Jim Lucey is a psychiatrist who has been working for over 25 years with patients in St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin. He is a regular contributor to RTE on mental health matters on the “Sean O’Rourke Show”
This book is a collection of stories about the people he encountered in his practice and it makes for surprisingly interesting and uplifting reading. A book you can dip in and out of, it was an unexpected best seller when it was published in 2014. What shines through the stories, is Lucey’s immense compassion and respect for the patients who come to him. What also struck me was how diverse the range of psychological problems that beset the human race can be and how crippling such difficulties can become.
Jim Lucey manages to always instill a note of hope into the narratives he presents and refers to the “recovery journey” as a possibility for all his patients. This book is of interest to all who are curious about people and what makes them tick, but they will find more that that here, they will come to awareness that we are all vulnerable but also all resourceful. For those who deal with their own pain or that of a loved one, Jim Lucey offers an optimistic view that there is help available and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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