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Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers Paperback – April 27, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0812928983 ISBN-10: 0812928989 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812928989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812928983
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosalynn Carter's "Helping Someone with Mental Illness" is a powerful tool that anyone--families, social workers, doctors, consumers--can put to good use. There are other such books on the shelf, such as Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual, but Carter's is by far the best. She has managed to weave the deeply moving stories of many individuals into a cleanly organized discussion of every salient issue: diagnosis, treatment, scientific research, stigma, advocacy. Her descriptions of the different mental illnesses--schizophrenia, depression, manic-depression or bipolar illness, and the anxiety disorders--are particularly cogent, and her 20-page list of references is alone worth the price of the book.

Carter never sugarcoats a hard truth or omits a painful statistic, but somehow her voice--warmly personal but also respectfully reserved--comes through so strongly that it is almost as if she is in the room with the reader. Coauthor Susan K. Golant, whom Carter thanks for her organizational skills--among other things--has done her work in a particularly unobtrusive way. This is much more than a book; it is a companion.

Reading Carter on mental illness is like reading Dr. Spock on child care. Having advocated for the mentally ill for most of her adult life, she is an acknowledged expert by now, and she writes with the authority one might expect. But her special status as a mother also subtly informs her text. Discussing caregiver burnout, she writes, "Having dinner at 6:00 p.m. each evening, going to church every Sunday, or watching a favorite TV show every day are all simple ways of maintaining a sense of control. Routines can create structure and a feeling of safety." Readers will be particularly grateful for Carter's constant, explicit suggestions for beating the stigma that often surrounds mental illness. Perhaps no book can be perfect--Carter writes little about post- traumatic stress disorder, a common affliction--but Helping Someone with Mental Illness comes very, very close. --Peggy Moorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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High Praise for Helping Someone with Mental Illness

"An important resource for families, friends, and those facing the challenges of mental illness. It delivers its message with warmth, clarity, and candor."
--Laurie Flynn, executive director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

"Family and friends of persons with mental illness will want to turn to Mrs. Carter's book first for empathy, information, and advice. This is an excellent guide."
--C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General of the United States

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent resource for family members and friends who wish to help a person with mental illness. I especially appreciated the book's emphasis on biological *and* social risk factors for various forms of mental illness.
The section on building resiliancy in children at risk for mental illness is reason alone to purchase this book. It is a wise, compassionate, humane treatus on a very important topic.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mkm@aristotle.net Kay Morgan on May 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
The former First Lady's book is a very compassionate effort which can help a person who has to deal with mental illness for the first time no matter what the setting. Mrs. Carter gives a good over-view of the "whole picture" concerning all mental illness with enough detail to give the reader a good foundation in the subject. I think the really profound thing that I read in every line of the book was the real sincerity that Mrs. Carter has for her work. She really is serious about changing the way some in society look at individuals with mental illesses. I applaud her for her work and her book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heather Negahdar on October 26, 2001
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This was one book I did not hesitate to buy as I know so many people with the mental illnesses.

I must applaud Rosalyn Carter one of the former First Ladies for her help in understanding Mental Illness and for trying her utmost not to see it as a stigma in this twenty first century......but for us to learn that getting help is the priority here.

From Depression to Panic attacks......Paranoia to Schizophrenia, caregiving with lots of love and understanding can go a long way. Buy this book to assist you if not now, sometime in the Autumn-time when friends and love ones will be taken under that dark umbrella. The treatments for each mental illness is remarkable.Thank you Roslyn Carter with help from Susan K. Golnat for a book that's going to help millions.
Congratulations.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 26/10/01)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Rosalynn Carter's new book evokes compassion from the reader as she unfolds her personal experience of becoming aware of persons with mental illness. This affliction has many facets and is painful for the family as well as the patient. Carter leads the reader through various types of mental illness, noting symptoms. The reader may use the book as a reference and not a 'read for pleasure' book.
Carter writes simply and without exaggerating, so she is easy to read and to understand. With the resources listed in index "D", she equips the uninformed reader to bring understanding in his interaction with his/her co-workers and friends. This is especially important as mentally ill patients need support of those around them. They also need the same financial help that patients with surgical and medical problems receive.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
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Rosalyn Carter's book is full of resources and suggestions for anyone needing help from mental health professionals. Besides encouraging people to get help for themselves and their family members, it encourages community involvement and support of those afflicted with mental illness. There is a good discussion of the causes of mental illness. Mrs. Carter emphasizes awareness of early signs of mental illness and describes subtle changes that may indicate the need to get help, as well as how to get that help. I recommend this book for students looking for a positive, overall description of mental illness. It has an excellent guide to Web sites too!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sept. 20, 1998
Book Review: Rosalynn Carter's "Helping Someone with Mental Ilness: A Guide For Family, Friends, and Caregivers", with co-writer Susan Golant. By Valerie MacNeil
Rosalynn Carter's recently published book (1998) entitled "Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers" can also be very informative for patients interested in self-help. The bright, compassionate former First Lady is extremely informed and experienced in the mental health care field. She has heard an infinite number of stories over the span of her 25+ year career, some despairing and others hopeful, yet all gave her great insight into our suffering. Her educated point of view synthesizes biological and social theories about mental illness as she presents issues concerning intervention, diagnoses, treatment, advocacy, stigma, and even caregiving. Overall, she faithfully promotes "Treatment" with newer medications for people with mental illnesses.
From the very beginning, she criticizes the most poignant problem relating to mental illness - "The Legacy of Stigma". She provides many examples of how negative stereotypes about mental illnesses have been depicted by the media for decades, and calls for a change in society's attitudes toward psychological problems. While discussing legislative changes regarding mental health issues, she introduces statistical facts to support her claim about the wide spectrum of problems faced. For novice readers, descriptions answering the question "What is Mental Illness?" provide basic information about schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders. Most importantly, she states that mental illness is triggered by a combination of one's inborn vulnerability to a particular condition and environmental stress.
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