Shadow Syndromes

By John J. Ratey, Catherine Johnson,

Book cover of Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us

Book description

Are you living under a shadow?

Do you or someone you love suffer from:

Chronic sadness
Outbursts of anger
The inability to finish tasks
Acute anxiety
Disabling discomfort in social situations

These are the "shadow syndromes" of major mental disorders that limit the lives, productivity, and happiness of millions…

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1 author picked Shadow Syndromes as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’ve always been fascinated by the question, “What is personality?”

Is there someone we’re hardwired to be or do other factors so affect us that we’re who we are because of our experiences? What about extreme traits—are they an aspect of our personality or something more external? 

This book tackles these questions in such an interesting way, by focusing on mild forms of traits that might be diagnosable at higher levels. For example, if you’re quick to anger, is it possible you have a mild form of a rage disorder, or are you simply an angry person? 

One of the…

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