Angela Patmore is a former Guardian columnist on sports psychology and a regular contributor to press and television features on stress. She served on Sir John Stevens' Metropolitan Police Stress Experts' Advisory Group and her expose, The Truth About Stress, was shortlisted for the 2007 MIND Book of the Year Award. Her previous books include Sportsmen Under Stress (a 1986 Times Sports Book of the Year) and Marje: The Guilt and the Gingerbread. From 2003 to 2006, Angela Patmore worked as a life skills trainer within the Employment Service, using a mental skills programme that provides the basis for this book. The results speak for themselves: despite many of the trainees having serious social and mental health issues, during her tenure the company had not only the best outcomes record in the region, but a better record than all of the other training providers combined.
From Angela Patmore who’s been labelled as a “heartless bitch” by at least one commentator, a very DIY approach to coping with depression and despair. No drugs, no therapy, no days off sick, this is heal-thyself time and very sane it all sounds. A particularly useful feature is having a panel of ten sufferers who, throughout the self-help section of the book, comment on the tasks they’ve been set; their progress sets a great example to the reader. A well structured manual, full of good sense; firstly giving you insights into depression and then setting out a programme to get out of that pit of despair – as the title says “it will change your life”.
Rescuing a dog can change not only the dog's life but yours too. This book explains how. It also tells you everything you need to know about finding the right dog at a shelter near to you, and getting him or her used to you and their home. There is also appropriate advice on training and caring for your new friend. This book contains moving poems, true stories and appealing portraits of actual rescue dogs, who found new owners and loving homes.
We seem to be living through an epidemic of stress. There are 15 million websites dedicated to the subject and Britain alone has over two million accredited therapists, counsellors and healers devoted to protecting us from what they claim is a debilitating disease. But is there really a stress problem? In this brilliant and provocative analysis, Angela Patmore examines the confusion and controversy surrounding the whole concept, raising important questions about the treatments and advice that offer to cure it. She argues that the health angst engendered by all this lucrative 'stress awareness' sends its victims in search of therapy and sedation and fuels an epidemic costing the UK billions. Far from helping people cope with their problems and feelings, Patmore contends, the unregulated industry is harming them. Her conclusions suggest we need to reappraise profoundly the way we understand our own health and well-being.