistic son Jack on the diet. This is the book that Marilyn wishes had been available to her when she first did so. In it she explains what the diet is all about and how it works, what foods can form part of the diet and what should be excluded. She addresses frequently asked questions and misconceptions, such as 'Is the diet too difficult and time-consuming? How strictly do I need to adhere to it? Is the diet expensive to implement?' and gives practical advice on basic equipment and ingredients, what to expect when your child starts the diet, how to adapt family meals and how to minimise cross-contamination in the kitchen. The book includes a wide selection of recipes, an extensive list of addresses and websites of suppliers of foodstuffs in the UK, and suggestions for finding out more information. It is the first book of its kind to be written specifically for those living in the UK. Marilyn's own experience and sensible approach ensure that this book will be invaluable for any parent of a child with autism, or any adult considering embarking on the diet.


Different Like Me:


My Book of Autism Heroes


by Marc Thomas (Illustrator), Jennifer Elder (Illustrator)


Synopsis

Different Like Me introduces children aged 8-12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, maths, literature, philosophy and comedy. Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in - just like Quinn. Fully illustrated in colour and written in child-friendly language, this book will be a wonderful resource for children, particularly children with autism, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.


Emergence:


Labeled Autistic


by Temple Grandin (Author), Margaret M. Scariano (Author)


Synopsis

Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. An intelligent child with a thirst for knowledge, but unable to properly express herself or control her behaviour, Temple struggled through grade school. Eventually moved from a "normal" school to an educational program for autistic children, she began to suffer "nerve attacks." Now Temple tells the story of how she went from a fear-gripped, autistic child to a successful professional and a world leader in her field. A chronicle of perseverance and courage, EMERGENCE gives new hope and insight into the tragedy of autism and the vast potential of the human spirit.


Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome:


A User Guide to Adolescence


by Luke Jackson (Author)


Synopsis

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive. Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children. However, his main reason for writing was because "so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together".


My Brother Is Different:


A Book for Young Children Who Have a Brother or Sister with Autism


by Louise Gorrod (Author), Beccy Carver (Illustrator)


Synopsis

A booklet to help young siblings of autistic children understand what autism is.


From the Author

Why this book was written

This book was written to help my daughters, Jemma and Jade, understand why their brother, Jack, did the things he did and help them accept that even though he did embarrasing things when we were out he couldn't actually help it! Why does he knock my games off the table?, he's so destructive. Why does he squeal when we go out? Why doesn't he get told off when he's naughty like I do? I hope that this book will help other families like ours!


Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-read

by Patricia Howlin (Author), Simon BaronCohen (Author), Julie ,Dr. Hadwin (Author)


Book Description

Theory of Mind in the ability to infer other people's mental states and to use this information to interpret speech and predict action. This practical book applies these mind-reading principles to children with autism, focusing chiefly on treating their social and communicative abnormalties. Guiding readers through the underlying experimental and clinical principles of this experimental theory, the authors provide practitioners with an adaptable and unique program for tackling behavioral problems in autistic children.


Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew:


by Ellen Notbohm (Author


Ellen Notbohm characterizes the Ten Things as "signposts along the way (on) a journey towards a productive, independent adulthood" but they also inform anyone around a child with autism about its most basic elements. Anyone with such a child shouldn’t buy one book: they should buy as many as they can, to give as gifts of understanding.


When My Worries Get Too Big:


A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety


by Brenda Smith Myles (Foreword), Kari D. Buron (Author)


Originally entitled When my autism gets too big

More than anything, losing control can cause major problems for children who have an autism spectrum disorder. This book gives young children an opportunity to explore with parents or teachers their own feelings as they react to events in their daily lives while learning some useful relaxation techniques. Children who use the simple strategies presented in this charming book, illustrated by the author, will find themselves more relaxed and ready to work or play. Karen has worked for many years as a special needs teacher.


Women from Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism


by Jean Kearns Miller (Author)


About the Book


Mention the word autism and the room suddenly turns silent. It’s the dreaded A word.


People’s attention turns to late night TV public service ads declaring that autistic children are “imprisoned” by autism and need curing at all cost. Recent autobiographies have helped dispel this dire description by suggesting that autism is not a prison and that the door is unlocked and you’re free to come in. Women from Another Planet? moves beyond these autistic life stories in important ways. It’s a collection of stories and conversations, all of them by women on the autism spectrum who speak candidly, insightfully, and often engagingly about both their gender in terms of their autism and their autism in terms of their gender. It is written not just for parents and professionals, like the other works, but also to those women still searching for ways to understand the unnamed difference they live with, as well as the wider audience of discerning readers. If you enter the unlocked door of these Women from Another Planet? you may end up with a question mark or two about your planet. Is normalcy really all it’s cracked up to be?

About the Author

Jean Kearns Miller is a woman on the autism spectrum. Her official diagnoses are ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) with AS (Asperger Syndrome) traits, and recurrent major depression. She graduated from Marygrove College in 1970, has an MA in rhetoric & writing from the University of Tulsa, and completed doctoral coursework in rhetoric & composition at Purdue. She spent several years as a technical writer/editor before following a reluctant calling to teach, a job she absolutely hated when first she did it. She is an avid essayist and writer of poetry and fiction, and teaches writing full time at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she advocates for students dealing with mental health problems and neurological difficulties.

Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:


A Step-by-step Guide for Parents and Caregivers


by Louise Goldberg (Foreword), Dion E. Betts (Author), Stacey W. Betts (Author)


Synopsis

Having successfully used yoga to combat the stress of their own busy lives, Dion and Stacey Betts discovered its potential for their son Joshua, who has Asperger Syndrome. This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The authors give step-by-step descriptions of warming-up, strengthening, calming, and tension-releasing exercises that are suitable for reducing coping mechanisms such as hand-flapping, and increasing muscle tone, muscle strength and body awareness. They also offer a range of short and long sequences that can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual child. "Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" is ideal for parents and caregivers who want to use simple yoga techniques to help children with ASDs overcome some of the symptoms of the disorder.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES


How Do You Want Me?


by Ruby Wax (Author)


Synopsis

Ruby Wax has a reputation for being one of TV's funniest and most notorious interviewers. Her up-front style is shockingly direct and her encounters with the rich and famous gripped millions during the 1990s. Part memoir and part exploration, this book takes us on a funny journey through life's big questions. Where, she asks, is the "Rough Guide to Life?" and the manual on "How to be a grown-up"? She reveals secrets she has learned from film stars and gurus, billionaires and therapists.


From the Publisher

This is Ruby’s first, long awaited book. Part memoir, part exploration, Ruby takes us on a very funny journey through life’s big questions


From the Author

‘I’ve spent my life asking people I meet (and that’s my obsession, meeting people) "Have you got an answer? Are you contented?" Or if I haven’t asked directly I’ve looked into their eyes to see if they know – and I promise you they don’t. I used my job just so that I could be intrusive, whilst pretending it was in the name of entertainment. But really it wasall for me. I got to ask the ‘Big Boys’ and they don’t know either. Bill Gates doesn’t know. Clearly. In fact, he really looks like he doesn’t know – least of all why he forgot to comb the back of his hair.’


About the Author

Ruby Wax’s acting career has spanned the stage and screen, and her writing talent created some of our favourite television comedies, but she is probably best known for her BBC series of interviews in which she memorably tackled some of the world’s most famous personalities.

BIPOLAR


Burn:


A Bipolar Memoir


by Shane Feldman (Author)


Synopsis

The author, Shane Feldman, is a college-aged person suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar. In this memoir he allows the reader to observe actual thoughts and behaviors exhibited as a manic episode occurred in a real-time journal. He allows the reader to follow him on an intimate descent and recovery from a manic episode along with providing a prologue detailing his relatively normal life and high level of functionality in the absence of devastating psychological symptoms. After the episode, Shane added a series of insightful postdated footnotes strategically located to aid the reader in fully understanding the complexity of his mind frame. The memoir is far from being simply a documentation of a disease as Shane demonstrates his poetic and perceptive brilliance in a series of satires about the relationships between religion, society, and government. Though Mr. Feldman has suffered serious psychological illness for a small percent of his life...he is one-hundred percent a writer and has written and published a wide variety of works.


Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder:


by Monica Ramirez Basco (Author), A.John Rush (Author)


Book Description

A comprehensive approach to the treatment of bipolar disorder, this book details an innovative program of interventions that augments rather than replaces pharmacotherapy. Topics covered include patient and family education, early symptom detection for the prevention of relapse, methods for the enhancement of treatment compliance, strategies for the remediation of subsyndromal symptoms of depression and mania, and ways to identify and resolve psychosocial and interpersonal problems. Each chapter provides session-by-session instructions, as well as patient assignments and clear and concise directions for the implementation of each intervention. This book will be of interest to therapists from a range of backgrounds, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and counselors, as well as researchers and students in mental health. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Synopsis

From leading scientist-practitioners, this pragmatic, accessible book provides a complete framework for individualized assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder. It addresses the complexities of working with individuals with broadly varying histories and clinical presentations, including those who have been recently diagnosed, those who are symptomatically stable, and those who struggle day to day to achieve symptom remission. Extensive case material illustrates proven strategies for conceptualizing patients' needs and working collaboratively to help them adhere to medication treatments, recognize the early warning signs of manic and depressive episodes, build coping skills, and manage specific symptoms. The second edition is a complete revision of the original volume, updated and restructured to be even more user friendly for clinicians.


Daughters of Madness:


Growing Up and Older with a Mentally Ill Mother


by Susan Nathiel


Synopsis

This book tells the stories of adults who grew up as children of mentally ill mothers at a time when mental illness was even more stigmatizing than it is today. They are what the author calls "the daughters of madness," and in their young lives there were forced to tread on shaky ground. "Telling someone that there's mental illness in your family, and watching the reaction is not for the faint-hearted," says the therapist. "Telling them that it is your mother who's mentally ill certainly ups the ante." A veteran therapist with 35 years experience, the author takes us into this traumatic world - each of her chapters covering a major developmental period for the daughter of a mentally ill mother - and then explains how these now-adult daughters faced and cope with mental illness in their mothers. While the stories of these daughters are central to the book, the author also offers her professional insights into exactly how maternal impairment affects infants, children and adolescents. Women, significantly more than men, are often diagnosed with serious mental illness after they become parents.


So what effect does a mentally ill mother have on a growing child, teenager or adult daughter, who looks to her not only for the deepest and most abiding love, but also a sense of what the world is all about? The author also makes accessible the latest research on interpersonal neurobiology, attachment and the way a child's brain and mind develop in the context of that relationship. Some of the major topics addressed include: feelings of guilt in the child - 'Is it my fault?'; keeping the secret; role reversal - when child acts as parent; fear of the same fate; building resilience and accepting help; and, insights from daughters of mothers who were schizophrenic, psychotic, severely depressed, paranoid and personality-disordered.


Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder:


by Stephanie Marohn (Author)


Synopsis

Contains more than a dozen therapeutic options and case studies for patients suffering from bi-polar disorder. Included are interviews with leading doctors and practitioners in the fields of homeopathy, biochemistry, allergy-elimination, biological and anthroposophic medicine, shamanic healing and more.


BLACK & ETHNIC MINORITIES


Abi's Story


by Jember Teferra (Author)


Synopsis

Written by his mother, this is the tragic story of Abi, a young man from Ethiopia who took his own life after a battle against mental illness. Abi escaped the horror of Ethiopia's Marxist military revolution, this book provides a unique insight into the psychological trauma suffered by the victims of war. This original and extraordinarily moving book charts Abi's life in words and pictures and attempts to make sense of his tragic death. About the Author Dr Jember Teferra was Abi's mother. This book was written by her and her family in Abi's memory. Dr Jember Teferra set up a trust to fund research into the psychological problems of the victims of war. Her aim was to help people in a similar position to her son. She also wants to provide more insight into this area and inform psychiatrists of this type of 'mental illness'. Book Extract We never know what it feels like to be with the Good Lord where we have no more earthly care to worry about. I hope, somehow, those who have left us to be with Him can see or know that their past concerns are addressed their wishes have been fulfilled.What was worrying our beloved Abi at the last session in the hospital consulting room, at the royal Preston Hospital, Avondale unit where we were sitting for group discussion? I clearly remember what the Psychiatrist said, " I am afraid your son's case does not fit into a British Black or a British white mental illness category". I can just remember my son abruptly getting up very angry and rushing to the door, opening it and turning towards me before walking out. I can still hear him saying " You are wasting your time, Emamma, this people are dummies. I have repeatedly told you that they do not understand my case. I think that, if I ever get healed, I will help other victims like myself. It will only be someone like me who has been through such illness that can help those in similar circumstances". He was not only concerned for himself but for all other in similar circumstances. He obviously had a burning desire to be in a position to help those victims of political conflict, political imprisonment, displacement and other human suffering such as escapees, like himself, from enforced conscription.In today's world we are told that some 20 or more wars officially or unofficially go on in different parts of the world. Therefore, there must surely be more and more Abi's whose pain, agony and depression and other related mental health problems are not understood or dismissed by the ordinary mental health services and psychiatrists. Abi, very unfortunately, has suddenly chosen to leave us by taking his own life. We will always feel hurt and up-set and cherish his memory whenever we think how much pain, agony and suffering have caused this action. But we can still save many of them who are in his category'. We, as a family, have felt committed to his cause. Within our limitation we can, at least, address his concern by setting up a Trust to help carry out research which will result in attention being given and focusing on victims of wars, political conflicts, political imprisonment, enforced conscriptions and displacement as well as any direct or indirect problems related to these situations.


Al-Junun: Mental Illness in the Islamic World


by Ihsan Al-Issa (Editor)


Book Description

International Arab Psychological Association. Emphasizes the central influence of cultural factors on psychopathology as the key to understanding mental illness and the development of psychiatric services in Islamic cultures. For researchers and practitioners in the area of mental health as well as social sciences.


Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Homelessness in Scotland


by Gina Netto (Author)


Synopsis

This research report was commissioned by the Scottish Executive Development Department to examine the provision and use of homelessness services in black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including refugees and Gypsies/Travellers. The definition of homelessness used includes people who are at risk of homelessness, homeless applicants, households accepted as homeless and other groups such as rough sleepers. Issues discussed include: experiences of homeless people, including black and minority ethnic women escaping domestic abuse; mapping homelessness service provider agencies; factors which increase vulnerability of particular groups; the perspectives of local authorities; and an analysis of homelessness statistics.


Black Pain:


It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting


by Terrie Williams (Author)


Book Description

Terrie Williams knows that Black people are hurting. She knows because she's one of them.

Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients' needs while neglecting her own. Terrie finally collapsed, staying in bed for days. She had no clue what was wrong or if there was a way out. She had hit rock bottom and she needed and got help. She learned her problem had a name -- depression -- and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.


Black Pain identifies emotional pain -- which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience -- as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling, and sex. Few realize these destructive acts are symptoms of our inner sorrow. Black people are dying. Everywhere we turn, in the faces we see and the headlines we read, we feel in our gut that something is wrong, but we don't know what it is. It's time to recognize it and work through our trauma.


In Black Pain, Terrie has inspired the famous and the ordinary to speak out and mental health professionals to offer solutions. The book is a mirror turned on you. Do you see yourself and your loved ones here? Do the descriptions of how the pain looks, feels, and sounds seem far too familiar? Now you can do something about it. Stop suffering. The help the community needs is here: a clear explanation of our troubles and a guide to finding relief through faith, therapy, diet, and exercise, as well as through building a supportive network (and eliminating toxic people).


Black Pain encourages us to face the truth about the issue that plunges our spirits into darkness, so that we can step into the healing light. You are not on the ledge alone.


Breaking the Circles of Fear:


A Review of the Relationship Between Mental Health Services & African & Caribbean Communities


by Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (Author)


Synopsis

Black people mistrust and often fear services, and staff are often wary of the black community, fearing criticism and not knowing how to respond. This cycle is fuelled by prejudice, misunderstanding, misconceptions and sometimes racism. SCMH's major policy review of 2002 documents these "circles of fear" and the impediments to change which lead to poorer treatment and care of African and African Caribbean adults. Its groundbreaking recommendations chart a programme of reform aimed at "Breaking the Circles of Fear" and delivering mental health services which meet their needs and aspirations.


Can I Get a Witness?:


For Sisters When the Blues Is More Than a Song


by Julia A. Boyd (Author)


Synopsis

Depression is the leading cause of mental health-related deaths for both blacks and whites in America. Yet it is a label that many women are reluctant to embrace. In Can I Get a Witness?, the first prescriptive book for black women on depression, bestselling author and psychotherapist Julia A. Boyd explores the crucial links between self-esteem, depression, and women's health. In the sassy, witty, down-to-earth voices of sisters facing the reality of depression in their lives, Can I Get a Witness? offers a lively debate on labeling, coping strategies, and therapies for help and healing. With her characteristic wisdom and respect for all points of view, Juha Boyd debunks myths about depression, provides a clear picture of the implications for black women's health, and shares her own personal struggle with "the beast." She offers practical solutions for identifying symptoms, as well as recovery strategies, exercises, inspiring anecdotes, the latest information on medications, and answers to the most commonly asked questions.


Counseling American Muslims: Understanding the Faith and Helping the People


by Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy (Author)


Review

In order to properly understand a religion, one must first understand its background, history, social context, and precepts. It is very difficult to accomplish this in one book, particularly with as rich and complex a faith as Islam. However, Kobeisy has come very close to doing so, as he is extremely persuasive and articulate....Counseling American Muslims would be a worthwhile book for any psychologist, therapist, or other counselor, especially in light of our society's current preoccupation with Islam and the pressure that this preoccupation brings to bear on our Muslim neighbors. Very sensible and reasonable recommendations are made for those who would be counseling Muslims in different settings. Multicultural Review


"With this book, Ahmed Kobeisy has established himself as the leader in the field of Muslim counseling. Simply put, there is no other published book that examines the issues Kobeisy presents here with such clarity. This book will be required reading for years to come for counsellors and chaplains who work with Muslims, as well as Islamic religious and community leaders." - Ingrid Mattson, Vice-President, The Islamic Society of North America


Crossing the Boundary Black Women Survive Incest


by Melba Wilson (Author)


Synopsis

Discusses the plight of Black women in Britain who have had to deal with incest, and shows how the pressure to preserve of the family and the myths about Black women have hindered the healing process.


Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry: The Struggle Against Racism


by Suman Fernando (Author)


Synopsis

According to the National Service Framework for mental health published by the Department of Health in 1999 black and minority ethnic communities have little confidence in mental health services. Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry examines how and why this situation has come about, and makes specific practical, often surprising, suggestions for changing the status quo. In his latest and most critical analysis, Suman Fernando reflects on the current situation in light of his own personal experience, academic research and anecdotal reports. He weaves together themes of immense importance for the future of psychiatry and mental health services in a multi-cultural setting, exploring: - the nature of racism and its permeation into mental health services - the inside story of the struggle against racism in statutory and voluntary sectors of the mental health system - the history of psychiatry and the role of spirituality, holistic thinking, psychotherapy and Asian traditions of medicine.


Desert Flower:


by Waris Dirie (Author)


Synopsis

Waris Dirie, whose name means "desert flower", was born in Somalia of nomadic parents. She underwent extreme female circumcision at the age of five, and when she was 13 her father sold her into marriage with a 60-year-old for five camels, at which time she ran away. She was discovered by a fashion photographer in the United States whilst working as a janitor at McDonald's, and became a model who has been used to promote Revlon skin-care products. She also speaks on women's rights in Africa and travels the world to give lectures on behalf of the UN. This is her autobiography.


About the Author

Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model and a face of Revlon skincare products. She was appointed by the United Nations in 1997 as a special ambassador for women's rights to eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation. She lives in New York. Virago will publish her new book in 2001.

