Self Help

Living with Schizophrenia, Second Edition

ISBN-10: 095603537X, RPR £9.99
Published Sept 2012

Winner, MJA Open Book Award for ‘best self-help book’.

This book provides schizophrenia sufferers and their carers with a source of information about the illness that is accessible, reliable, and comprehensive. By teaching you about the condition, ‘Living with Schizophrenia’ aims to alleviate any feelings of fear and isolation that you may have, and provide you with a realistic sense of hope and optimism. Simple and practical advice about day-to-day management enables you to take greater control over the illness, make the most of the services that are available to you, and ultimately improve your chances of once again leading a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.

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Growing from Depression

ISBN 978-0-9560353-4-9, RPR £9.99
Published June 2010

Happiness is good for the body, but it is grief which develops the strengths of the mind. —Marcel Proust

‘Growing from Depression’ is a counterintuitive, perhaps even provocative, title for a self-help guide on depression, but I chose it for what I think are three very good reasons.

First, I wanted to challenge perceptions of people with depression. Rather than being ‘lazy’ or ‘losers’, they are often among some of the most ambitious, truthful, and courageous of all people.

Second, whereas getting ill is never a good thing, depression can present a precious opportunity to recognise and to address difficult life problems. This can lead not only to a better future, but also to a more refined perspective and deeper understanding of one’s life and of life in general.

Third, and perhaps most obviously, the journey out of depression is one of learning: learning about oneself, of course, but also learning about the many life skills that are covered in this book, skills such as defeating thinking errors, managing stress and anxiety, developing confidence and self-esteem, building relationships, eating healthily, and getting a good night’s sleep. These skills should not only help you to get better, but also to stay better and to enjoy a better quality of life than ever before.

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Master your Mind : The Mental Health Guide

ISBN 978-0-9560353-1-8, RPR £13.99
Published February 2009

This book is for anyone wrestling with a mental disorder and needing to get the upper hand.

The book is divided into 47 concise and self-contained modules, including:

– Coping with stigma
- Building self-esteem
- Managing stress
- Managing anxiety
- Fighting depression
- Coping with voices
- Talking treatments
- Taking your medication
- Preventing relapses
- Caring for carers

‘Master your Mind’ should help you to alleviate any feelings of fear, hopelessness, or isolation that you may have; to take greater control over your illness; to make the most of the treatments and services that are available to you; and—ultimately— to improve your chances of once again leading a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.

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