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Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults: A Different Way of Thinking by Lynn Weiss, PhD (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005)

Since its last revision in 1997, dozens of new treatments and philosophies about ADD and ADHD have met with storms of controversy and great media attention. Lynn Weiss gets down to the point in a human, caring, and professional way.




The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions [Book]


The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions (The Guilford Self-Help Workbook Series)

by Martin Antony, PhD & Peter Nortin, PhD (The Guilford Press, 2008)


No matter what type of anxiety problem you suffer from, Drs. Martin M. Antony and Peter J. Norton provide a toolkit of proven strategies to help you. Practical examples illustrate how to put the book's science-based techniques into action, and effective problem-solving tips ease you through the rough spots in recovery.


Beyond anxiety & phobia [Book]



Beyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery by Edmund J Bourne, PhD (New Harbinger Publications, 2001)


Beyond Anxiety & Phobia goes beyond symptom management of anxiety and phobia disorders to treat the whole person. You'll find, in this book, a comprehensive array of integrative strategies the goal of which is your long-term recovery.


Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by David Tolin, Randy Frost and Gail Steketee (2007)


Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically-based and effective program for helping compulsive hoarders dig their way out of the clutter and chaos of their homes.



Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist's Tales of Ritual and Obsession by Elias Aboujaoude (University of California Press, 2009)


Elias Aboujaoude, an expert on obsessive compulsive disorder and behavioral addictions, tells stories inspired by memorable patients he has treated, taking us from initial contact through the stages of the doctor-patient relationship.


Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring [Book]



Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring by Michael Thompkins & Tamara L. Hartl (New Harbinger Publications, 2009)


Digging Out is for the concerned and frustrated friends and family members of people who do not fully accept the magnitude of their hoarding problem and refuse help from others.


Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding [Book]


Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding by Jessie Sholl (Gallery, 2010)


When her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, Sholl was faced with a dread worse than the disease. Taking on responsibility for her mother’s house, filthy and chaotic from years of hoarding.

Everything Health Guide to OCD: Professional Advice on Handling Anxiety, Understanding Treatment Options, and Finding the Support You Need [Book]


The Everything Health Guide to OCD by Chelsea Lowe (Adams Media, 2007)


Written by an OCD sufferer with a technical review by a licensed psychologist, this guide covers diagnosis and identification of symptoms, type of OCD, current treatment options, coping strategies, and support groups.


The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Laney, Marti Olsen (2002)


At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.


Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life by Jonathan Abramowitz (The Guilford Press, 2009)


Based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment for OCD, the workbook’s carefully sequenced exercises are illustrated with detailed examples.

Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear


Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear by Michael Reinecki PhD (New Harbinger Publications, 2010)

In Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On, you'll find twenty short lessons and anxiety-reducing techniques that will help you move past stressful moments.

Monkey Minds: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith (2013)


Daniel Smith’s Monkey Minds is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.

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Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD by Traci Foust (Gallery, 2011)


Growing up in the 1970s with an anxiety disorder that was only later diagnosed as obsessive compulsive lent a strange, disquieting edge to San Francisco author Foust's childhood, as she re-creates it in this moving memoir.


The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick (2005)


Shows readers how they can calm their impulses through techniques drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.




The Panic Diaries: The Frightful, Sometimes Hilarious Truth About Panic Attacks by Jeanne Jordan and Julie Pedersen (Ulysses Press, 2004)


The Panic Diaries investigates what panic is, how people experience it, and how it's treated.



Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD

By Beth Alison Maloney (Crown, 2009)


Maloney's debut chronicles her son, Sammy, and the illness that, almost overnight, transformed him from a sunny, bright boy into an antisocial stranger.


Social Thinking At Work: Why Should I Care?

By Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke (2011)


Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke describe the inner workings of the social mind in the workplace and decode the hidden rules of the social world by explaining how we think about our own, as well as other people’s thoughts and emotions.



Talking To Anxiety: Simple Ways to Support Someone in Your Life Who Suffers From Anxiety by Claudia Strauss and Jeanne Albronda Heaton (Penguin Group, 2004)


This guide outlines the different forms of clinical anxiety, identifying the telltale signs of each. Strauss offers specific advice on actions to take-and not to take-to avoid frustration and help loved ones feel safer.

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When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Martin Antony Ph.D. & Richard Swinson, MD (New Harbinger Publications, 2009)


This revised and updated edition of When Perfect Isn't Good Enough offers the benefits of the latest research to readers who dread making mistakes and feel that nothing they do is quite good enough.


You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life by Jeffrey Swartz and Rebecca Gladding (Avery, 2011)


A leading neuroplasticity researcher, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from OCD, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from their compulsions.











The Bipolar Challenge by John Zurn (Chipmunkapublishing, 2009)


In this book, the author identifies some of the unique challenges that he has faced as a person with a long history of mental illness. The book chronicles his lonely and frustrating years as a patient in various mental health systems and honestly examines some of his own reckless behavior.



Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2nd Edition) by Francis Mark Mondimore, MD (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)


The second edition of Bipolar Disorder is thoroughly updated and discusses promising new options for diagnosis and treatment along with new information on the disease's genetic components.


Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression by Lana R. Castle, MD (Da Capo Press, 2003)


Author Lana Castle, who has lived most of her life with this illness, turns her personal experience into an enlightening and useful guide for all those traveling down the same path.





Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery by Jane Mountain, MD (Chapter One Press, 2003)


Jane Mountain writes from the unique perspectives of a physician, a person with bipolar disorder and a family member of someone with the disorder.


Bipolar Happens! 35 Tips to Manage Bipolar Disorder Successfully by Julie A. Fast (2004)


Bipolar Happens! provides 35 inspirational tips for those with bipolar disorder as well as valuable information for those who care about a person with the illness. Bipolar Happens! offers practical knowledge and deep insights into what it is like to live with bipolar disorder.





Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Parents and Families by Francis Mondimore, 1999


A concise guide to bipolar disorder. Written in a nontechnical jargon, this guide is ideal for patients and their families who wish to gain an understanding of bipolar disorder.


The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David Miklowitz & Elizabeth George (The Guilford Press, 2010)


The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, "For Women Only."


Bipolar II: Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression--The Essential Guide to Recognize and Treat the Mood Swings of This Increasingly Common Disorder by Ronald R. Fieve (Rodale Books, 2006)

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The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers by Wes Burgess, (Avery/Penguin, 2006)


An internationally respected psychiatrist offers the most practical, up-to-date resource available on bipolar disorder.


Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D by Lizzie Simon (Washington Square Press, 2002)


Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager, Lizzie longed to meet others like herself; she wanted to hear the experiences of those who managed to move past their manic-depression and lead normal lives. So Lizzie hits the road, hoping to find "a herd of her own."


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Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder by Russ Federman Ph.D., J. Anderson Thomson MD and Richard Kadison MD (New Harbinger Publications, 2010)

Facing Bipolar will help you navigate the world of medications, therapists, and the up-and-down mood cycles common to the disorder.


Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder Various Authors, (June 2012)


Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder was developed by International Bipolar Foundation (



Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father’s Story of Love and Maddness by Michael Greenberg (Other Press, 2008)


Hurry Down Sunshine tells the story of the extraordinary summer when, at the age of fifteen, Michael Greenberg’s daughter was struck mad. It is the chronicle of that journey.





Inspire Positive Dialogue for Patients with Bipolar I Disorder and Those Who Care for Them by DBSA, (Reconnections, 2004)

An overview of communication problems and some sample situations which focus on situations and behaviors that can be difficult for people with Bipolar I disorder and for the people who care about them.


Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder by Julie Fast and John Preston (New Harbinger Publications, 2004)


This book is written to the partner of a bipolar individual and designed to mend strained relationships. If your partner suffers from bipolar disorder, use this book to learn how to negotiate his or her episodic crises.


Memoirs of a Bipolar Soul by John Zurn (chipmunkapublishing, 2009)


The book Memoirs of a Bipolar Soul is the true story of the author’s unique experience as an adult with bipolar manic depression. Based on his experiences over a thirty-four year period, the book chronicles the many difficult, sometimes dangerous situations that he has faced because of his disorder. The book offers hope, as the author gains wisdom in managing symptoms and understanding the world.



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Mind on the Run: A Bipolar Chronicle by Dottie Pacharis (Idyll Arbor, 2011)


Mind on the Run chronicles a family tragedy the life and death of Scott C. Baker. It's a story of a family’s efforts to help Scott through five major, prolonged bipolar manic episodes. It's the story of a suicide that proper treatment would have prevented.


Mommy I'm Still In Here: One Family & Journey With Bipolar Disease by Kate McLaughlin (2007)


With insight and intimacy, Kate McLaughlin candidly shares the realities of parenting children with bipolar disorder; and paints a vivid and moving literary picture, boldly accented by scenes of denial, fear, frustration, and disappointment as well as evolution, acceptance, understanding, and, ultimately, of love.

New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions by Jan Fawcett, Bernard Golden and Nancy Rosenfeld (Three Rivers Press, 2007)


The second edition of this guidebook provides up-to-date treatments and compassionate guidance for anyone affected by bipolar disorder.



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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life by Bruce Goldstein (Da Capo Press, 2008)


In this man-boy-meets-dog memoir, first time author Goldstein hits a number of satisfying, if familiar, notes relating his story of heartbreak, mental illness and redemption in the big city.


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Running Uphill by Lora Inman (High Pitched Hum Publishing, 2008)


Running Uphill is about Lora's childhood and life living with depression, bipolar, suicide attempts and more.




Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones by Julie A. Fast and John Preston (Wellness Central, 2006)


The authors offer those with Bipolar Disorder a four-step plan towards managing the illness and creating lasting stability.



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Taming Bipolar Disorder Psychology Today (2004)


This important book contains cutting-edge research and straightforward advice from the most respected names on bipolar disorder, along with the most up-to-date information on mental health organization and support and advocacy groups. In addition, readers will find inspiring stories of courage and triumph.


When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner by Cynthia G. Last, PhD (The Guilford Press,2009)


Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.














ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide (American Academy of Pediatrics) by Michael I. Reiff, MD with Sherill Tippins (American Academy Of Pediatrics; 2004)


A reference and resource for parents addressing the phenomenon of Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity in children.


Asperger's Answer Book: The Top 275 Questions Parents Ask by Susan Ashley (Sourcebooks, Inc, 2007)


In a time when parents are overwhelmed with confusing-and often conflicting-information, The Asperger's Answer Book provides them with clear and confident counsel.


The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes by Randi Davenport (Algonquin Books, 2010)


This is the story of how Randi Davenport navigated the broken health care system and managed not just to save her son from the brink of suicide but to bring him back to her again, and make her family whole.


The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Asperger's Syndrome: The sound advice and reliable answers you need to help your child succeed by William Stillman (2005)


This guide helps you take the first steps toward understanding how this developmental disorder may impact your child.





The Forgotten Future: Adolescents in Crisis by Debrorah C. Ebel, RN (Outskirts Press, 2008)


An account of Deborah Ebel's experiences over the course of her career as a psychiatric nurse and the myriad of issues that can be involved with working in adolescent inpatient settings.


Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents by Tamar Chansky (Three Rivers Press, 2001)


Dr. Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder.


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From Autism to All-Star by Rhonda Brunett (Specialty Publishing Company, 2004)


From Autism to All-Star is the long and challenging journey a family takes to ensure their son has every opportunity.


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Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step by Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Heidi Lyneham,Vanessa Cobham, (2008)


Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries—phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder—that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.