Forensic Psychiatry, Race and Culture


by Suman Fernando (Author), David Ndegwa (Author), Melba Wilson (Author)


Synopsis

Forensic psychiatry is the discipline which distinguishes the "mad" from the "bad", but are its values inherently racist? Why are individuals from non-Western backgrounds over-represented statistically in those diagnosed with schizophrenia and other serious illnesses? The authors argue that the values on which psychiatry is based are firmly rooted in ethnocentric Western culture, with profound implications for individual diagnosis and systems of care. Through detailed exploration of the history of psychiatry, current clinical issues and present public policy, this book traces the growth of a system in which non-conformity to the prevailing cultural norms risks alienation and diagnosis of mental disorder.


In and Out of Our Right Minds:


The Mental Health of African American Women


by D Brown (Author)


Synopsis

African American women have commonly been portrayed as "pillars" of their community - resilient mothers, sisters, wives and grandmothers who remain steadfast in the face of all adversities. While these portrayals imply that African American women have few psychological problems, the scientific literature and demographic data present a different picture. They reveal that African American women are at increased risk for psychological distress because of factors that disproportionately affect them, including lower incomes, greater poverty and unemployment, unmarried motherhood, racism and poor physical health. At the same time, rates of mental illness are low. Using a race, gender and social-class context, this volume challenges the traditional notions of mental health and mental illness as they apply to African American women, focusing on the contradictions between the strengths and vulnerabilities of this population.


It's Happening to Me


by Rosealine Allen (Author)


From the Author

I tell the story from my childhood because as a black girl growing up as a minority in Britain, we hear so little about each other. This is particularly true when we branch out and become involved in the social institutions that form the backbone of British citizens - school, university, the work place, the media. The majority of us black Britons have been ghettoized, and as a result, those that were children of immigrant parents, have had remarkably scant, utilitarian lives. For example all of my siblings were expected to work on leaving school rather than pursue experiences that would cultivate and enrich their lives such as

pursuing an education which is a convention in middle England.


The truth is, we all have interesting stories to tell and sharing them is important to our cohesion as a community, to our survival and to our growth and development.


If we are to heal ourselves of the wrongs done against us both outside of our communities and within them, we need to start telling our stories, so that we can objectify our experiences and leave them open to comment both from ourselves and others in order to decide how best to pullulate from the experience.


I suppose in light of what I have said in my conclusion, we must all assess our lives now and decide whether 'God' is for us or against us. If we decide 'they' are against us, we must look at how best we can go forward to make the most of what we have or persuade those who have influence with 'God' to change their attitude to us.


Losing Control:


Loving a Black Child with Bipolar Disorder


by Cassandra Joubert (Author), Linda Thompson Adams (Author), Jan Hutchinson (Author)


Book Description

A true story, Losing Control chronicles an African-American mother's struggle with her daughter's mental illness, which after more than a decade of help-seeking, heartache and confusion, is finally determined to be bipolar disorder. Her difficulties in managing symptoms of her child's illness, the lack of social and emotional support, and the grief this mother faces as the diagnosis is finally determined are vividly and courageously discussed. A medical perspective on bipolar disorder, including definitions, symptoms and treatment in a cultural context is provided. Resources to help families deal with the stigma attached to mental illness, and resources that can be helpful in managing its course are also provided.


Mental Health and Hindu Psychology


by Swami Akhilananda (Author)


Book Description

Swami Akhilananda shows how to reach mental health by applying the classic techniques of Hinduism. The author explains how a stable and healthy mind is the starting point for spiritual quest. He thus brings together psychology and religion in a most universal manner, showing that personality development and the search for ultimate values are one and the same discipline. The books approach is hard-hitting and practical, using case histories from the Swami's thirty-five years' counselling experience. This is a reprint of the 1951 edition.


Mental Health in Black America


by Harold W. Neighbors (Editor), James S. Jackson (Editor)


Synopsis

This volume details the self-reported stress of being Black in the United States, and documents the cultural resources African Americans draw upon to overcome adversity and maintain a positive, healthy perspective on life. Based on data obtained from a United States National Survey of Black Americans, the book first discusses psychological and sociological factors affecting life satisfaction. Contributors then explore how these psychosocial factors contribute to such health problems as alcoholism and hypertension. The volume concludes with an examination of strategies Black Americans use in their attempt to solve life problems. These include: prayer; avoidance; active problem-solving; and seeking help from family, community mental health providers and law enforcement agencies.


Mental Health, Race and Culture


by Suman Fernando (author)


Synopsis

Since its first publication in 1991, this book has been a seminal text in the field of race and culture in mental health. For the second edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated. The result is a book that presents a critical account of Western psychiatry and psychology seen from a cross-cultural perspective that addresses ways in which ideas about "race" and racism continue to influence theory and practice in the field. The author proposes imaginative and constructive ways in which theory and practice may be re-structured to take on board wisdom and technologies from all cultural traditions and thereby achieve a practical model for mental health that is universally applicable.


Race, Culture and Psychotherapy


by Suman Fernando (Foreword), Stephen Palmer (Editor), Roy Moodley (Editor)


Synopsis

What is multicultural psychotherapy? How do we integrate issues of gender, class and sexual orientation in multicultural psychotherapy? "Race, Culture and Psychotherapy" provides a thorough critical examination of contemporary multiculturalism and culturalism, including discussion of the full range of issues, debates and controversies that are emerging in the field of multicultural psychotherapy. Beginning with a general critique of race, culture and ethnicity, the book explores issues, such as the notion of interiority and exteriority in psychotherapy, racism in the clinical room, race and countertransference conflicts, spirituality and traditional healing issues. Contributors from the United States, Britain and Canada draw on their professional experience to provide comprehensive and balanced coverage of the following subjects: Critical Perspectives in Race and Culture in Psychotherapy, Governing Race in the Transference, Racism, Ethnicity and Countertransference, Intersecting Gender, Race, Class and Sexual orientation, Spirituality, Cultural Healing and Psychotherapy, and Future Directions.


Raised Voices


by Melba Wilson (Author), Joy Francis (Author)


Synopsis

A report commissioned by Diverse Minds, the Mind Race and Culture Unit, which examines African-Caribbean and African users' views and experiences of mental health services in England and Wales.


Saving Our Last Nerve:


The Black Woman's Path to Mental Health


by Marilyn Martin (Author)


Synopsis

Mental health is a frequently overlooked aspect of African American health care, especially among women. This guide offers advice for helping African American women handle the stresses of everyday life and anticipate and prepare for long-term mental health. While acknowledging the myth of the 'strong black female', it stresses the importance of maintaining support systems and developing self-esteem to combat self-hatred. Also included are tips for negotiating the mental health system and understanding various types of treatments, as well as advice for instilling good health habits in the next generation.


Standing in the Shadows:


Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men


by John Head (Author)


Book Description

A first-of-its-kind exploration of black men and depression from an award-winning journalist


The first book to reveal the depths of black men?s buried mental and emotional pain, Standing in the Shadows weaves the author?s story of his twenty-five-year struggle with depression with a cultural analysis of how the illness is perceived in the black community?and why nobody wants to talk about it.In mainstream society depression and mental illness are still somewhat taboo subjects; in the black community they are topics that are almost completely shrouded in secrecy. As a result, millions of black men are suffering in silence or getting treatment only in the most extreme circumstances?in emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and prisons. The neglect of emotional disorders among men in the black community is nothing less than racial suicide. John Head?s explosive work, Standing in the Shadows,Makes Me Wanna Holler, Standing in the Shadows challenges both the African American community and the psychiatric community to end the silent suffering of black men by taking responsibility for a problem that?s been ignored for far too long. Additionally, Standing in the Shadows gives women an understanding of depression that enables them to help black men mend their relationships, their families, and themselves


The Long Road from Slavery to Mental Illness:

White Fear + Racist + Racism + White Supremacy = Black Mental Illness

by Calvin Thomas (Author)


About the Author

Calvin Vernon Thomas, a longshoreman, author and screenwriter, released his new book The Long Road from Slavery to Mental Illness in June 2005. Calvin hails from Helena, Arkansas. He left Arkansas at the age of 17 headed for Dallas, Texas for better job opportunity. He worked multiple jobs then decided to go west to California to continue his education in order to earn a higher salary as well as for job security. Calvin promised his mother when he left Helena that he would send monies back home to help her with his young siblings?he was determined to keep that commitment. Thomas attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where he studied welding. He studied journalist at Compton Community College in Compton California. Calvin studied Theater Arts and Creative Writing at Los Angeles Community College. He studied Teleplay and screen writing under the guilds of professional film writers, producers and directors. Calvin studied the art of creative and screen writing at UCLA extension program. And in 1976, he wrote a stage play entitled ?In That Great Gittin? Up Morning? which was produced by Professor David Wells at East Los Angeles Community College in celebration of Black History. Calvin has hopes and dreams for producing his works into feature films for theatrical release. Calvin values family. He is a husband to Rose Combs Thomas, they have four adult children. Calvin resides in Southern California. One of his goals is to help begin the healing process for African-Americans born in America. He believes that with knowledge of how you got into a situation you should be able to figure out how to get out of that situation.


"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?":

And Other Conversations About Race


by Beverly Daniel Tatum (Author)


Synopsis

This well-balanced book, written in lively prose, brings new insights and a fresh perspective to this frequent query and the issue of racial identity development.. There is a moment when every child leaves color-blindness behind and enters the world of race consciousness. At that moment, there are two roads parents, educators, and therapists can take: they can follow the status quo, internalizing racial expectations, and become consciously or unconsciously part of the problem. Or, they can question stereotypes, and, actively work against racism to become part of the solution. This book provides the tools we all need to become part of the solution. }Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, its not just the Black kids sitting together the White, Latino, Asian Pacific, and in some regions, American Indian youth, are clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and in corporate cafeterias.What is going on here? Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues to even discuss it? And what about the other questions we and our children have about race?Beverly Daniel Tatum is a renowned authority on the psychology of racism. She asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences: Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as racist. Parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Tatum understands that the vocabulary of race is loaded and that embarrassment and awkwardness often stymie conversations about this subject; yet, she believes that these obstacles can and must be overcome if we are to bring about change. In Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Dr. Tatum provides us with a new way of thinking and talking about race through the lens of racial identity. She explains that all of us have a racial identity and must strive to affirm it. For people of color, the development of a constructive racial identity requires being able to recognize and reject the bombardment of negative stereotypes and to embrace a history of resistance and empowerment rather than passive victimization. For Whites, the challenge is to engage in a process of racial identity development which leads to an awareness of White privilege and a determination to actively work against injusticeand this requires the strength to reject a system that awards them, and to reclaim the legacy of White allies. For many, this is uncharted territory. This book provides a road map for those who want to make the journey and better understand the racial dynamics of their daily lives. Tatum extends her ideas about racial identity development beyond the usual Black-White paradigm to embrace the unique circumstances of Latinos, American Indians, Asians, as well as biracial youth. Also included is a list of resources for further reading as well as a list of books for parents and teachers to recommend to children of all ages.Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities whatever they may We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with great wisdom and humanity, tells us where to start.

CHARITIES

Who Cares?:


How State Funding and Political Activism Change Charity


by Nick Seddon (Author)


Andrew Alexandar, Daily Mail, February 9, 2007

What we once thought of as an area of devotion and sacrifice has become very much big business these days. The average highest salary in the top 500 charities is apparently £83,000 a year! Fifty-six of these chief executives earn over £100,000 a year, according to the admirable think-tank Civitas in its new booklet Who Cares? It is not too difficult to display devotion to good causes with rewards like that available.


Stephen Cook, Third Sector, 7 February, 2007

[Who Cares?] unpicks all the anomalies [within the Charity sector], concentrating in particular on the growth in the sector's state income, up from 10 per cent in the mid 1980s to 37 per cent or more today... Nick Seddon comes to the conclusion that the blurring of the divisions between state and third sector is damaging the independence of the sector as a whole, and that it's time for a new dispensation

Don’t mind me : adults with mental health problems : a guide for donors and funders / Iona Joy, Iona Miller.

This report highlights the critical role that charities play in improving the lives of adults in the UK with mental health problems. The report highlights a host of opportunities for donors and funders to help people experiencing mental distress. NPC focuses on preventing mental ill health, tackling stigma and discrimination, helping with employment and work-related activity and improving health services for people with mental health problems.

For information: new philanthropy capital

CHILDRENS BOOKS

Synopsis

A young African-American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair, in an empowering board book that encourages African-American children to not only feel good about their special hair, but to also feel proud of their heritage.

Shades of Black:


A Celebration of Our Children

by Sandra L. Pinkney (Author), Myles C. Pinkney (Photographer)

I was happy that this little book celebrates the range and diverse beauty

that exists within the African heritage community. From the darkest to lightest complexion and range of hair textures, it shows children the value of them all with short, easy discriptive text. It is a gentle challenge to internalised racism in a racialised world.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:


Children's Edition

by Mark Haddon (Author)


Book Description

A fantastically unusual detective story written from the perspective of an autistic boy.


Synopsis

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family.


DEPRESSION


An Unquiet Mind

by Kay Redfield Jamison (Author)


Synopsis

This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.

Can I Catch It Like A Cold?:


A Story To Help Children Understand A Parent's Depression

by Gretchen Kelbaugh (Author)


Can I Catch It Like a Cold? tells the story of Alex and his struggle to understand his father's problem with depression. In this book, Alex can't understand why his father sits at home alone crying, instead of coming out to watch him play his soccer game. Alex soon discovers that his father has depression. Alex learns what causes depression, what treatments are available and how he can cope and live well while his father is ill. He also learns that it's not his fault that his father has depression -- and no, depression is not something you can catch, like a cold.


This is the first book of its kind to be published in Canada. It launches a new series of books from CAMH for children coping with addiction and mental health-related issues.


Dealing with Depression Naturally:

Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Restoring Emotional Health


by Syd Baumel (Author)


Synopsis

From the cutting edge of natural antidepressant research, here is new information on St. John's wort, SAMe, bright light therapy, and other proven natural remedies for depression. This fully updated second edition explores emotional health, including mood-enhancing fats and herbal antidepressants.


Depression:


The Way Out of Your Prison

by Dorothy Rowe (Author)


Book Description

`This book has saved my life', say thousands of people who have changed their lives forever after reading Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison over the past decade.

Depression is the experience of a terrible isolation, of being alone in a prison. But by understanding how we build the prison of depression we can dismantle it forever. Dorothy Rowe gives us a way of understanding depression, allowing us to take charge of our lives. She shows it is not an illness requiring drugs but a defence we use to hold ourselves together when we feel our lives falling apart.

This completely updated second edition takes account of recent changes in the NHS and includes information on services available for non-British readers. Those buying a further copy of this popular book will be interested to see new case histories alongside news about some of the people mentioned in the first edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Synopsis

This text gives us a way of understanding our depression which matches our experience and which enables us to take charge of our life and change it. Dorothy Rowe shows us that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder but a defence against pain and fear, which we can use whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was. Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life, we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life. This book is for depressed people, their family and friends, and for all professionals and non-professionals who work with depressed people.


About the Author

Author of ten bestsellers on life and its problems, Dorothy Rowe is a clinical Psychologist who now devotes her time to research, writing and teaching. Her work is read across the world in fourteen different languages and she is a sought- after speaker and commentator on depression and a wide range of psychological conditions.

Eyes Without Sparkle:


A Journey Through Postnatal Illness

by Elaine A. Hanzak (Author)


Synopsis

Hanzak, an elementary school teacher, and her teacher husband looked forward to bringing home their new baby boy to be a family. At first Hanzak assumed the rigors of the birth and its complications, and the needs of her baby, including a brief but serious undiagnosed illness, were the reasons for her emotional distress and uncontrollable behaviors

Healing Without Freud or Prozac:


Natural Approaches to Curing Stress, Anxiety and Depression Without Drugs & Without Psychoanalysis

by David Servan-Schreiber (Author)


Synopsis

Stress, anxiety and depression are among the most common reasons for people to see the doctor. The drugs targeting these conditions are pharmaceutical bestsellers. Yet a majority of patients would like to be able to heal without taking drugs or engaging in therapy that involves talking about their problems. Dr Servan-Schreiber gathers together, in one place, the answers to the public's questions about alternatives to drugs and talk therapy. He discusses only treatment methods he has used with patients himself, methods which have been proven to work in clinical studies. Beautifully written, with many pertinent case histories, this book will be a revelation to those who dismiss alternative medicine and a godsend to those who are looking for help without taking drugs and without talk therapy.


Human Givens:

A New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking

by Joe Griffin (Author), Ivan Tyrrell (Author)


Synopsis

The authors guide the reader through their approach to emotional health and education, clearly explaining a body of psychological knowledge gained through decades of research into neurophysiology, psychology and behaviour.

From the Publisher

If our society is to progress and evolve further, the inspiring body of knowledge set out in this book will be at the heart of the process.

About the Author

Joe Griffin is a research psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists. Over the last fifteen years tens of thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his profound and practical seminars and courses on how to be more effective in their work. He is coauthor with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances. His book, The Origin of Dreams, was the first holistic synthesis – a recognition of the interdependence of the biological and the psychological – that fully explained the origin, function and real meaning of dreams. Scientific reviewers around the world described this work with such phrases as, "The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology ... rigorously scientific ... an important milestone ... moves our understanding on significantly ... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes ... a major key to the nature of all psychic states." Ivan Tyrrell is the principal of MindFields College, the only specialist psychology college in the UK. Over 12,000 students from the NHS, social services and schools attend MindFields courses each year to learn practical skills and discover how to apply scientific knowledge about psychology and behaviour in their work. He sits on the educational council of the European Therapy Studies Institute (ETSI) and is a founder member of the Human Givens Institute (HGI) and editorial director of its hugely influential journal, Human Givens.


I Don't Want to Talk About It:

Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

by Terrence Real (Author)


Synopsis

A study of the hidden epidemic of male depression draws on case studies to examine the causes of the ailment and how men can heal themselves, repair relationships, and break the chain of depression.

I Had a Black Dog

by Matthew Johnstone (Author)


Synopsis

It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. This work presents an insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

Improve Your Mood with Food:


A Guide to Fighting Fatigue, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression Through Food


by Alexandra Massey (Author), Anita Bean (Author)


Book Description

A simple, accessible, jargon-free guide to improving mood and relieving stress through diet. Includes menus, shopping guides, and meal plans. Happy foods include parsley, figs & honey.


About the Author

Alexandra Massey is a best-selling author and has written extensively about recovering from depression. Alexandra had suffered from depression for several years but wanted to get better without the use of anti-depressants. Having achieved this Alexandra went on to work as a volunteer counsellor helping hundreds of others to do the same and then began writing about the tools that have helped transform lives.


Let Them Eat Prozac:


The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression


by David Healy (Author)


Synopsis

Prozac, Paxil, Zolofit - turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them? "Let Them Eat Prozac" explores the history of SSRIs - from their early development to their latest marketing campaigns - and the controversies that surround them. Initially, they seemed like wonder drugs for those with mild to moderate depression. When Prozac was released in the late 1980s, David Healy was among the psychiatrists who prescribed it. But he soon observed that some of his patients became agitated and even attempted suicide. Could the new wonder drug actually be making patients worse? Healy draws on his own research and expertise to demonstrate the potential hazards associated with these drugs. He intersperses case histories with insider accounts of the research leading to the development and approval of SSRIs as a treatment for depression. "Let Them Eat Prozac" clearly demonstrates that the problems go much deeper than a side-effect of a particular drug.

The pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that SSRIs can safely treat depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental problems. But as "Let Them Eat Prozac" reveals, this "cure" may be worse than the disease.


