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Reviewed by Robert A. Groves for Readers' Favorite
Stuck in the Sick Role: How Illness Becomes an Identity by Melissa Stennett Deuter, MD is a book about how young adults become victims marred with the disability label. The disabilities Dr. Deuter writes about are those within the mental health realm. Using patient stories from her own practice as a psychiatrist, Dr. Deuter illustrates the concept of “stuck” and how to become unglued with a style that does not sound one bit clinical, but keeps the reader interested chapter after chapter. Her description of establishing an urgent care mental health practice is also a fascinating read that places the context of her patient stories in a clear light. Becoming stuck and unable to move along the milestone continuum of young adulthood is indeed an acute condition. The inability to move along at this stage of life has devastating consequences that will shape the remainder of one's life. I applaud her willingness to share evidence based interventions for her healthcare colleagues to use in improving outcomes for their patients.
Dr. Melissa Stennett Deuter’s Stuck in the Sick Role: How Illness Becomes an Identity contains gems of wisdom all healthcare providers can apply to their settings, even if mental health is not their primary practice area. All healthcare providers encounter patients with mental health needs and conditions. Dr. Deuter’s book may just be the answer some of them seek. As a Registered Nurse, I was able to apply her innovations personally to my primary care practice and motivate some long stuck patients into moving forward again. This is not only a book I highly recommend, it is a book I have added to my own treatment arsenal. Bravo, Doc, bravo!