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5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving Mental Health Issues, 16 July 2013
This review is from: Dandelions and Bad Hair Days (Kindle Edition)
I know people who lost their jobs because they had some mental health issues. The reasons for redundancy would not, of course, mention mental health; but the determination to get rid of them was nevertheless overwhelming. Mental health issues are therefore things not to talk about, not to admit, in case employers and acquaintances look askance and expect the worst. From time to time, crises come and hiding becomes impossible. Others get to know, maybe need to know. Friends need to know what to do. Medical decisions have to be made. - medication? talking therapy? hypnotherapy? In this book, people with mental health issues `come out', tell the world and describe their experiences and journeys. Sometimes it is depression, sometimes panic attacks, sometimes obsessive compulsive disorder, sometimes eating disorders. The book has been compiled in the belief that others could benefit from other people's journeys. Some find support in the right medication, but point out the downside of wrong medication. Others avoid medication all together. Some value talking therapies such as CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), others not, at least unless there is particular rapport with the therapist. There are different approaches to asking where the symptoms come from, but understanding this may not help: more importantly people need to know how to tackle the symptoms. We find feelings of self worthlessness, anxiety based on `can't do' feelings, feelings even of guilt over things imagined to have been done, sins that need to be forgiven (`religious scrupulosity' is a new one on me).

There is a message also for so-called `normal' folk. You need to get your minds around how to respond if a friend, family member, pupil or neighbour shows symptoms that make you uncomfortable. Your discomfort is not their problem but yours. Of course if you express your discomfort in negative and confrontational ways, those outbursts become their problem in that, as well as coping with their very difficult lives, they have to cope with you too. A cheap ebook with profits going to charity. I wholeheartedly recommend it for everyone to read and so be able to make a difference to someone's life.
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