Men and Depression

by Theresa Francis-Cheung (Author), Robin Grey (Author)


Synopsis

Men are much less likely than women to seek help when they're depressed, all to often seeking oblivion through alcohol or workaholism. High rates of suicide make this an issue of vital importance. This guide offers help to men and those close to them. Men are less likely than women to talk about their feelings of despair or seek help from doctors. The stigma of depression is keenly felt, often considered to be shameful and "unmanly" - how can he admit to suffering if he needs to be the "rock" and provider. As a result the crisis can exist, largely unrecognised and unacknowledged by the men who suffer and by those who live or work with them. Written by a health writer who has experienced caring for a partner with depression and a psychologist who offers excellent case histories and advice, the book contains everything the partner, friend or family member needs to know to help the sufferer and help themselves. The text includes sections on: what are the symptoms to look for and risk factors to be aware of?; how you can talk about the subject; male stress and depression in different age groups groups and life stages; and the treatment options


Prozac-Free:


Homeopathic Medicine for Depression, Anxiety and Other Mental and Emotional Problems


by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman (Author), Robert Ullman (Author)


Synopsis

The authors question the effectiveness and safety of Prozac and other anti-depressants commonly used to treat a variety of psychological disorders. They present compelling reasons for considering homeopathic medicines as an alternative form of treatment. Their book contains helpful, encouraging lifestyle advice for those suffering from depression and other disorders, including guidance on diet, activities, and interpersonal relationships.


Queer Blues:


The Lesbian and Gay Guide to Overcoming Depression


by Kimeron N. Hardin (Author), Marny Hall (Author), Betty Berzon (Author)


Synopsis

A definitive guide to coping with depression for gay and lesbian readers examines the diverse forms of depression, their causes, and their impact on gays and lesbians and discusses a wide range of therapeutic options and treatments available.


Shoot the Damn Dog:


A Memoir of Depression


by Sally Brampton (Author)


Synopsis

I believe that we learn through stories. We learn that we are not alone. Sally Brampton is an optimist. The founding editor of "Elle", a successful journalist and novelist, she loves gardening, friends and life. She is also a depressive. "Shoot the Damn Dog" is a memoir of her journey through depression. For four years her life stood still, mired in the tears, despair and desperate loneliness of mental illness. The brief joy of a stumbled recovery was cruelly, swiftly followed by a relapse into a deeper darkness, alcohol abuse and two suicide attempts. Hers is a story at once deeply personal and profoundly universal which, by way of shared experience, offers a connection to those who feel so terribly alone and ashamed. Unflinching and humble in its honesty, "Shoot the Damn Dog" blasts the stigma of depression as a character failing or moral flaw and confronts the terrifying illness Winston Churchill called the black dog, an illness that humiliates, punishes and isolates its sufferers. It is also a practical book, offering ideas about what might help.


There are no promises, only suggestions: small steps towards understanding and managing this illness and slowly coming back into the light. With its raw, understated eloquence, this book will speak volumes to any person whose life has been haunted by depression, as well as offering help and understanding to those whose loved ones suffer from this debilitating condition.

Sunbathing in the Rain:


A Cheerful Book About Depression


by Gwyneth Lewis (Author)


Synopsis

"101 Ways to Climb out of the Slough of Despondency" is a literary guide (part memoir, part companion) to coming through depression. 'Depression is internal snow. Black snow. The flakes whirl around like motes in the water around your personal shipwreck. The quicker you dive down to see your sorry state, the better for you in life. For above you, if only you can reach it without getting the bends, are sunshine, laughter on a yacht, the clink of plates as a lunch of steaming fish is handed round.' Whilst the overall structure of "Sunbathing in the Rain" moves from dark to light, telling the story of Lewis's recovery, its different strands allow a variety of tones and subjects to be explored, from the profound to the frivolous. Alongside a paragraph about the proper relationship between the ego, the mind and the emotions nestles a passage on the therapeutic value of nail varnish. Practical hints on how to get better (diet, read Hello!, helpful pieces of music) are alongside striking quotations, ranging from sentences on crisp packets, to prayers, from Russian orthodox writings on silence to collections of slang.Part memoir - drawing on her own experiences, both adverse and encouraging, as a depressive and an alcoholic - and part guide or companion, this book brings Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy" into the twenty-first century. For it will have two voices, one calling from the valley of despair, the other from a safer, calmer new place. The suffering depressive needs help from outside his or her own consciousness, a radical new perspective that makes life possible again. This unique book offers it.


Superfoods to Boost Your Mood


by Alexandra Massey (Author), Anita Bean (Author)


Synopsis

More and more people are recognising the relationship between diet and emotional health. Scientific studies have identified nutrients in certain foods believed to prevent the onset of serious illnesses. These nutrients can also have a dramatic effect in fighting low level depression and mental sluggishness caused by unhealthy, highly processed foods. Alexandra Massey and Anita Bean have devised an invaluable guide to changing the way you feel by changing what you put on your plate. As well as exploring the links between lifestyle, diet and disposition, they provide 10 depression-busting superfoods, plus three separate 7-day eating plans to beat the blues and boost your immune system. Their alternatives to high fat, salty and sugary processed meals will help you combat fatigue, anxiety, stress and depression and change your life and your relationship with food.


About the Author

Alexandra Massey is the author of Beat Depression and Reclaim Your Life published by Virgin Books in 2004. Anita Bean is an award-winning nutritionist, magazine columnist and author of 12 top-selling books on food and nutrition.


The Devil Within:


A Memoir of Depression


by Stephanie Merritt (Author)


Synopsis

'I was nearly twenty before I understood that there was a name for what sometimes happened to me. Later, I learned that it has gone by many names - the black dog, the bell jar, the noonday demon, darkness visible, malignant sadness - but in my teens I'd just assumed that my fierce highs and days of disproportionate, isolating despair were part of every teenager's repertoire - how else would Morrissey have sold so many records? These pitches in mood were something I didn't speak about to anyone, because I was afraid of two things - either that it was nothing serious, and I would be told to pull myself together, or that it was serious, and I would be told that, yes, I was a mental case.' Stephanie Merritt has a career as a novelist and journalist, a beautiful son and a supportive family. Why then did she want to kill herself at the age of 29? Why could no one, neither the system of GPs and health professionals, nor her closest family and friends help her? Reading like a hybrid of Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation and Rachel Cusk's more sober A Life's Work, Stephanie's unflinchingly honest memoir explores areas of experience commonly associated with depression such as love, solitude and self-medication through the prism of her own experience. Beautifully written and intensely honest this is an extraordinarily moving, life-affirming book about a debilitating illness that affects one in six people in the UK alone.


The Ghost in the House:


Motherhood, Children and Depression


by Tracy Thompson (Author)


Synopsis

Many thousands of women are affected by depression every year, suffering individual episodes at nearly twice the rate that men do. The prime years for depression are also, not coincidentally, the primary childbearing years: between 25 and 44. In "The Ghost in the House", award-winning reporter Tracy Thompson explores the science and psychology of maternal depression, integrating her own experiences as a mother and depression sufferer with survey results from 400 mothers who have been diagnosed with major depression. The result is an original and provocative look at this extremely common but virtually ignored issue. Maternal depression is far more than just a postpartum condition. It is an illness at the intersection of genetic vulnerability and environment - in this case, the unprecedented level of stress that mothers live with today. By its very nature, it affects the lives of the children who grow up in its shadow - a fact long known to scientists but rarely discussed. Thompson's top-notch science writing builds on the tradition of blending memoir with journalism to put a human face on a common, and much misunderstood psychological state.

A book every woman and mother must read, "The Ghost in the House" is groundbreaking in its research, evocative, hopeful, graceful and tough.


The Little Book of Confidence


by Susan Jeffers (Author)


Synopsis

For people faced with public speaking, asserting oneself and making decisions, the author offers practical advice and thought-provoking tips on how to transform their fears into confidence, energy and love.


From the Publisher

More than 50,000 copies have so far been sold of this unique little pocket book from the internationally renowned author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. That book, as well as Feel the Fear… and Beyond and Feel the Fear Power Planner are also published by Vermilion.

The Naked Bird Watcher:


A Positive Autobiography on Manic Depression


by Suzy Johnston (Author)


Synopsis

Suzy Johnston's positive tale of living with manic depression is at the same time personal and without any apathy towards mental health survivors. The Naked Bird Watcher maps out Suzy's manic depression that emerged whilst at St. Andrews University. There is well argued questioning and psychoanalysing that being labelled with a psychiatric illness entails but it is Suzy's attitude that is unique. She remains open to people. At no time does she blame others for her condition or feel self-pity.


About the Author

Suzy Johnston writes, advises, promotes and publishes on mental health awareness issues. She is seen as an emerging respected voice within the mental health fields both nationally and internationally. She is also a musician - playing both electric/acoustic guitar and is a composer/songwriter. For relaxation she enjoys reading with a wide and diverse taste in literature, plays a variety of sports. When time allows, she enjoys painting in acrylics.

The Natural Way to Beat Depression:


The Groundbreaking Discovery of EPA to Successfully Conquer Depression


by Basant K. Puri (Author), Hilary Boyd (Author)


Synopsis

Dr Basant Puri has been at the forefront of dramatic new research into the treatment of depression. His work with EPA, a natural supplement which can be bought without prescription, has demonstrated a 100 per cent success rate in treating depressed patients who have failed to respond to prescribed anti-depressants. This breakthrough book tells the story of how and why the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids contained in fish oil and evening primrose oil are so extraordinarily effective. It also shows us how we can incorporate this natural supplement into a healthy lifestyle and diet to enjoy its benefits ourselves. Without the side-effects of commonly prescribed anti-depressants, this revolutionary discovery, easily available without prescription, will be excellent news for depression sufferers everywhere.


From the Author

I wrote this book in order to let the general public know about this exciting breakthrough, directly from a clinician/researcher involved in this field.


About the Author

Professor Basant Puri is Professor and Consultant (in Psychiatry and Imaging) at the MRI Unit for the Imperial College School of Medicine, and is Honorary Consultant in Imaging for Hammersmith Hospital's Department of Radiology. He has been involved in medical research for about 12 years, and his papers have been widely published in respected international journals and books.


Through the Dark Woods:


A Young Woman's Journey Out of Depression


by Joanna Swinney (Author)


Synopsis

This book is based on the author's own experience of wrestling with depression, and her story carries the book along. Using this structure, she discusses the stigma associated with depression. She talks of the importance of correct diagnosis, and the challenges of day to day survival. She takes an honest look at the temptation to suicide, and how depression affects one's prayer life and relationship to God. Where are the sources of comfort and healing? Jo Swinney considers biblical characters subject to depression, and argues for the importance of sharing stories. Finally she asks, what does her depression teach her?


Trouble in My Head:


A Young Girl's Fight with Depression


by Mathilde Monaque (Author), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)


Synopsis

Mathilde Monaque developed severe depression when she was just 14. The eldest in a family of six and an exceptionally bright and gifted little girl, the discovery shook her family to the core. "Trouble in My Head" is Mathilde's tender and illuminating account of her struggle to surface from a disease that could have taken her life. With remarkable sensitivity and lucidity she describes her experience of depression, her days in the teenage hospital and her battle to conquer the disease. Mathilde's perspective as a sufferer of teenage depression is unique. Unlike adult depression which involves feelings of guilt, Mathilde describes teenage depression as a breaking down of certainties, the fear of being oneself, the fear of not loving and of not being loved. Adults and teenagers alike will find inspiration and insight in her touching and remarkable account.


About the Author

Mathilde Monaque is a 17-year-old girl who developed severe depression at the age of 14. She is the eldest in a family of six and lives in France.


Undercurrents:


A Therapist's Reckoning with Her Own Depression


by Martha Manning (Author)


Synopsis

The true-life story of a psychotherapist who suffered clinical depression and agreed eventually to undergo electro shock therapy. The book through humorous, heartbreaking and harrowing diary entries lays bare the depths and dimension of severe clinical depression.


What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed

by Mitch Golant (Author)


Synopsis

Desscribes the warning signs of clinical depression, and explains how to offer comfort, maintain communications, deal with the mental health community, and handle suicide threats.

When Nothing Matters Anymore

by Bev Cobain (Author)


From the Author

The "Hormone Zone", or depression?

Being a teenager is a hard job. How do you tell if feeling down, angry, sad, or helpless, is "just your hormones," or if you, or someone you know, may be one of more than two million teens suffering from depression? This book tells you what signs to notice, what they may mean, and what steps you can take to change the way you feel. Depression isn't shameful; it's a medical illness for which there is effective treatment. Read true stories of how depression affected other teens, and how they overcame their depression. Don't let depression defeat you. Learn how to make changes that will help to put you in charge of your mental health.


Why Are You So Sad:


A Child's Book About Parental Depression

by Beth Andrews (Author)


Synopsis

This text is aimed at children coming to terms with parental depression.

You Can Heal Your Life

by Louise L. Hay (Author)


Synopsis

This bestseller is full of ideas and strategies that have worked for millions of people worldwide. World famous teacher Louise L. Hay offers a profound insight into the relationship between the mind and the body. Exploring the way that limiting thoughts and ideas controls and constricts us, she offers a powerful key to understanding the roots of our physical diseases and discomforts.

DRUGS


Mad In America:

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, & The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill


by Robert Whitaker (Author)

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Hot on the heels of an optimistic film about Nobelist John Nash's schizophrenic journey comes medical journalist Robert Whitaker's disturbing exposé of the cruel and corrupt business of treating mental illness in America. Mad in America begins by surveying three centuries of mental health treatments to discover why positive outcomes for schizophrenics in the U.S. for the last 25 years have decreased--making them lower than those in developing countries. Whitaker asks, "Why should living in a country with such rich resources and advanced medical treatments for disorders of every kind, be so toxic to those who are severely mentally ill?"


One of Whitaker's answers draws upon the historic and current assumptions of a physical cause for schizophrenia. This resulted in cruel and unusual physical treatments--from ice-water immersion and bloodletting to the more contemporary electroshock, lobotomy, and drug therapies with dangerous side effects. This physical cause model leads to Whitaker's more provocative explanation: that mental illness has become a profit center. He offers disturbing details about how good business for drug companies makes for bad medicine in treating schizophrenia. From drug companies skewing their studies and patient/subjects kept in the dark about experiments to the cozy relationship between the American Psychiatric Association and drug companies, Whitaker underlines the mistreatment of the mentally ill. This courageous and compelling book succeeds as both a history of our attitudes toward mental illness and a manifesto for changing them. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


From Publishers Weekly

Tooth removal. Bloodletting. Spinning. Ice-water baths. Electroshock therapy. These are only a few of the horrifying treatments for mental illness readers encounter in this accessible history of Western attitudes toward insanity. Whitaker, a medical writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist, argues that mental asylums in the U.S. have been run largely as "places of confinement facilities that served to segregate the misfits from society rather than as hospitals that provided medical care." His evidence is at times frightening, especially when he compares U.S. physicians' treatments of the mentally ill to medical experiments and sterilizations in Nazi Germany. Eugenicist attitudes, Whitaker argues, profoundly shaped American medicine in the first half of the 20th century, resulting in forced sterilization and other cruel treatments. Between 1907 and 1927, roughly 8,000 eugenic sterilizations were performed, while 10,000 mentally ill Americans were lobotomized in the years 1950 and 1951 alone. As late as 1933, there were no states in which insane people could legally get married. Though it covers some of the same territory as Sander Gilman's Seeing the Insane and Elaine Showalter's The Female Malady, Whitaker's richer, more detailed book will appeal to those interested in medical history, as well as anyone fascinated by Western culture's obsessive need to define and subdue the mentally ill. Agent, Kevin Lang.


Medicines Out of Control?:

Antidepressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill


by Charles Medawar (Author), Anita Hardon (Author)


Synopsis

Medicines Out of Control focuses on a drug crisis that is still in the making: the control and consumption of mood-regulating drugs, such as Prozac and other antidepressants and a much wider problem: continuing human dependence on corporate and professional power. Medawar and Hardon describe the moments and events that led to the establishment of a government inquiry in The Netherlands on the risks of drug-induced dependence and suicidal behavior with antidepressants. The study provides context for the findings of this inquiry, and reviews the limitations of a drug safety system in which the regulators routinely investigate what others might conclude to be their mistakes. The authors explain the situation as "history repeating itself": from barbiturates to tranquilizers and now antidepressants. Medawar and Hardon expect that the unfolding of the antidepressant crisis will reveal the need for "a complete re-think about medicinal drug utilization and its adverse effects on health." They anticipate that this crisis may prove to be a watershed in drug control, as was thalidomide. This is a unique and penetrating discourse on the safety of medicines and the ethos of pharmaceutical medic


Unsafe at Any Dose:


Exposing Psychiatric Dogmas, So Minds Can Heal, Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

by Bob Johnson (Author)


Synopsis

"Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good" - not a comfortable statement to read. Your first reaction is likely to be shock, your second, disbelief. After all, doctors have a long and rigorous training - if something was wrong, surely they would be the first to point it out. Sadly, too many doctors share your disbelief. They keep splashing out psychiatric drugs, as if their futures depended on it. For the last 50 years doctors, with few honourable exceptions, have steadfastly ignored the solid, irrefutable evidence that psychiatric drugs prolong disease. Robert Whitaker's book, "Mad In America" gives chapter and verse on the full range of damning scientific evidence. Whitaker himself hoped that by presenting this data, in a calm straightforward manner, matters would improve. Sadly his endeavour has failed. This book is therefore a further effort in the same direction - in effect it says, "Wake up! There's more to psychiatry and to life, than the current psychiatric approach allows." Unless this psychiatric approach is changed, we are all destined to be treated as mindless unfeeling robots, gummed up by psychiatric drugs. Indeed closer scrutiny shows that today's psychiatric foundations are built on sand, as I reviewed in my earlier book "Emotional Health". Here I describe what it looks like from the psychiatrist's point of view, and show how a reawakened psychiatry could heal more. We are a sociable species - emotional distress of all varieties is curable. Read it, and see if you agree that public pressure is now urgent. This is not an anti-psychiatry book. I have been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 1973. I have studied psychiatry intensively since 1963, and have been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1991. I love it. Since emotions inflict such terrible agonies, it is imperative that we control them, not them us. Emotion Support Centres - where "recoverers help others recover" - aim to do just that, which is why I now give them my fullest support.


DUAL DIAGNOSIS

Addicted and Mentally Ill:

Stories of Courage, Hope, and Empowerment

by Carol Bucciarelli (Author)

Synopsis

A nonclinical text, this title offers vignettes about people with mental illness and addiction whose situations are representative of what goes on in a dual-diagnosis in-patient setting. The author addresses misunderstandings and prejudices surrounding dual-diagnosis.

At Wit's End:

What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness

by Jeff Jay (Author), Jerry A. Boriskin (Author)

Synopsis

Families at wit's end about a loved one's co-occurring psychiatric and addictive problems will find vital information - and support - in this important guide. The authors explain how psychiatric diagnoses mimic addictive disorders, why chemical use exacerbates psychiatric problems, what various treatment approaches offer, and when intervention is needed. It contains real-life stories offer hope, illustrating that people do recover from co-occurring disorders and that families do heal.

The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook:

A Physical, Mental and Spiritual Approach to Addiction with an Emotional Disorder

by Dennis Ortman (Author)

Synopsis

This book is for those who suffer from a combined psychiatric illness and chemical dependency. The six out of one hundred people diagnosed with the dual disorders of addiction and mental disorder face unique challenges on the road to recovery. With comprehensive information and illustrative, inspiring case studies, "The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook" explores the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual approaches to recovering from this often misunderstood and yet surprisingly common condition.

About the Author

Dennis Ortman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dual diagnosis of adults, adolescents, and children.

The Invisible Fog:

by Richard Lanning (Author)

Synopsis

This work presents a true accounting of how learned behaviors and alcoholism created a life of chaos and emotional turmoil. It includes my life experiences and how I repeatedly set myself up for failure to the point of becoming homeless. I found the answers that I've been searching for all of my life and how I am now free from this hopeless state of mind. In short, how it was, what happened and how it is now.

