Staying Sane: How to Make Your Mind Work for You Paperback – 1 Jun 1998
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"'He can do what most consultants can't - translate medspeak into plain English'" (Dr Phil Hammond Independent)
"'A radical new approach to keeping ourselves mentally healthy'" (Independent)
"'He is the most eminent psychiatrist of the age...the guru of common sense'" (Spectator)
"'Staying Sane contains a brave, unorthodox message - the solution to all but the most severe mental problems is within yourself'" (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A radical new approach to keeping ourselves mentally healthy' Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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In this current climate , its seems fashionable to encourage people to feel fragile or unable to cope, which then can become reality.
Anytime I feel in need of a shot of common sense and wisdom, I dip into "Staying Sane" which strengthens my thoughts and actions.
We have an inbuilt mechanism to survive which Raj explains simply and reassuringly. There is no need to spiral into torment.
This positive reasoning is constantly being thrown into doubt by "counsellors", a detrimental exercise, which can cause great anguish, when we are quite capable of helping ourselves, as Raj illustrates.
Give yourself at least a week to read the whole book - it's not a dip-in, dip-out guide. If you put in the effort, you'll find you're rewarded with a real insight into what contributes towards a healthy or unhealthy mind, and you'll have the tools to be able to help yourself through all kinds of predicaments.
Persaud refers to a wide range of studies into mental health issues, but doesn't treat the lay-reader as an idiot or litter the book with jargon, keeping the text intelligent and accessible. Top tip: make a few notes and take page references when you read anything particularly pertinent as the layout of the book doesn't lend itself to you being able to track down that paragraph quickly again.
Overall: fascinating, full of surprises, and if you persevere through the 600-odd pages, you'll probably feel much better-equipped to deal with life's inevitable ups and downs.
As a self help book it will certainly enable people to develop certain techniques to help themselves.
As a Psychiatrist and Psychologist he is certainly 'in the know' regarding nay issues to do with mental health.
I recommend this book to anyone who finds life difficult at times and needs to gain control over negative thoughts and emotions, or people with mental health issues, and also a great chapter on how to help people with such problems.
In its current form I would imagine it is missing out on the first group by presenting itself in such a 'popular' format - the cover, the quizzes etc. This is a shame because I feel it must surely be of use to those working, training or researching in the field of mental health.
As for the rest of us, the mentally unstable, we just want to be able to find what we need when we need it. I read this through rather quickly, gobbled it up in fact, as I was emerging from a major 'episode'. I found so much that made sense and that gave power and control over my stability back to me. But I didn't make notes as it never occurred to me that I would need them. Big mistake.
The next time I could feel myself sliding away, I turned to this book for reminders of how to help myself and ended up getting very frustrated. I didn't need all the references and support for each point, I wanted sub-headings, bulleted lists, chapter summaries and the like. An index, Raj. Couldn't there have been an index?
Any plans for a more user-friendly edition?
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