Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekly Reading

The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head - Lately in my reading I have been looking for a book that could help me answer some of the more complex questions in my life. A friend of mine pointed me on to a series and this is one of many books suggested. This book follows the career of an Ivy League M.D. who is entering the psychology field. Having briefly worked on a psych ward myself, this book peaked my interests. Dr. Gary Small does a brilliant job taking what could be very dry material and turns it into a book that has you laughing, questioning, and looking deeper into your own connections with the people around you. A must read if you are interested in books that make you want to research more into other topics. A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"In any given year, an estimated one in four adults -nearly sixty million people- in the United States suffer from a mental disorder. Despite the public's misconceptions, psychiatric interventions have been shown to diminish and often eradicate the symptoms of psychosis, depression, and anxiety; yet many people do not have access to care, and often those who could improve with treatment never seek out a specialist"

"It has always amazed me that people feel such a stigma about the psychiatric conditions. Most people wouldn't feel embarrassed if they had a broken leg and needed help. Despite the remarkable advances in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, many still believe that mental illness is a sign of personal weakness and something to be embarrased about. The effects of these attitudes can be devastating. Patients feel self-doubt and shame, so they isolate themselves. Many who would likely respond to treatment pretend that nothing is wrong and refuse help. They are often rejected by family and friends and discriminated against at work."

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