The Twelve Steps and Dual Disorders:

A Framework of Recovery for Those of Us with Addiction and an Emotional or Psychiatric Illness

by Pat Samples (Author)

With compassion and encouragement, this book helps us to begin and strengthen our recovery from our addictions and emotional or psychiatric illnesses. A gentle, spiritual and supportive approach to bolster our recovery, The Twelve Steps and Dual Disorders provides an adaptation and discussion of each of the Twelve Steps of Dual Recovery Anonymous.

EMPOWERMENT

Taking Over the Asylum:

Empowerment and Mental Health

by Marian Barnes (Author), Ric Bowl (Author)

Synopsis

This text discusses action amongst users/survivors of mental health services, and initiatives from within the mental health system to "involve" users. Drawing on international research and writings of activists, the authors explore how gender and ethnicity affect experiences of distress and responses to this. They consider evidence of the effectiveness of collective action amongst service users, and the place of user/survivor movements within the broader social change strategies of new social movements.

Some Things You Should Know About User/survivor Action:

A Mind Resource Pack

by Peter Campbell (Author)

Synopsis

This pack explains how and why the service user/survivor movement developed, what activists have been fighting for, what action they have taken, and what the movement has achieved. The pack is principally aimed at those who are not part of the movement, but whose work within the fringes of mental health services brings them into contact with it. Current activists will also find it an interesting (and perhaps provocative) read.

HEALTH

For God's Sake, Doctor!:

by Frances McAll (Author)

Headache? Stomach ache? Heart ache?

These are not always unrelated. Symtoms often reveal more than a physical condition. Over the years Francis McAll has developed the art of listening to what her patients say-and to what they don't say-and writes warmly and sympathetically about some of them who have found healing far beyond thier expectations. Francis McAll studied medicine in Edinburgh before joining her husband as a medical missionary. During the war they spent four years in a Japanese Internment camp. After returning to Britain she went into general practice and her husband became a psychiatrist Dr Kenneth McAll. They have five children and eight grandchildren.

HEALING THE FAMILY TREE

A Guide to Healing the Family Tree

by Dr Kenneth McAll

Healing the Family Tree:

(Overcoming Common Problems)

by Kenneth McAll (Author)

In this sensational and highly original book, Dr Kenneth McAll tells how through his medical and religious experiences he has discovered a remarkable new method of healing. He believes that many supposedly "incurable" patients are the victims of ancestral control. He therefore seeks to liberate them from this control. By drawing up a Family Tree he can identify the ancestor who is causing his patient harm. He then cuts the bond between the ancestor and the patient by celebrating, with a clergyman, a service of Holy Communion which delivers the tormented ancestor to God. His book could revolutionize the spiritual, medical and psychiatric approach to many forms of mental and physical sickness. It will undoubtedly create great controversy among the medical and clerical professions.

Healing the Haunted:

by Kenneth McAll (Author)

Healing the Haunted is different from anything you have ever read before about Ghosts. Dr McAll's medical and religious experiences have led him to make sensational new discoveries. He believes many Ghosts, or haunted souls, are our ancestors. By drawing up a Family Tree he can identify the Ghosts responsible for haunting. By holding a religious service he can liberate these Ghosts from their tormented state and stop them frightening people and haunting places. The settings for his true-life, Ghost stories are many and varied: rural Norfolk; a large UK military base; the South East coast; Cornwall; English Cathedral towns; the Channel Islands; Northern Ireland; the "Bermuda Triangle"; Chicago; California; Texas; Australia; India-even Peking. Whatever your personal views about Ghosts you will be fascinated by Healing the Haunted.

Healing Your Family Tree:

by John H. Hampsch (Author)

Are you not feeling well spiritually, emotionally, or physically? Rev. John Hampsch, C.M.F., suggests that you review your family tree. Father Hampsch argues that much of what ails us is due to what he calls “miniature original sin.” The author guides you through a healing process to clean up the effects of sin in your life that result from the sins of past generations. It is a fascinating question-and-answer explanation of an engrossing subject. It contains a special genogram page for diagraming your family tree.

Moon Looks Down:

Autobiography

by Frances McAll (Author), Kenneth McAll (Author)

Secrets of Your Family Tree:

Healing for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

by Dave Carder (Author)

A straight-forward honest, healing look at dysfunctional families. It will help you understand the influences, interrelationships, and events that can lead your family on a path of pain. Uses clinical and biblical examples to help you uncover the secrets of your family tree and start untangling those ties that bind.

HOMEOPATHY

Homoeopathy and Human Evolution:

by Martin Miles (Author)

One of Britain's most eminent homeopaths takes a tour through the kingdoms, the miasms, disease and karma, along with an energetic understanding of the heart, liver and other organs, and more.

Martin Miles has practiced homeopathy since 1974. He was a founder member of the Society of Homeopaths, and served as its first Chairperson. In 1977 he was co-founder of the College of Homeopathy in London, the first teaching institution for lay practitioners in the country.

Homeopathic Medicine for Mental Health:

by Trevor Smith (Author), M. D. Smith (Author)

Synopsis

A physician and psychiatrist, Trevor Smith shows how homeopathy can be used effectively to treat a wide range of emotional and mental problems, including anxiety; depression and withdrawal; insecurity, shyness, and immaturity; fears and phobias; schizophrenia; and obsessional disorders.

Homeopathy for the Soul:

Ways to Emotional Healing

by Cassandra Lorius (Author)

Synopsis

In constitutional treatment, the various threads of problems troubling the person are woven into a picture of that individual's deep distress and dis-ease. This 'soul work' depends on the person understanding where they are truly disturbed at the deeper levels of their being. Through their awareness and understanding, the stories people bring to the homeopath's attention help uncover the precise remedy needed for deep healing. Homeopathy teaches us that in order to be truly holistic, the core of the person must be understood and healed. The core of us is in our will, understanding, and heart - what the ancients called our soul.

Prozac-Free:

Homeopathic Medicine for Depression, Anxiety & Other Mental & Emotional Problems

by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman (Author), Robert Ullman (Author)

Synopsis

The authors question the effectiveness and safety of Prozac and other anti-depressants commonly used to treat a variety of psychological disorders. They present compelling reasons for considering homeopathic medicines as an alternative form of treatment. Their book contains helpful, encouraging lifestyle advice for those suffering from depression and other disorders, including guidance on diet, activities, and interpersonal relationships.

Rage-Free Kids:

Homeopathic Medicine for Defiant, Aggressive & Violent Children

by Reichenberg-Ullman (Author)

Synopsis

"Rage-Free Kids" describes how homeopathic medicine is effective for the treatment of defiant, violent and aggressive children. Parents of these children are often at a loss for what to do with them, and desperately seeking a safe, natural solution that really works. Homeopathy provides such a non-toxic alternative to the more drastic pharmaceutical approaches of psychiatric medicine. The book includes information on oppositional defiant disorder, rage and violence, an explanation of homeopathic medicine, and over twenty-five case histories of successful homoepathic treatment.

Ritalin-free Kids:

Safe & Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD & Other Behavioral & Learning Problems

by Robert Ullman (Author), Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman (Author), Georgia Hughes (Editor)

Does your child really need drugs to get through the school day? More than six million children in the United States are taking stimulant medications including Ritalin to treat behavioral and learning problems such as attention deficithyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But there may very well be a better way to manage your child's emotional and learning problems, and you owe it to yourself and your child to find out. Ritalin-Free Kids offers you a safe, effective, and natural alternative to stimulants.

A Capital Offence: Plight of the Young Homeless in London

by Brendan O'Mahoney (Author)

Synopsis

The result of a report commissioned by Barnardos in 1987, this book looks at the lives of the young homeless in London and the provisions made for them, drawing on interviews with policy-makers, youth workers and the young people themselves.

Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out

by Cathy Crowe (Author), Nancy Baker (Author), Brian Boyd (Author)

Cathy Crowe always wanted to be a nurse but she never planned to be a street nurse—a title she continues to use to evoke the horror of homelessness in a rich country like Canada. In Dying for a Home Crowe brings us the voices of ten homeless activists advocating for change. The word homeless conjures many stereotypes, but rarely does it suggest bravery, courage, charisma, or intelligence, qualities demonstrated by each of these determined individuals.

The contents of Crowe’s nursing bag reveal the hard truth of her specialty. Her vitamins will not prevent the white plague of tuberculosis from taking another life. The duct tape to fix a cardboard shelter, or the bus ticket to get an elderly man to a hot air grate, will not ensure a peaceful night of safety and sleep. Crowe’s experience has taught her that the only thing homeless people have in common is being de-housed and forced to live in conditions of poverty. It is this first-hand experience with the disgrace of homelessness that turned her into a housing advocate and introduced her to the ten contributors to Dying for a Home.

Cathy Crowe has been a street nurse in downtown Toronto and has worked on issues of homelessness for over seventeen years. She co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), which in 1998 declared homelessness a national disaster.

In the Open: Diary of a Homeless Alcoholic

by TE Donohue (Author)

Synopsis

This work describes an existence most people can barely imagine. A first hand account of one man's struggle with homelessness and alcoholism, this diary records a world of physical degradation and despair that is not without unpredictable moments of striking beauty. Timothy Donohue's diary chronicles four years of homeless existence from February of 1990 to December of 1994. Frequenting public libraries and renting typewriters, Donohue begins writing a journal in an effort to control his addiction. His days are marked by visits to missions and labour offices, his nights by the dilemma of finding a place to sleep.

Street Life: Young Women Write About Being Homeless

by Jane Cassidy (Author)

Synopsis

A collection of writing by young homeless women, edited by the News Editor of the Big Issue.

From the Publisher

The reality of Life on the Streets

Collected by the former news editor of The Big Issue, 'Street Life' is an inspirational and completely honest anthology of what life is really like for young homeless women. Each young woman’s story features their unique experience of homelessness and despite the seriousness of the subject matter remains a positive read.

‘Street Life’ shatters any public misconceptions about life on the streets and the idea of it being a chosen condition. It also rejects the notion that all homeless women have the same story to tell, as Beth, one of the women featured reminds us that she 'is not exactly your average homeless story…. but then again, I guess nobody is.'

‘Few people who read it will be able to walk past a homeless person on the street without wondering about the story behind their misfortune’ Alexandra Frean, The Times

‘Reading ‘Street Life’is like mainlining real-life; this collection of writing by young homeless women is raw, honest and direct as any private diary’ Tina Jackson, The Big Issue

Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women

by Elliot Liebow (Author)

From Publishers Weekly

Liebow ( Talley's Corner ) here succeeds in demolishing the anonymity of the homeless. Skillfully blending a social scientist's objectivity with humanitarian concern, he observes women who live in a variety of shelters near Washington, D.C.--how they interact with one another, family and shelter staff; pass their days; and struggle to retain their dignity in the face of rejection by society. Liebow maintains that homelessness is a Catch-22, with few ways out; that homeless women are remarkably supportive of one another; that shelter workers are often dedicated, but also scared and autocratic in spite of their best intentions; that the men in these women's lives seldom offer help; and that homeless mothers are propelled by ties, however flimsy, to their children. Liebow's probing and morally honest report reveals hard truths about the humanity and inhumanity of us all.

The Homeless and the Empty Houses

by Ron Bailey (Author)

"Shows the way to end one of the most tragic of national scandals."

Treating the Homeless Mentally Ill: A Report of the Task Force on the Homeless Mentally Ill

by H.Richard Lamb (Editor)

Synopsis

The recommendations put forth in the 1984 American Psychiatric Association Task Force Report The Homeless Mentally Ill provoked widespread discussion in the media, in government, and among mental health professionals. Why, then, do the homeless mentally ill still wander our streets in ever-increasing numbers? That is the subject of this follow-up report, which makes recommendations for the 1990s based on new knowledge about this national problem. The report begins with an analytical review of the available literature since 1984Aa backward glance at what weAve learned and how far weAve yet to go in documenting and responding to the needs of the homeless mentally ill. A discussion of deinstitutionalization in the 1990s underscores the importance of providing community asylum and sanctuary. The second section of this volume addresses treatment and rehabilitation, summarizing current clinical work with the homeless mentally ill. Contributors use case studies to illustrate how mobile outreach teams, residential care facilities, day treatment programs, and clinical case management can serve as effective interventions.

They propose special techniques for dealing with medically ill, substance-abusing, and other dually diagnosed homeless mentally ill individuals. And finally, they suggest approaches for reintroducing these individuals back into the community through effective rehabilitation strategies.

Who Was Sophie?: The Two Lives of My Grandmother - Poet and Stranger

by Celia Robertson (Author)

Synopsis

'By the end of her life, Sophie Curly was essentially a bag lady you might have walked past on a park bench, or ignored, as she looked for something over and over again in her handbag. She was blown about the streets of Nottingham, one of those crumpled figures, half frightening, half pitiful ...Kids threw stones at her. But this was only one of my Grandmother's lives: she hadn't always been Sophie Curly. Back in the 1930s she was Joan Adeney Easdale, a teenage girl with two volumes of poetry published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. She grew up in Hampstead and in a cottage in Kent with her mother Gladys and her brother Brian, who later won an Oscar for writing the music for The Red Shoes.' From the British literary world of the 1930s to first-hand experience of post-war emigration, psychiatric practices in the 1950s and 1960s and the grim realities of modern day city life this a granddaughter's beautifully told account of the search for the truth about her grandmother's extraordinary life.

Observer

'Robertson is a skilled curator; marshalling the scattered evidence from her grandmother's life into a coherent and absorbing story'

Daily Mail

'Sophie's story is beautifully and lovingly told by a sympathetic granddaughter whose aim is to coax the old renegade from the shadows and into the light'

MADNESS

Bedlam on the Streets:

by Caroline Knowles (Author)

Synopsis

What happens when the mad are let out of the asylum and there is nowhere for them to go? This hard-hitting and controversial new book traces the terms on which the mad occupy the city's streets, homeless shelters, shopping centres and fast food outlets. This social geography of madness is situated within the broader parameters of systems of social welfare and globalization, arguing that the 'community mental health care' system is actually a system of neglect. Bedlam on the Streets is a richly textured ethnography combining stark photographic images of people and places with an examination of city space and the voices of those that we label "mad".

Divine Madness:

Ten Stories of Creative Struggle

by Jeffrey A. Kottler (Author)

Synopsis

This work offers dramatic stories of famous artists who suffered emotional turmoil in their quest for success and survival. In this engaging story of the emotional origins of creativity, Jeffrey Kottler writes about the dramatic and tragic lives of such genius artists as Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, Brian Wilson, Lenny Bruce, Mark Rothko, and others. In each case, he writes a fascinating personal story that also analyzes how each of these exceptional women and men struggled to overcome their emotional hardships, and how their psychological issues impacted their lives and work, as well as their great productivity and success. Jeffrey Kottler, PhD (Fullerton, CA), is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, and author or coauthor of 60 books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Last Victim" with Jason Moss.

Madness:

A Brief History

by Roy Porter (Author)

Synopsis

This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, psychoanalysis to prozac. The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of those treating patients, writers, artists, and the mad themselves.

About the Author

The most highly-acclaimed and prolific medical historian of this generation. Roy Porter was a well-known and widely respected author of over 80 books, the most recent being the much reviewed Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (Penguin, 2000).

He published extensively in the history of psychiatry, including A Social History of Madness (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987; Paperback edition, 1989); The Faber Book of Madness (Faber, 1991; paperback 1993). He was Professor of the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London; and had extensive experience of popular public lecturing, broadcasting, and serious journalism.

Prison Madness:

The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars & What We Must Do About It

by Kupers, Terry Ph.D. (Author)

Synopsis

A Disturbing and Shocking Expose-A Passionate Cry for ReformPrison Madness exposes the brutality and failure of today's correctional system-for all prisoners-but especially the incredible conditions Andured by those suffering from serious mental disorders. "A passionately argued and brilliantly written wake-up call to America about the myriad ways our penal systems brutalize our entire culture. Dr. Kupers not only diagnoses the problem, he also offers a set of solutions. I hope this book will be read by all concerned citizens and voters, for it conveys truths that are vitally important to all of us."-James Gilligan, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

MANIC DEPRESSION

An Unquiet Mind:

by Kay Redfield Jamison (Author)

Synopsis

This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.

MEDIA

Mental Health Issues and the Media:

An Introduction for Health Professionals

by G. Morris (Author)

Synopsis

Our ideas about mental health and illness can be informed by personal experiences but are most often formed by the prevailing attitudes of society. A wide range of contemporary media help create these attitudes and for all health professionals the ways in which they do so are of immediate concern. Health professionals need to: be aware of media influences on their own perceptions and attitudes; take account of both the negative and positive aspects of media intervention in mental health promotion and public education; and, understand the way in which we all interact with media messages and how this affects both practitioners and service users. "Mental Health Issues and the Media" provides students and professionals in nursing and allied professions, in psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines, with a theoretically grounded introduction to the ways in which our attitudes are shaped by the media. This comprehensive text covers the press, literature, film, television and the Internet, and also includes practical advice and recommendations on how to combat negative images for service users, healthcare workers and media personnel.

Social Issues in Television Fiction:

by Lesley Henderson (Author)

Synopsis

Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas and not others? How are decisions really made 'behind the scenes'? How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers? What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV fiction have a greater impact on public understandings than TV news? This exciting new book draws on unique empirical data to examine the relationship between popular television fiction and wider society. The book gives lively and engaging insights into how and why socially sensitive story lines were taken up by different TV programmes from the late 1980s to the 2000s. Drawing on a series of case studies of medicine, health, illness and social problems including breast cancer, mental distress, sexual abuse and violence it comprehensively traces the path of storylines from initial conception through to audience reception and uses contemporary examples to link practice to theory. For the first time, this book addresses production and reception processes across a range of programmes and clearly demonstrates the ways in which television fiction plays a vital and powerful role in reflecting and shaping socio-cultural attitudes. The features include: interviews with TV drama programme makers (producers, script writers and editors); detailed analysis of 'on screen' representation; qualitative audience research using focus groups and innovative methods; and, exploration of external influences on programme content including commercial imperatives, broadcast regulations, the role of campaigning organisations, wider media coverage. The book is essential reading for academics, researchers and students in the fields of media studies, sociology, cultural studies and communications. It will also be of interest to health communicators, social policy practitioners and broadcast professionals.

Social Policy, the Media & Misrepresentation

by Bob Franklin (Author, Editor), B. Franklin (Author)

Book Description

Social Policy, the Media and Misrepresentation examines aspects of news media reporting of social policy and how such coverage can influence processes of policy-making and implementation. It offers an appraisal of the complex inter-relationships between news media, news sources, the content of media coverage of social policy and its impact on audiences, public opinion and policy makers. Through detailed case studies, the contributors explore: * social work and child protection * housing and homelessness * the charity and voluntary sectors * poverty and welfare policy * health (including HIV/AIDS) and mental health * education and crime and juvenile justice.

Synopsis

The often-misleading ways in which radio, newspapers and television report poverty, homelessness, education, health and disability are of crucial and growing concern to those studying social policy and media studies. Such concerns are heightened in the political context of a government that is clearly committed to promoting its policies via media-based advertising and news management. Social Policy, the Media and Misrepresentation is a radical collection of chapters by distinguished academics, journalists and broadcasters, which examines various aspects of news media reporting of social policy and the influences of such coverage on the processes of policy making and implementation. It offers an appraisal of the complex inter-relationships between news media, news sources, the content of media coverage of social policy and its impact on audiences, public opinion and policy makers. With detailed case studies, the various chapters explore: * social work and child protection * housing and homelessness * the charity and voluntary sectors * poverty and welfare policy * health (including HIV/AIDS) and mental health * education and crime and juvenile justice. Social Policy, the Media and Misrepresentation establishes that media reporting of social policy illustrates a growing problem for policy making in democratic states when citizens are so poorly served by media with information about policy issues.

