Thursday, February 18, 2016

How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden Review

*I received a ARC ( Advance Reader Copy) for my honest review* 

A humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals.How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care.

How Can I Help? portrays a week in the life of Dr. David Goldbloom as he treats patients, communicates with families, and trains staff at CAMH, the largest psychiatric facility in Canada. This highly readable and touching behind-the-scenes account of his daily encounters with a wide range of psychiatric concerns—from his own patients and their families to Emergency Department arrivals—puts a human face on an often misunderstood area of medical expertise. From schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder to post-traumatic stress syndrome and autism, How Can I Help? investigates a range of mental issues.

What is it like to work as a psychiatrist now? What are the rewards and challenges? What is the impact of the suffering—and the recovery—of people with mental illness on families and the clinicians who treat them? What does the future hold for psychiatric care?

How Can I Help? demystifies a profession that has undergone profound change over the past twenty-five years, a profession that is often misunderstood by the public and the media, and even by doctors themselves. It offers a compassionate, realistic picture of a branch of medicine that is entering a new phase, as increasingly we are able to decode the mysteries of the brain and offer new hope for sufferers of mental illness.


As you all probably noticed this is not the kind of book I would usually read.  I don't usually review non-fiction books but this one I found interesting and I do have anxiety disorder and social phobia so I thought I would read this one

When I started reading this I was just going to take my time to read this one but as I started reading it I got so into the book that I just didn't want to stop reading.   It is so well written and interesting that I just didn't want to stop reading.

I recommend this book even if you are not into non fiction. 

I give this 5 out of 5. 

How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist  by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden will be available in stores near you and online on February 23rd 2016.

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