If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Foa, Edna and Linda Andrews, Oxford University Press (2006)


In this book, there are chapters detailing four different types of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Tips and quotes from parents are sprinkled liberally throughout the text, and helpful sidebars provide more detailed information.


If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Dwight Evans, MD and Linda Wasmer Andrews (Oxford University Press, USA, 2005)


This is a guide to understanding and getting help for adolescents with depression or bipolar disorder.



If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Timothy Walsh, and V.L Cameron (Oxford University Press, USA, 2005)

This is an authoritative guide to understanding and helping a teenager with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.


If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia: An Essential Resource for Parents by Rachael Gur and Ann Braden Johnson (Oxford University Press, USA, 2006)


A guide written specifically to help adults spot the warning signs and seek appropriate treatment for the young people in their lives. Parents will find a clear definition of the disease, including early indicators as well as information on how to arrange for the proper diagnosis and treatment.



Intense Minds: Through the Eyes of Young People With Bipolar Disorder by Tracy Anglada (BPChildren 2009)


Young people with bipolar disorder and adults who grew up with the condition speak out to share how they experienced the symptoms of this illness during their youth, and how it affected their functioning in school, at home and with friends.



Is Your Child Bipolar: The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat, and Thrive with a Bipolar Child by Mary Ann McDonnell and Janet Wozniak, M.D. (Bantam, 2008)


For families as well as professionals, here is a book on early-onset bipolar disorder written by pediatric specialists who combine clinical care and research.



Is Your Child Depressed? by Nathan Naparstedk (McGraw-Hill, 2005)


This guide confronts controversial topics such as medications in very young children and adolescents, and offers practical strategies for finding the right professional, disciplining for a depressed child, and how to help your whole family get through the challenges of having a family member with serious depression.

Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder by Carrie Arnold and B. Timothy Walsh (Oxford University Press, USA, 2007)


Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, how and why she fell victim to this mysterious illness, and how she was able to seek help and recover.


New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions by Boris Birmaher, M.D. (Three Rivers Press, 2004)


In this book you’ll discover methods to help manage the diagnosis and develop the natural strengths, gifts, and skills that every child has to offer. Written by a top expert in the field, this is presented in clear, straightforward language.


One Small Starfish by Anne Addison (Future Horizons, 2002)


Winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award, One Small Starfish is a deep and compassionate story of one mother's struggle and triumph to raise a child beyond what the world thought he could be.




Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why by Gianni Faedda and Austin, Nancy (2006)


In this book, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both specializing in mood disorders, offer a comprehensive overview of the available treatment options and most effective parenting strategies you can use to deal with this condition.




Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child by Christopher Auer, Susan Blumberg & Lucy Miller (New Harbinger Publications, 2006)


This book describes the symptoms of SPD and offers an overview of what it means to live with and care for a child with the condition.




The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Richard Nelson & Judith C. Galas (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006)


This book gives teens the information and insight they need to recognize the risk and respond appropriately.

The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell Us about Our Kids by Barbara Strauch (Anchor, 2004)


Using plain language, Strauch draws upon the latest scientific discoveries to make the case that the changes the brain goes through during adolescence are as dramatic and crucial as those that take place in the first two years of life, and that teenagers are not entirely responsible for their sullen, rebellious, and moody ways.




Psychiatric Medications for Children: Medication And Treatment for Children And Youth by Mark Perrin, MD (Stillwater Pr, 2005)


Perrin describes, in this book about psychopharmacological treatment, how medication works, indications for its use, potential side effects and red-light warnings, as well as approaches to monitoring and logging the use of medications.






A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression by Gary E. Nelson (2007)


Depression and related illnesses threaten to wreck the lives of many teens and their families. Author Gary Nelson uses his experience as a pastor and pastoral counselor to guide the reader through an exploration of many questions about teen depression.




Right From the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism, Second Edition by Sandra L. Harris & Mary Jane Weiss (Woodbine House, 2007)


Right From the Start covers programs that use Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, a highly effective treatment based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults by Michelle Garcia Winner (2008)


This anime-illustrated guidebook is written for teens and young adults to learn how the social mind is expected to work in order to effectively relate to others at school, at work, in the community and even at home. Since there is relatively little information on how to talk about social information, this book redefines what it means to be social. The book is written in the language of teens as a get real discussion about what really goes on inside the minds of people as we share space together.



Take Charge of Your Child's Eating Disorder: A Physician's Step-by-Step Guide to Defeating Anorexia and Bulimia by Pamela Carlton, MD & Deborah Ashin (Da Capo Press, 2007)


A hands-on, medically-based guide that tells you what you need to know about eating disorders.



Teenagers with ADD and ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy (Woodbine House; 2nd edition, 2006)


Dendy’s book looks at key areas that make adolescence--an already challenging time of life--potentially more difficult for kids with ADD or ADHD: academics, dating, driving, socializing, and greater independence.


Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents by Barbara Geller, MD & Melissa P. Delbello, MD (The Guilford Press, 2008)


Recent advances in evidence-based treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder are comprehensively reviewed in this authoritative volume.


Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child: The Complete Guide to the Development, Treatment, and Parenting of Children with Bipolar Disorder

By Gregory T. Lombardo (2006)


Understanding the Mind of the Bipolar Child is essential reading for all parents who want to better understand their child and provide support every step of the way.




The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child: A Survival Guide for Parents by Judith Ledermen and C. Fink (Touchstone, 2003)

The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child gives parents the sound advice and expert information they need to cope with this challenging diagnosis, and shows how to provide essential care and support for a bipolar child as well as for the rest of the family.

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We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication by Judith Warner (Riverhead Trade, 2011)


A bold look at childhood medication by the New York Times bestselling author.