MENTAL HEALTH

Emotional Health by Bob Johnson

What emotions are and how they cause social and mental diseases

The Mind Game by Phillip Day

Today, we are witnessing unprecedented levels of street violence, illiteracy and disastrous school standards. We also have the exploding drug culture, the tide of sleaze and corruption in our governments and the misery of what is termed 'mental illness'. Is there a single, common thread? British investigative reporter Phillip Day shines a harsh light on the practices within psychiatry, quoting the latest and most pertinent research into this 'science of the mind'. He also leads us through the tremendous advances made in nutritional treatments for a whole range of 'mental disorders'. Absolutely don't miss this fascinating and penetrating political and medical insight into our times.

Knock Knock, Who's There? by Barbara Goulden Walters

Key Themes: society's treatment of mentally ill, care centres, service user mutual support

Description

This is Barbara Goulden's first novel and she hopes it injects a refreshing dose of humour into the serious business of mental illness. She knows from personal experience what a tremendous support the families and friends of sufferers can be to each other. But perhaps few people appreciate the help patients and ex-patients can also be to one another. Especially those living in the sort of rehabilitation house featured in Knock Knock, Who’s There? The kind of place nobody wants in their neighbourhood....

ISBN: 978-184747-354-7

MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Madness, Heresy & the Rumor of Angels:

Revolt Against the Mental Health System

by Thomas Szasz (Foreword), Seth Farber (Author)

Synopsis

This book, in the tradition of Thomas Szasz, R. D. Laing, and Erving Goffman, is a challenge to the belief-system of psychiatry and to the brutal and disrespectful treatment frequently given to the "mentally ill". The author, a qualified psychologist and psychotherapist and a prominent activist in the fight for mental patients' rights, presents a cogent critique of the medical model as applied to individuals undergoing spiritual or emotional crises. The core of the book consists of seven case histories or "true stories", depicting the impact of the mental health system on very different individuals, who all suffered psychiatric abuse before winning their own struggle for self-determination. These stories are shocking, poignant, alarming, sometimes disgusting, yet ultimately heartening. They expose the "crime against humanity" that is organised coercive psychiatry in the United States today, but they also show that it is sometimes possible to break free from psychiatric oppression and make something worthwhile out of one's own life.

In most cases, the heroes of these case histories experienced glimpses of another reality, a vision of a higher power or of the interconnectedness of all things. Although these can be classified as unconventional religious experiences, there is no justification for assuming that they are worthless or that they are symptoms of mysterious "mental illnesses". By the use of an ironic narrative technique, Dr. Farber relates these stories while counterposing the "official" Mental Health Establishment interpretation of what is going on with his own and with the "patient's". The case histories are followed by interviews with five dissident therapists, of varying theoretical persuasions, all engaged in different ways in resisting the Mental Health Establishment.

Pure Madness:

How Fear Drives the Mental Health System

by Jeremy Laurance (Author)

Synopsis

Public alarm for random attacks by mentally ill people is at an all-time high. The brutal killing of Jill Dando, the TV personality, and the assault on George Harrison, the former Beatle, are among the cases which have undermined confidence in the mental health service. Community care is widely seen as a failed policy that has left too many people walking the streets, posing a risk to themselves and a threat to others. The Government has responded with a programme of change billed as the biggest reform in forty years, but will it achieve the "safe, sound, supportive" service as promised? For "Pure" Madness, Jeremy Laurance travelled across the country observing the care provided to mentally ill people in Britain today. Based on interviews, visits and case histories, his book reveals a service driven by fear in which risk reduction is brought about through containment.

From the Author

This book is the account of an investigation into the state of mental health care in Britain, A large part of it is devoted to reportage in which I have tied to convey what it is like to receive, and to provide, services for people with mental problems. The book is therefore impressionistic and anecdotal – it is not an academic study of the mental health system. There are many who could – and have performed that task better than I.

The subject first caught my attention twenty years ago when I came across a table of charitable giving showing cancer close to the top and mental health near the bottom. I wondered why cared of the mind should rank so much lower tan the cared of the body. The position is the same today. The cancer charities are followed closely by the animal charities. We give more to dogs than to those with mental problems.

During research for the book I visited services in Bradford, Camden, Croydon, Hackney, Norfolk, and North Birmingham. I joined ward rounds, went out with crisis teams, witnessed people being sectioned and watched a consultation in the street. I found many examples of good and innovative practise described in the second half of the book – but, overall, the picture is a lot gloomier than a civilised nation ought to tolerate. It is not just a question of resources. It is a question of culture, too.

I owe a particular debt to those people with mental problems who gave of their time and discussed painful, intimate and distressing issues with me. They deserve a better deal than they are currently getting from the mental health services and I am convinced that the best way to delivery it is to involve them more fully in determining what kind of support they receive. I hope this book helps them achieve that.

About the Author

Jeremy Laurance is Health Editor of The Independent

This Is Madness:

A Critical Look at Psychiatry and the Future of Mental Health Services

by Craig Newnes (Author), Cailzie Dunn (Author), Guy Holmes (Editor)

Book Description

A comprehensive critique of the contemporary British psychiatric system, This is Madness is a breath of fresh air. In turn critical, strident, scholarly, personal, moving and ultimately hopeful, it brings together the views of professionals and users. It is an attempt to develop a more effective, respectful and humane mental health system.

This is Madness examines the past, present and possible future of the British mental health system. In this volume, users of services, professionals and academics come together to explore the roles and practices of the mental health service, its place within society and the experiences of those in the system. In eighteen chapters the authors discuss the history of psychiatry, the validity of diagnostic systems and the value of traditional medical and alternative approaches to emotional distress and crisis. Recent changes in mental health legislation and their likely impact on the future shape of mental health services are presented in a way accessible to lay readers, students and mental health practitioners alike. This book will be an invaluable resource for all those involved with, or training for a career in mental health services.

About the Author

Craig Newnes is a dad. In his spare time he tends the garden and is Psychological Therapies Director for Shropshire Community and Mental Health Trust. He is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (formerly Changes) and Clinical Psychology Forum, the practice journal of the Division of Clinical Psychology. He has a life time commitment to the NHS and is an outspoken critic of the hypocrisy, self interest, confusion and downright lies which characterise so much of the practise of psychiatry and psychology. He believes that unhappiness is a form of heresy and most of the misery for which people seek help is only amenable to alleviation through changes in their material lives.

Guy Holmes works as a clinical psychologist for Shropshire's PCT. He has published work on medication, patients' councils, service users' views of psychiatric services, sexual abuse of males and the medicalisation of human distress.

Cailzie Dunn is a clinical psychologist working for Shropshire Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. She works with adults. She co-ran an Alternatives to Psychiatry course in Shropshire in 1997. She is particularly interested in talking to people about experiences they have had which have been elsewhere diagnosed as psychotic symptoms, with the aim of trying to find an explanation which is more meaningful and helpful to the person.

This Is Madness Too:

Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services

by Craig Newnes (Author), Guy Holmes (Editor), Cailzie Dunn (Editor)

Book Description

This is Madness Too is the companion volume and follow-up to the best selling This is Madness. At a time of extraordinary energy and change in the world of mental health, This is Madness Too offers a compassionate and scholarly critique of the treatment of children, government policy, the use of anti-depressants and a host of other areas fundamental to mental health services. It brings together the views of service users and professionals in a passionate attempt to tell it how it is. Ultimately this is madness too.

Synopsis

Companion to 'This is Madness'. A compassionate and scholarly critique of the treatment of children, government policy, use of anti-depressants and other areas fundamental to mental health services. Contains views of service users and professionals.

About the Author

Craig Newnes is a dad. In his spare time he tends the garden and is Psychological Therapies Director for Shropshire Community and Mental Health Trust. He is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (formerly Changes) and Clinical Psychology Forum, the practice journal of the Division of Clinical Psychology. He has a life time commitment to the NHS and is an outspoken critic of the hypocrisy, self interest, confusion and downright lies which characterise so much of the practise of psychiatry and psychology. He believes that unhappiness is a form of heresy and most of the misery for which people seek help is only amenable to alleviation through changes in their material lives.

Guy Holmes works as a clinical psychologist for Shropshire's PCT. He has published work on medication, patients' councils, service users' views of psychiatric services, sexual abuse of males and the medicalisation of human distress.

Cailzie Dunn is a clinical psychologist working for Shropshire Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. She works with adults. She co-ran an Alternatives to Psychiatry course in Shropshire in 1997. She is particularly interested in talking to people about experiences they have had which have been elsewhere diagnosed as psychotic symptoms, with the aim of trying to find an explanation which is more meaningful and helpful to the person.

Catherine Jackson, Mental Health Today, September 2002

Another excellent book from this trio … This is serious, evidence-based stuff, not simply polemic.

MISDIAGNOSIS

A Dose of Sanity:

Mind, Medicine & Misdiagnosis

by Sydney Walker (Author)

Synopsis

A psychiatrist explains why it's not all in your head Should you be taking Prozac or penicillin? Is your child hyperactive or does she suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning? Are you depressed, or have you contracted Lyme disease? Before you take that pill, make sure that your doctor is treating the real problem. Doctors are far from infallible. And if the numbers indicate anything, your chances of a pychiatric misdiagnoses are a lot better than you might think. A Dose of Sanity exposes the problem, recounts startling examples of tragic misdiagnoses, and shows how to avoid ones that may cost you your life. In psychiatry today, easily treatable medical problems are misdiagnosed as mental disorders at an alarming rate. Conservative estimates indicate that as many as 41 per cent of patients are incorrectly diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. To mask the symptoms, these patients are "treated" with powerful drugs like Lithium and Prozac. The tragedy is that many of these "psychiatric" disorders could be easily cured, if only the physician had identified the real medical problem.

According to Walker, these critical mistakes take place so frequently because too many psychiatrists have abandoned thorough examinations in favor of "cookbook" diagnoses. Rather than looking for possible physical disorders, clinicians rely heavily on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM) to label their patients' conditions. All too often these labels--terms like "depressed," "anxious," or "hyperactive"--are actually symptoms whose real causes are never pinpointed. The consequences of this so-called "DSMing of America" can prove dangerous, and in some cases, fatal. Using compelling case studies, A Dose of Sanity explains how and why this phenomenon has become such a dangerous problem and demonstrates the costly consequences for both patients and the doctors. Confronting the psychiatric establishment head-on, Walker offers practical guidelines that readers can use to protect themselves from misdiagnosis.

* Reads like a medical mystery novel, with intriguing stories that illustrate all-too-common cases of psychiatric misdiagnosis * Discusses the unique difficulties of diagnosing children and the elderly * Offers readers a system of self-assessment that can help them avoid being misdiagnosed SYDNEY WALKER, III, M.D. (La Jolla, California) is a board certified neuropsychiatrist. He is the director of the Southern California Neuropsychiatrist Institute, and founder of Behavioral Neurology International.

NHS

Betraying the NHS:

Health Abandoned

by Michael Mandelstam (Author)

Synopsis

Based on his experiences of helping to fight cuts and closures in Suffolk, Michael Mandelstam delivers a damning verdict on the mismanagement of the NHS at national, regional and local level. He charts the widespread cutbacks and closures, both rural and urban, to clinics, A&E services, beds, wards and scores of community hospitals. He outlines how humane care, particularly for older people, is compromised by the ruthless determination of NHS management to increase patient throughput and hit government-set targets. The author highlights how the chaotic change to the NHS is being driven by concealed agendas - including privatisation of the NHS, obsessive interference from central government and well as selective use, if not abandonment, of evidence-based practice. Seriously flawed and damaging decisions are the result, affecting the population at large as well as those most vulnerable - older people with chronic and complex needs, people with physical or learning disabilities and people with mental health problems. Above all, he exposes the scandalous lack of transparency and accountability behind changes that threaten to destroy the NHS.

The Future of the NHS:

by Michelle Tempest (Author)

Synopsis

The NHS is beset by paradoxes: apparently massive investment in the NHS yet Trusts that have huge deficits; real movement on staff salaries, yet low morale; falling waiting lists and record activity levels, yet rising public expectations. One could go on. What is clear is that a consensus is needed as to what the NHS should be: this book is designed to stimulate that debate in the widest possible public arena. Dr Tempest has brought together the views of a huge range of leading names in politics, medicine and management, and ensured that their contributions are accessible to all. Whether the reader is an interested layman, or a professional involved in or working with the NHS, this book will be a "must-read". This book is useful for the general public, public and professional libraries, politics, professionals, the NHS and Private Sector, NHS suppliers.

The New NHS:

A Guide to Its Funding, Organisation and Accountability

by Allyson M. Pollock (Author), Alison Talbot-Smith (Author)

Book Description

The publication in June 2000 of The NHS Plan, the government's ten-year programme for reform of the NHS, fundamentally changed the definition of our national health service and led to major restructuring. The NHS is now essentially a funder of care, while the provision of care is through a diverse system of providers, including the private sector. At the same time the funding, organization and accountability frameworks have been dismantled and reconfigured at every level. The changes are confusing, not only to the general public but also to those working in health care. Many people would like to know more about the new NHS, but there is little information easily available, and they don't know where to look for guidance. The New NHS Explained has been published to fill that knowledge gap. It provides a brief and authoritative overview of the funding, organization, delivery systems and accountability mechanisms of the new NHS and enables the reader to get a rapid grasp of the nature and significance of the new structures. Accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike, this is an indispensable guide to how health care is delivered in Britain today.

Synopsis

A far-reaching programme of market-oriented changes has resulted in the emergence of a new NHS where increasingly care is delivered by an 'alphabet soup' of agencies and public and private providers. This is confusing not only to the general public, but also to those working in healthcare. In this lucid and incisive account of the new NHS, Dr Alison Talbot-Smith, an experienced doctor and researcher, and Professor Allyson M. Pollock, one of the UKs leading authorities on the NHS, describe: the structures and functions of the new organisations in each of the devolved countries; the funding of NHS services, education, training and research and resource allocation; the regulation of the New NHS systems and workforce; the relationships between the NHS, the Department of Health, local authorities and regulatory bodies, and between the NHS and the private sector; and the future implications of current policies. This book will be invaluable to those working in healthcare today as clinicians, academics, researchers and managers. It will also be essential reading for academics, students, and researchers in related fields, as well as the general public.

NHS Plc:

The Privatisation of Our Health Care

by Allyson M Pollock (Author)

British Medical Journal

‘A brave, necessary book. And because you know the government thinks you shouldn’t read it, you probably should.’

James Johnson, British Medical Association

'Professor Pollock offers a critical contribution to the key issues in contemporary political and policy debate.' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Iain Chalmers, Editor, James Lind Library

'If "what matters is what works", this book makes clear that healthcare markets can not serve the British people well.’ --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Presents an analysis of the transition from a comprehensive and universal service to New Labour's 'mixed economy of health care', in which hospitals with foundation status, loosely supervised by an independent regulator, are run on largely market principles. This book also aims to demystify slogans such as 'diversity' and 'local ownership'.

Synopsis

With a third Labour government in power, the gradual privatization of the NHS looks set to continue apace. How this has come about - to the point where even the shrinking core of free NHS hospital services is being handed over to private providers at the taxpayers' expense - is still not widely understood, far reaching policy change being hidden behind slogans like 'care in the community', 'diversity' and 'local ownership'. Allyson Pollock demystifies these terms, and in doing so presents a clear and powerful analysis of the transition from a comprehensive and universal service to New Labour's 'mixed economy of health care', in which hospitals with foundation status, loosely supervised by an independent regulator, will be run on largely market principles.

About the Author

Allyson Pollock is Professor of Health Policy and Chair of the Health Policy and Health Services Research Unit at University College London. A hospital consultant for many years, she now publishes widely on health policy issues and is a frequent contributor to radio and television discussions.

Quite Like Heaven?:

Options for the NHS in a Consumer Age

by Nick Seddon (Author), Bernard Ribeiro (Author)

Rebecca Smith, Daily Telegraph, November 28, 2007

Middle class patients dominate the health service and get better care because they know how to work the system, a report has claimed.

Inequalities in healthcare have got worse under New Labour with the NHS favouring the rich over the poor, the think-tank Civitas said.

Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, November 28, 2007

Middle-class patients use their "sharp elbows" to do better out of the Health Service than the poor, a study suggests.

Those with money and confidence are said to exploit the complexities of the system and shove out the less well-off and less educated.

Leader, Telegraph, November 28, 2007

A report by the think-tank Civitas makes it clear that far from the gap between rich and poor in obtaining treatment being reduced, it is actually widening.

BBC News online, November 28, 2007

The NHS is a "divisive influence" which favours the assertive middle classes over poorer people, a study says. It pointed out that people in deprived areas were often more in need of treatment, but less likely to get hip replacements or key x-rays.

NUTRITION & DIET

Diet Intervention and Autism:

Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet for Autistic Children and Adults

by Marilyn Le Breton (Author)

Synopsis

People with autism often are intolerant of gluten (a protein in four types of cereal) and casein (a protein found in animal's milk). There are many testaments to the benefits for such people of a diet that excludes gluten, casein, monosodium glutamate and aspartame, and these persuaded Marilyn Le Breton to put her autistic son Jack on the diet. This is the book that Marilyn wishes had been available to her when she first did so. In it she explains what the diet is all about and how it works, what foods can form part of the diet and what should be excluded. She addresses frequently asked questions and misconceptions, such as 'Is the diet too difficult and time-consuming? How strictly do I need to adhere to it? Is the diet expensive to implement?' and gives practical advice on basic equipment and ingredients, what to expect when your child starts the diet, how to adapt family meals and how to minimise cross-contamination in the kitchen. The book includes a wide selection of recipes, an extensive list of addresses and websites of suppliers of foodstuffs in the UK, and suggestions for finding out more information. It is the first book of its kind to be written specifically for those living in the UK. Marilyn's own experience and sensible approach ensure that this book will be invaluable for any parent of a child with autism, or any adult considering embarking on the diet.

Digestive Health

Food for Thought:

Healing Schizophrenia: Complementary Vitamin and Drug Treatments

by Abram Hoffer (Author)

Synopsis

Dr Hoffer presents his highly successful nutritional treatment of schizophrenia involving an allergy-free diet enhanced with vitamin supplements (vitamin B-3, primarily), assisted temporarily by drugs when symptoms are severe. This book not only answers the questions healthcare professionals may have about the symptoms and causes of this disease, but also gives patients and their families new hope for recovery from schizophrenia. Features case studies of many patients who have been healed by Dr Hoffer's treatment and includes the HOD test for diagnosing schizophrenia.

Improve Your Mood with Food:

A Guide to Fighting Fatigue, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression Through Food

by Alexandra Massey (Author), Anita Bean (Author)

Book Description

A simple, accessible, jargon-free guide to improving mood and relieving stress through diet. Includes menus, shopping guides, and meal plans. Happy foods include parsley, figs & honey.

About the Author

Alexandra Massey is a best-selling author and has written extensively about recovering from depression. Alexandra had suffered from depression for several years but wanted to get better without the use of anti-depressants. Having achieved this Alexandra went on to work as a volunteer counsellor helping hundreds of others to do the same and then began writing about the tools that have helped transform lives.

Natural Healing for Schizophrenia: And Other Common Mental Disorders

by Eva Edelman (Author)

Book Description

Natural Healing for Schizophrenia and Other Common Mental Disorders contains more than detailed explanations of the biochemical conditions linked to schizophrenia and the nutrients that promote recovery. It also looks at nutrient therapy for clinical depression, suicide, and violence and delinquency. Edelman also explains the benefits of nutrient therapy in treating children, including those with autism. Substances with known neurotoxic effects such as tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, nightshades and solanine, pesticides, organic solvents, and heavy metals are profiled. Edelman also includes information on the effects of electroconvulsive therapy and antipsychotic drugs as well as nutrients and herbs that may be used in their place. In her appendices, she profiles physical, biochemical, and psychological tests that help identify factors that are contributing to a person's mental disorder. Listings of orthomolecular treatment centers, diagnostic labs, orthomolecular organizations and other resources are also includ ed. A glossary helps laypersons navigate the medical terminology. Throughout the book, Edelman has included many quotations from doctors and patients in sidebars. These quotations, which I really appreciated, were obviously carefully chosen for their ability to emphasize key information and to provide insight into the patient's experience.

