Building a Life Worth Living

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Building a Life Worth Living

Building a Life Worth Living

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Everything in Marsha Linehan's life and remarkable memoir uncovers the dark--the hell of the unhappy self and the hell of inadequate help--and brings us into the light, with humor and detail in her grappling and growth, and in her courage and vision of how to create a treatment for even the most unhappy of us. If you read her book I believe you will see that like Ruth in the Old Testament, Marsha was prepared for such a time as this. She vowed to learn about her condition as a teen, and fight to make sure others would not go through her version of ‘hell’.

Recommended for those who are interested in mental health, emotion regulation/dysregulation, and/or clinical science! Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. Over the years, DBT had saved the lives of countless people fighting depression and suicidal thoughts, but Linehan had never revealed that her pioneering work was inspired by her own desperate struggles as a young woman.

Her journey in this book is covered quite thoroughly and her story delivered in conversational tone. I abandoned the book fifty pages in, because already by then, it was repetitive, poorly written, not at all engaging nor gripping, and more or less an infomercial for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, the quite wonderful therapy she created. Another problem was that I have almost complete amnesia of my life before my twenties, and up to twenty-­five, for reasons I will explain.

g. saying that psychodynamic therapy doesn’t change anything) but humble brags about her own methods. Later, in my professional life, I had to battle to have my radical ideas and approach to therapy accepted by my peers and by the world of psychiatry more generally, and struggle as a female in male-­dominated academia.I looked at the audience for a few seconds, casting my eyes here and there at the gathering of so many wonderful people in my life—­friends, colleagues, students and former students.

I knew that my sister, Aline, would be there, and I had especially wanted my brothers, John, Earl, Marston, and Mike, to be there, but I wasn't sure Aline would be able to get them to come. In the 1990s brought in an approach that combined cognitive-behavioral therapy, feminism, and mindfulness practice. I was standing in front of an audience of about two hundred in a large auditorium at the Institute of Living, a renowned psychiatric institution in Hartford, Connecticut. The four simple principles DBT is based on include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and regulation of emotions.I think at times she lost me when she switched from her narrative to explaining DBT and this crossed between memoir and self-help. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. This means you can effectively regulate intense emotions and reactions without compromising on the quality of life you wish to lead. In reality, the seeds of DBT were planted in 1961," I continued, 'when, at age eighteen, I was admitted here, to the Institute of Living.

It's like looking at the night sky in the city, where you see points of light from planets and stars here and there, but mostly it is unbroken blackness.If you're not interested in the scholarly progression of psychiatric study, if you're put off by discussions of treating mental illness that involve meditation and God, or if you're looking for a simple, triumphant journey without potholes, give "Building a Life Worth Living" a miss. As someone living with BPD, these experiences are highly unrelatable and also make me wonder whether recovery simply comes down to random mystical experiences. In Building a Life Worth Living, Marsha Linehan shares her experience of suicidal depression to help others who may be experiencing this themselves or someone they love. Another example includes when Marsha tells one of her students to not mention their experience with mental illness in an application, which unfortunately makes sense within the stigma-ridden academic system we exist in.



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