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Monday, June 11, 2018

It’s All About You: A Guide to Good Mental Health and Wellness by Cynthia Rapazzini ISBN: 978-1-5043-8579-4

If we were to decide how good or bad It’s All About You: A Guide to Good Mental Health and Wellness by Cynthia Rapazzini is based upon whether or not we agree with everything the author writes, it would fail miserably.

Our family has had many experiences with the mental health care system, all bad.

We have dealt with ADHD, Depression, PTSD, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, and more. In every case, the mental health care system made the situation worse.  Once to the point suicide was seriously a possibility.

Somewhere some self-appointed expert decided that if a situation lasted more than two weeks, it was mental illness; we beg to differ.

Too often all the mental health “professionals” have to offer are drugs. One so-called professional did not offer anything other than a drug and then said, “You are crazy if you don’t take it.“ Those are the exact words.

But, a review is supposed to be about the book and not about how well we agree with what the author has to say.  In this case, we don’t agree with very much.

Rapazzini attempts to explain the mental health care system.  She says we should choose our mental health care providers carefully.  It would be great if it worked that way for poor people. When you have to go through non-profits and government programs to get mental health care, you don’t get to choose.

The author tells us that there are laws in place to prevent abuses, tell that to our family member who found herself handcuffed to a bench after speaking with a mental health professional.

We cannot say this book is well-written because there are a few occasions where the author, or someone on her behalf, went back to edit her work and left an extraneous word or two.

The most glaring problem is the misuse of the word “Whether”.  In school we were taught there was always another option given when the word whether was used. “I don’t know whether OR NOT I am going the the show.” Maybe that is nitpicking.

On page 42 and 43, we are given statistics on suicide for 18-34 year olds.  The two groups most likely to commit suicide, each with double digit figures, are Native Americans and Whites.  The other two groups were the lowest Hispanics and African Americans, both with single digit figures. The author goes on to say that minorities are less likely than whites to seek mental health care.

 It would appear that the African Americans and the Hispanics benefit from this since their rates of suicide are lower. This would imply that you are less likely to commit suicide if you DON’T seek the help.  We doubt this is always true but, statistically speaking, there is a case to be made.

Three Star Review

We give It’s All About You three stars.  We do not feel it is a useful tool in our toolbox.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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