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In My Room: The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist
 
 

In My Room: The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist [Kindle Edition]

Jim Lucey
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'Using the art of clinical storytelling, Professor Lucey allows us to enter his room an extraordinary space where theory informs practice and practice informs theory ... In My Room provides valuable insights that will benefit every human being interested in better understanding mental health. This is a beautiful book that should be read out loud at times, shared with others, and openly discussed' --Charlotte R. Shore, RN, BSN, Newton Wellesley Hospital, USA and David A. Shore, PhD, Harvard University

'What a sublime pleasure to read a book about a topic that isn't easily accessible and that is artfully and compellingly written ... the lessons are visceral and the unputdownable narratives are about people playing for life stake.' --Aidan Halligan, Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England, Director of Well North and Principal of NHS Staff College and Chairman of Pathway,

'It's a really fascinating book, because you get to glimpse inside real stories' --Keelin Shanley, Morning Edition

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‘The room is a space for the mind, and a metaphor for the mind at the same time. Most of us will never find ourselves on a psychiatrist’s couch and yet our lives would be perilous if we did not make space for our mental health. In this space, we can hold up a mirror and acknowledge our search for meaning. By going to the room, life becomes more resourceful and rewarding. In showing up there, we show up for life itself.’ Jim Lucey has been working for more than 25 years with patients suffering from mental health problems. When people at their most vulnerable present to his room at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin, they reveal their fears, traumas, and very real human predicaments. Most of the assessments described in this book took place in this room. While the patients’ stories are diverse, one common theme emerges – that of recovery. The psychiatrist and patients show us that recovery is possible, if we can find a way to engage. Many of us find it difficult to speak of the mind, and care of the mind requires an ability to listen and to reflect. This inspiring book will give you many moments of reflection as you journey with Jim’s patients towards recovery, and will restore your faith in the human experience.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan (24 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J2ZQSAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and extremely irksome 22 Jun 2014
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I'm no stranger to these sorts of books - I have read dozens of them. The most redeeming feature of Lucey's book is that it is relatively well written. However, the content is bland and lifeless and the clients' stories lack depth and exposition. If Lucey has any psychotherapeutic training it does not show from these client accounts which probably accounts for the blandness. I found myself feeling annoyed by some of Lucey's apparent assumptions as well as the fact that he appears to use this book as a sort of polemic with regard to the delivery of mental health services in Ireland. I found myself wondering what Lucey's point in writing this book was? Was it to give an account of clients' recoveries or to present his own, tangentially related, and self-servingly flavoured polemic about the way in which mental health services are delivered in Ireland? Whether Lucey is aware of his own assumptions or not his writing appears to suggest that psychotherapists and psychologists are only of use in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - and at his recommendation - as if they could not determine for themselves which approach might best suit a client. I find myself wondering how he would feel if a psychotherapist or psychologist recommended to him which medication to prescribe. I also found myself feeling indignant for psychoanalysts where, as early as the first page he annoyed me by suggesting that "the iconic couch" belonged to psychiatry (rather than psychoanalysis - which unless they have also undergone at least 4 years further training - a psychiatrist is not). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 17 Jun 2014
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A wonderful book which touched I'm sure the nerve of many with it's insight into everyday issues of life. Well done Jim Lucey - I recommend highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight 13 Jun 2014
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Fascinating insight. Such an interesting book that almost anyone will be able to relate to. Thoroughly enjoyable read and extremely well written.
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