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Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage… (edició 1998)

de John J. Ratey

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Are you living under a shadow? Do you or someone you love suffer from: Chronic sadness Obsessiveness Outbursts of anger The inability to finish tasks Acute anxiety Disabling discomfort in social situations These are the "shadow syndromes" of major mental disorders that limit the lives, productivity, and happiness of millions of people. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Drs. Ratey and Johnson challenge the most basic beliefs of our mental health professionals by uncovering the biological factors that often determine our personalities.nbsp;nbsp;They use real-life case studies to illustrate how shadow syndromes affect our everyday lives and how they can be treated--often dramatically--with diet, exercise, psychotherapy, and medication. Shadow Syndromes is the revolutionary theory that sheds light on our life-limiting behaviors and offers the essential tools for changing them.nbsp;nbsp;This book will liberate you and those you love.… (més)
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Títol:Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us
Autors:John J. Ratey
Informació:Bantam (1998), Edition: 1, Paperback, 400 pages
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Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us de John J. Ratey

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The title tells us accurately what this book is about: mild versions of mental illnesses. The authors state- and I believe them- that a mental disorder is not a discrete box to fit people into; mental disorders exist on a continuum, from almost unnoticeable to full blown psychosis (or, in the case of autism, Kanner’s syndrome). They examine mild forms of mania, ADHD, depression, OCD, anger, anxiety and autism, and say “If mild forms of mental disorders are making you (and those around you) miserable, you should seek treatment and be able to be happy”. They also point out that some of these mild disorders can confer advantages as well as problems: a person with hypomania can get a lot of things done; people with mild autism can focus incredibly well. Obviously, not all shadow syndromes have good sides; constantly being sad, lacking emotions, being angry all the time, perpetual worrying and having obsessions are not good things.

The authors are able to show that different mental disorders are caused by variations in brain chemistry; the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in various amounts create different effects. Antidepressants, tranquilizers, lithium and other psychiatric meds bring the neurotransmitters back into balance. Not that the authors feel everyone with a shadow syndrome needs to go on meds; their basic prescription for brain health is enough exercise, eating healthy, proper sleep, stress relieving techniques and therapy.

I think this is a very good book that makes a very valuable point about mental disorders, that mild forms are being overlooked and the sufferer being left unhappy. I would love to see a newer version; in fourteen years a lot more has become known about the brain. ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Dec 19, 2012 |
The book helped me to understand that when we sometimes label someone as "odd" they just may be. The brain is complex and new technology and continuing studies are providing more insight.

We all need to work at changing everyone's view so we don't stigmatize anyone who seeks help with behavioral and mental issues.

I found the book useful. I'm certain that I'll be more open-minded in my future attitudes towards psychological disorders. ( )
  MrDickie | Feb 7, 2012 |
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Are you living under a shadow? Do you or someone you love suffer from: Chronic sadness Obsessiveness Outbursts of anger The inability to finish tasks Acute anxiety Disabling discomfort in social situations These are the "shadow syndromes" of major mental disorders that limit the lives, productivity, and happiness of millions of people. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Drs. Ratey and Johnson challenge the most basic beliefs of our mental health professionals by uncovering the biological factors that often determine our personalities.nbsp;nbsp;They use real-life case studies to illustrate how shadow syndromes affect our everyday lives and how they can be treated--often dramatically--with diet, exercise, psychotherapy, and medication. Shadow Syndromes is the revolutionary theory that sheds light on our life-limiting behaviors and offers the essential tools for changing them.nbsp;nbsp;This book will liberate you and those you love.

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