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Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry

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Psychiatry that recognizes the essential role of community in creating a new story of mental health

• Provides a critique of conventional psychiatry and a look at what mental health care could be

• Includes stories used in the author’s healing practice that draw from traditional cultures around the world

Conventional psychiatry is not working. The pharmaceutical industry promises it has cures for everything that ails us, yet a recent study on antidepressants showed there is no difference of success in prescribed pharmaceuticals from placebos when all FDA-reported trials are considered instead of just the trials published in journals. Up to 80 percent of patients with bipolar depression remain symptomatic despite conventional treatment, and 10 to 20 percent of these patients commit suicide.

In Healing the Mind through the Power of Story, Dr. Mehl-Madrona shows what mental health care could be. He explains that within a narrative psychiatry model of mental illness, people are not defective, requiring drugs to “fix” them. What needs “fixing” is the ineffective stories they have internalized and succumbed to about how they should live in the world. Drawing on traditional stories from cultures around the world, Dr. Mehl-Madrona helps his patients re-story their lives. He shows how this innovative approach is actually more compatible with what we are learning about the biology of the brain and genetics than the conventional model of psychiatry. Drawing on wisdom both ancient and new, he demonstrates the power and success of narrative psychiatry to bring forth change and lasting transformation.

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Within a narrative psychiatry model of mental illness, people are not defective, requiring drugs to "fix" them. What needs "fixing" are the ineffective stories people have internalized and succumbed to about how they should live in the world.

About the Author

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D., is certified in family practice, geriatrics, and psychiatry and worked for years in rural emergency medicine. He is the author of Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story, Narrative Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom, and the bestselling Coyote Medicine. He lives in Rochester, NY.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction: There’s Nothing But Story

Part I

History and Foundations

1    Conventional Mental Health Today

2    Good Stories and Mental Health

3    How Do We Learn to Be Who We Are?

4    How Do We Learn to Feel What We Feel?

5    The Meaning of Pain and Depression

6    Story and the Shaping of Identity

Part II

Science and Mind

7    How Culture Changes Biology and Genetics

8    How Culture Is Context and Context Shapes Behavior

9    Stories from Science: Change Is Always Possible

Part III

The Practice of Narrative Psychiatry

10    The Power of Ceremony

11    How Communities Create Change

12    To Story or Not to Story

13    Indigenous Models for the Practice of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Part IV

Examples of Narrative Psychiatry in Action

14    Narratives for Anxiety and Depression

15    Narratives and Bipolar Disorder

16    Narrative Approaches to Psychosis

Notes

About the Author

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591430957
Author:
Mehl-madrona, Lewis
Publisher:
Bear & Company
Author:
Mehl-Madrona, Lewis
Subject:
Healing
Subject:
Alternative Therapies
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES;CREATIVITY;PERSONAL GROWTH;PERSONAL GROWTH/SELF-HELP;SELF-HELP;SELF-TRANSFORMATION;PSYCHOLOGY;PSYCHOLOGY/SELF HELP;HEALING;HEALTH
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20.23 oz

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