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The Power of Now meets Change Your Brain, Change Your Life in Elisha Goldstein's new book, that - in seven simple steps - shows you how to take back control of your mind, your mood and your life. Uncovering Happinessuses cutting-edge mindfulness and self-compassion techniques along with innovations in neuroscience to release natural antidepressants in the brain. Most of us believe when we're depressed that our situation is hopeless. That's a mistake, Dr Goldstein reassures us. The secret to overcoming depression and uncovering happiness is in harnessing our brain's own natural antidepressant power and ultimately creating a more resilient antidepressant brain. Uncovering Happinessis grounded in two key foundations: mindfulness and self-compassion and the book offers specific techniques for putting them into action. Together, these elements can transform something that typically forces us to spiral downward and turn it into an upward spiral of self-worth and positivity. At its core,Uncovering Happiness contains a persuasive argument for hope: having had depression in the past doesn't mean you must also suffer from it in the future. You can build up the sections of the brain that protect you from depression, and slow down the sections that foster it. Doing this allows the brain's own natural antidepressants to emerge, grow stronger and contribute powerfully to the resilience we need to enjoy the good times, survive difficult times and open ourselves up to lives that truly feel worth living.
'Remarkable and revelatory, a dazzling achievement. Quietly electrifying' Sunday Times On the day his daughter takes her first steps Christian Donlan discovers he has an incurable neurological disease, multiple sclerosis. As his young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he too finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory of the brain. Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys and anxieties of parenthood, and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life. 'This is not a tale of tragedy but one of re-engaging with the world - or realising what's truly important' Stylist 'An amazing and wonderful piece of writing. I could not put it down' Claire Tomalin 'Frank, thought-provoking and uplifting. Will resonate with other people with MS, and also, so importantly, with their family and friends... an invaluable resource' The Times Literary Supplement
'Incredibly moving' Daily Mail 'To Siri with Love is a beautifully honest and illuminating love letter to Gus, your typical atypical nonneurotypical human.' Jon Stewart 'A moving and witty memoir with a big heart.' Nigella Lawson 'An uncommonly riotous and moving book [that] will make readers laugh - yes, out loud - before sweeping them, finally, into a soul-spilling high tide . . . Technology's great promise may in fact be to summon, capture and display our most human qualities, both the darkness and the light, to pave avenues of deepened connections with others.' New York Times Writer Judith Newman never had any illusions that her family was 'normal'. She and her husband keep separate apartments-his filled with twin grand pianos as befits a former opera singer; hers filled with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old. With refreshing honesty, To Siri With Love chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him -- a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other. And at the heart of the book lies Gus's passionate friendship with Siri, Apple's 'intelligent personal assistant'. Unlike her human counterparts, Siri always has the right answers to Gus's incessant stream of questions about the intricacies of national rail schedules, or box turtle varieties, and she never runs out of patience. She always makes sure Gus enunciates and even teaches him manners by way of her warm yet polite tone and her programmed insistence on civility. Equal parts funny and touching, this is a book that will make your heart brim, and then break it. Warm, wise and always honest, Judith Newman shows us a new world where artificial intelligence is beginning to meet emotional intelligence -- a world that will shape our children in ways both wonderful and unexpected.
A life-affirming and perspective-shifting memoir of one woman's walk in the wilds as she comes to terms with an Asperger's diagnosis. In August 2015, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she can't meet. Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer begins to unfold. It's a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparks a realisation that she has Asperger's Syndrome. The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far - a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself. This book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.
This new edition is fully updated with the latest research and information. The book is a vital resource full of practical tips, suggestions, and strategies to build confidence in managing chronic illness and symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, disability, and depression. It encourages readers to develop individual approaches to setting goals, making decisions, and finding resources and support.
Coronary heart disease, the commonest cause of heart attacks, remains the leading cause of death in the UK, despite rates falling in the last few decades, despite numerous therapeutic advances and despite increased awareness. Rates are especially high in economically deprived communities, some ethnic groups and at certain ages; but everyone's at risk. This book aims to help people at high risk prevent their first or subsequent heart attack as well as helping those who experience a heart attack get back to a normal life as soon as possible. As this book shows, combining drugs and lifestyle changes can help you survive - and prevent - heart attacks.
