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  • Published: 18 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473541856
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Life Well Lived

Therapeutic Paths to Recovery and Wellbeing

Through a range of fascinating case histories, Professor Jim Lucey explores the therapeutic paths to recovery and emotional wellbeing.

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.

  • Pub date: 18 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473541856
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Jim Lucey

Professor Jim Lucey is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and Medical Director at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin. He has written numerous articles on the subject of mental health, having spent over thirty years working with individuals experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, addiction, psychosis and suicidality. He is the author of two previous books, Understanding Psychiatry and the Irish Times bestseller In My Room. Jim lectures and conducts talks and seminars throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe and appears regularly on Irish radio and television to discuss issues of the mind and mental wellbeing. He lives in Dublin with his wife and family.

Praise for The Life Well Lived

“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.”

Dr Stirling Moorey,, Dr Stirling Moorey, Consultant Psychiatrist in CBT, S.London & Maudsley Trust

“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.”

Dinesh Bhugra CBE, Emeritus Professor, King's College London

“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.”


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