Author Robert J. Bernstein has found a different approach in helping people of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Based on cognitive thinking, the goal is for people with ASD to be able to live in the world and connect with the people in it as themselves. Bernstein believes that whatever he does therapeutically must be on the individual’s terms—he or she must lead. Therapy examples are categorized by age groups, and demonstrate people with autism’s abilities to express their unique humanity, and engage more fully in the human interactions that give life meaning and make it worth the effort of getting out of bed every day.
Although the environmental and physical effects of climate change have long been recognised, little attention has been given to the profound negative impact on mental health. Leslie Davenport presents comprehensive theory, strategies and resources for addressing key clinical themes specific to the psychological impact of climate change.
She explores the psychological underpinnings that have contributed to the current global crisis, and offers robust therapeutic interventions for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and other clinical mental health conditions resulting from environmental damage and disaster. She emphasizes the importance of developing resilience and shows how to utilise the many benefits of guided imagery and mindful presence techniques, and carry out interventions that draw on expert research into ecopsychology, wisdom traditions, earth-based indigenous practices and positive psychology. The strategies in this book will cultivate transformative, person-centred ways of being, resulting in regenerative lifestyles that benefit both the individual and the planet.
This book is designed to help readers understand depression and make positive changes to overcome it. Dr. Aihan Kuhn teaches a unique tai chi form that combines elements of Chen and Yang styles as well as qigong and meditation. The form is easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to practice. Dr. Kuhn's multidisciplinary approach to mental health also focuses on positive thought, a healthy diet, and self-confidence.
Dr. Kuhn instructs readers on a unique tai chi form that is perfect for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The circular movements create better energy flow in the body. The martial character empowers the mind, strengthens the body, improves stamina, and increases self-esteem. Slow, symmetrical movements promote balance and calm.
This book features
Detailed instructions and photos describing Dr. Kuhn's 16-step tai chi form
Personal reflections on using tai chi to overcome depression
A 10-week plan to help readers begin their journey to wellness
With this book you will
Learn about the clinical features of depression
Learn Dr. Kuhn's 16-step tai chi form
Discover the psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits of tai chi
Begin a holistic approach to mental health
“When I was just starting out as a doctor, my focus was mainly on treating disease,” Dr. Kuhn writes. “Now my focus is on teaching people how to prevent disease and treating patients in the early stages of their illness so they can avoid additional problems.”
In many ways, Tai Chi for Depression represents the culmination of her life's work.
Learn how to use denial to help you when you are facing tragedy and how to recognize and move past denial when it becomes counterproductive.
Denial is often seen as an inability or unwillingness to face unpleasant or difficult realities--from financial losses, to illnesses like alcoholism, to larger social issues like climate change. In some instances, denial can be detrimental because it can keep you stuck in a cycle of destructive behaviors. However, denial can also be very useful for helping you get through hard times, allowing you to tap into your resiliency for emotional survival.With great insight and originality, author Holly Parker shows you how to use denial as a buffer in the face of tragedy and how to know when your use of denial has become counterproductive or detrimental. Through a fresh, comforting, and clinically-based perspective, Parker takes the shame out of denial with practical and relatable solutions to uncovering, reframing, and harnessing this very normal coping technique. Hands-on exercises and compelling personal stories help you apply this information to your situation and come to accept your need for denial when it helps, and break through it to face life’s challenges with courage when it hurts.
The Other Side of Bipolar offers hope and a new perspective of mental illness that can help millions of people. A unique combination of memoir and self-help book, it invites us to reexamine our definitions of mental illness as a debilitating disease, and consider another possibility: what if instead of a wrongness, these symptoms point to capacities that are not yet fully understood? What if being bipolar or mentally ill is a sign that you have intelligences that others do not understand?
Through this new perspective, you can be empowered to go beyond any diagnosis or label you have been given and start to explore the uniqueness and beauty of who you truly are. Embedded throughout this poetic story are examples of tools and techniques you can apply immediately to begin to create a sense of peace and possibility in your life.
