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From Survive to Thrive

Living Your Best Life with Mental Illness
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What's holding you back? Learn how to take the steps needed to get to a place where you are happier, more productive, and more at peace. Are you struggling with personal problems, a mental health condition, or addiction? Are you looking to permanently improve your well-being and happiness? If you'd like to lead a fuller, more satisfying life-or help a mentally ill loved one-this book is for you. In From Survive to Thrive, Dr. Margaret S. Chisolm, a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, describes a tried-and-true plan to help anyone grappling with life's challenges learn how to flourish. Dr. Chisolm does not define health as the mere absence of illness. She wants you to be able to lead the best life possible-to thrive! In down-to-earth prose, Dr. Chisolm provides insight into how readers can cultivate healthy habits and more positive reactions to life's provocations, choosing not to allow past life circumstances or a disease state to define their well-being. She also * introduces the four perspectives through which all mental distress should be examined: disease, dimensional, behavior, and life story * describes the four pathways associated with well-being: family, work, education, and community * includes fascinating stories from her own clinical (and personal) experience featuring real people who found fulfillment by embracing these perspectives and pathways * supplements detailed, step-by-step advice with interactive elements, including self-assessments and self-reflection exercises * incorporates graphic elements to illustrate important lessons This upbeat guide is the first to detail evidence-based principles for improving well-being in those with mental illness.
Margaret S. Chisolm, MD (BALTIMORE, MD), is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, a professor of medicine, and the vice chair for education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The director of the Paul McHugh Program for Human Flourishing, she is the coauthor of Systematic Psychiatric Evaluation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying the Perspectives of Psychiatry. Journalist John Hanc (NEW YORK, NY) teaches writing and journalism at New York Institute of Technology. He is the co-writer of Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer's and Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life: Decode Your Emotional DNA-and Thrive.
Foreword, by Cal Ripken, Jr. Introduction 1. 2. You Can't Run From Mental Illness, but You Can HIDE: How the Four Perspectives Approach Can Launch You on the Road to Flourishing 3. Foundations of Flourishing: The Life Story Perspective 4. Foundations of Flourishing: The Dimensional Perspective 5. Foundations of Flourishing: The Behavior Perspective 6. Foundations of Flourishing: The Disease Perspective 7. Family, Work, Education, Community: The Four Pathways That Point to a Life Fulfilled 8. Where the Roads to Flourishing Converge: Bringing the Four Perspectives and the Four Pathways Together 9. Learning to Fly: What it Feels like to Flourish, and how to Navigate the Turbulence References Resources Acknowledgments Index
What's holding you back? Learn how to take the steps needed to get to a place where you are happier, more productive, and more at peace.
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