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Breaking Down is Waking Up

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Author: Dr Russell Razzaque
ISBN: 9781780286662.

Can Psychological Suffering be a Spiritual Gateway?


In this ground-breaking book psychiatrist Dr Russell Razzaque explores startling new insights into the mind and mental distress. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness, to which every one of us is vulnerable, can also be a form of spiritual awakening.

Breaking Down is Waking Up describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering around practices such as mindfulness. These therapies go beyond just “treating” episodes of mental illness but also, where possible, help the individual to complete the process of spiritual growth they have begun. Dr Razzaque argues passionately that our society as a whole could benefit from developing an awareness of the spiritual power of this process of transformation.

Dr Razzaque’s insights are drawn from his experience at the frontline in the treatment of mental illness, as well from ancient spiritual traditions and the breakthroughs of modern scientific disciplines including neuroscience and quantum physics. Although in the West we are brought up to see ourselves as a separate entity from the rest of the world, in fact, Dr Razzaque argues, this sense of separation is false. Both science and spirituality lead to the same inescapable conclusion – we truly are inseparably linked with everyone and everything that surrounds us. When we understand this we are on the journey to achieving long-term health and happiness.

This is an important new book that explores the deepest layers of what it really means to be human.


About Russell Razzaque

Russell-Razzaque,-author-of-Breaking-Down-is-Waking-UpDr Russell Razzaque is a London-based psychiatrist with sixteen years’ experience in adult mental health. He has worked for a number of national and international organizations during his career including the University of Cambridge, the UK Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, and he currently works in acute mental health services in the NHS in east London. He is also a published author in human psychology with several books on the subject, and he writes columns for a number of publications including Psychology Today, The Independent, The Guardian and USA Today.


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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex R.

    Dr Razzaque’s bravery to speak out against the conventional bio-medical model must be celebrated. I devoured this book and it offers clairty and hope in what is often a derogatory and uncompassionate world.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Without any prior knowledge of mental health issues, I read this book with curiosity. What I received was a small enlightenment.

    It was easy to read and there was accurate definitions, historical connections and loads of individual experiences to relate to.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Grimes

    Many of the concepts explored were unfamiliar to me and I will undoubtedly read the book at least once more. However, I did learn many interesting and fascinating insights.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bilson

    Having experienced deep depression and anxiety the past few years, I bought this book to help me understand me and what to do about it. This book helped me so much, I cannot thank Dr Razzaque enough!

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