What's Happening To My Child: A Guide For Parents Of Hair Pullers by Cheryn Salazar (Rophe Press, 2005)


A simple, step by step, easy to understand, Trich parenting guide. Cheryn Salazar has dealt with Trich in her own life, and is also the mother of two daughters who suffer from the same affliction.


Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, 2nd edition by Aureen Pingto Wagner (Lighthouse Press, Inc. 2005)


This book contains information on child anxiety, anxiety in children and child OCD.





Your Child’s Special Education Rights by Maureen Lowry-Fritz, J.D. (2003)


The purpose of this book is to teach parents about special education law. Maureen Lowry-Fritz is an attorney and founder of Special Ed Moms, an organization that educates and supports moms as they advocate for their special needs children.









The Awakenings Review Vol. 1 No. 1 Summer 2000


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness





The Awakenings Review Vol. 1 No. 2 Summer 2000


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness



The Awakenings Review Vol. 1 No. 1 Winter 2001


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness




The Awakenings Review Vol. 1 No. 2 Winter 2001


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness



The Awakenings Review Vol. 1 No. 2 Fall 2002


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness


The Awakenings Review Vol. 2 No. 2 Summer 2003


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness




The Awakenings Review Vol. 3 No. 1 Summer 2004


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness




The Awakenings Review Vol. 3 No.2 Fall 2005


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness




The Awakenings Review Vol. 4 No. 1 Summer 2007


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness




The Awakenings Review Vol. 4 No. 2 Fall 2008


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness


The Awakenings Review Volume 5 #1 Winter 2009/10


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness





The Awakenings Review 2011


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness



The Awakenings Review Vol. 6 No. 6 Fall 2012


Fiction, Poetry, Art and Essays by Persons Living With Mental Illness

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Memoirs of a Bipolar Soul by John F. Zurn (Chipmunkapublishing, 2009)


The book Memoirs of a Bipolar Soul is the true story of the author's unique experience as an adult with bipolar manic depression.



100 Simple Prayers by John F. Zurn (AuthorHouse 2004)


One Hundred Simple Prayers represents the author’s beliefs and experiences that have evolved over many years. Addressed to God, these prayers are meant to be a source of inspiration and hope for those of who seek to live a spiritual life in a chaotic world.


This Moment Called God by John F. Zurn (AuthorHouse 2006)


This Moment Called God describes the author’s own attempts to express subjective spiritual experiences through poetry. It is meant to be autobiographical and represents but one of the infinite paths up the mountain.












Short of a Picnic by Eric Shapiro (Be Mused Publications, 2002)

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Word Explosion II: Poetry, Verse, Art, and Prose by the Mentally Ill and Family, Friends, Professionals by ViOrr & Aloise Aigner Zehner (AMIE, 2001)



















The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez (Putnam Adult, 2008)


Nathaniel Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard—ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans—until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.









Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill by Mary Beth Pfeiffer (Basic Books, 2007)


Crazy in America shows how people suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and other serious psychological illnesses are regularly incarcerated because alternative care is not available.


Crazy: A father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Peter Earley (Putnam Adult,2006)


Suffering delusions from bipolar disorder, Mike Earley broke into a stranger's home to take a bubble bath and significantly damaged the premises. That Mike's act was viewed as a crime rather than a psychotic episode spurred his father, veteran journalist Pete Earley (Family of Spies), to investigate the "criminalization of the mentally ill."











Blue Genes A Memoir of Loss & Survival by Christopher Lukas (Doubleday, 2008)


Blue Genes captures the devastation of this family legacy of depression and details the strength and hope that can provide a way of escaping its grasp.



Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes by Therese J. Borchard (2010)


Beyond Blue, the book, is part memoir/part self-help. It describes Borchard's experience of living with manic depression as well as providing cutting-edge research and information on dealing with mood disorders. By exposing her vulnerability, she endears herself immediately to the reader and then reduces even the most depressed to laughter as she provides a companion on the journey to recovery and the knowledge that the reader is not alone.


Climbing Out of Depression: A Practical Guide to Real and Immediate Help by Sue Atkinson (Tarcher, 2009)


A practical guide to real and immediate help for those lost in the darkness of depression—written by someone who has experienced it and found a way out.


Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track by Julie A. Fast & John D. Preston (Alpha, 2008)

Because we live in a culture that rewards (and often worships) productivity, when a depressed person can't meet the expectations of society, the depression becomes worse and a vicious cycle begins. The goal of Getting Things Done When You're Depressed is to break this cycle. Readers will learn:

• How to prepare yourself mentally for working while depressed

• How to structure your environment so you can work more easily

• How to work with others

• How to prevent depression


I Can See Tomorrow: A Guide for Living with Depression


I Can See Tomorrow: A Guide for Living with Depression by Patricia L. Owen (Hazelden Publishing, 2000)


For those who are seeing the signs of depression in themselves and looking for answers, this thoughtful, respectful, and thorough book takes the mystery out of depression and points the way to recovery.




JOURNEY FOR LIFE by Rudy Hayes (Americus, 2000)

Mood Swings: Understand Your Emotional Highs and Lowsand Achieve a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life

Mood Swings: Understand Your Emotional Highs and Lows and Achieve a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life by Paul Meier M.D., Stephen Arterburn, Frank Minirth (Nelson, Thomas, Inc., 2001)


Mood Swings helps readers understand the causes of "bipolar-related disorders"-and find effective ways to treat the problem, recover the joy they've lost, and return to a far more normal, balanced perspective on life.


The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression


The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon (Scribner, 2002)

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.



Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth


Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth by Joyce A. Venis, Suzanne McCloskey (Da Capo Press, 2007)

Joyce Venis and Suzanne McCloskey, both PPD sufferers themselves, turn their combined experience and expertise into an insightful and supportive guide for everyone living with and seeking to understand this condition.


