This book had its beginning in a very pertinent question asked many years ago by a training course participant who was an unqualified care assistant in a ‘home for mentally disordered people. She said ‘ OK the doctor has been and prescribed the pills or injection and has now gone. 

What can we on the sharp end of the caring process do now – bearing in mind that the person now has the side effects of the drugs to cope with as well as the symptoms. This whole work is an attempt to answer that question.



Within the white clouds

no white clouds are seen.


Within the flowing water

no flowing water is heard.


Hakudo Nakayama



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