psycho-logical book review

An expertly written, extremely accessible primer on mental health from the bestselling author of The Idiot Brain. One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, with depression and anxiety alone afflicting over 500 million people.

Why are these conditions so widespread? What is it about modern life that has such an impact on our mental health? And why is there still so much confusion and stigma around these issues?

In Psycho-Logical, bestselling author Dean Burnett sets out to answer these questions and more. Drawing on extensive scientific research, along with revealing insights from those who deal with mental health issues on a daily basis, the result is an expertly written and extremely accessible primer on how and why these problems arise, and what we can do to tackle them.

Duffy’s Thoughts On Psycho-logical by Dean Burnett

I read Psycho-logical a little while ago. However, I just didn’t have the spoons to post a review due to something that happened personally, directly linked to mental illness.

Usually, books that I’ve read about mental health and mental illness are all about self-care. What should we be doing to take care of ourselves? Do prescription drugs help or hinder? Do meditation, yoga and all those self-care tools, and fads work? Psycho-logical is refreshingly not tackling mental illness from that angle.

Dean Burnett expertly explains how the brain works when suffering from depression, anxiety and addiction without getting too scientific. You get to understand exactly what’s going on in the human brain when we suffer stress, pain, grief and longer-term mental health issues. It’s interesting stuff.

Psycho-logical doesn’t give you all the answers to make things better. There are a few excerpts from people who suffer from mental illness and the coping mechanisms they use. However, that’s not the point of this book. If you are going through a hard time looking for a solution, you won’t find it here. It is not a self-help book. However, you will find a comprehensive understanding of what happens to our brains when mental health goes wrong. It allows you to try and make sense of it all.

Psycho-Logical is published by Allen & Unwin available at Booktopia and all good book stores

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