Imprint :Bear & Company
Publication Date :29/07/2010
Total Pages :384
Dimensions :153 x 229
Author :Lewis Mehl-Madrona
HEALING THE MIND THROUGH THE POWER OF STORY
The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry
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Psychiatry that recognises the essential role of community in creating a new story of mental health.
Conventional psychiatry is not working. The pharmaceutical industry promises it has cures for everything that ails us, yet a recent study on antidepressants showed there is no difference of success in prescribed pharmaceuticals from placebos when all reported trials are considered instead of just the trials published in journals. Up to 80 percent of patients with bipolar depression retain their symptoms despite conventional treatment and 10 to 20 percent of these patients commit suicide.
In HEALING THE MIND THROUGH THE POWER OF STORY, Dr. Mehl-Madrona shows what mental health care could be. He explains that within a narrative psychiatry model of mental illness, people are not defective, requiring drugs to “fix” them. What needs “fixing” is the ineffective stories they have internalised and succumbed to about how they should live in the world. Drawing on traditional stories from cultures around the world, Dr. Mehl-Madrona helps his patients rewrite their lives. He shows how this innovative approach is actually more compatible with what we are learning about the biology of the brain and genetics than the conventional model of psychiatry. Drawing on wisdom both ancient and new, he demonstrates the power and success of narrative psychiatry to bring forth change and lasting transformation.
About the Author
Lewis Mehl-Madrona is certified in psychiatry, family practice and geriatrics and worked for years in rural emergency medicine. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Coyote Medicine, is a professor of family medicine at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and of psychology at Argosy University and lectures around the world.Read more