About the Author

Eva Edelman, is a nutritionist, herbalist and health educator, with twenty-five years experience in these fields. Edelman lectures and writes extensively on natural approaches to mental health, and appears on media nationwide. She currently serves as nutritional consultant at a drop-in center run by and for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses

Superfoods to Boost Your Mood

by Alexandra Massey (Author), Anita Bean (Author)

Synopsis

More and more people are recognising the relationship between diet and emotional health. Scientific studies have identified nutrients in certain foods believed to prevent the onset of serious illnesses. These nutrients can also have a dramatic effect in fighting low level depression and mental sluggishness caused by unhealthy, highly processed foods. Alexandra Massey and Anita Bean have devised an invaluable guide to changing the way you feel by changing what you put on your plate. As well as exploring the links between lifestyle, diet and disposition, they provide 10 depression-busting superfoods, plus three separate 7-day eating plans to beat the blues and boost your immune system. Their alternatives to high fat, salty and sugary processed meals will help you combat fatigue, anxiety, stress and depression and change your life and your relationship with food.

About the Author

Alexandra Massey is the author of Beat Depression and Reclaim Your Life published by Virgin Books in 2004. Anita Bean is an award-winning nutritionist, magazine columnist and author of 12 top-selling books on food and nutrition.

B17 Metabolic Therapy

The long-awaited technical manual that details the inner workings of metabolic therapy for cancer. This book explains exactly what makes up a metabolic therapy regime and what each element does, why it works and how. This collection of research explains the scientific rationale and practical application of nutritional therapy for cancer with Vitamin B17, as defined by the medical pioneers themselves.

The Natural Way to Beat Depression:

The Groundbreaking Discovery of EPA to Successfully Conquer Depression

by Basant K. Puri (Author), Hilary Boyd (Author)

Synopsis

Dr Basant Puri has been at the forefront of dramatic new research into the treatment of depression. His work with EPA, a natural supplement which can be bought without prescription, has demonstrated a 100 per cent success rate in treating depressed patients who have failed to respond to prescribed anti-depressants. This breakthrough book tells the story of how and why the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids contained in fish oil and evening primrose oil are so extraordinarily effective. It also shows us how we can incorporate this natural supplement into a healthy lifestyle and diet to enjoy its benefits ourselves. Without the side-effects of commonly prescribed anti-depressants, this revolutionary discovery, easily available without prescription, will be excellent news for depression sufferers everywhere.

Water: The Stuff of Life

Water, the world's most abundant liquid. Marginalised, Polluted and often poisoned for consumption. Has unprofitable water been largely overlooked in favour of 'chemical cures'? From asthma to heartburn, from angina to irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis, re-discover the truth you always suspected - that water cleans and forms the basis for healing.

You Are What You Eat:

by Gillian McKeith (Author)SynopsiS

In the book, Dr Gillian brings together the advice and the real-life stories to create a diet makeover for all. There are 10 steps to follow, including Get To Know Your Own Body, Top 10 Bummers and Dr Gillian's Top 20 Crisis Tips, plus a 14-day start-up plan, which will literally transform the way we approach our diet and health. The results are incredible and anyone can do it. At a time when the western world is waking up to the nightmare of obesity problems, Dr Gillian is the voice of inspiration - she's on a mission of tough love and her approach, very simply, works.

PHILIP DAY

What About ?: PHILLIP DAY, Author

He was born in England in 1960. He was educated at the leading British education establishments Selwyn and Charterhouse, and throughout his ‘20s had a successful entrepreneurial career founding businesses in sales and marketing. With a firm grounding in business and the ways of the media, Phillip’s research career begain after he became interested in wars going on in the realms of health and politics over issues that were being deliberately withheld or misreported to the public.

His research into AIDS and cancer, as 2 examples of the medical establishment’s entrenched scientific error and brazen profiteering to society’s great cost, has culminated in 2 books that have captured the public’s imagination around the world: Cancer: Why We’re Still Dying To Know The Truth and World Without AIDS. Phillip’s latest book, Health Wars, deals with a whole spectrum of diseases, including cancer and heart disease, the causes and pathology of which make them simple and relatively straight-forward to combat. This information, deliberately not promoted by the medical establishment, forms the basis of the research and promotional work in which Phillip’s research and investigational units are engaged.

In his book, Cancer: Why We’re Still Dying To Know, Mr. Day explains that cancer will never be beaten by First World Medicine until the later acknowledges the disease’s link with nutritional deficiency and toxicity. His controversial book, which has made headlines in the United Kingdom, is the result of over 10 years’ research and explains the great news behind a special nutritional therapy seldom given any coverage in the press.

Vitamin B17 (Laetrile) Metabolic Therapy is a combined detoxification and nutritional regimen that has been used at home and in clinics for over 35 years to rid thousands of sufferers of all types of cancers. It is a 3-fold regimen that combats the disease through detoxification, optimal nutrition and the anti-cancer Vitamin B17 (Laetrile).

Thus, it can be said that cancer is a chronic metabolic deficiency disease – that is, people are getting cancer not because of something, but because of the absence of a natural substance they have eliminated from their diet: Vitamin B17 (Laetrile/Amygdalin).

Research since has proven that, just as with scurvy, pellagra, beriberi and permicious anemia, when this missing dietary element (Vitamin B17) is reintroduced, it becomes almost impossible for that person to contract cancer.

Mr. Day heads up the publishing and research organization Credence, located in Kent, England, which draws on the work provided by researchers all over the world. Credence’s intention is to work with concerned establishments and organizations to resolve these life-threatening issues and to provide the necessary information for citizens to make their own informed choices in these vital matters.

The ABC's of Disease

B17 Metabolic Therapy

The long-awaited technical manual that details the inner workings of metabolic therapy for cancer. This book explains exactly what makes up a metabolic therapy regime and what each element does, why it works and how. This collection of research explains the scientific rationale and practical application of nutritional therapy for cancer with Vitamin B17, as defined by the medical pioneers themselves.

Cancer:

Why We're Still Dying to Know the Truth

The war on cancer, says Phillip Day, was won fifty years ago. So why are we still fighting it? In this book, Phillip Day exposes the on-going medical, political and economic scandals surrounding cancer. He also reveals details of simple and inexpensive dietary treatments involving the use of Vitamin B17 or amygdalin, which many people all over the world have found effective in ridding themselves from cancer. Besides including information from the medical experts who discovered the effects of vitamin B17 on cancer cells, this book also includes many testimonies from people who have used this regimen successfully against cancer. It is a revelatory read.

Digestive Health

Food for Thought:

Great News on Cancer in the 21st Century

There is time!

A cancer diagnosis calls for decisions – decisions that because of circumstances, are so often made in haste. Great News on Cancer tells us there is time to consider the options and provides us with a rich source of well-researched information on natural cancer treatments that are bringing truly amazing results! Read the powerful testimonies of people who are being helped tremendously with various non-conventional treatments - stories of doctors unable to believe the disappearance of supposedly incurable cancers! And this book also brings you the A-Z on the $multi-billion cancer war. Learn how to interpret the misleading information for yourself. The first step to victory begins right here!

Health Wars:

Porbably one of the most significant health books of the new millennium, Health Wars, written by UK health reseacher Philip Day, tears the lid off the shameful medical and corporate scandals that are killing our nations. The author also reports on the exciting and straightforward results of research into cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and a host of other diseases, which can simply and cheaply prevent or treat with nutrition and lifestyle changes.

The Little Book of Attitude

The Mind Game

Today, we are witnessing unprecedented levels of street violence, illiteracy and disastrous school standards. We also have the exploding drug culture, the tide of sleaze and corruption in our governments and the misery of what is termed ‘mental illness’. Is there a single, common thread? British investigative reporter Phillip Day shines a harsh light on the practices within psychiatry, quoting the latest and most pertinent research into this ‘science of the mind’. He also leads us through the tremendous advances made in nutritional treatments for a whole range of ‘mental disorders’. Absolutely don’t miss this fascinating and penetrating political and medical insight into our times.

Simple Changes Your 100 ways to a happier, healthier life

From the chewed pen of one of the world's most travelled health authors - your survival plan for 21st Century Earth. Attack Political Correctness - Don't Be Dysfunctional Around Money - Listen to What Comes Out of Your Mouth - Start Complaining. In your hands you'll hold one battle-scarred veteran's Top 100 tips for the battlefront you won't want to be without!

The Truth About HIV

by Steven Ransom and Phillip Day

The long-awaited expose of 'AIDS Inc'. This book dismantles one of the world's greatest fears, that of AIDS, and lays bare the deceit, fraudulent science and needless fear-mongering that lies at the heart of this supposed global epidemic. Over ten years in the making, this impeccably researched book gives an eye-opening account of what vested interests can get away with, given a trusting public, an almost limitless supply of money and scant scruples. It also explains the nonexistence of HIV, the bankruptcy of the Africa myth and the appalling dangers of the establishment-approved medications prescribed to those who have been written off as 'HIV positive'.

Ten Minutes to Midnight

UK researcher Phillip Day's stunning new book gives a succinct but penetrating overview of the coming take-over of Britain by the axis powers of France and Germany, and what you can do about it. Those wishing to have bullet-point facts at their fingertips, who don't need to get into endless political explanations, will not want to miss this superb reference guide. The author lists the raw and terrible facts of what treason carried out in British politics has cost our once great nation. He also explores the heartening character of the British and why we must, at all costs, face up and fight this second Battle of Britain in order to avoid a new European war.

Wake UP to Health in the 21st Century

In a world where reliable reporting on common-sense natural healthcare is hard to come by, this book is a treasure trove of vital information, just waiting to be discovered by you and your family. Wake up to the simple rules for healthy living. Wake up to the hazards that pose as respectable conventional medicine. Wake up to the fact that doctor does not always know best! A remarkable, no-nonsense guide for all the family on the treatments that harm and the treatments that heal.

Water: The Stuff of Life

Water, the world's most abundant liquid. Marginalised, Polluted and often poisoned for consumption. Has unprofitable water been largely overlooked in favour of 'chemical cures'? From asthma to heartburn, from angina to irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis, re-discover the truth you always suspected - that water cleans and forms the basis for healing.

POLITICAL

The New Thought Police:

by Tammy Bruce (Author)

Synopsis

Examines how special interest groups suppress the right to free speech by attempting to silence anyone whose opinions do not conform with their agendas.

We're (Nearly) All Victims Now:

How Political Correctness Is Undermining Our Liberal Culture (Civil Society)

by David G. Green (Author)

Product Description

How political correctness is undermining our liberal culture

About the Author

David G. Green is Director of Civitas: the Institute for the Study of Civil Society

Vigilance:

A Defence of British Liberty

by Ashley Mote (Author)Book Description

"What a demolition job! Ashley Mote has smashed huge holes in the walls which have hidden the squalid truth about the European Union for so long." One day this book may be banned. Our right to freedom of speech will have been abolished. Some people think the United Kingdom has effectively been abolished already. It will certainly cease to exist as a free and sovereign nation unless we reverse the erosion of our ancient rights, freedoms and customs by endless interference in British affairs by the European Union. In 1975, as new members of the EEC, we thought we were voting for a free trade area. What we have today is an undemocratic, unaccountable police state that makes laws behind closed doors and seeks by stealth to destroy the UK as an independent nation. The European Union is being increasingly rammed down British throats in pursuit of a dream we never voted for. That dream has become a living nightmare. Silent discontent is no longer an option. If you are concerned about the activities of the EU and its impact on the British way of life, then this book is for you. This is not a book about politics in the usual sense. Nor is it academic. It is a simple, clear and horrifying account of what is being done to our country by the EU, why it matters, and why it must be stopped. The book also paints a vivid picture of the thriving, wealthy, confident and outward-looking Britain that will quickly emerge from the ruins of the EU disaster. The EU issue is of monumental proportions. Ultimately, it is about British liberty.

Synopsis

"What a demolition job! Ashley Mote has smashed huge holes in the walls which have hidden the squalid truth about the European Union for so long." One day this book may be banned. Our right to freedom of speech will have been abolished. Some people think the United Kingdom has effectively been abolished already. It will certainly cease to exist as a free and sovereign nation unless we reverse the erosion of our ancient rights, freedoms and customs by endless interference in British affairs by the European Union. In 1975, as new members of the EEC, we thought we were voting for a free trade area. What we have today is an undemocratic, unaccountable police state that makes laws behind closed doors and seeks by stealth to destroy the UK as an independent nation. The European Union is being increasingly rammed down British throats in pursuit of a dream we never voted for. That dream has become a living nightmare. Silent discontent is no longer an option. If you are concerned about the activities of the EU and its impact on the British way of life, then this book is for you. This is not a book about politics in the usual sense. Nor is it academic. It is a simple, clear and horrifying account of what is being done to our country by the EU, why it matters, and why it must be stopped. The book also paints a vivid picture of the thriving, wealthy, confident and outward-looking Britain that will quickly emerge from the ruins of the EU disaster. The EU issue is of monumental proportions. Ultimately, it is about British liberty.

PRISON

A Life Inside:

A Prisoner's Notebook

by Erwin James (Author)

Synopsis

In the mid 1980s Erwin James was sentenced to life imprisonment. Over recent years, he has written powerfully about prison life for the Guardian. James writes candidly about learning the who, what, why and when of the prison world. He describes the struggle to keep sane; the dynamics of paranoia and solidarity; and the commitment that it takes to prepare for life outside. Along the way, James introduces us to other prisoners. There is Rinty, the big Dundonian and enthusiastic fan of "Antiques Roadshow"; Cody, the elderly former sergeant who still protests his innocence after 24 years; and Felix the Gambler - serial schemer and sometime Buddhist. It is through their stories, told with humour and warmth, that James reveals the reality of prison life. "A Life Inside" does not glorify wrongdoing, nor does it seek to justify the crimes of its author or any other prisoners. Rather, it is a portrayal of life behind Britain's prison walls that no one who reads it will readily forget.

Alternatives to Prison

by Anthony Bottoms (Editor), Sue A. Rex (Editor), Gwen Robinson (Editor)

Synopsis

As the UK faces up to the consequences of a rapidly increasing prison population so the search for alternative approaches to punishment and dealing with offenders has become an increasingly urgent priority for government policy and society as a whole. This book, a product of the Coulsfield Commission and written by the leading authorities in the field, provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging review of the range of issues associated with using the variety of non-custodial sanctions, examining experiences in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as England and Wales. The book will be essential reading not only for government policy makers and criminal justice practitioners but for anybody with a professional or academic interest in prison, probation and the nature of society's response to wrong-doing.

The chapters in the book cover such issues as trends in crime, victimisation and punishment; sentencing frameworks; public opinion and community penalties; diversionary and non-supervisory approaches to dealing with offenders; reparative and restorative approaches; electronic monitoring; dealing with substance-misusing offenders in the community; sentencing decisions; punitiveness in high crime-communities; dimensions of difference.

Brainwashing:

The Science of Thought Control

by Kathleen Taylor (Author)

Synopsis

Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word 'brainwashing' was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines. It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: including history, sociology, psychology, and psychotherapy. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: that of any serious reference to the science of the human brain. Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological. In "Brainwashing", Kathleen Taylor brings the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. In elegant and accessible prose, and with abundant use of anecdotes and case-studies, she examines the ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research.She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it still exists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.

Discipline and Punish:

The Birth of the Prison

by Michel Foucault (Author), A. Sheridan (Translator)

Synopsis

In the Middle Ages there were gaols and dungeons, but punishment was for the most part a spectacle. The economic changes and growing popular dissent of the 18th century made necessary a more systematic control over the individual members of society, and this in effect meant a change from punishment, which chastised the body, to reform, which touched the soul. Foucault shows the development of the Western system of prisons, police organizations, administrative and legal hierarchies for social control - and the growth of disciplinary society as a whole. He also reveals that between school, factories, barracks and hospitals all share a common organization, in which it is possible to control the use of an individual's time and space hour by hour.

From the Inside:

Life in a Women's Prison - By the Charity Worker Who Should Never Have Been There

by Ruth Wyner (Author)

Synopsis

In November 1999, at Cambridge Crown Court, Ruth Wyner and her co-defendant John Brock were found guilty under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Their "crime", as charity workers devoted to funning the Wintercomfort hostel for Cambridge's homeless population, was in the eyes of the police to have made insufficient efforts to prevent drug dealing on the premises. Such injustice was astonishing enough, but an even greater shock was the sentence: five years, no less, and the following day Ruth Wyner found herself in Holloway Prison. "From the Inside" is Ruth Wyner's account of her time in a women's prison, first at Holloway and then at Highpoint Prison in Norfolk. She had to serve seven months before the appeal hearing that quashed her sentence - though not her conviction - by which time the "Cambridge Two" campaign had attracted high-profile support from Joan Baez to Tom Stoppard and Jo Brand. It is not only the first full account in years of what life is like in one of Britain's women's prisons - and therefore of sociological interest; it is also the frank and moving story of how one woman - even with the benefits of a loving family, education and mental stability denied to her infinitely more vulnerable fellow inmates - struggled to cope with the unhealthy, dehumanising, incessantly noisy and nerve-jangling daily life of a women's jail.

Humane Prisons

by David Jones (Editor)

Synopsis

'This book acknowledges these social and political trends, particularly the part played by social deprivation and racism and the importance of continuing to understand them. But the book is not simply an academic discourse, instead it attempts to provide, ideas, examples and models for others to use, add to or challenge.'

Loving Through Bars:

Children with Parents in Prison

by Cynthia Martone (Author)

Synopsis

Children who have parents in prison are themselves victims of their parents' crimes, members of a neglected segment of our population who are potentially damaged by stigma and shame and who are at risk of being pulled into a vicious cycle of future criminality and deviant social behaviour. Such children are child prisoners - kids who must learn to understand living and loving through bars. Cynthia Martone offers a searing and poignant view of these unfortunate kids, presenting their particular plights through a series of stories. Among the children are a little girl who chats with murderers at Attica Prison while visiting her father, the kindergarten child who saw her mother taken away by the police to serve a ten-year sentence, and the little boy whose dad calls him from jail and tells him to put a pillow over his mother's head at night in order to kill her. This examination of the instability and uncertainty that plague children of prisoners chronicles their attempts to cope and presents a possible starting place for societal response.

Obedience to Authority:

An Experimental View

by Stanley Milgram (Author), Jerome Bruner (Foreword)

Milgram's book summarizes his now famous laboratory studies of the early 1960s. The situation involves a naive subject who is placed in the position of teacher and is commanded to administer severe electric shocks to a "learner." In effect, the teacher is commanded to carry out an experiment even though great harm is done to the learner. The "teachers" proved to be obedient far beyond the expectations of experts. Indeed, a large proportion of teachers applied such severe shocks that they thought that the learner had died as a result.

Men in Crisis:

Human Breakdowns in Prison

by Hans Toch (Author)

Synopsis

This book is about human breakdown under stress. It is the first attempt comprehensively to map the variety of forms that despair can take, to reconstruct the ineffable shapes of human extremity as fully and faithfully as possible. Presenting the results of one of the largest studies ever undertaken, the book is based on well over 600 interviews (and related background material) dealing with the self-destructive acts of men and women in prison. It is thus also a portrait of the impact of incarceration, bringing to life the prison world as seen through the eyes of those who suffer in confinement. Hundreds of inmates, speaking in their own words, here present a firsthand view of their experience with all its nuances and pathos. Following an introductory chapter on the scope and methods of the research, the first part of the book presents the major themes of coping that emerged from the study - the fundamental concerns of people under stress (potency, fear, need for support) as they are manifested in difficulties with the environment, with perception of the self and others, and with impulse management.

