Nearly 1 in every 5 Americans deal with mental illness in a given year, and the rates are climbing. Among physicians, the rate is even higher as the time spent in medical training significantly increases the risk of poor mental health. None of us are fully immune from the ravages of mental health problems. This book is about the fallibility of us all, including the doctors who are supposed to care for us. It is about the fine line of illness and normal emotion, and about how to change the norms of medical practice in light of human weakness. It’s for individuals who suffer from mental illness. It’s for their loved ones. It’s for anyone who interacts with someone with a mental illness. In short, it’s for all of us.
A Note From the Publisher
“Kyle Bradford Jones's memoir FALLIBLE travels the many rugged mine fields of being a young physician struggling with mental illness with a winning strength and grace.” –IndieReader (IR Approved)
“This immersive, eye-opening journey reveals the effects of mental illness on a physician.” –Kirkus Reviews
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Fallible by Kyle Bradford Jones is a doctor's account of living with mental illness and how it has impacted on his personal and professional life. As a health care professional and family doctor he is in a position that gives him and interesting and original perspective. In the book he very honestly discusses the difficulties he has faced and the darkest moments that he has made his way through, with a particular emphasis on how this has had both positive and negative effects on his practice as a doctor. He also discusses his faith, and I appreciated that while he is a man of faith, he is open to the idea that for some faith may have a detrimental effect on their mental health. I found his story interesting though I was surprised by how negative his experiences with therapists were, and he had seen a few, though he did admit towards the end of the book that the fault may have laid with him. This is a brave book, and one that I think will make more people appreciate the pressures that so many medical professionals face, while also letting those professionals know that it is okay to speak out about their mental health. I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Kyle Bradford Jones is a physican in the USA, and this book documents his mental health issues throughout his life, particularly during his medical training. Suffering from anxiety myself, I saw this as a great opportunity to read and learn from someone else's journey. Bradford Jones offers a wealth of good learning points and ways in which the health care system can and should offer better support. I am not a medical practitioner but a lot was completely relevant to my own experience. Take note that a lot of Bradford Jones's life is centred around his faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints; I wish this had been pointed out in the promotional material as this was an element of the book which I had not looked for and do not engage with.
A sincere thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is not my usual genre, I’m more of a crime/thriller reader however this story intrigued me. I absolutely loved it, truly one of the best books I have read. I am extremely pleased and grateful to both for opening up my mind to something totally different.
As a nurse myself who struggles with my mental health I found this book extremely relatable and made it a good interesting read for me. I fear those who aren’t involved in medicine might lose interest at some points however.
This was a hard book to tackle, not in terms of style so much as subject matter and the dark reality of this author's life. It tended to swing between many areas in a complex and confusing way at times, but it provides a good insight into the perils of residency and the way that doctors are subjected to extraordinary abuse in their profession. I wish that there had been a bit more regarding the therapy and mental illness aspect of his journey, and I hope that eventually, he finds more solutions that work for him and his lifestyle in handling the menace that is anxiety and depression. I very much though that the parts of the book discussing the manner in which young doctors in training are bullied and used to the advantage of older physicians, whether it be for drug deals or for anger management, were the most valuable. Holding the balance of people's lives in your hands is already a weighty enough career- to have to face infighting and abuse from those who are supposed to teach you is appalling. I think as well the author's discussion of loss of faith (or, perhaps better said, waning faith) in the Mormon community is valuable too in that it is somewhat of a controversial discussion, but deals with very important matters. While a little patchworked, and feeling a bit like it could have been dedicated to a memoir of practice rather than a life memoir, it was a solid book with some interesting and very important points. It is personal and doesn't shy away from very hard questions or dark thoughts, and that's a refreshing thing to see placed into a book.
A honest and unflinching look at the mental health. Fallible explores a young doctors own thoughts, feelings and experiences with his mental health and his faith.
Depression is a serious medical condition that is associated with symptoms such as melancholy, loss of pleasure, loss of energy, difficulty in concentrating, and suicidal thoughts. Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms. Nearly 1 in every 5 Americans deal with mental illness in a year. Fallible: A memoir of a young physicians struggle with mental illness is a eye opener to the fact that Depression and Anxiety can strike anyone including the doctors who are supposed to care for us. This book shows the darker side of the medical industry. This is Kyles story of mental struggle before and during his career as a physician. Parts of this memoir were troubling to read due to the content. The mentions of abuse, bullying, callous behaviors and misappropriation of resources within the medical field were very hard to read. Unfortunately medical professionals are still just people and all people are fallible. I struggle with GAD and depression so this book resonated with me on a personal level. This was a well written and thought provoking novel. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Fallible-As a therapist in the Mental health field, I appreciated the frankness of the dilemmas and struggles that the helping professionals themselves struggle with to remain helping others.
I slogged through about half of this book, but it wasn’t the “light” read I hoped. The writer isn’t to blame for my struggles, as he uses language beautifully at times to describe the struggle of a young man becoming a doctor while battling some emotional struggles. If I were a med student or someone who was considering medical training, this would be a wonderful insight into the realities of training and the gaps in the system.