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Psychosis Through My Eyes by [Amey, Catherine]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (19 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XNQ9QS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating and well-written first-person account of psychosis; this is essential reading for anyone taking antidepressants, as well as anyone living with someone with mental illness. Catherine Amey writes with astonishing honesty and objectivity and an impressive lightness of touch for such heavy subject matter. The prologue, written from the author’s point of view when in a delusional state, is startling and brilliant. The author’s account of her illness, recovery and dealing with the social stigma of mental illness was inspirational and compelling. The book also contains a review of scientific literature on psychosis, which is expertly handled and described in an interesting and accessible way. The list of resources is thorough and professional.

An excellent read. The author should be commended for her lack of self-pity and desire to help others understand and overcome mental illness.
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A well-written and interesting first-hand account of the experience of psychosis for anyone interested in mental illness, whether lay person or professional. This is the best insight I have ever had into how easily the shift from normal or "shared" thinking can happen and how the mind can trick you into embellishing your own experiences, so that the line between what's real and what isn't becomes blurred. The way that Catherine tells her story creates a fabulous insight into how disordered thinking starts to develop. The book goes on to explore potential triggers for psychosis and includes interesting chapters on recognisable symptoms, ie pressure of speech, as a reference for professionals.

The fact that Catherine has been able to turn her own terrifying experience into a helpful aid for others is remarkable in itself.
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Catherine Amey's book is both a revelation and an affirmation for anyone who may have experienced psychosis or has an interest in the same. The book is very well laid out and the subject matter explained both clearly and in great detail so as to maintain both lay person and professional interest. Being separated into two main sections gives the reader the opportunity to compare a personal experience of psychosis with the "industry" accepted approach to the illness. This is of great use to anyone who might want to confirm/deny or expand their suspicions and knowledge of psychosis as it applies to a specific individual. I myself have suffered from mental illness (mainly depression and anxiety) over many years which has been treated both medically and cognitively, so I can readily identify with a lot of what the author has to say about the affects, symptoms and treatment of psychosis. For this reason I can also strongly imagine it would be of great use to practitioners in the field for reference purposes.

This book is a refreshing and most informative analysis of psychosis from a mixture of personal and professional angles. Strikingly it has a non-judgemental approach to this horrible affliction. I was captivated by the subject matter and also extremely uplifted by the empathy expressed by Catherine Amey throughout as she tries to come to terms with and deal with her illness. But she manages to keep separate her emotion in the professional section of the book in order to present an impartial account of the facts available on this topic. Parts of the book are very sad and indeed there are also a few moments where smiles abound, but hope is the lasting feeling with the strong realisation that there is light at the end of this fearful tunnel.
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A truely eye opening insight into the world of psychosis through the experience of someone who has been there.
Catherine Amey gives a very open and extremely honest account of her personal story, and you really get a sense of the panic, fear, emotion, and state of confusion, where her hallucinations were real to her. She describes how her thoughts and actions were often misinterrupted and misunderstood by professionals who should have understood more about them.
At times I raised a smiled but I found her story rather an emotional one and i could only feel sympathy towards her and her family during what must have been a truely horrifying experience.
Catherine continues her account through her ongoing recovery and again her honesty shines through. She descibes how recovery is a long process, accepting what has happened and the social stigma attached being the hardest, but merely the start. She does however show that recovery is possible and that life really can and does go on, maybe not in the same way as before but in a new direction and that positives can be found from negatives.
This book would be very benefical to those who know someone who has either been through or are currently going through this. A must read for health professionals trying to understand their patients better.
The books format is set out in two sections. Firstly and most importantly the authors story and secondly an informative section on research and facts in easily digestable sections; which includes recovery and predisposing factors to psychosis.
The book concludes with an extensive array of useful contacts and organisations from which information and support can be gained. A very good starting post towards self-help or for those who want to help someone but have no idea where to start.
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