Saving Our Last Nerve: The African American Woman's Path to Mental Health



Saving Our Last Nerve: The African American Woman's Path to Mental Health by Marilyn Martin, M. D. Martin (Hilton Publishing, Incorporated, 2002)

Mental health is a frequently overlooked aspect of African American health care, especially among women. This guide offers advice for helping African American women handle the stresses of everyday life and anticipate and prepare for long-term mental health.



Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy by KittyDukakis & Larry Tye (Penguin Group, 2007)

Kitty's dramatic first-person account of how ECT keeps her illness at bay is half the story of Shock. The other half, by award-winning medical reporter Larry Tye, is an engrossing look at the science behind ECT and its dramatic yet subterranean comeback.


Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Susan Resnick (Golden Books Adult Publishing, 2000)

She couldn't sleep. She couldn't stop trembling with anxiety. And she worried that she would throw her precious baby boy down the stairs if she continued to lose her mind. That is how Postpartum Depression tore apart Susan Kushner Resnick's world.



The State of Depression in America DBSA, 2006



Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About It by J. DePauco & Leslie Horvitz (Wiley, 2003)

This practical guide for individuals with depression and their families shows readers how to identify the problem, then directs them to the various forms of treatment, including medications, psychotherapy, support groups, and exercise.


Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression


Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression by Nell Casey (HarperCollins Publishers, 2002)

Unholy Ghost is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron's Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today.



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Alcoholics Anonymous by AA Services, Alcoholics Anonymous World Service (AA World Services, Inc., 2002)

Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. The essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship.



Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption


Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Cope Moyers, Katherine Ketcham (Penguin Group (USA), 2006)

The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the story of how a young man with every advantage found himself spiraling into a love affair with crack cocaine that led him to the brink of death.


Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions


Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by AA Services (AA World Services, Inc., 2002)


Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.



At Wit's End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosedwith Addiction and Mental Illness


At Wit's End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness by Jeff Jay, Jerry Boriskin (Hazelden Publishing, 2007)

Families at wit's end about a loved one's co-occurring psychiatric and addictive problems will find vital information—and inspiration— in this important guide. As the authors explain, when psychiatric and addictive disorders travel together, they cause confusion among family members and even misdiagnoses for patients.





Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia


Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle With Anorexia by Harriet Brown (HarperCollins Publishers, 2010)

Chronicling her daughter Kitty's illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind.


Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery


Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn (Gurze Books, 2010)

This intimate self-help guidebook offers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery includes input from 400 recovered bulimics and is packed with valuable tips for therapists, educators, bulimics, and their loved ones


Eating with Your Anorexic


Eating with Your Anorexic by Laura Collins (McGraw-Hill Companies, 2004)

This informative narrative relates how one mother rescued her daughter from the "experts" and treated the girl's life-threatening anorexia using a controversial approach known as the Maudsley Approach.


The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders by Dana Cassell & David Gleaves (2006)


The book begins with an introductory essay on the history of obesity and eating disorders. The 450 alphabetically arranged entries range in length from a few sentences to several pages.


Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders


Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders by Aimee Liu (Grand Central Publishing, 2008)

Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, the first-ever memoir of anorexia, in 1979, returns to the subject nearly three decades later and shares her story and those of the many women in her age group of life beyond this life-altering ailment.




The Monster Within: Facing an Eating Disorder by Cynthia Rowland McClure (Revell, 2002)

The Monster Within tells the story of Cynthia Rowland’s descent into sickness, her struggle to learn why she was engaging in slow suicide, and the courage and grace it took to get well.


Too Fat or Too Thin? By Cynthia R. Kalodner (Crown House Publishing, 2005)

This resource guide for students and parents dispels the myths surrounding eating disorders.


Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth (2011)

After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God.









Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children


Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children by Paul Raeburn (Broadway Books, 2004)

This is a memoir of one man’s struggle to deal with the adolescent depression and bipolar disorder of his son and his daughter.



Addiction in Your Family: Helping Yourself and Your Loved Ones by Dennis Daley & Judy Miller (Dennis Daley, 2001)


Children of Parents With Mental Illness 2: Personal and Clinical Perspectives by Vicki Cowling (Australian Council for Educational, 2004)


The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross Greene (2014)


Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting...these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. With Dr. Greene's practical, expert guidance, you and your child will forge a new relationship based on communication and mutual respect

The Family ADHD Solution: A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child's Attention and Minimizing Parental Stress by Mark Bertin MD (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)


The indispensible guide for parents to give their child with ADHD the tools to succeed.

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The Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Lloyd I Sederer, MD (2012)


The Family Guide to Mental Health Care is the first comprehensive print resource for the millions of people who have loved ones suffering from some kind of mental illness. In this book, families can find the answers to their most urgent questions.



The Family Intervention Guide to Mental Illness: Recognizing Symptoms and Getting Treatment by Bodie Morley and Kim Muester (2007)


If you think a family member or friend may be struggling with a mental illness, or isn't getting effective treatment, this guide will help you recognize symptoms, get the right treatment, and work together as a family to help your loved one get better.

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Finding My Way A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma by Michelle Sherman & DeAnne Sherman (Seeds Of Hope Books, 2005)

A three-part book that honestly and gently addresses key issues in dealing with a parent who has experienced trauma.



I Am Not Alone: A Teen’s Guide to Living With a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness by Michelle D. Sherman & DeAnne M. Sherman, 2006


Imagining Robert by Jay Neugeboren (Rutgers University Press, 2003)

For the past forty years Jay Neugeboren has been not only his brother's friend and confidant, but his advocate, as Robert continues to suffer from the ravages of the illness that has kept him institutionalized for most of his adult life.


My Brother's Madness


My Brother's Madness by Paul Pines (Northwestern University Press, 2007)

My Brother's Madness is based on the author's relationship with his brother-who had a psychotic breakdown in his late forties-and explores the unfolding of two intertwined lives and the nature of delusion.