Part Two takes up the questions of how typical are inmates who injure themselves and in what ways they differ from their peers - and major differences in risk and in themes of coping are shown to be related to age, sex, ethnic background, previous experiences with drugs and with personal violence, and incarceration in jails before sentence and in prisons. Part Three presents detailed psychological autopsies of men who ended their lives in prison cells, providing a convincing (and heart-rending) view of the process of human breakdown as it unfolds over time. The book will be important not only to criminologists and penologists but also - and because of its profound general implications - to all those sociologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and administrators of institutions who wish to understand and effectively to deal with the tragic problems of human breakdown.

Mothers in Prison

by Phyllis Jo Baunach (Author)

Book Description

Explores how women in prison manage to mother their children from behind bars.

From the Back Cover

The majority of female inmates are also mothers of children under the age of eighteen. These women don't stop being mothers when they receive a prison sentence, but in fact try a variety of means to maintain motherhood and mothering while away from their children. Based on research conducted in a women's prison, Mothering from the Inside reveals how inmate mothers find places for their children to live, manage relationships with caregivers, demonstrate their fitness as mothers, and negotiate rights to their children under challenging circumstances. The impact of race, ethnicity, and marginality on women in prison is traced through the development of the women's motherhood careers.

Prisongate:

The Shocking State of Britain's Prisons and the Need for Visionary Change

by Sir David Ramsbotham (Author)

Synopsis

Drugs and violence are rife in our filthy, overcrowded prisons. Women and underage prisoners are treated badly by staff and other prisoners alike. 70 percent of prisoners suffer from a mental disorder, yet during their time in prison they are denied the services of the NHS, 65 percent of all adult prisoners have a reading age of less than eight, over 50 percent of all women prisoners have suffered sexual or physical abuse or both, most often from their families. The Victorian approach to the prison service was punitative rather than rehabilitating. Now that we understand that most prisoners are themselves victims of some sort that out-dated attitude must change. The role of the Criminal Justice System in our society is to protect the public by preventing crime. The prisons' role in this system is to prevent the next crime, or the next victim, by helping prisoners to lead useful and law-abiding lives both in their time in prison and afterwards. Statistics show they are failing. The only government White Paper on the subject of imprisonment, published in the wake of serious riots in Manchester in 1991, has not been actioned.

Screwed:

The Truth About Life as a Prison Office

by Ronnie Thompson (Author)

Synopsis

"My name is Ronnie Thompson. Being a prison officer was something I used to be proud of. I soon realised the truth of what it's like working as a screw, though. It's a fucking headache. Corruption, danger, violence. Welcome to my world. "Ronnie Thompson was just an ordinary guy. That is, until he became a prison officer. By the time he started work at HMP Romwell, he realised he was actually a nurse, a copper, a probation officer, a carer, a counsellor, a social worker and, of course, an incarcerator all in one. Oh, and a punch bag for the cons and bosses. In SCREWED, Ronnie tells it like it is. He "reveals what really goes on behind bars-the times when force is necessary and used, and when it is unnecessary but still used. He exposes the underworld of bent screws, the drugs they traffic, the firms they work for and what they get paid for their sins. He shows how it is left down to a small group of officers to control an over-flowing prison, keep an eye out for corrupt govenors, and dodge the deluded human rights campaigners. Ultimately, he shows us that being a good screw doesn't always mean sticking to the rules...

Suicide in Prisons

by Graham Towl (Editor), Louisa Snow (Editor), Martin McHugh (Editor)

Synopsis

Suicides in institutions are a major problem. Relatives and friends, staff and fellow patients/prisoners are all affected. In any type of institution, closed or open, common themes emerge in suicide prevention. This book explores the prison setting and describes the development of suicide prevention strategies. These issues are relevant across the wider forensic setting. Suicide in Prisons provides an up-to-date review of recent research into suicide and self-injury in prisons, and makes links between the research, the prison context and related practice-based issues. Key issues covered included suicide prevention, self-injury, risk assessment, peer group support and staff training. It provides the reader with a good background to aid informed practice.

The Loose Screw:

The Shocking Truth About Our Prison System

by Jim Dawkins (Author), Charles Bronson (Author), Dave Courtney (Author)

Synopsis

Jim Dawkins left home at the age of sixteen to pursue his dream of joining the army, and subsequently served with the Royal Green Jackets, including tours of Canada and Northern Ireland. During that time he learnt many important lessons in the 'University of Life' that would serve him well in the future, such as discipline, respect, pride and honour, but which, at the same time, would lead to insufferable stress as he constantly battled with his conscience and struggled to swim against the tide. Once back in Civvy Street, and with a new house and a baby to support, Jim decided to join the Prison Service. But what faced him in this new career, which centred on Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Belmarsh prisons, shocked him to the core. For this ex-squaddie, who believed in establishing good working relationships with inmates, including notorious long-termer, Charles Bronson, the cancerous environment of staff bully-boy tactics and prisoner victimization was sickening. Jim tells his story, which, although peppered with humorous anecdotes of often lager-induced incidents from both his army and prison days, bears witness to the stark reality of what actually goes on behind prison doors, and exposes both the glaring flaws in the prison system and the atrocities perpetrated in the name of justice, which ultimately forced his decision to leave the Prison Service seven years later.

The Lucifer Effect:

How Good People Turn Evil

by Philip G. Zimbardo (Author)

Synopsis

In "The Lucifer Effect", the award-winning and internationally respected psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, examines how the human mind has the capacity to be infinitely caring or selfish, kind or cruel, creative or destructive. He challenges our conceptions of who we think we are, what we believe we will never do - and how and why almost any of us could be initiated into the ranks of evil doers. At the same time he describes the safeguards we can put in place to prevent ourselves from corrupting - or being corrupted by - others, and what sets some people apart as heroes and heroines, able to resist powerful pressures to go along with the group, and to refuse to be team players when personal integrity is at stake.Using the first in-depth analysis of his classic Stanford Prison Experiment, and his personal experiences as an expert witness for one of the Abu Ghraib prison guards, Zimbardo's stimulating and provocative book raises fundamental questions about the nature of good and evil, and how each one of us needs to be vigilant to prevent becoming trapped in the 'Lucifer Effect', no matter what kind of character or morality we believe ourselves to have.

Women After Prison

by Mary Eaton (Author)

Synopsis

Prison does not stop at the prison gates. Women who leave bring with them the debilitating effects of a custodial sentence and encounter suspicion, hositility and neglect when they try to make a place for themselves in society. This is about those who, in this context, struggle to change their lives - to overcome the impact of a prison past on their future. Central to the book are the experiences of 34 women who discuss their lives and the problems and possibilities of change. Drawing on these accounts, Mary Eaton explores the structural pre-conditions necessary for subjective change and the structural blocks which many women encounter as both women and ex-prisoners. Many of the women have succeeded in changing their lives. or might succeed if the material inequalities to which they are all subject were to be recognized and taken seriously by those who perennially exhort them to turn their backs on crime and lead good and useful lives.

RADIONICS


Radionics

Chakras-ray's and Radionics by David V Tansley


If any of you are interested in radionics, you should first consider reading from Tansley because he is one of the few authors that knows what he's talking about.


Radionics and the Subtle Anatomy of Man by David V Tansley

Radionics Interface with the Ether Fields by David V Tansley


SCHIZOPHRENIA


Healing Schizophrenia: Complementary Vitamin and Drug Treatments

by Abram Hoffer (Author)


Synopsis

Dr Hoffer presents his highly successful nutritional treatment of schizophrenia involving an allergy-free diet enhanced with vitamin supplements (vitamin B-3, primarily), assisted temporarily by drugs when symptoms are severe. This book not only answers the questions healthcare professionals may have about the symptoms and causes of this disease, but also gives patients and their families new hope for recovery from schizophrenia. Features case studies of many patients who have been healed by Dr Hoffer's treatment and includes the HOD test for diagnosing schizophrenia.


Me, Myself, and Them:


A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia


by Kurt Snyder (Author), Raquel Gur (Author), Linda Wasmer Andrews (Author)


Synopsis

During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle, spending hours lost in daydreams about numbers and symbols. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea that cars were following him, or that strangers wanted to harm him. Kurt's mind had been hijacked by schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder that typically strikes during the late teen or young adult years. In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and eloquently describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties. As a memoir, this book is remarkable for its unvarnished look at the slow and difficult process of coming back from severe mental illness. Yet Kurt's memoir is only half the story. With the help of psychiatrist Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D., and veteran science writer Linda Wasmer Andrews, Kurt paints the big picture for others affected by adolescent schizophrenia.Drawing on the latest scientific and medical evidence, he explains how to recognize warning signs, where to find help, and what treatments have proved effective. Kurt also offers practical advice on topics of particular interest to young people, such as suggestions on managing the illness at home, school, and work, and in relationships with family and friends. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, My, Myself, and Them offers hope to young people who are struggling with schizophrenia, helping them to understand and manage the challenges of this illness and go on to lead healthy lives.


My Punished Mind: A Memoir of Psychosis


by David C. Boyles (Author)


Synopsis

I am a mental health consumer. This is my memoir about my (past) experiences of being psychotic; having been diagnosed Schizo-affective, in April of 2001. It is a very vivid description of what I went through for several weeks being psychotic, before I was finally hospitalized. I struggled with a relapse, but I was stabilized and eventually got my life back together. I believe there are not enough books out there that are first hand accounts of psychosis. I think my book helps alleviate a lot of the stigma and misunderstandings of mental illness. And I also believe that I am fortunate to have recovered enough, along with my medications, to be able to write about it.


Natural Healing for Schizophrenia: And Other Common Mental Disorders


by Eva Edelman (Author)


Book Description

Natural Healing for Schizophrenia and Other Common Mental Disorders contains more than detailed explanations of the biochemical conditions linked to schizophrenia and the nutrients that promote recovery. It also looks at nutrient therapy for clinical depression, suicide, and violence and delinquency. Edelman also explains the benefits of nutrient therapy in treating children, including those with autism. Substances with known neurotoxic effects such as tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, nightshades and solanine, pesticides, organic solvents, and heavy metals are profiled. Edelman also includes information on the effects of electroconvulsive therapy and antipsychotic drugs as well as nutrients and herbs that may be used in their place. In her appendices, she profiles physical, biochemical, and psychological tests that help identify factors that are contributing to a person's mental disorder. Listings of orthomolecular treatment centers, diagnostic labs, orthomolecular organizations and other resources are also includ ed. A glossary helps laypersons navigate the medical terminology. Throughout the book, Edelman has included many quotations from doctors and patients in sidebars. These quotations, which I really appreciated, were obviously carefully chosen for their ability to emphasize key information and to provide insight into the patient's experience.


About the Author

Eva Edelman, is a nutritionist, herbalist and health educator, with twenty-five years experience in these fields. Edelman lectures and writes extensively on natural approaches to mental health, and appears on media nationwide. She currently serves as nutritional consultant at a drop-in center run by and for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses

Schizophrenia: A Mother's Story

by Georgina Wakefield (Author)


Synopsis

Schizophrenia: A mother's story, written in prose and poetry, describes how a mother comes to terms and copes with the development of schizophrenia in her son at 16 years of age. As Georgina wrote her story, she described it as 'the most powerful experience I have ever had. It was almost as if someone was guiding my hand over the page, and yet I am not a religious person.' For nine years after Christian developed his condition, Georgina was a shell of herself, and consumed with grief. She says 'then my sister said a prayer for me and Christian in the Chapel at King's College in Cambridge. A week later I woke up, began writing frantically and did so non-stop for five weeks'.


Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?

by Mary Boyle (Author)


Synopsis

Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion?, first published in 1990, made a very significant contribution to the debates on the concepts of schizophrenia and mental illness. These concepts remain both influential and controversial and this new updated second edition provides an incisive critical analysis of the debates over the last decade. As well as providing updated versions of the historical and scientific arguments against the concept of schizophrenia which formed the basis of the first edition, Boyle covers significant new material relevant to today's debates, including: The development of DSM-IV's version of 'schizophrenia' Analysis of social, psychological and linguistic processes which construct 'schizophrenia' as a reasonable version of reality A detailed critical evaluation of recent alternatives to the concept of schizophrenia Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion? demonstrates that the need for analysis and debate on these issues is as great as ever and that we need to question how we think about and manage what we call "madness".


The Eden Express: A Memoir of Schizophrenia

by Mark Vonnegut (Author)


Synopsis

Mark Vonnegut was a recent college graduate, self-avowed hippie, and son of a counterculture hero - until the nervous breakdowns hit in all their slow-motion intimacy...Described with a taste of mortality, grim despair and a relentless sense of humour, the illness that plagued Vonnegut is here transformed into an experience of growth and change. Simultaneously ironic and sincere in its humanism, the real story here is not only that Vonnegut managed to find the sanity that once seemed beyond reach, but that his gift of language helped him to share with us all both the utter ordinariness of illness and the madness we all share.


The Quiet Room: Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

by Lori Schiller (Author), Amanda Bennett (Author)


From Publishers Weekly

Schiller, raised in a loving, affluent family in a New York City suburb, was 17 when she first heard the "voices" that would take over her life. Willing herself to appear normal, she resisted the brutally disparaging voices that urged her towards violence and suicide, and she succeeded in graduating from college. But early in 1982, at age 23 and after a suicide attempt, she was persuaded by her parents to admit herself to a mental hospital. For the next seven years, Schiller's auditory hallucinations worsened, and she repeatedly attempted suicide. Diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, she underwent shock therapy and was treated with antipsychotic drugs. As the symptoms of her disease waxed and waned, Schiller was in and out of hospitals and treatment programs; her weight soared and she became dependent on cocaine. Entering a program at New York Hospital, she suggested to her therapist that she try a new drug, clozapine, which gradually helped her to cope with her illness. Schiller now works at a halfway house. With Wall Street Journal reporter Bennett, she presents her stunning story of courage, persistence and hope.


To Schizophrenia and Back

by Annie Moon (Author)


Synopsis

Description 'To Schizophrenia and Back' is Annie's extremely brave and personal story of her life with schizophrenia. This book covers all aspects of Annie's battle with schizophrenia, which she, rather unusually, tackles from all points of view - including from others with different perceptions of the problems she faces. Annie has adapted this book herself from the diaries she has kept through all her psychotic episodes. She has been detained many times under the Mental Health Act and at one time was told that she would never work again. But Annie has come through all this and the fact that she is now embarking on a new career is testament to the strength of her determination to beat her illness. About the Author Annie Moon is a trained nurse and is soon to be a social worker. She is also a mother, wife, friend and patient / service user. Annie has suffered from severe schizophrenia for many years; she has suffered many bouts of psychosis which have resulted in many months spent in detention. She is currently in the final year of a social work degree. With this book Annie aims to enlighten people and offer hope to those affected.


SPIRITUALITY


A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling & Psychotherapy:

by P.Scott Richards (Author), Allen E. Bergin (Author)


Synopsis

"A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition" shows mental health professionals how to deal sensitively with clients whose spirituality or religion is an important part of their lives. This book highlights the therapeutic possibilities religion and spirituality can offer. Building on the success of the first edition, the new edition provides timely updates and additional theoretical grounding for integrating a theistic, spiritual strategy into mainstream psychology. Also ideal for students and scholars, this book provides helpful background and insight into the history and philosophy of science and psychology, the world religions, the practice of psychotherapy, and the process of research and scientific discovery.


Are You Getting Enlightened or Losing Your Mind?:

A Spiritual Program for Mental Fitness

by Dennis Gersten (Author)


"A practicing psychiatrist for nearly 20 years, Gersten, in his first book, examines the subtle differences between spiritual states of consciousness and schizophrenic, manic or borderline personality disorders, stating that "we should not...treat the mystic with Thorazine. And we should not treat the schizophrenic with a strong dose of yoga and meditation." Gersten delineates the differences between mental illness and spiritual experiences, discussing near-death and out-of-body experiences, spontaneous healings, visions, angels, ghosts, auras and ESP, and providing "Mental Fitness Techniques"--imagery exercises for self-examination and clarification of such states as depression, anxiety and neurosis. For Gersten, "spiritual emergencies" do not signal mental illness, but, rather, opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation. From the altered state of consciousness that athletes call being "in the zone" to visits from the Virgin Mary, Gersten sheds new light on sometimes murky inner states. AUTHOR TOUR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


From the Author

Dr. Gersten on Getting Enlightened


The author, Dennis Gersten, MD This book has accomplished so much more than I had imagined. I wrote this book to help people sort out their miracles from their madness, to give them mental fitness techniques to help deal with normal, abnormal, paranormal, and supernormal experiences. I also wanted to begin to reshape the face of psychiatry and medicine, showing the power and importance of hope, faith, God, and spirituality. The letters I have received are gratifying, humbling, and bring true reason to rejoice. Because this book is so multi-dimensional, so have been the letters. Here are some of the responses: A 60 year old woman from LA set up an appointment to see me and said, "My entire life would have been different if I had read your book 30 years ago. I never understood what was going on in mmy life. I finally understand my depression...finally!" "I read your book 2 weeks ago and it has completely changed my life. I have found my spiritual path. I believe this book will go down in history." (author's note: I'm not making this up). "After reading your book, I began to incorporate spirituality into my practice of acupuncture and chiropractic for the first time. You have changed my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." "Please put me in touch with Sister Sarita, the Curandera you write about." "Where can I find Shama, the incredible psychic you write about? Can she help me get in touch with my deceased father?" "I've read a lot of psychology and self-help books, but this is the first one in 10 years that has really caught my attention. After the radio interview, would you mind privately consulting with me about a personal problem?" (from a radio talk show host who was interviewing me). There are so many more. I have truly been shocked to have people calling and flying to San Diego from Vermont, Oregon and around the country in order for me to treat them. Some of them have said, "I just can't believe that a spiritual psychiatrist actually exists." And finally, "I can hardly believe that an actually Christlike being is on the planet right now. I can never thank you enough for showing me the way to this Divine being.


Integrating Spirituality into Treatment:


Resources for Practitioners

by William R. Miller (Editor)


Synopsis

Psychology was originally concerned with mind, body and spirit. This volume re-establishes the importance of spirituality while integrating it into the mainstream of sound psychological practice. Topics covered include acceptance, forgiveness, hope, values and control.


Psychosis and Spirituality:


Exploring the New Frontier

by Isabel Clarke (Author)


Synopsis

Spirituality and psychosis both inhabit the region where ordinary reason ceases to function and barriers break down. The connection between them is evident - what is remarkable is how conventional thinking obscures the connection. This volume challenges conventional understandings. The interface between psychosis and spirituality is explored, drawing on research and developments from a wide spread of disciplines. The 12 contributors include Gordon Claridge on schizotypy, Peter Fenwick on the neuropsychological perspective, Neil Douglas-Klotz on an understanding of spirituality, Peter Chadwick on the mystical side of psychosis, and David Kingdon on CBT for psychosis and religious disorders.


Spiritual Dimensions of Mental Health


(Spiritual Perspectives in Nursing Series)

by Judith Allen Shelly (Author), Sandra D. John (Author)

Spirituality and Mental Health:


Breakthrough

by Phil Barker (Author), Poppy BuchananBarker (Author)


Synopsis

This text explores spirituality and its relationship to mental health. It emphasizes the need to look inward and listen to the messages, which are channelled through our beings, rather than dismiss these experiences as some form of "disorder". Part One considers spirituality as a reflection of the process of change. A brief overview of the contemporary history of spiritual inquiry in the field of mental health is provided. Part Two considers spirituality as a reflection of the process of meaning making. Part Three considers spirituality in terms of different forms of journey, including a consideration of the traditional concept of pilgrimage. Part Four considers the potential for healing that lies within even the most terrifying forms of madness. The book then concludes with a suggestion of the power of "waiting" and the rewards obtained by the careful, compassionate practice of life.


