Reflecting on the confusion, shame and grief brought on by her mother's schizophrenia, Amy Simpson provides a bracing look at the social and physical realities of mental illness and explores new possibilities for ministry to this stigmatized group. A Her.meneutics book.
On the Cultural Construction of Mental Disorder and Normality in Southern Malawi
Author: Arne S. Steinforth
Pubpsher: Peter Lang
Category: Social Science
Every society has its own definition of a normal and an abnormal human condition. For persons living with mental disorders, these concepts have a tremendous impact. This study investigates how the abnormal mind is culturally defined in Malaŵi, South-Eastern Africa. Based on anthropological techniques such as interviews, participant observation, and archive research, it explores the different social dimensions of mental disorder - e.g. its reflection in traditional dance rituals, in behavioural rules during pregnancy, or in the healing ministry of independent churches. It demonstrates how local explanations of mental disorder - be it witchcraft, an angry ancestor, or the will of God - determine the social acceptance of an affected person's condition. Recent processes of cultural change, however, strengthen the pluralism of Malaŵian religious landscape, opening the local debate to an ever wider range of interpretations.
Release on 1999-09 | by Sidney Bloch,Bruce S. Singh
A Guide to Mental Illness and Its Treatment
Author: Sidney Bloch,Bruce S. Singh
Pubpsher: NYU Press
Most of us take our mental health for granted. But when confronted by mental illness in our family, our friends, or ourselves, even the most competent among us is likely to become bewildered. Understanding Troubled Minds provides a calm and authoritative guide to the full range of specific mental illnesses and available treatments. It deals with particular patterns of illness in women, children, and the elderly. It stresses the value of partnership among psychiatrists, patients, and their families. And it places this knowledge within the framework of modern psychiatry-from the history of the profession to just what it is that psychiatrists and fellow health-workers do, and how they can help. A sense of hope and optimism prevails within these pages. The authors, both eminent psychiatrists with long practical experience, stress that great strides are being made in the treatment of mental illness. But they also warn against the lure of the instant cure. Acknowledging the complexity of human nature, they weave the stories of real people and the insights of many writers throughout their text. Balanced, up-to-date, thoroughly readable, and humanistic, this book will both increase our practical knowledge and deepen our understanding of mental illness.
Tells the story of a boy with an extraordinary gift which was caused by a freak accident at birth. This title explores various cases, finally resulting in his unique gift taking a dramatic turn - which eventually leads to him exploring a world beyond our own with his last patient and soul mate.
I hope you like what you read and I am happy to do my part to help save this dying art. Now I would like to thank the ones who gave me inspiration: H.S.T., J.M., J.D., L.S., S.H., E.V., S.K., S.V., B.N., K.C., D.D., C.M. and for the ones I forgotten your in my thoughts!
A Mother's Faithful Fight Through the Mental Healthcare System
Author: Rosemarie McCoy McLoyd
In this very transparent memoir, Rosemarie shares insight into the mental healthcare crisis and the challenges she has faced with management, treatment, and advocacy for her daughter. Shared from the perspective of a dedicated caregiver, Rosemarie brings comfort to individuals, families and the loved ones of those affected by mental illness. By sharing faith-based encouragement and statistical data that she collected from research and personal experience, she hopes to encourage, equip and empower individuals to advocate for mental health awareness and healthcare improvement.
Making sense of the emotional dimension of learning
Author: Peter Nelmes
Pubpsher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
In Troubled Hearts, Troubled Minds: Making sense of the emotional dimension of learning, Peter Nelmes delivers key lessons on how we can better connect with both the head and the heart during the teaching and learning process. How are we to think of the disruptive or destructive child? Drawing on over 25 years of experience working with children with challenging behaviour, Peter Nelmes argues that such children are members of a community who are possibly the least understood and accepted in society – and whose problems are often met with condemnation rather than understanding and support. Through his insightful explanation of this phenomenon, Peter gives anyone who works with such children a framework for understanding how the heart and the mind relate to each other in practice. Writing with warmth and compassion, he shares a range of real-life case studies which illustrate how emotional difficulties can often diminish a child's capacity for learning and delivers key lessons on the importance of nurturing pupils’ self-regulation and providing them with supportive interventions. Troubled Hearts, Troubled Minds is divided into two parts: the first comprising lessons from practice and the second looking towards a coherent theory that can then inform practice. Part I begins by exploring the emotional background of teaching and learning, and the following three chapters enquire into the three components of shared meanings in the classroom: the teacher, the context and the learner. The final chapter in this section turns the focus onto what it means to attune to the emotional dimension of classroom interactions, putting greater emphasis on the lessons for practice. In Part II, Peter explores the best modes of talk to use when teaching troubled children and presents a way of conceptualising all that has been described in the book into a simple theoretical model which educators can relate to and apply in their own setting. If you have ever struggled to teach – or even just connect with – a troubled child, then this book is for you. Contents include: Part I: The construction and components of shared meanings: lessons from practice. Chapter 1. The emotional component of teaching and learning; Chapter 2. The teacher; Chapter 3. The context; Chapter 4. The learner; Chapter 5. Attuning to and containing emotions; Part II: What does this mean for teachers? Lessons for practice. Chapter 6. How to talk to troubled children; Chapter 7. Relf-regulation and supportive interventions.
We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, specialists argue over whether the answers lie in the person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances. As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Anthony David brings together many fields of enquiry, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour. Patrick believes he is dead. Jennifer's schizophrenia medication helped with her voices but did it cause Parkinson’s? Emma is in a coma – or is she just refusing to respond? Drawing from Professor David’s career as a clinician and academic, these fascinating case studies reveal the unique complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding.
Soft Eyes and Troubled Minds is a compilation of poetry and literary works by high school students Eboni Symone Porter and Isaiah Cole Louder. It addresses complex emotions and battles an average teenager deals with everyday. It also deals with depression, suicide, love, betrayal, self-image, stress, and finding happiness. This book was not created to make thousands of dollars, win awards, or attract fame. Its purpose is simply to remind the common person that the storm will pass. Do not be afraid.