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Losing Our Minds: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness | Lucy Foulkes | Audiobook Review

Why did I listen to Losing Our Minds?

Losing Our Minds was available on Netgalley as an audiobook. With my background in psychology, I was intrigued by the topic at hand. As I have also been taking care of my own mental health, I was curious for that reason as well. I was curious to see this challenges which the author believes is involved with defining mental illness.

What’s the story here?

Lucy Foulkes is a psychologist and educator from England. In Losing Our Minds, she questions the public awareness of mental illness. She is concerned that the understanding of mental illness is not as far along as the awareness within society. Using scientific and clinical research, the author argues that the real question that needs answering is: what should be perceived as “normal” with in society and what is actual mental illness? The author argues that the widespread misunderstanding of mental illness and limited resources impact the prevalence of mental illness within present day society.

How did I like Losing Our Minds?

I found Losing Our Minds presented an interesting argument regarding increased prevalence and awareness of mental illness. There is concern that the current climate may actually be doing more harm that good. By promoting the characteristics of mental illness, there is a chance that those who actually have mental illness are not being treated properly and their mental illness diagnosis is not seen as legitimate. There is also a concern of self diagnosis from this over awareness – and with this self diagnosis comes the possibility of over medication and the overuse of already limited resources.

This is a highly debated topic and honestly there is no real answer to the questions that are brought up throughout the book. I found everything that was brought up was very thought provoking. The use of scholar articles allowed these arguments to be debated. Is there is an overexposure of mental health concerns? Possibly but this is not a black and white question and answer. Knowledge regarding mental illness is crucial in ability to provide people with the guidance that they are looking for. This book is very nuanced way of the beginning that type of conversation.

How was the narration?

Losing Our Minds is narrated by author Lucy Foulkes and is approximately 7 and a half hours in length. I listened to it at 1.5 speed and found it easy to understand. I’m not sure if my background in psychology helped with this or not but, I think that the arguments were presented in the simplest of forms. Having the book read by the author that has these questions regarding mental illness was good because it brought a sense of these issues being personal to her. Given that she is from England, she has a English accent which I found to be so soothing. I found myself nodding along as she attempted to answer these black and white questions.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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