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Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us Paperback – June 1, 1998
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Shadow Syndromes is thorough, but at the same time it simplifies the technical aspects of mental illnesses--no stacks of footnotes or complicated neurotransmitter charts here. The authors use plenty of anecdotes to illustrate how everyday people have recognized and overcome shadow syndromes. They also prevent the book from becoming one big bundle of bad news by stressing that these disorders are treatable with medications such as Prozac, which Johnson took to handle her mild depression. Specific lifestyle changes are also advised, including more sleep, changes in diet, and more exercise. The "Care and Feeding of the Brain" chapter compiles other empowering, healing approaches. This book will be valuable not only for those who believe they're suffering from a shadow syndrome, but for doctors and therapists as well. --Erica Jorgensen
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I began reading about anxiety disorders years ago, because my wife was having true panic attacks. When my son was born 7 years ago, we knew we would have to keep an eye on him. Now, as a first grader, we're seeing signs of behavior that don't make sense. They aren't just as simple to brush off as saying "he's just being a boy". So I've been reading more about bipolar, ADHD, ADD, and other conditions.
In reading about some of the mental disorders, I was intrigued by the recent acknowledgement of adult ADD. I read the symptoms, and had to face the cold reality that they really fit me. I'm 41 years old with a BA, MS and I'm halfway through my MBA. I've done well in my career and I've been married for 13 years to the same person. By all rights, I'm pretty normal. But I have always been a terrible procrastinator. I've read books on the subject and tried...REALLY tried...to help myself get organized and on track. Nothing I've ever done has helped. As an example, I had a report to write for work last fall. The CEO wanted me to do this. I knew what needed to be done. I knew how to get the research. I knew what the final presentation should look like. I had 5 weeks to prepare. I would sit at my desk, tell myself I wasn't going to get up until I had a good chunk of it done...and then surf the internet. Or work on another project. Or enter addresses in my Palm Pilot. I was distracted by every noise, every conversation in the hallway...Read more ›
I accept that my out of control biochemistry will require medication so long as I live in a modern world that has little ability to tolerate someone who lives out of step with the current drum. The need to be able to provide for my family in a time-clock world means I must conform to some degree. However, the knowledge that I have my own contributions to make helps me to hold on to those parts of me that have been enhanced by my "disorder".
I have much work ahead of me. While meds are not the only answer, they seem to buy me the time I need to work with a therapist on other strategies for coping.
This book has been an incredible ecouragement to my loved ones and to me.
The book absolutely cries out for a bibliography. I would guess that the authors prepared one, and that the publishers omitted it. It is an absolute necessity which I trust the publishers will remedy immediately.
I especially enjoyed their theory about how a smaller cerebellum could explain a number of different symptoms of a nerdy (mildly autistic) personality. I suspect it isn't exactly right, but it explains a good deal more than any alternative I've seen.
One warning - this isn't very valuable as a self-help book. It should be read mainly to improve your understanding of the human mind, not as a means of changing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am disappoint from this book. I receive it with a lot of tears and many gaps in the paper. I wish I could returen it.Published 3 months ago by Mona Bader
Interesting premises. Makes a lot of sense. Needs more on ideas on how to deal with the problems presented.Published 5 months ago by grandma
The author meandered through different types of disorders without a clear explanation of those disorders. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Differently Driven
Interesting book. If you have ever said, "this person is crazy" - read this book.Published 13 months ago by Mary E. Williams
This has become a book I consider so important I've given away 3-4 copies to friends who are interested in the mind, the brain, behavior, etc, and talked about it to many more.Published 14 months ago by Greg Tucker
a very valuable take on how "mild" psychological syndromes such as depression and anxiety can be diagnosed and healed with non-traditional means as well as western... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Judith Fine-Sarchielli