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Book review: Tigger on the Couch

book: Tigger on the Couch
author: Laura James

I loaned this book from the library yesterday (28th April 2017) and I finished it in one night. I am quite a fast reader anyway but I really enjoyed the story.

Tigger on the Couch is an amusing take on self-help and psychological disorders of our favourite characters mental health issues. I’ve heard pretty good reviews from individuals who’ve read this story so I decided to give it ago.

The stories made me laugh and it was amusing to see our favourite characters being diagnosed with mental health conditions. Tigger is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the Queen of  Hearts has traits of Acquired Situational Narcissim and Cinderella is diagnosed with Approval Addiction.

The story isn’t to be taken seriously and it isn’t for someone who wants to know more about the conditions in-depth. However, if you want a story that is quick to read and is light and fun, this is definitely your book. Mental health is no laughing matter however, we’re used to being read stories as children in a light hearted way but actually, what would happen if these behaviours that seemed so normal in childhood stories were later diagnosed as a mental health issue? The checklists at the end of each character always allows us to check off any points of any traits for a disorder that we see in others. For instance, Cinderella’s Approval Addiction or Tinkerbell’s Personality Disorder.

My only negative on the book is that some areas are quite repetitive and it is clear that the author isn’t somebody with knowledge of mental health conditions. She is not a psychologist. However, putting these small negatives aside, it provides a layman’s overview and is great at recognising possible traits in those around us.

I’d recommend the book for knowledge on the conditions it describes in the book although I would look at other sources of information if you want to increase your knowledge on the conditions mentioned. By the end of the book, you’ll begin to wonder how you grew up so well despite the sociopaths on your bookshelf.







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