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
In haar bykans 35 jaar het Shéri Brynard merkwaardige mylpale bereik ten spyte van die feit dat sy as baba met Trisomie-21-Downsindroom gediagnoseer is. Sy vertel hoe die liefde en aanvaarding van diegene naaste aan haar, veral haar ma, Susette, haar gevorm het.
Sy deel met die leser die opwindende avonture op haar pad, die seerkry, vrees, en verliese (die grootste hiervan die dood van haar pa, Jerry), asook die werklikhede waarmee sy as ’n volwassene met Downsindroom gekonfronteer word. Dan gesels haar ma oor ’n lewe in die skaduwee van ’n kind met Downsindroom. Sy deel openhartig haar geloofstryd toe sy gehoor het haar kind het Downsindroom en haar en haar dogter se reis die onbekende in. Shéri – Nes ek is is ’n boek wat grense verskuif, want soos Shéri tereg vra: “Wat is nou eintlik normaal?”
Dié boek herinner die leser juis dat ons as kinders van God elkeen ons volle potensiaal kan bereik, ongeag die uitdagings waarvoor ons te staan kom.
Find the support, inspiration and guidance you need with these 40 encouraging stories from cancer survivors. Whether you are directly or indirectly affected by cancer, it is an overwhelming and unsettling time that can easily unhinge even the most calm-minded individual. Cancer is so limited ... it cannot shatter hope … it cannot corrode faith … it cannot steal eternal life. Filled with stories of courage for anyone dealing with cancer, What Cancer Cannot Do combines uplifting Scriptures from the New International Version, inspirational quotes, and encouraging stories from male and female cancer survivors. This book is meant to support, inspire and guide anyone who has just been newly diagnosed, is in the midst of conventional cancer treatments, is trying to settle into life beyond cancer, or anyone wishing to practice pro-active prevention. The encouraging stories of surviving cancer in What Cancer Cannot Do may not heal the body, but will greatly enrich and touch the soul.
Dit maak nie saak of jy direk of indirek deur kanker geraak word nie, dit is ’n oorweldigende en ontstellende tydperk wat selfs die mees standvastige individu kan ontstel. Maar kanker is so beperk … dit kan nie hoop vernietig nie … dit kan nie geloof verniel nie … dit kan nie die ewige lewe steel nie … Wat kanker nie kan doen nie is vol stories van moed vir enigiemand wat tans kanker moet hanteer. Dit kombineer teksverse uit die Nuwe Lewende Vertaling met inspirerende aanhalings en bemoedigende stories van beide mans en vroue wat kanker oorleef het. Hierdie boek is bedoel om te ondersteun, te inspireer en leiding te gee aan enigiemand wat pas gediagnoseer is, tans kankerbehandeling ontvang, weer aan die lewe begin bou na kanker of net proaktief wil optree om kanker te voorkom. Die bemoedigende stories van mense wat kanker oorleef het, sal dalk nie die liggaam genees nie, maar sal elke siel aanraak en verryk.
What's a mother to do when her high-achieving boy - adored by his close-knit family and private school community - turns bully overnight? How is she to know that his sudden headaches and vomiting are far more serious than all the doctors insist? The Twinkling of An Eye ?is the true, life-affirming memoir of a mother's harrowing but heroic fight against her son's rare brain tumour. Brown tells her story with courage, humour and heart. Hers is a revealing, frank and deeply affecting story of the light that shines even in the darkest of places.
The Sunday Times bestseller Naoki Higashida met international success with THE REASON I JUMP, a revelatory account of life as a thirteen-year-old with non-verbal autism. Now he offers an equally illuminating insight into autism from his perspective as a young adult. In concise, engaging pieces, he shares his thoughts and feelings on a broad menu of topics ranging from school experiences to family relationships, the exhilaration of travel to the difficulties of speech. Aware of how mystifying his behaviour can appear to others, Higashida describes the effect on him of such commonplace things as a sudden change of plan, or the mental steps he has to take simply to register that it's raining. Throughout, his aim is to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage those with disabilities to be seen as people, not as problems. With an introduction by David Mitchell, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, the book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets the challenges of autism with tenacity and good humour. However often he falls down, he always gets back up.