Never Regret The Pain


Never Regret The Pain by Sel Erder Yackley (Helm Publishing, 2006)

The author combines the observational skills of a journalist, the love of a mother, and the grief of a wife in this gripping tale of what happens to a family when one member suffers from bipolar disorder. Show More

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Not My Boy! A Father, A Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism by Rodney Peete (Hyperion, 2010)

Former NFL star quarterback Peete sheds his macho gridiron side and pours his heart out in his no-holds-barred family memoir, recounting the stresses of having a child with severe autism and the daunting challenge of realigning parental expectations.

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and BuildLifelong Resilience


The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience by Martin E. P. Seligman, Lisa Jaycox (With), Karen Reivich (With), Lisa Jaycox, Jane Gillham (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007)

Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children.

Stop Pretending: What Happened when My Big Sister Went Crazy


Stop Pretending: What Happened when My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones (HarperCollins Publishers, 2001)

A book told in poems, and based on the true story of the author's life.

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When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers


When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers by Rebecca Woolis, R. Woolis, Agnes Hatfied (Foreword by) (Penguin Group (USA), 2003)

An essential resource--featuring 50 proven Quick Reference guides--for the millions of parents, siblings, and friends of people with mental illness, as well as professionals in the field.

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Alzheimer's Disease (Contemporary Issues Companion) by Adelia Solitz (Greenhaven, 2005)


Provides useful and pertinent information about Alzheimer’s Disease


The Alzheimer's Solution: How Today's Care Is Failing Millions and How We Can Do Better by Kosik, Kenneth & Ellen Clegg (2010)


This book offers a measure of hope and coping strategies for people facing Alzheimer’s now or in the future. The authors propose the creation of community centers devoted to Alzheimer’s. Here patients and their families could access programs of care, treatment, and most importantly, prevention, outside of the traditional medical setting.


The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life, 4th Edition by Nancy Mace & Peter Rabins (The Johns Hopkins University Press2006)


The "Bible" for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease, offering comfort and support to millions worldwide.












Away from the Field: Now and Then...A History Behind the History in the Treatment of Mental Health by Sabas Whittaker (iUniverse, 2003)

A comprehensive historical study of treatments, medications, and societal effects on mental illness.


Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless Samhsa (2012)


Equips those who provide services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who need or are in substance abuse or mental illness treatment with guidelines to support their care. Discusses prevention and treatment as part of integrated care.



Street Crazy: The Tragedy of the Homeless Mentally Ill by Stephen B. Seager (Westcom Press, 2000)

Dr. Stephen B. Seager explains brain disease, tells the often disturbing history of the mentally ill, and shows how, through a series of well-meaning legal mishaps, our most vulnerable citizens have been abandoned to the streets.










Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman (Little, Brown & Co., 2008)

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck and his life was never the same again. He was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist.


American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System by E. Fuller Torrey, MD (2014)


Fifty years after Kennedy's speech, E. Fuller Torrey's book provides an inside perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program. On staff at the National Institute of Mental Health when the program was being developed and implemented, Torrey draws on his own first-hand account of the creation and launch of the program, extensive research, one-on-one interviews with people involved, and recently unearthed audiotapes of interviews with major figures involved in the legislation.



The Anger Control Workbook


The Anger Control Workbook by Matthew McKay, Peter Rogers (Joint Author) (New Harbinger Publications, 2000)

The Anger Control Workbook offers a new and highly effective approach to anger control that gives you the tools you need to manage anger in your day-to-day life.


Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 by Siri, Ken & Tony Lyons (2011)


Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism contains contributions from more than eighty experts on a variety of therapies, models, and multifaceted evaluation and treatment centers.



Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving by Wendy Behary (New Harbinger Publications, 2008)

Disarming the Narcissist offers a host of effective strategies for dealing effectively with someone who is at the center of his or her own universe.


Down the Hallway by Sherry E. Showalter (2013)

Discover the murky and mysterious world of Charmaine who has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Charmaine and her therapist travel together, down a long hall with many secret doors, within Charmaine’s brain. As Charmaine questions her sanity, the journey she embarks upon unearths a living nightmare. Her therapist discovers the many personalities that live within her.



The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism by Kate Winslett (2012)


Imagine what it would be like not to be able to communicate with those we love. For many individuals living with nonverbal autism and their families, this is their everyday reality. The Golden Hat is an intimate response to this reality created by Kate Winslet, Margret Ericsdottir, and her son Keli, who has nonverbal autism.


How Full is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath and Donald Clifton (Gallup Press, 2004)


How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. This book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life — while reducing the negative.



Living Well with Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders by Carl W. Bazil, M.D. (2004)


Using his expertise in pharmacology and neuroscience, Dr. Carl Bazil demystifies epilepsy and other seizure disorders and offers medical, practical, and emotional support to patients and their families. He explains how and why seizures occur, and thoroughly discusses treatment options, the pros and cons of surgery, experimental and alternative treatments, strategies for daily living, and much more.


Madness: A Brief History by Roy Portor (Oxford University Press, USA, 2003)


Roy Porter tells the story of our changing notions of insanity and of the treatments for mental illness that have been employed from antiquity to the present day.



The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation by Melody Beattie (2009)


The New Codependency, clears up misconceptions about codependency, identifies how codependent behavior has changed, and provides a new generation with a road map to wellness. Codependency, she shows, is not an illness but rather a series of behaviors that once broken down and analyzed can be successfully combated.



My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor (Gale Group, 2008)


A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities




The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney (Holt Paperbacks, 2007)


Labeled “dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled,” Jonathan Mooney was a short-bus rider—a derogatory term used for kids in special education. To learn how others had moved beyond labels, he bought his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.




Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome: Maximizing the Benefits, Minimizing the Drawbacks to Achieve Success by Juanita Lovett (Fair Winds Press, 2005)


In this book J Lovett shows adults and their loved ones how to maximize the benefits of AS (including intense concentration, above-average intelligence, and high creativity) while minimizing the drawbacks.



Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope by Richard M. Cohen (Harper Collins 2008)


Richard M. Cohen spent three years chronicling the lives of five diverse "citizens of sickness.” He shares these inspirational and revealing stories, which offer lessons for us all—–on self-determination, on courage in the face of adversity and public ignorance, on keeping hope alive.




Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Katharine Phillips (Oxford University Press, USA, 2009)


Using stories and interviews to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and a quick self-assessment questionnaire, Dr. Phillips guides readers through the basics of the disorder and through the many treatment options that work and don't work.


What Went Wrong by Judy Norris (2012)

Robby's personality, so charismatic one moment, so irrational the next, defied categorizing. The author tries to explain the deep relationship between a mother and her son by telling his story through the twin lenses of her painting and his writing.





Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland (2009)

In this absorbing memoir, Holland recounts stories from her vast case files that are alternately terrifying, tragically comic, and profoundly moving.







Don't Call Me Nuts: Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness


Don't Call Me Nuts! Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness by Pat Corrigan, Robert Lundin (Recovery Press, 2001)

Don’t Call Me Nuts! is a handbook for persons with mental illness. In its pages are discussions about dealing with self-stigma, knowing when or whether to disclose a mental illness, seven ways to foster personal empowerment, and legal and political remedies.











Antidepressants by Greehaven Press (2006)






Making the Antidepressant Decision, Revised Edition


Making the Antidepressant Decision by Carol Turkington, Eliot F. Kaplan (NTC Publishing Group, 2001)

A thorough examination of various depression treatments.



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Antidepressants and Psychology: Talk Therapy vs. Medication by Heather Docalavich (2008)


This book educates readers on a major pharmaceutical treatment of depression. It discusses how antidepressants and psychotherapy can be combined to provide perhaps the most effective treatment method.




Antidepressant Sourcebook, The


The Antidepressant Sourcebook by Andrew L. MD Morrison, Jonathan O. Cole (Foreword by) (Crown Publishing Group, 2000)

Here, in one concise reference, is all the reader needs to know, including what to talk about with the doctor, how to start and stop medications, and what to expect in the course of treatment.


Development of Antidepressants by Maryalice Walker (2007)





Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives


Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives by Joseph Glenmullen (Simon & Schuster, 2001)

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen sees this antidepressant mania as dangerous, even reckless. He notes that these drugs can have severe side effects, including uncontrollable facial and body tics, which could be signs of severe and permanent brain damage.


Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids: Third Edition


Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids: Third Edition by Timothy E. Wilens (Guilford Publications, Inc., 2008)

Dr. Wilens arms parents with the knowledge they need to understand the risks, benefits, and role of psychiatric medications for children, and enables them to make informed decisions.








I Am More than One: How Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder Have Found Success in Life and Work


I Am More than One: How Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder Have Found Success in Life and Work by Jane Wegscheider Hyman (McGraw-Hill Companies, The, 2006)

People with dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder) are widely thought to be highly dysfunctional. This fascinating book debunks this myth. I Am More Than One gives you an inside look at women who have achieved success while living with the condition.


Got Parts? An Insider's Guide To Managing Life Successfully With Dissociative Identity Disorder


Got Parts? An Insider's Guide To Managing Life Successfully With Dissociative Identity Disorder by A T W, Robert Rich (Editor) (Loving Healing Press, 2005)

This book is filled with coping techniques and strategies to enhance the day-to-day functioning of adult survivors of DID in relationships, work, parenting, self-confidence, and self-care.


New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions by Bockian, Neil (Three Rivers Press, 2002)

Inside is a look at information on managing the symptoms of BPD as well as coping strategies for you, your friends, and your loved ones


Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by P.T. Mason and Randi Kreger (New Harbinger Publications, 2010)

This fully revised edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research and includes coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD sufferer in your life.


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After the Storm: Healing After Trauma, Tragedy and Terror


After the Storm: Healing After Trauma, Tragedy and Terror by Kendall Johnson (Hunter House, Incorporated, 2006)

Based on 18 years of field experience and practice, the author provides specific suggestions for handling trauma reactions like anger, anxiety, and withdrawal; discusses how to work through long-term effects; and includes numerous case examples and guidelines for self-help.


The Courage to Remember: Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum Guide with CD-ROM (2010)


The material presented in "The Courage to Remember" video and this companion guide represents the results of significant advances in the field of childhood traumatic grief and the unique collaboration of researchers and clinicians in academic and community settings throughout the country. The video and guide use extensive expert involvement and commentary.




The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams & Soili Porjula (2002)


Two psychologists and trauma experts gather together techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms.




















A Balanced Life: 9 Strategies for Coping with the Mental Health Problems of a Loved One by Tom Smith (2008)







Getting Help: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to Self-Assessment And Treatment of Mental Health Problems by Jeffrey Wood (2007)


Getting Help is a clear and comprehensive guide that will answer your questions about mental health conditions, practitioners, and treatments.



Conversations About Therapy: People Tell Their Stories by Terry L. Shouba (2013)


This book's premise is that those who go into psychotherapy (and see it through) are the lucky ones. No clear line separates those who have emotional problems from those who don't; it is a matter of degree.


A Fight to Be by Bassman, Ronald (2007)


Today a teacher, therapist, activist, and internationally sought after speaker, Dr. Bassman takes us inside his extraordinary journey of recovery, challenges the medical community's reliance on pharmaceutical solutions as the only path to healing, and explodes the myths of diagnostic certainties and limitations.


I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What? Break the Impasse and Get What You Need by Xavier Amador



This book is based on Dr. Amador’s Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner (LEAP) method. LEAP teaches how to turn toxic arguments into healthy disagreements that end with you getting what you need.