With captivating lyricism, Amazon Wisdom Keeper transports us into the multicultural upbringing and transformation of Loraine Van Tuyl, a graduate psychology student and budding shamanic healer who’s blindsided by startling visions, elusive drumming, and her inseverable mystical ties to the Amazon rainforest of her native Suriname.
Is she in the wrong field, or did her childhood dreams, imaginary guides, and premonitions somehow prepare her for these challenges? Did Suriname’s military coup and her family’s uprooting move to the US rob her from all that she knew and loved at thirteen to help reveal her soul’s purpose, or is she losing her mind by entertaining far-fetched questions and hunches that can’t be answered or proven—like wondering if her perplexing life story is shedding light on the double-binds in her field on purpose, and suspecting that her soul’s daunting blue print was plotted long before she was even born? Van Tuyl wrestles with these questions and more as she embarks upon her risky quest, enduring test upon test in search of her true self and calling while enrolled in a rigorous academic program that regards intuitive healing methods as unscientific—and even unethical.
Adderall Blues is a catalyst for change in the educational system. This first person account of ADHD is among the only books to offer a non-clinical perspective of ADHD where we can all understand on a deeper level the blessing and the curse that is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Seen through the eyes of one of literatures' most outlandish characters, a greater connection with those afflicted with the pathologically wondering mind society loves to label is felt and processed from an altogether different perceptive.
Observe as our main character trips over himself endlessly while succeeding uniquely in his own fashion. Does Brian conquer his supposed "disorder," and transcend the label, or fall into the self-esteem trap that so many others have succumbed to? Prepare to be entertained and most importantly, enlightened.
Tracey Brame took an oath to serve the nation at the United States Military Academy. During her stay, Brame subsequently suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. She kept charging through her West Point duties oblivious of her condition. After serving her commission time, Brame took a job in her home state of Indiana where she expressed an interest in entering politics. The Ku Klux Klan, who did not want an educated African American woman to run for an Indiana office, targeted Brame for continued organized crime and harassment. She moved from Bloomington to Indianapolis, but the KKK pursuit -ordered by two grand dragons, a father/son duo - continued.
Get ready for a gripping memoir of one woman’s perseverance over adversity.
Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, it will lead you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing.
"Writing for Bliss is about the profound ways in which we may be transformed in and through the act of writing. I am grateful to Diana Raab for sharing it, and I trust that you will feel the same as you read on. May you savor the journey." -from the foreword by MARK FREEMAN, PhD
"Unveiling the Charade" is a true story that captures a harrowing six-and-a-half-year encounter with a charming and accomplished gentleman whose character gradually deteriorates and diminishes when accountability sets in. His true character is gradually revealed, leading to the eventual breakdown of a seemingly promising relationship with great prospects.
After the break up, while the author tried to process and understand his strange character, she stumbled across a random article that caught her attention, and was shocked at the details because she could identify with it word for word, as it was very similar to her situation:
"You finally found a guy who’s not just great, but amazing. He’s charming. He’s helpful. He’s a great listener. The moment he came into your life, things instantly improved. Even your mother liked him. Everyone did. For the first few months, everything was magical. The relationship was perfect. Sure, you hit a few minor bumps that seemed like they could be red flags, but you figured everyone has bad days, and he would never intend to be such a jerk."
In this moving and lyrical coming-of-age story, Julius, a troubled kid from the south side of Chicago, battles haunting demons, both perceived and real, in his search for love and acceptance. Throughout his journey, he struggles at his core to find the meaning of love, and what it takes to be open, vulnerable, and present. Follow him through years of seeking connection, failed relationships, and depression, until at long last, his journey brings him face to face with himself and God.
