A friend asked me if I would review a small book written by someone she knows—Of course I said yes. What she didn’t know was-------------
I worked as the bookkeeper/office manager of a small psychiatric hospital for about 7 years approx 15 years ago. I witnessed many recoveries—once sad, depressed people taking over their lives again. I also knew first hand how terribly difficult it was to get coverage for this illness.
Imagine, for just a moment, that it happened to you. It did to me—One of my doctors decided that I should quit smoking and gave me a medication to help. Well—now imagine me standing on a train platform-PETRIFIED-unable to move. Thankfully I knew or intuited what was happening and stopped that medicine immediately!! I did get back to my normal self relatively quickly—but I have never forgotten that feeling of total fear—now imagine having to live your whole life like that.
Yes, mental illness is a disease which CAN be controlled-sometimes only with medicines which can bring about other problems, like weight gain. But as Carol A Kivler, MS, CSP states in this tiny little book (smaller then a pocket calendar) taking charge of what you can take charge of, like your attitude and lifestyle, can make a world of difference.
Within these 60 short pages she outlines 26 very easy ways to help yourself deal with this medical condition. There are references that you can look up—ways to make you feel that you are not alone!
From the back cover:
"The idea for a handy pocket guide of recovery strategies has bloomed over the last several years as I spoke to both individuals with mental illness and their loved ones. During those conversations, the topic of how to stay in recovery for longer periods was one of the top discussion points.
Between the covers of this guide are 26 strategies that have been helpful in my own recovery journey. Just remember that no two mental health journeys are identical.
Find the combination of strategies that work best for you, and even add a few of your own. Our collective goal is to sustain recovery."
For more information go to:
(Raising Awareness, Instilling Hope, Combating Stigma
www.CarolKivler.com (her blog)
You can purchase this book at www.CourageousRecovery.com
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