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Healing by Thomas Insel, MD
Feb 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780593298046

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“[Healing] offers a wealth of fresh, clear, and mercifully jargon-free facts and insights into America’s mental health care problems and possible solutions. . . . This is a formidable entry in the field of books about the mental health crisis.” —Kirkus

“Insel, former director of the National Institute for Mental Health, debuts with a profound diagnosis of the ills and promises of the United States’ mental health-care system . . . He offers a sense of hopeful solutions, including an expansion of community-based mental health programs, the use of technological innovations such as ‘digital phenotyping’ that can help keep track of how people behave outside of clinics, and initiatives that provide employment, housing, and social connection. It’s as compassionate as it is comprehensive.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I love stories that bridge biology, psychology, and sociology to understand a big problem. Insel, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, here has written such a story about how we care for or, more accurately, how we have failed to care for people with mental illness, and the impact that has on so many other huge problems our society is facing today. This is really a book about social justice. Insel is the ideal person to take this on—he is a revered and respected neuroscientist, internationally known as a researcher and tech entrepreneur. So his voice is especially compelling and this book should become a call to action for a new social movement.” —Michael Pollan, author of This is Your Mind on Plants

“Healing is truly one of the best books ever written about mental illness, and I think I’ve read them all. Dr. Insel speaks as a parent, scientist, doctor, and our government’s former ‘nation’s psychiatrist,’ defining what’s wrong and offering clear-headed solutions—all while guiding us forward with compassion, goodness, and hope in this juggernaut wake-up call.” —Pete Earley, author of Crazy

Healing is a masterpiece. Tom Insel has combined his powerful intellect, knowledge of science and history, and decades of experience with real life examples, and combines analysis of the nature of the problem, the history of how we and others have dealt with it, the programs that work and what we can do to fix a broken system, in a clear, concise and powerful way. If you care about mental illness—whether you suffer yourself from a brain disease, have experienced a family member or dear friend with serious mental illness, are a  policy maker with responsibility for reforming the broken system, or simply want to be educated—this book is a must read.” —Norman Ornstein, New York Times bestselling author of One Nation After Trump

“There is no one better equipped to address this dialectic between medicine and humanism, and there is no more urgent task in modern medicine than bridging this yawning gap.” —Andrew Solomon, author of Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

“The mental health crisis in America has been neglected for too long, with care made inaccessible or ineffective for too many of us. In this essential book, one of our most visionary leaders reveals that the solution demands a holistic approach. By reframing the mental health crisis as an opportunity for social justice, hopefully Tom Insel’s ideas will bring about long-needed progress toward a more inclusive, more compassionate, and healthier society. Recovery is for every family dealing with a mental health issue, which today means nearly every family in the United States.” —Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

“The time has come for a social movement to address the needs of people with mental illness across national borders. I believe that Tom Insel’s book can be the catalyst for this movement.” —Shekhar Saxena, MD, Former Director of Mental Health, WHO, Geneva

“The mental health crisis has become the civil rights issue of our time. Someday we will look back at our incarceration and exclusion of people with brain disorders and wonder how we could have been so callous. With this book, that day may come sooner than any of us imagine. Insel, the nation’s expert on the science of mental illness, shows us how we shall overcome the chaos of the mental health crisis with commitment and compassion.” —Patrick Kennedy, former Representative US Congress; Founder, Kennedy Forum

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