Several years ago, I started work with an ACT therapist to tackle some problematic behaviours. It wasn't until I found this book that I realised the pSeveral years ago, I started work with an ACT therapist to tackle some problematic behaviours. It wasn't until I found this book that I realised the principles of ACT can be taken and applied to psychosis. I tested this out: I allowed myself to become hypomanic, and then used the principles in this book to become well again. ACT works for psychosis. This is a technical but practical read for people who experience psychosis, and it's a must-read for health care workers who work with people at risk of psychosis....more
What if you could find a way to handle the thoughts that derail you and the emotions that overwhelm you?
This book introduces Acceptance and CommitmentWhat if you could find a way to handle the thoughts that derail you and the emotions that overwhelm you?
This book introduces Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as that solution. Think of it as a workbook for fully experiencing life.
The three parts of ACT are: • Defusion: where you see all thoughts as just stories and so unlink yourself from them. • Expansion: where you make room for uncomfortable feelings and sensations rather than seeking to avoid them. • Connection: where you bring your awareness to the present.
In a sentence: ACT teaches you to take action – regardless of how you think or feel – toward creating a fulfilling life.
I came across the original “The Happiness Trap” when I started work with an ACT psychologist in 2010. Applying it helped free me from an addiction that had controlled me since 1996.
When I found this cartoon version, I wondered how much of the original content they’d be able to condense. Would key ideas vanish?
What I’ve found is that everything’s there, and perhaps a little more. This version is just as helpful as the original.
Aimed at people who are so depressed that reading is hard, it meets their needs. But it’s helpful for anyone who lets emotions or thoughts control their lives.
This is the first time I’ve received a digital review copy and then bought the print book. It’s a fun, enjoyable and helpful guide that you’ll want to have on hand. ...more
At first glance, this book seems irrelevant to traders.
But when you consider that trading depends on managing emotions, you’ll think twice. After all,At first glance, this book seems irrelevant to traders.
But when you consider that trading depends on managing emotions, you’ll think twice. After all, as Dr John F Demartini shares research has shown that if you make a gain of more than 10% you’ll zoom into a state of euphoria and think you’ll never lose money again. Likewise, lose more than 10% and you’ll sink into depression and think you’re financially ruined.
Seen in this light, chapters on topics like “Coping With Anxiety”, “Recovery From Depression” and “Taking Charge” (on problem-solving) become most helpful for traders. And not only can you use them to deal with the challenges of being a trader, but you’ll have skills to handle most of the hand life deals you.
Let me give you an example: Reading this book succeeded in changing my thinking.
Through a combination of illness, and meeting the demands of work and study, I’d become short-tempered and aggressive with the people closest to me. With the book at hand, I could pick out the chapter that was relevant to my current challenges and take charge.
Through changing my thinking and becoming mindfully aware, I’ve changed my behavior and become much more likeable.
Once you’ve read this book, keep it near you. You’ll go to it a lot....more
Karen Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir MKaren Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir Me and Her: a Memoir Of Madness was published, she had two secrets revealed to her that unravelled her understanding of her mental health. She writes, "On a brilliant blue sky day, my husband Steve finally revealed the awful truth to me."
This second book is part self-help manual and part memoir, so in it Tyrrell gives you specific actions you can take to stay well. She shares these tips in chapters like "Recognise Your Early Warning Signs," "Know Your Triggers," "Sleep Better" and "Be Mindful with Mindfulness." Whether or not she's aware of it, she stumbles into a lot of practical tips supported by evidence-based research into what actually works to stay well with bipolar disorder.
After starting the book with the news that her husband had revealed some awful truth to her, she skilfully withholds that truth until we come to the memoir part of the book. She shares her story with painful honesty - I say painful because she talks openly about her flaws as much as other people's.
I'm in a unique position to critique this book: A month before I turned 21, I was hospitalized in a psych ward (now, "mental health inpatient units") and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over the next five years I was hospitalized four times. On 1 May 2013, I'll be celebrating 12 years of using evidence-based bipolar treatments to stay well. I am also a writer. I bring both these perspectives to my review of this book.
If you followed Tyrrell's guidelines in the self-help part of the book, you would increase your chances of staying well. Research shows that someone with bipolar disorder has an average of eight relapses over 10 years. Follow her advice and you will reduce the number of relapses you have - if you have any at all.
In the memoir part of the book, Tyrrell's writing is at its best. She knows how to feed readers with a piece of information that makes you ask a question, and then she withholds the answer until much later in the book. By then, you're hooked. In the memoir section, she shares the challenges of being in a relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder. Part of the reason I avoided dating for a decade was that I thought no one could handle my irrational moodiness (I now have a wonderfully supportive partner who has the patience muscles of Schwarzenegger). It's not often you get insights into the challenges of being a partner to someone with a mental illness.
This book will be of most helpful to people who have bipolar disorder who want to stabilize their moods and prevent manic or depressive relapses. Another group who will find it useful are partners, families or carers of people with bipolar disorder. Finally it will help people without direct experience of mental illness who want to understand more. We're on Goodreads, so let me assure you that this is a good read....more
This book is all about increasing your "Eureka" moments and keeping you in a peak working state.
It's filled with countless creative tools you can use,This book is all about increasing your "Eureka" moments and keeping you in a peak working state.
It's filled with countless creative tools you can use, with solid explanations for why they work. Even with the amount of reading I've done, I only knew a couple of the tools it teaches. The book ends with a 21-day plan to increase your mental skills to achieve peak performance.
The writing is simple and the instructions for the tools are easy to understand.
I'm planning on checking out his other books....more
This reads like a fast-paced thriller as Karen Tyrell leads you through the twists and turns of her journey with bipolar disorder. If you have bipolarThis reads like a fast-paced thriller as Karen Tyrell leads you through the twists and turns of her journey with bipolar disorder. If you have bipolar or know someone who does, this is a must-read....more
On May 1, 2015, I will have prevented mania or depression from sending me to hospital for 14 years. Even though I only finished reading this book todaOn May 1, 2015, I will have prevented mania or depression from sending me to hospital for 14 years. Even though I only finished reading this book today, many of its ideas and principles have been key to me staying well. Patients need to participate with their physicians in their treatment. Brilliant work!...more