We all long to live a fulfilled and happy life – a life that offers us love and opportunity, independence and hope. Sadly, for many people struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction, recovery and a future full of potential may seem to be unachievable goals.
In The Life Well Lived Professor Jim Lucey focuses on how a range of contemporary therapies can provide pathways to recovery. Through insightful case histories, he also explores issues such as stigma and other barriers to recovery, the true meaning of wellness, and how the rediscovery of a life of independence and social connection is not only possible but entirely achievable.
Positive and optimistic, The Life Well Lived shines a light into the psychotherapeutic world – a world which is so often feared and misunderstood.
The experience of “mental illness” can be a frightening and isolating experience, and the plethora of advice and information about therapies can add to the confusion. The Life Well Lived provides a very readable guide that explains modern approaches to psychological therapy in an accessible way… This book weaves together an introduction to scientifically validated therapies, patients' own stories and Professor Lucey's compassionate and positive approach to living life well.
From the foreword: Professor Jim Lucey has demonstrated a way of communicating with patients, their carers, families and members of the public [and] he differentiates clearly between types of treatment and therapy... It is a tribute to his style that he can convey complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. There are many reasons why this book is important. The foremost reason is about education and de-stigmatisation of mental illness.
This is an excellent book from Ireland's top mental health professional. It includes seven case studies to illuminate the modern therapeutic interventions in mental health. It also includes chapters outlining these therapeutic approaches. This is a very important piece of work for anyone seeking a better understanding of mental health.