The Eden Express

A Memoir of Insanity

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Author: Mark Vonnegut

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800699

Category: Psychology

Page: 306

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The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy—and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

101 Stories about Finding a New Path to Happiness

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Author: Amy Newmark,Claire Cook

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1611592410

Category: Self-Help

Page: 400

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We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives. But these 101 inspiring personal stories of change will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life will inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!

Eden's Apple

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Author: Patri Collins

Publisher: Cune Press

ISBN: 9780963491367

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

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The life of war protesters during the Gulf War. The setting is San Francisco, the protagonists are Max and Eileen. The novel follows their separate activities which eventually bring them together. A first novel.

Pillaged

Psychiatric Medications and Suicide Risk

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Author: Ronald William Maris

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611174627

Category: Psychology

Page: 226

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It is estimated that forty-five to fifty percent of all Americans will suffer a mental disorder at some time during their lives. Increasingly, the treatment for these disorders is management with one or more psychiatric drugs, often prescribed by general practitioners. In Pillaged Ronald William Maris evaluates the psychiatric medications commonly used to treat several major types of psychiatric disorders-—including depression and mood disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders—asking “do they work as advertised?” and, more importantly, “are they safe?” Answers to these questions are more ambiguous than we might think, Maris explains, because drug manufacturers tend to minimize the adverse effects of their products. Furthermore, the underlying neurobiological theories of how psychiatric drugs work are complex, poorly understood, and often conflicting. Still Americans spend tens of billions of dollars a year on antidepressants and antipsychotics alone. While Maris questions the rampant prescribing of psychiatric medications especially in young people, Pillaged does not suggest that anyone cavalierly discontinue potentially beneficial psychiatric medications without the advice of a qualified mental health professional. The book acknowledges that psychiatric medications are often necessary in treating some psychiatric conditions, but it reminds readers of medication’s potential for degrading one’s quality of life, contributing to self-destructive behaviors, and even leading to death in a vulnerable minority of patients. Maris advocates an open and honest discussion of data on psychiatric drugs, their effects, and their dangers, and he reminds readers of available alternative, nondrug treatments for psychiatric disorders. By reviewing the history and effects of medications for mental disorders, Maris hopes to educate health care consumers and prescribers to make careful, informed decisions about the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

American Psychosis

How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System

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Author: E. Fuller Torrey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199361126

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered an historic speech on mental illness and retardation. He described sweeping new programs to replace "the shabby treatment of the many millions of the mentally disabled in custodial institutions" with treatment in community mental health centers. This movement, later referred to as "deinstitutionalization," continues to impact mental health care. Though he never publicly acknowledged it, the program was a tribute to Kennedy's sister Rosemary, who was born mildly retarded and developed a schizophrenia-like illness. Terrified she'd become pregnant, Joseph Kennedy arranged for his daughter to receive a lobotomy, which was a disaster and left her severely retarded. Fifty years after Kennedy's speech, E. Fuller Torrey's book provides an inside perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program. On staff at the National Institute of Mental Health when the program was being developed and implemented, Torrey draws on his own first-hand account of the creation and launch of the program, extensive research, one-on-one interviews with people involved, and recently unearthed audiotapes of interviews with major figures involved in the legislation. As such, this book provides historical material previously unavailable to the public. Torrey examines the Kennedys' involvement in the policy, the role of major players, the responsibility of the state versus the federal government in caring for the mentally ill, the political maneuverings required to pass the legislation, and how closing institutions resulted not in better care - as was the aim - but in underfunded programs, neglect, and higher rates of community violence. Many now wonder why public mental illness services are so ineffective. At least one-third of the homeless are seriously mentally ill, jails and prisons are grossly overcrowded, largely because the seriously mentally ill constitute 20 percent of prisoners, and public facilities are overrun by untreated individuals. As Torrey argues, it is imperative to understand how we got here in order to move forward towards providing better care for the most vulnerable.

Chronic Illness

From Experience to Policy

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Author: S. Kay Toombs,David Barnard,Ronald Alan Carson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253113559

Category: Medical

Page: 240

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"…excellent…" -- Choices - Choice on Dying Newsletter "Toombs, Barnard, and Carson have organized and edited a valuable series of papers that provide a rare perspective on the impact of chronic illness. Beginning with the person who is experiencing the chronic condition, they are able to weave an important blend of personal, social, and policy themes." -- Choice "This volume of collected essays is a solid contribution to the medical humanities literature on chronic illness... the contributors have produced a cohesive, systematic, and sensitive examination of issues in chronic illness and disability." -- Medical Humanities Review "Although it may seem to be intended largely for health care providers, this thought-provoking volume has much that will interest a wider lay audience." -- Medical and Health Annual An often moving exploration of the human, moral, and policy aspects of a health issue that affects each of us. Through first-person accounts and the perspectives of literature, medicine, philosophy, and religion, this book explores what it means to live with chronic illness and the implications of this experience for social policy, health care, bioethics, and the professions.

The Eden Roc

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Author: C. Edward Samuels

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477128719

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

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The Garden of Eden has its snake. It preyed upon the weakness of temptation. Ancient Arabic mythology had its Roc, a gigantic bird of prey. The Garden of Eden, that we call Puerto Rico, was visited by the Eden Roc, a monster of greed and perversion that preys upon children!

Resource Book for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Elements of Service for the Mentally Ill

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Author: Timothy G. Kuehnel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780683047912

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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Implementing elements of service/case mgmt/crisis & outreach services/residential services/peer support/skills-training.