Winds Against The Mindby Lola Bamigboye
To achieve total wellness, the undisturbed mind and the body must work together in harmony. Lola Bamigboye views mental illness such as depression, bipolar , Alzheimer's dementia , schizophrenia, panic attacks, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other common mental illnesses as 'winds against the mind'. She uses the real life experiences of the people who suffered from mental ilness and the pain of their loved ones who cared for them to make the nature of each particular illness so touching and real to the reader. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes a happy ending, the stories are eye openers and enlightening. The causes , symptoms and management of each mental illness , and the vast resources available for help are also discussed.
'WINDS AGAINST THE MIND' is empowering, informative and full of hope.
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This book is unoriginal. It details cases of people with mental illness... but it provides no new or interesting insight into the diseases. The writing is beyond elementary, and just plain bad. The author sounds as if she loves herself a bit too much in that she quotes herself in the book! What authority does she have to put her own quotations in the book? We already know that you wrote the horrible piece of "literature"! It is condescending and a complete waste of money. For an interesting resource on mental illness, I suggest watching Nightline, ABC News, or any documentary. This is an abomination.
Winds Against the Mind is a comprehensive, succinct review of the categories of mental illnesses. It covers such topics as Alzheimer's, Addiction, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and Anxiety Disorders. The author shares her vast experience as a psychiatric nurse and provides numerous case studies to illustrate the different illnesses. These case studies are my favorite part of the book. They make the illnesses so real that you truly begin to realize the devastation and ubiquity of mental illness, and you begin to feel as if you really could be reading about your father, or spouse, or sister. or yourself. In this way, the author does her part reducing the stigma of mental illness. The book presents a case for mental illnesses to be considered as "winds against the mind," or forces that disturb the mind and body from working together in harmony. The author takes a holistic view of psychiatry, and illustrates the multiple effects mental illnesses have on individuals, families, and lives. These illnesses take their toll on people, often having devastating consequences. However, the author also illustrates the recoveries that can be made when individuals recognize their symptoms and seek help. When communities work together to recognize and de-stigmatize these illnesses, positive change can be made to assist individuals to seek help and return to living full and productive lives. I would recommend this book to all those wishing to learn more about mental illness. Whether you are a student or professional, working in the field of mental illness or not, this book will better help you to understand what others go through and, perhaps, better understand yourself.
Lola Bamigboye's book Winds Against the Mind gives a voice to people who suffer from various forms of mental illness. Through thoughtful quotations, explanations of specific disorders, and personal stories, Bamigboye's book seeks to expel the stigma associated with mental illness. Each chapter begins with a narrative, based on a true story, from the point of view of a person who is greatly affected by a mental illness themselves or by one that is manifesting itself in a close friend or family member. The stories take the reader into the lives of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, addictions, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and many more. This technique allows the reader to "walk in the shoes" of people with mental illnesses, in order to show the similarities among people with the specific disorder and among all people. One of Bamigboye's main points in the book is for those who are suffering to seek help. A small percentage of people with mental illnesses do actually seek adequate professional help to treat their illnesses, and Bamigboye shows the reader that the lives of people affected by mental illnesses, and those who love them, can benefit greatly from the right professional help. She explains many of the intricacies of specific disorders and relates them to the illness in such a way that makes them seem more "human," in a sense. While the American media continues to show mental illnesses to be fantastical, overly dramatic, and completely uncontrollable, Winds Against the Mind offers a more realistic, loving explanation that helps the reader understand that mental health and illness are on a continuum, and that no one should ever have to feel shame or guilt over having or loving someone who has a mental illness.