Practicing Mental Illness is a guide to using meditation, movement and meaningful work to help manage affective disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Not a typical book on mindfulness, it acknowledges where mindfulness practices as taught today can be helpful, and where methods and teachings in popular mindfulness can be very damaging to people with mental illness. George Hofmann has written a subversive self-help book, which acknowledges that our society’s low expectations of people with behavioral challenges contribute to the development of mental illness. He gives the reader the necessary tools to take responsibility to get well and stay well. In the end, Practicing Mental Illness presents a method that can help people with affective disorders predict oncoming mood changes and intervene to head off damaging emotions and maintain a balance of positive mental, and physical, health.
"Beautifully written, this inspirational book has the power to help so many who are suffering alone to find hope and build a life of meaning, resilience and connection during the toughest of times." Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, coauthor of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts "
Practicing Mental Illness is a remarkable work. A real, honest, and positively inspiring life guide. This book can help when applied. I know this because it has helped me." David Pasqualone, Host, The Remarkable People Podcast
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Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis
It’s a challenging time for people who experience anxiety, and even people who usually don’t experience it are finding their moods are getting the better of them. Anxiety hits hard and its symptoms are unmistakable, but sometimes in the rush and confusion of uncertainty we miss those symptoms until it’s too late. When things seem to be coming undone, it’s still possible to recognize the onset of anxiety and act to prevent the worst of it. The simple steps taught in this book can help you overcome the turmoil.
"George not only outlines how to recognize your anxiety, but also how to work with and ultimately transmute it so it becomes a tool for positive, personal growth."
Dr. Nicole Lipkin Psy.D., Equalibria
"An honest, practical and refreshing look at the reality of anxiety in modern times."
Dave Smith, Director of Programs, Secular Dharma Foundation
"I would recommend this book to anyone wrestling with the extra stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. You will find a good friend here with lots of good advice."
John C. Robinson, Author, Mystical Activism
"If you struggle with anxiety, George's book provides some graceful and practical insights. We're all anxious some, but if your's becomes debilitating, take care of yourself and seek the reality that can set you free of old story loops that are making you captive."
Michael Caine, Pastor-Teacher, Old First United Church of Christ
Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis is part of the Resilience Series from Changemakers Books. The Resilience Series is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of eleven authors in response to the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become more resilient in a time of crisis.
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