We all long for a fulfilled life where we eat better, sleep better, play better, work better, and love more. In this book, such recovery is about the rediscovery of independence and social connection, about re-engagement with life. It follows the author's patients on their path to recovery through the therapeutic process.
We all long for a fulfilled life where we eat better, sleep better, play better, work better, and love more. The well-lived life is a fulfilled one, with options and choices, personal autonomy, independence and hope. Wellness involves much more than is acknowledged ordinarily, and recovery from mental illness means being part of something that we value and that values us. In The Life Well Lived such recovery is about the rediscovery of independence and social connection, about re-engagement with life. Inspiring and empowering, this book will provide readers with many moments of reflection as they follow Jim's patients on their path to recovery through the therapeutic process; it will also aim to offer hope them and restore their faith in the human experience. The men and women in this book will address the issue of recovery personally through their case histories, and for those who reach their goals, they will discover more than simple freedom from any particular traumatic experience or symptoms of illness. For them, health becomes the freedom to participate more fully in living.
Professor Jim Lucey is a clinical professor of psychiatry based at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland and Medical Director at St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He has written numerous articles on the subject of mental health, having spent over thirty years working with individuals experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, psychosis and suicidality. He has written numerous articles and is the author of the Irish Times bestseller In My Room, published by Gill & Macmillan in 2013. Jim appears regularly on