Chest pain can be terrifying. Many people hope that if they ignore it, it will go away. But angina must be taken seriously, and it is very important to find out what you can about it. The book answers the key questions for anyone worried about angina: What should I do when I have chest pain? Does it mean I'm going to have a heart attack? How do I tell if it's serious? This new edition of Living with Angina makes the links between smoking, passive smoking, and heart health plainer than ever. It also highlights the importance of keeping up your medication in order to help prevent heart attack. Doctors are now taking angina-related depression more seriously, and the book includes up to date information on this as well.
Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia planned by her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of thirty-seven, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease - this is a book about a life lived well and cut cruelly short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie has set the stage for her final legacy: the story of her life. Inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering, this is not just a tale about cancer. It's about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies and our anger. And it's about how to say goodbye to your children and a life you love. Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living - even as Julie puts her affairs in order and prepares to die.
Now a major Channel 4 series Rose Cartwright has OCD, but not as you know it. Pure is the true story of her ten-year struggle with `Pure O', a little-known form of the condition, which causes her to experience intrusive sexual thoughts of shocking intensity. It is a brave and frequently hilarious account of a woman who refused to give up, despite being undermined at every turn by her obsessions and enduring years of misdiagnosis and failed therapies. Eventually, the love of family and friends, and Rose's own courage and sense of humour prevailed, inspiring this deeply felt and beautifully written memoir. At its core is a lesson for all of us: when it comes to being happy with who we are, there are no neat conclusions.
In this anthology, women affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome recall their experiences being diagnosed and trying to cope with the illness, as well as its effect on their family and friends.
This story poses a profound question - do we accept the hand that fate deals us, or do we battle to make the most of the life we have and help others in the process? Chris Graham, just 38 years old but already facing the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, has emphatically chosen the latter. Having lived through a troubled childhood, Chris joined the British Army at a young age and found that the life of a soldier provided him with a much-needed sense of stability. However, his world was turned upside down when, at just 34 years of age, he was diagnosed with a form of early onset dementia. This brutal disease had already claimed the life of his father at 42, along with several other members of his family, and tragically had already confined his brother to a nursing home at the age of 43. In his brother's life, Chris could see a terrifying window into his own near future. Chris, though, is an extraordinary human being. Having been handed nothing less than a death sentence, he decided overnight to stand up to this horrendous disease and do something to leave his mark before it was too late. And so it was that last year, Chris embarked on an awareness-raising 16,000-mile solo cycle around North America, armed only with his bike, a sense of humour, and some good old-fashioned British grit. Leaving his ever-supportive wife Vicky and baby son Dexter at home, he took on huge challenges - for instance, the fear that the ability to discern left from right might leave him at any point while navigating an entire continent - and made it home in time for Christmas, determined to spending however long he has left pouring his love and attention into his family life. Five Minutes of Amazing is both the story of Chris' epic journey and of his fight against the disease increasingly being recognised as the defining disease of our generation. Inspiring and heart-rending in equal measure, it's as important as it is moving, and it will touch everyone who reads it.
Let Me Not Be Mad is an immersive, virtuosic and provocative investigation of madness, love and self-destruction that defies categorisation. 'Exhilarating ... dazzling ... a miraculous feat' Guardian 'I have rarely read a more haunting and enthralling account of a descent into madness' Stephen Fry 'Stunning: clever, troubling, restless, honest, dishonest' Olivia Laing A consulting room with two people in it. One of them is talking, the other is listening. Both of them need help. Throughout his life, A K Benjamin has found himself drawn to extreme behaviour - as a screenwriter, a contemplative monk, a counsellor for addicts, a support-worker for gang-members and ultimately as a clinical neuropsychologist. His book begins as a series of superbly realised clinical encounters with anonymised patients, some recently traumatised, some on the brink of mental collapse, others already in freefall. But with each encounter, it becomes increasingly and disturbingly apparent that what we are reading is not really about the patients at all: it is about the author's own fevered descent into mental illness and mania as he confronts his traumatic past. Layered with twists and revelations, Let Me Not Be Mad challenges the boundary between fact and fiction to provide a thrilling drama of self-diagnosis: a hall of mirrors blazing with energy, intensity, humour and emotion. And though shockingly personal, it also reveals something deep and dark in western culture that is driving millions of us to distraction and collapse.
