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Reviewed by Dr Maha Fayyaz Khan
Mental health law is an area of significant legal and social complexity and ‘’THE MAZE’’ is an honest and pure attempt by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, contextualising the key advancements in the law. It attempts to unfold the complications linked with mental health law enabling the professionals to use it for patient benefit and recovery support.
The invaluable material in this book is presented in the form of seven self-contained sections covering 214 pages, with thought provoking facts and appealing front cover.
Reviewed by RHS Mindham
This autobiography describes the experience of psychiatric care in the West Riding of Yorkshire by a young woman and the effects on her subsequent life. It makes for uncomfortable reading. read more...
Reviewed by Dr. Shahrina Nabi
In her book Hilary Coveney describes her experiences of being sectioned under the Mental Health Act between June 2010 until discharge in August 2013. This is her story about how she had benefited as well as, using her word, ‘ hindered ‘, by this admission to hospital. I am humbled by her courage to write a book about this distressing time in her life. She has written in the forward “I hope you enjoy reading this book and that it will shed some light on how at least one mental health patient experienced the help she received”. read more...
Reviewed by Dr Anne Parfitt-Rogers
Many people will pray during their lives, particularly in times of stress and difficulty. Written by psychiatrist Dr Pablo Martinez, 'Prayer Life: How Our Personality Affects the Way We Pray' explores the complexities of prayer in relation to our personality, covering areas such as Myers Briggs types, neuroticism, depressive personalities and schizophrenia.
The book describes the value of prayer as a treatment and support during illness and tackles problems such as concentration difficulties, 'bad thoughts' and self-acceptance, drawing on scientific studies and Judaeo-Christian and Eastern philosophies.
Reviewed by Nathan Filer
The Shock of the Fall is a book which the author, Nathan Filer, originally envisaged in a different format. He had pictured it composed of the materials written on and by the narrator, Matt, such as type-written sheets. Matt suffers from treatment resistant schizophrenia and uses the resources at his Day Centre in Bristol to write his story. Nathan Filer is a psychiatric nurse and his professional experience and his compassion and empathy for his patients shines through in this eloquent and moving account, not only of life with schizophrenia but also of loss and grief. read more...
Reviewed by Ross Mirvis
“Tigger on the Couch” explores the mental health issues of a far-reaching group of childhood characters. This includes the aforementioned Tigger’s ADHD, Willy Wonka’s schizotypal personality disorder and Tinker Bell’s borderline personality disorder. read more...
Reviewed by Dr Chandrashekar Gangaraju
I am grateful to the service user who gave this book to the Consultant Psychiatrist that I was working with a couple of years ago. I found it interesting and bought my own copy.
This book is a product of psychological research on over a thousand eccentrics. It is an absolute joy to read. It is packed with facts and quotes with some interesting details about people from history that I did not know. Some descriptions are very funny and some you would think are just unbelievable.
Reviewed by Dr Frances Travers
“Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is like being branded with a scarlet A. This is now who I am, someone with dementia. This was how I would, for a time, define myself and how others continue to define me. But I am not what I say or what I do or what I remember. I am fundamentally more than that.”
‘Still Alice’ was recommended to me by a friend with a shared interest in psychiatry. I've read it twice, and found it unputdownable. read more...
Reviewed by Purvesh Madhani
This is a fine piece of science writing and similar to Dr Mukerjee’s book the Emperor of All Maladies in many ways. read more...
Reviewed by Dr Chanpreet Blayney
An epic tale currently spanning five books – 1) Game of Thrones 2) Clash of Kings 3) Storm of Swords 4) Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
The books are set on a mystical and medieval backdrop in the world of ‘Westeros’. Society is ordered in a distinct feudal hierarchy - from the Royal family, the Nobles, the ‘Lesser houses’ down to the peasants. The dramatic interplay involving the Royals and Nobles forms the basis for ‘A Game of Thrones’ - where politics, treachery, family honour and lust for power culminate in War.
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