As part of our commemoration of World Mental Health Day (which falls on October 10th every year), all month here at Cambridge Scholars we’re highlighting original and valuable contributions to the academic dialogue surrounding mental health. Our focus today falls on Dr Anna Cornelia “Conny” Beyer’s remarkable study, Health and Safety for Spirit Seers, Telepaths and Visionaries: Self-help for Schizophrenia (2019), which has just been re-released as a paperback.
While 51 million people in the world are afflicted with schizophrenia, self-help books on the topic are not in ample supply, and those that do exist are often very dark in outlook. Dr Beyer’s book provides a much-needed, positive, hopeful and holistic perspective on how to cope with schizophrenia, and combines knowledge from previous studies, personal accounts, and scientific research today. It covers experiences with, and explanations for, schizophrenia; alternative and natural healing tips for psychosis and schizophrenia, including diet and orthomolecular medicine; an overview of alternative therapies; relationship and career advice; how to deal with emergencies; and how to recover after a period of psychosis, among other topics.
Patrick Holford, founder of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the Brain Bio Centre and author of Optimum Nutrition for the Mind has praised the insiders’ perspective of the book: “It will be remarkably helpful for those caught up in the experience, covering all aspects—physical, emotional, spiritual and social, plus the wealth of possible ways to help recover using diet, supplements and medication intelligently to find your way out of the maze. Conny’s own experience and empathetic writing, backed up with a lifetime of real research undertaken in her own quest for wellness will serve as a beacon for others.”
The experienced clinical psychologist and psychiatric disorder specialist Prof. Dr Jörg Richter has also bestowed praise on the book, noting that “relatives, friends, and professionals of every kind and on every administrative or managerial level, who are engaged with individuals with schizophrenia, will benefit from reading this book and will gain much stimulation and a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of what it might mean to live with this condition.” In his assessment of the study he goes on to say that—were he to suffer from schizophrenia—the study would be a constant and plentiful source of guidance.
To purchase the book in hardback or paperback version, or to read an extract please click here.
Dr Anna Cornelia Beyer is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics at the University of Hull. She has authored 27 articles and 6 monographs, including the books Inequality and Violence: A Re-appraisal of Man, the State and War and International Political Psychology: Explorations into a New Discipline. Her research interests are international relations, security and psychology. She has pursued research on schizophrenia since 2008.