What Doctors may not tell you (2)

Publications that are useful resources to help you and your family to better navigate the world of mental health and to explore the different approaches to mental health, and a wide range of responses to it.

By Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Most of us are familiar with the use of anti-psychotic medications and their side affects but are not informed about the long term affects of these medications.  This publication gives useful information about anti-psychotics, and crucially, suggests a list of questions that you and your family should ask when being offered anti-psychotic medication.

A Key to the Recovery of Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems


By Terry Lynch, Marianne Murphy

…”Dr Lynch found that a reduced sense of self is an ever-present feature of people experiencing a lot of anxiety and those diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses.  In “Selfhood”, Terry Lynch sets out what he found to be the components of a solid sense of self.  He outlines many actions people can take to raise their sense of self.  Terry outlines how he works in his recover-focused mental health practice…”

Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

The body keeps score

By Bessel Van Der Kolk

“The effects of Trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations.

Here, one of the world’s experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body”.

Integrating traumatic experiences

By Franz Ruppert

Professor Franz Ruppert explores the impact of trauma across generations.  By understanding the processes involved, we can successfully work with trauma as a personal experience and as an inheritance from our family system. Ruppert gives a very useful account of his thinking about the methodology of Constellations as a means of achieving understanding and integration.

Towards a Paradigm Shift in Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis

Rethinking Madness

By Paris Williams PH.D

“Those of us diagnosed with that crushing word, ‘psychotic’, are too often given labels and false information that result in hopelessness.  In Rethinking Madness, Dr Williams turns this ‘no hope model’ on its head.  Dr Williams effectively challenges outdated, disproven, harmful theories that still dominate today’s mental health industry.  Most importantly, Dr Williams closely listens to people who have been through the experiences so often labelled ‘psychotic’.  Not only does this book show there is hope for full recovery and reintegration into society, but there is plenty of evidence here that this journey may have surprising benefits both for the psychiatric survivor, and for our sick-souled society itself”

Understanding Issues around Immigration and Attachment

Families of African Caribbean

By Elaine Arnold

Elaine Arnold argues that knowledge of attachment theory is essential in order to work effectively with African-Caribbean clients who have experienced separation and loss through immigration. It has been over 60 years since large numbers of African-Caribbean people arrived in England expecting to find work. In this book the pattern of African-Caribbean family life, pre- and post-migration, are explored. Discrimination and institutional racism are highlighted, and implications for teachers and professionals in the helping services emphasized. “Working with Families of African-Caribbean Origin” is essential reading for psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, counselors, social workers, health workers and teachers working with people of African-Caribbean or other ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have experienced separation or loss through immigration.

Models of Madness

Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis

By John Reid and Jacqui Dillon

Are hallucinations and delusions really symptoms of an illness called ‘schizophrenia’? Are mental health problems really caused by chemical imbalances and genetic predispositions? Are psychiatric drugs as effective and safe as the drug companies claim? Is madness preventable?