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Getting Unstuck Paperback – October 15, 2008
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While Kerson, a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist with 20 years of experience, doesn't break new ground in this self-help book, he provides a knowledgeable, practical overview, with detailed techniques, for people who find themselves "stuck" in mental or emotional straits. Looking at three major mental illnesses-attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression and dissociation-and how they overlap, Kern covers lucidly the varied medications available, but puts equal effort into explaining induced trance states ("the therapeutic wave of the future"), guided visualization and time management techniques. Kerson is convinced that the extent of mental illness in the U.S. is hugely underestimated given the expectations of modern American life, sufferers' ability to cope successfully and a "broken" mental health system that separates "prescribers" (MDs) from therapists. Undiagnosed ADD patients may have serious trouble with authority and motivation, and have probably "half-convinced themselves that they're just lazy...and need a good kick in the pants." Though wide-ranging and at times technical, this is a thorough and easy-to-understand guide for certified patients as well as the worn-down, those who might not consider themselves sick but could probably use the help.
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“A superb book by a superb clinician. This book has what so many books on this subject lack: the honesty and truth that can only be gained by working in the trenches of real life. What you'll get from Getting Unstuck are nuggets you can really use in your everyday life. Dr. Kerson has worked a lifetime to write this book, and his life’s work now becomes a precious gift to us all.”— EDWARD HALLOWELL, M.D., author of national best sellers Driven to Distraction, Worry, and Connect
A very insightful book on mental health problems seemingly approached from a new angle. Having recently experienced the most traumatic event I have ever gone through I am hoping to utilize some of the information contained in the book. Also, it addresses other problems with mental health which began in childhood and I really believe there is 'hope for the future' if the guidelines are followed. I fully intend to explore the information the author has revealed.
I think this is a book which should be read by mental health professionals as well as those who require help in their everyday lives and believe it is a true way forward for a profession which seems to have had limited success.
I found this a valuable resource on the different types of depression and their effects steaming from multiple disorders. Understanding is most important when faced with one of these issues and the author gives a clear and very descriptive outline of the causes, effects and even some of the why's. Sometimes just medicating is not the answer.
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GETTING UNSTUCK is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand more about the intersections between physiology, psychology and everyday thoughts. Dr. Don Kerson's insights into the different types of depression and different types of treatment were a revelation.
One of the most important resources in the book is a guide to the different types of depression and the different neurotransmitters effected. It can be overwhelming to be prescribed drugs that effect different neurotransmitters without really understanding what they are supposed to do. I am no neuroscientists and I've spent years googling "norepinephrine" and "serotonin" in attempts to better understand their functions and why I'm taking drugs that act on them. I learned a lot from various sources on the internet, but I learned more in five minutes from Dr. Kerson's chapters on neurotransmitters and types of depression than I did in years of googling.
The neurotransmitter chart has so far been the part of the book that I refer back to the most. But the book is full of equally important sections. Dr. Kerson's guide to navigating social anxiety is the best that I've read so far, his description of bipolar disorder makes a lot more sense than others (most people's manias, for instance, are not as over-the-top as you'd think), and his account of right-left brain dissociation (in which a person has difficulty integrating their ideas with their actions and emotions) helps to put a whole lot of mental illness in a context that makes it more understandable.
Hands down, this is one of the best psychological/self-help books I have ever read. It should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt "stuck."
what blocks them - I didn't, and don't know how to get out of it, and that's what I was looking for help with! Was *so* annoyed, I didn't even bother reading most of the rest of the book! So
much for *you*, author...