**As seen on BBC Breakfast** You are stronger than you know, more positive than you ever thought and you can still LIVE with cancer. Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day... Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to go and do one! Whilst this book doesn't advocate throwing all advice down the kitchen sink, it will empower you to do things your way as you navigate the big C roller coaster. Deborah James, campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, will take you through every twist and turn, reminding you that it's okay to feel one hundred different things in the space of a minute and showing you how you can still live your life and BE YOURSELF with cancer. Taking you from diagnosis (welcome to the club you never wanted to join), to coping with family and friends (can everyone just fuck off sometimes?!), looking good and feeling better (drink the wine), and celebrating milestones along the way (drink more wine!), this inspiring cancer coach in a book will transform your outlook and encourage you to shout #FUCKYOUCANCER as loudly as you can!
My Life in His Paws is the story of the amazing dog who gave back someone's freedom and confidence. Wendy Hilling has a rare skin condition which means her skin is very delicate. Every moment is difficult and causes pain. It affects the body inside and out: her throat is very narrow and she can stop breathing at any time. But eight years ago Wendy's life changed forever. She met Ted, the Golden Retriever, and he became her full-time carer. He has saved her life more times than she can remember, always watching and listening, and Wendy is now entirely reliant on him. This is the story of Wendy and her incredible bravery living with a disability and battling against the odds. It's also the story of Ted, the incredible assistance dog, and the unique relationship between a human and animal and the extraordinary things animals are capable of.
My Life in His Paws is the story of the amazing dog who gave back someone's freedom and confidence. Wendy Hilling has a rare skin condition which means her skin is very delicate. Every moment is difficult and causes pain. It affects the body inside and out: her throat is very narrow and she can stop breathing at any time. But eight years ago Wendy's life changed forever. She met Ted, the Golden Retriever, and he became her full-time carer. He has saved her life more times than she can remember, always watching and listening, and Wendy is now entirely reliant on him. This is the story of Wendy and her incredible bravery living with a disability and battling against the odds. It's also the story of Ted, the extraordinary assistance dog, and the unique relationship between a human and animal and the extraordinary things animals are capable of.
Asperger's Syndrome For Dummies covers everything that both people living with the condition and their families need to know. From explaining symptoms and getting a diagnosis, through to overcoming bullying in schools and choosing between the therapy and medical treatments available, this is a complete guide to surviving and thriving with the condition. Asperger's Syndrome For Dummies includes: Part I: Understanding Asperger's syndrome (AS) Chapter 1: Introducing Asperger's syndrome Chapter 2: Discovering the causes of Asperger's syndrome Chapter 3: Diagnosing Asperger's syndrome Part II: Living with Asperger's syndrome Chapter 4: Enjoying Life with Asperger's Chapter 5: Getting the most out of education and the workplace Chapter 6: Finding independence and advocating for your rights Part III: Supporting people with Asperger's syndrome Chapter 7: Parenting and Asperger's syndrome Chapter 8: Relating to adults with Asperger's syndrome Chapter 9: Creating an AS friendly environment Part IV: Discovering therapies, medication, diet and environments for AS Chapter 10: Navigating Behavioural Therapies for Asperger's Syndrome Chapter 11: Understanding medication and diet in Asperger's syndrome Part V: Part of Tens Chapter 12: Ten Organisations to go for help and information Chapter 13: Ten positives about living with Asperger's Chapter 14: Ten famous people who probably had Asperger's
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