Spirituality in Mental Health Care:


Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension

by John Swinton (Author)


Synopsis

Despite a wealth of evidence demonstrating a strong positive correlation between a person's spirituality and their mental health, there is evidence to suggest that those who seek to provide health care are not taking it seriously enough. This work presents a model of mental health care that will enable carers to incorporate spirituality effectively into their caring strategies. Using a critical evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach to contemporary mental health practice, the author explores the therapeutic significance of spirituality for clients in a number of different context with problems such as psychotic disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease and AIDS, from the perspective of both carers and service-users. The author also provides a critical review of existing literature in the field to assess the place of spirituality in contemporary theory and practice.


About the Author

John Swinton is the current Editor of Contact. He is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen and a minister in the Church of Scotland.


Spiritual Emergency:


When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis

by Stanislav Grof (Author, Editor), Christina Grof (Editor)


Synopsis

Argues that many episodes of transformational crisis have been misdiagnosed as mental illness, and explains how to use such a crisis for spiritual development.


Spirituality, Values and Mental Health:


Jewels for the Journey

by John Swinton (Author), Peter Gilbert (Editor), Mary Ellen Coyte (Editor), Vicky Nicholls (Editor)


Synopsis

There is a developing recognition that spirituality, religious belief and inclusive faith communities are important for mental well being. Training for mental health practitioners in the UK is increasingly taking this on board but practitioners have few guidelines about this growing field of interest for incorporating this awareness in their practice with the service users they are trying to help. "Spirituality, Values and Practice in Mental Health Care" addresses policy and practice for professionals working in the mental health field and for carers and people with mental health problems themselves, enabling them to overcome the stigma often associated with mental health problems, and the subject of spirituality. The book includes sections on context, research, education and training and good practice and also incorporates a range of personal perspectives. This book is an indispensable resource for mental health practitioners, carers, service users, chaplains, faith leaders, faith communities, as well as students and professionals working in the field of spirituality and mental health.


STIGMA


Every Family in the Land:

Understanding Prejudice & Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness

by Arthur Crisp (Author)


Synopsis

This collection of over 80 learned articles, personal perspectives and commentaries is designed to shed light on the most common mental disorders in the hope of dispelling some of the stigma which attaches to them. International experts shed light into the causes of, experiences of, reactions to and misunderstanding of what lies beneath generic diagnosis such as personality disorder, schizophrenia, depression, dementia, eating disorders, and alcohol and drug abuse and the stigma which stems from the labels. It has been produced as part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists anti-stigma campaign, "Changing Minds".


The Mark of Shame:

Stigma of Mental Illness 7 an Agenda for Change

by Stephen P. Hinshaw (Author), Dante Cicchetti (Author), Sheree L. Toth (Author)


Book Description

Stigmatization of mental disorder erodes personal well-being, family relations, economic productivity, and public health. Because stigma promotes shame and silence, mental illness is seldom discussed openly, despite recent shifts in cultural practices. The Mark of Shame provides a thorough and compelling analysis of the many issues related to the stigmatisation of mental illness and to the kinds of solutions for this complex and longstanding problem that show the most


promise of succeeding.

In The Mark of Shame, Stephen P. Hinshaw addresses the psychological, social, historical, and evolutionary roots of the stigma of mental illness as well as the long history of such stigmatisation. After appraising empirical evidence and indicators from the general culture (e.g. language usage, media portrayals, discriminatory practices), and after considering developmental issues plus parallels with other social problems, they provide an agenda for humanising the ways in which mental


illness is viewed, so that families, communities, and society at large can overcome exclusionary tendencies and individuals with mental illness can cope more effectively.


Synopsis

Stigmatization of mental disorder erodes personal well-being, family relations, economic productivity, and public health. Because stigma promotes shame and silence, mental illness is seldom discussed openly, despite recent shifts in cultural practices. The Mark of Shame provides a thorough and compelling analysis of the many issues related to the stigmatisation of mental illness and to the kinds of solutions for this complex and longstanding problem that show the most promise of succeeding. In The Mark of Shame, Stephen P. Hinshaw addresses the psychological, social, historical, and evolutionary roots of the stigma of mental illness as well as the long history of such stigmatisation. After appraising empirical evidence and indicators from the general culture (e.g. language usage, media portrayals, discriminatory practices), and after considering developmental issues plus parallels with other social problems, they provide an agenda for humanising the ways in which mental illness is viewed, so that families, communities, and society at large can overcome exclusionary tendencies and individuals with mental illness can cope more effectively.


SURVIVORS


A Divine Dance of Madness:

by M Colme (Author)


Synopsis

by Mairi Colme This story about my struggle with the Psychiatric System is shot through by my own spirituality. For spirituality is our "saying Yes to God whenever we experience Him"; and I experienced God in my madness. When I was young, "joyous and eager, capable of ecstasy," I had a revelation about the love of God, which I subsequently called the"Book of the Beloved." And I have come to understand the meaning of this book, contemplating on it every day during my years of intense mental suffering, when the emotions of rage and pain dragged through me like a sea. Now, years later, I can say I wouldn't want to be without that suffering as it gave me a unique insight into that love. And I offer the book in the hope that others can espy the Love too, without having to go through the madness as I did.It is the Love that moves the stars (which I called "the Star-Love," though you can call Him God or whatever you choose); the Light-Energy which was in the beginning, "in every blade of grass, flowing in every stream, and moving the stars, ubiquitous," "the cornucopia of creativity from whom the worlds tumbled forth." And this universal Love, according to my Book, becomes the Lover of the human soul, ie. the Beloved, when she says Yes to him. She is a "maiden" like Our Lady, but precisely because of her innocence and purity she believes what is "beyond the credibility of men's bound minds," and has an inkling of what God can do. So in the crucial Time-span which was come upon her she did not doubt, but rose beyond herself and transcended herself. She gathered her soul in cupped hands as she vowed; "May everything happen to me as Love wants." According to my book this is the mighty "Fiat" which brings about the birth of the divine into the human soul, and in Christian terms, the redeeming birth of the Christ-child into the world of time."Her words became a pulsation, passing through all the worlds; radiant light-energy pulsed and streamed through her, gathered, centered, streaming in the one direction, with will." However, as the first page of the Book of the Beloved makes clear, the implications of this, for the Beloved, is that she must share, partake in God's own suffering; just as Our Lady had to share Christ's suffering under His cross. Hence Page One opens with the words; "the Beloved has received the Star-Love; she has known the Star-Love's Agony." It is like the imprinting of nails! The Book keeps returning to the theme of being lost in a cold dark Void, which I identify personally with the Void of madness; (Madness is the void which is left when you annihilate the self). She keeps clamouring into the Void; "Isn't there somewhere a great enough Love to overcome this cold dark Void of Agony? I cannot reconcile the Star-Love with this Agony; Love is Absent." It is an absence of Love; she feels her soul is not loved and God is nowhere!


A Season in Hell

by Percy Knauth (Author)


Percy Knauth, writes about his own depression in this memoir, said that the only way to clear the fog and emerge from a conscious coma is to act. "Do something anything," wrote Knauth. "It really doesn't matter what, as long as it is a positive action." For Knauth, this type of behavior involved three simple activities that he performed every day:

  • He got out of bed
  • He made some coffee
  • Then he made the bed

A Survivor's Guide to Working in Mental Health Services

by Susan Rooke-Matthews (Author), Vivien Lindow (Author)


Synopsis

This booklet outlines the difficulties and challenges facing user-workers, details recent changes in practice and plicy, gives good practice recommendations for employers and lists professional schemes and sources of support for user-workers.

Am I Still Laughing:

by Dolly Norah Sen (Author)


Synopsis

Author, poet and activist Dolly Sen lives in Streatham, South London. Born in 1970, she had her first psychotic experience aged 14 which lead her to leave school. After year of mental illness, probably bought on by an abusive childhood, Dolly decided she should write about her experiences. She was inspired to write her own story after reading Jason Pegler's autobiography 'A Can of Madness'. She has since written five books, become a successful performance poet who has toured throughout Europe and has set up two charities. Book Extract Writing has always helped me. I found it when I was 22 and it has kept me alive since then. During my worst depressions, writing gave me a reason to wake up in the morning. Would I still have carried on writing if I never was published? Of course I would. One of my favourite writers, Charles Bukowski, said of writing: 'It is the last expectation, the last explanation, that's what writing is'. A plain piece of paper won't judge you, criticize you. And above all it won't lie to you. If you can't say what needs to be said face to face, write it down. People with mental health problems who are able should think about either writing their story or at least telling it. Their lives shouldn't be what they think are dirty secrets they have to hide. One woman at one of my book signings shook her head sadly and said, "I can't, it's too painful. And besides, nobody wants to hear it." That's what I thought once. I now know that to be untrue. People, men and women, young and old, rich and poor, have taken me aside after reading my book and say, sometimes with tears in their eyes, "This happened to me too. but please don't tell anyone that it did." This is painfully heart-rending. Because I think if you don't share it positively, it'll manifest somewhere else, in your body, in your relationship to others and the world. For example, it can be seen in some people's eyes; they try to smile, but their eyes don't believe it. Their eyes are telling their story - something about their life always will. So you might as well have some control over it.


Beyond Bedlam:


Contemporary Women Psychiatric Survivors Speak Out

by Jeanine Grobe (Editor)


From the Publisher

Personal tales of abusive psychiatric incarceration

The torture of people who have been labeled "mentally ill" is not a thing of the past. It is happening now. *Beyond Bedlam* is upclose and personal writing by women who have survived psychiatric abuse on psychiatric wards and in mental hospitals in the US, Canada, England, and Mexico.


According to editor Jeanine Grobe, "Society blindly regards psychiatry as safe medicine, a position that is very comfortable since people who reject it are likely to wind up with psychiatric labels themselves." Challenging the safety of that position, Beyond Bedlam amplifies the voices of women who've been locked up on psychiatric wards, and the terrifying truths they have to reveal.


In *Beyond Bedlam*, more than two dozen contemporary women write about their experiences as inmates at psychiatric institutions: how they were mistreated, how they escaped, how they live now, and what can be done to change the system that abused them. They survived the abuse, and here in their own words—in letters, personal narratives, and diary excerpts—they describe how they did it. Their voices rise above the clamor of psychiatric jargon, treatment, and therapy.


Includes bibliography, index, and a list of organizations and other resources for psychiatric survivors.


"Could be the book that awakens the world to the ugly reality of loony bins. . . . It’s a book we’d like to publish in our pages, month after month, telling not just of shipwrecks on the ragged shoals of psychiatry but of reconstructing meaningful lives in the aftermath." —Mouth


"An immensely powerful contribution to the contemporary psychiatric literature." —Dendron


"Twenty-five voices loud with anger. . . . They belong to artists, writers, musicians, academics, blacks, whites, Native Americans, Hispancis, Christians, Jews, the poor, the middle-class, lesbians, heterosexuals, survivors of incet. They belong to women who have lived through being committed to psychiatric institutions, often against their will, medicated, put in seclusion, put in physical restraints! , given electroshock treatments, even raped by staff in the institutions. . . . The essays, memoirs, and poems collected here can bring home the pain of being mentally ill." —The Women’s Review of Books


"It is very encouraging to read about the powerful spirit of women who have been trampled by the system, yet survive to write so eloquently and pass on wisdom to help others." —Counterpoint


Beyond Stigma:

Experiences of Mental Health Survivors

by Barry Tebb (Editor)


Synopsis

Features mental health survivors' stories and poems.


Cry of the Invisible:

Writings from the Homeless and Survivors of Psychiatric Hospitals

by Michael A. Susko (Editor)


Michael Susko has edited a powerful and poignant book, written by people who are homeless or who have been homeless, or who have been in mental hospitals. In spite of the fact that some of the writers have died and that the others have faced terrible problems, there is hope in this book. There is vitality in the personal accounts of experience, and in the poetry and drawings. The book is particularly useful for helping people understand more about what it feels like to be a homeless person, or a person in a mental hospital. This understanding will help improve the chances of strong legislation and government funding for help for homeless people. It also will improve the mental health professional's ability to be empathic with his or her patients.


Depression and How to Survive It

by Spike Milligan (Author), Anthony W. Clare (Author)


Synopsis

Spike Milligan reveals the dark side of his life in this book which is co-written with his psychiatrist Anthony Clare. He recalls the traumas of his childhood, his highly-strung mother, his largely absent father, the cruelties of a colonial upbringing and of sadism towards animals, the break-up of his first marriage, the mortar bomb which blew him up in Italy and the overwork which gave him a mental breakdown during the "Goon Show". This book charts the development of this depression and his strategies for dealing with it were improvised, as both when he would get drunk with Peter Sellers, and clinically in his discussions with Clare. Spike Milligan's previous books include "Silly Verse for Kids" and "Where have all the Bullets Gone?". Anthony Clare is the author of "Psychiatry and General Practice" and presents the BBC Radio series, "In the Psychiatrist's Chair".


Desert Flower:

by Waris Dirie (Author)


Synopsis

Waris Dirie, whose name means "desert flower", was born in Somalia of nomadic parents. She underwent extreme female circumcision at the age of five, and when she was 13 her father sold her into marriage with a 60-year-old for five camels, at which time she ran away. She was discovered by a fashion photographer in the United States whilst working as a janitor at McDonald's, and became a model who has been used to promote Revlon skin-care products. She also speaks on women's rights in Africa and travels the world to give lectures on behalf of the UN. This is her autobiography.


About the Author

Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model and a face of Revlon skincare products. She was appointed by the United Nations in 1997 as a special ambassador for women's rights to eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation. She lives in New York. Virago will publish her new book in 2001.


Diamonds Behind My Eyes

by Nicola Pagett (Author)


Synopsis

Nicola Pagett was acting in a Joe Orton play when manic depression took over and she had a breakdown. In this book she spares herself nothing in her determination to explain, openly and in a manner that mirrors her condition, what happened to her and how she was cured.


Losing a Child

by Linda Hurcombe (Author)


Synopsis

This book gives an understanding of how grieving for a child can affect every member of the family, and the relationships between the surviving members. It goes on to explain the different types of support available, and how they can be accessed. A special chapter deals with sudden or violent death.


Pin Down:

by Teresa Cooper (Author)


Book Description

Thrust into care at six months of age because of an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother, Teresa Cooper's life began in a less than perfect way. Teresa spent an unsettled childhood in a variety of children's homes before being sent at thirteen to Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent, which would become her prison and worst nightmare. Teresa found herself a victim of a terrible regime; being injected with dangerously high doses of drugs and sexually abused. This cruel and vicious treatment, accompanied by punishments such as 163 days spent in solitary confinement, meant that it was not long before Teresa began to harm herself and even attempt to take her life. After three years of hell, Teresa thought her nightmare was over but another was about to begin.


About the Author

Teresa Cooper is a survivor. Fighting against a corrupt social care system, she has taken her case of abuse and drugging to parliament, and is fighting to prevent many more children from suffering at the hands of unethical doctors and abusive foster parents.


The extraordinary story of how a young girl fought against the most evil of abuses to become the survivor she is today...

Teresa Cooper's life began in a less than perfect way. But little did she know that things would only go from bad to worse. Teresa spent her unsettled childhood in a variety of children's homes before eventually being sent to Kendal House in Gravesend, Kent, England which was to become the prison in which her worst nightmares would come true. Before her first day within these prison walls had ended, Teresa found herself a victim of the terrible 'pin-down' regime, during which she was injected with dangerously high doses of drugs and then raped and seriously abused. This cruel and vicious treatment, accompanied by punishments such as 163 days spent in solitary confinement, meant that it was not long before Teresa began to harm herself and even attempted to take her life."


"For too long we have been unheard and the government needs to make many changes where child abuse is concerned."


Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

by Linda Gray Sexton (Author)


Synopsis

An unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love between Linda Gray Sexton and her brilliant, unstable and ultimately self-destructive mother, Anne Sexton. Anne taught Linda how to write, how to see, how to imagine; and only Linda could have written a book that captures so vividly the intimate details and lingering emotions of their lives together. Searching for Mercy Street speaks to everyone who admires Anne Sexton and to every daughter or son who knows the pain of an imperfect childhood. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Soul Survivor:


A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry

by Mary Maddock (Author), Jim Maddock (Author)


This is a harrowing story written by my parents of their disturbing encounter with the Irish Psychiatric system.It is a story of hope and encouragement to all those who are suffering from emotional turmoil, and will hopefully offer a glimmer of light to many who can only see darkness in their lives. It is not only for those who are suffering and their loved ones, but should be read by all those who are connected to the complex world of Psychiatry. It is an honest and revealing story written directly from the heart and will suprise many who would not be so brave to reveal such a personal insight into their lives

"If there was any doubt that we urgently need to hear the voice of the survivor in order to challenge the abuses of the psychiatric system, this book dispels them. Mary's journey through hell contains lessons for us all"


Lucy Johnstone

"The Myth of chemical imbalance lost Mary Maddock twenty years of her life. If there is any consolation for this tragedy it is that out of it has come a wonderful book"


Dorothy Rowe

Survivors:


Stories and Strategies to Heal the Hurt

by John Preston (Author)


Synopsis

This book looks at the lives of four people who've gone through some rough experiences. Sharon, Dale, Katherine and Gary are quite different, yet each of them is plagued by some form of significant emotional despair. These are not cases of mental illness, but examples of ordinary human beings living through painful times. Their stories show that all human beings have an inherent capacity to heal from deep emotional wounds.

Mark Vonnegut (Author)


Book Description

"Most diseases can be separated from one’s self ... schizophrenia is something we are." So begins Mark Vonnegut’s depiction of his descent into, and eventual emergence from, mental illness. As a recent college graduate, self-avowed hippie, and son of a counterculture hero, Vonnegut begins to experience increasingly delusional thinking, suicidal thoughts, and physical incapacity. In February 1971 he is committed to a psychiatric hospital. The Eden Express, an ALA Notable Book first published over 25 years ago, is his honest, thoughtful, and moving account of the illness of schizophrenia. This edition features a new foreword by Kurt Vonnegut and a new preface by the author. "Required reading for those who want to understand insanity from the inside." — The New York Times


The Loony Bin Trip

by Kate Millett (Author)


Synopsis

The author of "Sexual Politics" explores the question of madness, mania and depression, from her own experience. She tells of her struggle with the stigma of mental illness, her forced hospitalization by family and friends, and her decision to prove her sanity by going off prescribed medication.


Trauma

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal

by Belleruth Naparstek (Author)


Synopsis

Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, abusive relationships and tragedies can all leave deep emotional wounds that persist long after physical scars have healed. Survivors become 'invisible heroes,' courageously struggling with symptoms so baffling that they sometimes doubt their own sanity. Now there is new hope for the millions affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drawing on more than thirty years' experience as a therapist as well as on the most recent research, Belleruth Naparstek presents a clinically proven program for recovery using guided imagery. Filled with the voices of real trauma patients and therapists whose lives and work have been changed by this approach, "Invisible Heroes" presents: new understanding of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural effects of PTSD; important insights into how the brain and the body respond to trauma; a step-by-step program with more than 20 scripts for guided imagery exercises, providing relief of symptoms ranging from anxiety attacks and insomnia to depression; and a helpful guide to the best of the new imagery-based therapies, and how to incorporate them into an overall recovery plan.


Waking the Tiger:

Healing Trauma - The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences

by Peter Levine (Author)


Synopsis

In an age of Prozac and victimhood, we are not encouraged to take control of our behavioural ailments. This book, based on the authors' years of work with stress and trauma victims, aims to pass control back to the individual and away from the treatment centre. It challenges the myth that trauma stays with you for the rest of your life, and presents powerful exercises to reconcile traumatic experiences with "normal" life. By understanding the source of trauma - whether it be by violence, loss, or natural disaster - you can pick up the psychological and physical tools to resolve and complete a natural traumatic reaction.


From the Author

Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question--why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through a heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.