Breaking Down is Waking Up: Can Psychological Suffering be a Spiritual Gateway? Paperback – 2001
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This book explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on Dr Razzaque's work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular practitioner of meditation. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness can also be a form of spiritual awakening. Dr Razzaque provides evidence for this from a range of sources including direct clinical case material from his work in acute mental health services to the latest findings from neuroscience and the insights of meditative traditions. The book describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering, in particular, around practices such as mindfulness. These therapies offer both patients and their families the inspiring idea that the approach to their psychological difficulties should go beyond just "treating" episodes of mental illness but also, where possible, help the individual to complete the process of spiritual growth they have begun. Dr Razzaque argues passionately that our society as a whole could benefit from developing an awareness of the spiritual power of this process of transformation. Written in the tradition of the bestselling insights of neuroscientist Eben Alexander and therapists Irvin D. Yalom and Oliver Sacks, Breaking Down is Waking Up, will speak to both professionals in the field of mental health as well as those suffering from mental illness, their family and friends and, indeed, all those who have an interest in exploring the deepest layers of what it really means to be human.
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In the sixties a number of radical psychiatrists questioned the nature of "madness" as much as psychiatric procedures which included things like insulin and electric shocks, procedures now which are used much less, if at all in the case of the former procedure. These procedures were at the centre of arguments by perhaps the most famous of these radicals, RD Laing (see The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise) who attracted the title "anti-psychiatrist" though he disowned the title.
At this point it is worth looking at what Laing said about madness. He raised the radical possibility that "Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through." There are interesting questions here. First that there can be a purpose in someone's so called "mental illness." But perhaps we should also note caution in that statement in the use of the word "may." Laing was not necessarily saying this was the case for all people. But even if this is true, he was also saying something radical about psychiatric norms.
The question in the subtitle of this elegantly written book suggests me that the author is aware of this subtlety. The contents would back this up. In the text he discusses matters of what is normal development, also what can be seen as scientific, all important matters in defining what can be diagnosed. He also, in a non dogmatic way looks at what some of the worlds great religions have to offer here and while not blind to the abuses suggests at their core all offer paths to healing, Perhaps controversially to some, he looks at the religious element that appears in many people suffering from madness and suggests that this may be legitimate experience as part of a spiritual journey. Yet as he also points out, there are therapeutic traditions which argue this, which don't get as much publicity as ones that concentrate mainly on symptoms and medication.
The book suggests one solution in this, namely Mindfullness techniques. I have no problem with this, though I would have liked a little more details from say case histories to illustrate how this is used. But that said this is perhaps an opening manifesto, arguing for an expansion in scope psychiatry, rather than scrapping it all together. It could not have a better advocate from this viewpoint. I look forward to further developments in this direction, because from personal experience as a therapist this is an approach that could at the very least make lives better than they are under medication. This book has potential to go beyond anti-psychiatry.
Every word resonated so deeply with my own experience, and to have confirmation of something that you believe coming from someone who has the power to influence significant change within the mental health system brings such relief and validity.
This book is Universal, and it feels synchronistic, timely to the shift that is occurring in society today. Breaking down is waking up will be a contributor to an evolutionary shift within western psychiatry, and it can't come soon enough!
Dr Razzaque's bravery to speak out against the conventional bio-medical model must be celebrated.
Written with true kindness and humility and a wish to serve, it may make us reach for these goals as well.
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