What a life can be
who went from being lost in jail to a psychiatric ward to defending her thesis at Vanderbilt. And that is why Library Journal recommended What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schiz-Affective Disorder by Carolyn Dobbins PhD as an ideal tool for advocacy. (Nov 15 print edition).
Dr. Thomas G Burish, professor of psychology and Provost of Notre Dame hailed the book as "powerful and revealing and provides a unique insight into chronic mental disease" .
"It will challenge your thinking about mental illness, about hope, about faith, about who you are." George E Doebler M Div. Special Advisor, Dept. of Pastoral Care, U of Tennessee Medical Center:, Executive Director, emeritus: Association of Mental Health Clergy (now Association of Professional Chaplains)
Reverend Doebler went on to say that
"What a Life Can Be: is a study of the life of a woman with a major psychiatric disease; technically labeled Schizo-Affective Disorder. It is much more, it is a book about each of us, with whatever label we might have. What a Life can Be shares a personal story of a woman with mental illness.........The dialogue between the therapist and the patient is philosophical, witty, sad, frightening, caring ----and lovingly done."
Dr. E Fuller Torrey describes the book as "an inspiration for all who have ever experienced psychosis". Dr Torrey is the author of the well known and best selling Surviving Schizophrenia and the executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Center.
Dr Dobbins is a PhD graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives and works in Knoxville, TN
What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder, ISBN 978-0-9866522-2-6, 226 pages, $19.95 and available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and others. Also available in Kindle format
Other titles from Bridgeross of possible interest to psychologists are:
After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman and recommended by NAMI and EUFAMI in Europe.
My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery From Mental Illness by Sandra Yuen MacKay recommended by NAMI and called "remarkably compelling" by Library Journal
Schizophrenia Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame by Marvin Ross and recommended by the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders
The Adolescent Owner's Manual by David Laing Dawson, MD "his to-the-pointness recommends this for busy readers." Library Journal
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