Do you want to improve your health? Manage a chronic condition or figure out how to cope with a sudden health issue, like an accident or illness? In his book Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing, Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD—an award-winning author, clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner—shows how you can identify your health story and use journaling and expanded-awareness practices to begin changing it, leading to better health and wellness.
In this companion to his best-selling and multi-award-winning Change Your Story, Change Your Life, Carl Greer explains that by using the practices offered in this book—many of which are influenced by Jungian and shamanic traditions—anyone can tap into hidden resources for healing. The practices empower you to gain insights, balance energies, dialogue and interact with nature, and work with dreams, your inner healer, your symptoms, and more. Whether you are dealing with aging, unexpected health challenges, or ongoing concerns, you will find in this book tools for writing and bringing to life a new health story.
Confessions of a Split Mind is a compendium of selected drawings, philosophical dialogues, and two myths from Kiritsis's personal journal. Collectively, they capture an internal conflict between differing aspects of the conceptual self, which plays out in every one of us. For the author, this phenomenon takes the form of an ongoing war between science and esoteric spirituality. In the author's idiosyncratic inner world, the former discipline is personified by a male character known as the Unknown Pilot and the latter by a female character, Solim. The integrated conscious self also appears in the guise of a character named Olyn.
Autism is a childhood condition ... right? Not right. Children with autism grow into adults with autism. The great strides we have made in understanding childhood autistic behaviors and interventions have lagged dramatically behind the needs of aging autistics. What of the young adult trying to build relationships? What of the middle aged autistic adult who has been misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and lacks an effective treatment plan? What of the aging adult who is showing increasingly rigid autistic behaviors and is misdiagnosed as having frontotemporal dementia? Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults is a one-of-a-kind resource designed to improve the correct diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults. Filled with clinical stories that bring to life the concepts discussed, the book provides strategy-based interventions to address issues of personal and household management, medical care, communication, sensory processing symptoms, and emotional and behavioral regulation.
Many parents say "I just want my child to be happy."
In this book, Usha Chudasama guides and empowers parents and their children - aged five to eleven years old - to shift negative perceptions and build a strong positive mindset. Parenting is a science. This book lays the foundation to build resilience for life's future challenges. Uniquely, blending the up-to-date theory of positive psychology, neuroscience and holistic practices, this jargon-free book takes you step-by-step through: scripted, fun and practical activities; powerful techniques and strategies; to create the ideal setting for raising a happy and confident child.
In this book you will learn how to:
understand the dynamics of family life today and how to manage stress;
become aware of how your behaviour and experiences influence how you parent your child; and
use a range of techniques to change your child's mindset for self-confidence and happiness
Recovery from active addiction is a lifelong journey that can take many paths. By aligning yoga philosophy and poses with each of the Twelve Steps, Kyczy Hawk presents a physical and spiritual guide that complements and augments any twelve-step practice. Readers will investigate how they think, feel, and believe by using a new vocabulary to process traditional recovery principles.
Our brains have numerous functioning parts, all of which serve us at any one moment. But decades of research reveal the existence of two basic brain “operating systems”, two fundamental ways in which the whole brain processes incoming information. Because of this phenomenon of brain dominance, most of us tend to favor the input of either our “dualistic” left-brain (which focuses on parts instead of wholes) or our holistic right hemisphere. This means that typically only half of our innate intelligence informs our thinking and since the left-brain operating system dominates most males, our culture has itself become left-brain dominant.
How Whole Brain Thinking Can Save the Future explores this left-brain bias in our civilization, revealing it to be the root cause for centuries of war, racism, and political polarization, and eons of misunderstanding between the sexes. While most of our technological and scientific progress is driven by left-brain thinking, the great advances to come will require that we consciously harness both sides of our brain to greatly improve our cognition. Award-winning author James Olson goes on to explain how we can achieve greater internal harmony between the two operating systems of the brain both as individuals and as a culture thus showing us how ad why thinking with our whole brains will lead us to peace and to the ultimate healing of our relationships and our world.