The book should be read by all healthcare professionals as it goes someway in demonstrating the small things that can be done in helping people who are affected.
Title: That was when people started to worry (Windows into unwell minds)
Author: Nancy Tucker
Publisher: Icon Books Limited
Reviewer: Dr Maxine Pryce-Miller, senior lecturer/international co-ordinator, University of Worcester
What was it like?
This book provides an in-depth look into unwell minds of women suffering from different mental illnesses. It presents the stories of women and how they have been affected by their illness and what it is like to live with those illnesses and the coping strategies that they employ from day to day. It covers from depression through to bi-polar disorders in detail and the narratives from the women involved were very poignant. I especially enjoyed reading about depression and its effects on individuals as it gave a real insight into how individuals can struggle from day to day with their illnesses. The book was easy to read and written in plain language.
What were the highlights?
I thought the book was thought provoking as it related the narratives of real life sufferers and gave me a deeper understanding of what people with mental health face and offered real solutions in trying to support individuals such as questions not to ask.
Strengths & weaknesses:
One of the strengths of the book was using national statistics to support some of the discussion. In terms of the depression chapter, I was able to differentiate the different ways in which people present although they may be diagnosed with the same illness. I think relating the lived experiences of the women involved was key as it presented their voices. The stigma faced by individuals could have been explored in greater depth.
Who should read it?
The book should be read by all healthcare professionals as it goes someway in demonstrating the small things that can be done in helping people who are affected. This book is also important for people in general as it could be used to support colleagues in the workplace by recognising when someone may be struggling. Additionally, for academics working with students.
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