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Breaking Down Is Waking Up: The Connection Between Psychological Distress and Spiritual Awakening

by Russell Razzaque

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ISBN: 9781780286662
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An intelligent, thought-provoking book that argues that experiences of psychological distress and episodes of mental ill health can provide us with glimpses into a spiritual dimension of reality that lies beyond our ordinary perception.
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  • Hardcover
    $25.79
ISBN: 9781780286662
ANNOTATION:
An intelligent, thought-provoking book that argues that experiences of psychological distress and episodes of mental ill health can provide us with glimpses into a spiritual dimension of reality that lies beyond our ordinary perception.

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An intelligent, thought-provoking book that argues that experiences of psychological distress and episodes of mental ill health can provide us with glimpses into a spiritual dimension of reality that lies beyond our ordinary perception.

Publisher Description

This book explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on Dr Razzaque's work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular practitioner of meditation. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness can also be a form of spiritual awakening.

Dr Razzaque provides evidence for this from a range of sources including direct clinical case material from his work in acute mental health services to the latest findings from neuroscience and the insights of meditative traditions. The book describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering, in particular, around practices such as mindfulness. These therapies offer both patients and their families the inspiring idea that the approach to their psychological difficulties should go beyond just "treating" episodes of mental illness but also, where possible, help the individual to complete the process of spiritual growth they have begun. Dr Razzaque argues passionately that our society as a whole could benefit from developing an awareness of the spiritual power of this process of transformation.

Written in the tradition of the bestselling insights of neuroscientist Eben Alexander and therapists Irvin D. Yalom and Oliver Sacks, Breaking Down is Waking Up, will speak to both professionals in the field of mental health as well as those suffering from mental illness, their family and friends and, indeed, all those who have an interest in exploring the deepest layers of what it really means to be human

Author Biography

Dr. Russell Razzaque has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 14 years. He gained membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004 and in 2007 he wrote the definitive book on the psychology of suicide bombing, Human Being To Human Bomb. He practices in the East End of London as an attending psychiatrist across several mental health and addiction treatment centers.

Dr. Razzaque has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Independent. He also writes a blog on current affairs and US politics for The Independent and is a staff writer on

Product Details

Author
Russell Razzaque
Short Title
BREAKING DOWN IS WAKING UP
Publisher
Watkins Publishing
Language
English
ISBN-10
178028666X
ISBN-13
9781780286662
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Residence
London
Pages
272
Year
2014
Publication Date
2014-05-01
Subtitle
Can Psychological Distress be a Gateway to Spiritual Awakening?
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Audience
General/Trade

Product Reviews

16 May, 2018
Absolutely love this book. Insightful and refreshing to see a different approach to Mental health
By Jennifer