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The celebrated physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts deconstructs definitions of normal both in relation to illness and trauma and to concepts of Western cultural living in this highly perceptive, game-changing volume.
We tend to believe that normality equals health. Yet what is the norm in the Western world?
Mental illness is on an unstoppable rise. Some 45% of Europeans suffer high blood pressure, and nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Illness and trauma are defining how we live.
In his new masterpiece, renowned physician, addiction expert and author Gabor Mate dissects the underlying causes of this malaise - physical and emotional, and connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living. Over four decades of clinical experience, Dr Mate has found that the common definition of 'normal' is false: virtually all disease is actually a natural reflection of life in an abnormal culture, as we grow further and further apart from our true selves. But he also shows us the pathway to reconnection and healing.
Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, this life-affirming book shows how true health is possible - if we are willing to embrace authenticity above social expectations. The Myth of Normal is Gabor Mate's most ambitious, compassionate and urgent book yet.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 835 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 48 mm
'Gabor Mate is one of the most interesting and original voices now out there addressing the crisis of mental health in our culture. His ground-breaking work on addiction gave me a whole new way to think about the subject' - Michael Pollan, author of How to Change Your Mind
'Gabor Mate's connections - between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political - are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished' - Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine
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