Of Two Minds: An Anthroplogist Looks at American Psychiatry


Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry by T.M. Luhrmann (Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2001)

T. R. Luhrmann examines the world of psychiatry, a profession which today is facing some of its greatest challenges from within and without, as it continues to offer hope to many


Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook by Priscilla Ridgway, Diane McDiarmid, Lori Davidson, Julie Bayes, Sarah Ratzlaff (University of Kansas, Support Education Group, 2002)

Pathways to Recovery translates the evidence-supported approach of the Strengths Model—an approach developed in Kansas and that has been used effectively for over twenty years worldwide—into a person-centered, self-help approach.




Road to Purpose by Behring, Kenneth (2004)


Ken Behring was the man who had everything and who lived the American Dream. He went from Depression poverty in rural Wisconsin to the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. He owned mansions, hundreds of classic cars, a jet plane and his own football team. But something was missing. Join Behring on his journey of discovery.


Talk Is Not Enough: How Psychotherapy Really Works by Willard Gaylin (Little, Brown and Company, 2000)

Gaylin speaks plainly about the art of therapy, what the roles of the patient and therapist should be, and what it takes, on the part of each, for a patient to get better.


A Working Life For People With Severe Mental Illness by Becker, Deborah & Robert Drake (2003)

Supported employment, in which clients are placed in jobs and then trained by on-site coaches, is a radically new conceptual approach to vocational rehabilitation designed for people with developmental disabilities. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) method utilizes the supported employment concept, but modifies it for use with the severely mentally ill.







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Bipolar Disorder: Treatment and Management by Trisha Suppes & Paul Keck, Jr. (Compact Clinicals, 2005)

Extensive diagnostic, treatment, and management information designed especially for physicians.


Complete Mental Health Directory, 2006: A Comprehensive Source Book For Individuals And Professionals Grey House Publishing


This Directory lists many resources such as support groups, mental health websites, books and brochures. It is also compiled according to the resources available in each state.


Consumer's Guide to Psychiatric Drugs: Straight Talk for Patients and Their Families


Consumer's Guide to Psychiatric Drugs: Straight Talk for Patients and Their Families by John Preston (Pocket Books, 2008)

Written by a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a pharmacist, this easy-to-understand guide is packed with straightforward information about psychiatric disorders and the options available to treat them.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) (2013)

**For resource use in the library only


This manual, which creates a common language for clinicians involved in the diagnosis of mental disorders, includes concise and specific criteria intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care.



Grading the States 2006 NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presents this state-by-state "report card" on adult mental health care systems in the public sector in order to measure closely the continuing crisis in what President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has labeled a "system in shambles."






The Handbook of Mental Illnesses by NAMI Iowa, 2005


A Summary of the symptoms, causes, and treatments of major mental illnesses.




How to Talk with Families About Genetics and Psychiatric Illness

How to Talk with Families About Genetics and Psychiatric Illness by Holly Landrum Peay, Jehannine Claire Austin (Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2011)

Addresses questions and concerns about the role of genetics in mental illness.


Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present by E. Fuller Torrey, Judy Miller (Rutgers University Press, 2007)

In The Invisible Plague, E. Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller examine the records on insanity in England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States over a 250 year period.


Invitation to Psychology (5th Edition) by Wade, Carole & Carol Tauris (2010)


Invitation to Psychology, 5/e, shows students why scientific and critical thinking is so important in the decisions they make. In clear, lively, warm prose, this edition continues the title’s integration of gender, culture, and ethnicity. By the end, readers will learn how to interpret research and to address and resolve controversies.



Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression


Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression by Frederick K. Goodwin, Kay Redfield Jamison (Oxford University Press, USA, 2007)

Manic-Depressive Illness stands above other selections in the field because of its organization and the clarity of presentation, in addition to the way it reveals the most cutting-edge thinking in the field.




Mental Health, United States, 2010 by SAMHSA

Reports on the nation’s mental health system across three themes: people; treatment facility characteristics; and payers and payment mechanisms. Includes state-level data, needs of children and military personnel, and services in non-traditional settings.


Mental Health Recovery and Empowerment Dictionary Edited by Recover Resources (2010)


Knowing the language of recovery and empowerment can help promote recovery everywhere. This new edition of the Mental Health Recovery and Empowerment Dictionary is a must for anyone interested in learning about and promoting recovery.


Parenting Mentally Ill Children: Faith, Caring, Support, and Surviving the System by Craig Winston LeCroy, 2011

Author Craig Winston LeCroy uses in-depth interviews to chronicle the experiences of parents of mentally ill children as they attempt to survive each day, obtain needed help, and reach out for support, and he lets them share their misunderstood emotions of shame, anger, fear, guilt, and powerlessness in the face of stigma from professionals, family, and friends.




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The Physicians’ Desk Reference, 2006


Physicians' Desk Reference has been the authoritative source on prescription drugs for more than 60 years.


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The Secret Life of the Brain by Richard Restak and David Gruben (Joseph Henry Press 2001)


This companion volume to PBS series presents an engaging introduction to the development of the human brain.


















Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis by Hoefs, Brad and Dr. Michael Egger

Brad has provided a great resource for the faith community in their effort to serve those who struggle with mood disorders. As a "wounded healer" he has provided a theological framework and philosophy of ministry for the church in partnering with the medical community on behalf of those who live with a chemical imbalance.


In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness


In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness by Stewart Govig (Taylor & Francis, Inc., 2000)

In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness helps you and other experts and quasi-experts in the field of religious and family counseling to give sound direction and guidance to family members who are caring for a loved one who suffers from mental illness.




Lost Souls And Mad Saints by Scandrett, Orin (2005)


A narrative of interlocking true stories: the author's own story and individual stories of people who found faith in the face of their own mental illnesses


Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems


Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems by John Swinton (Abingdon Press, 2000)

Swinton suggests that the key to the effective pastoral care of individuals with severe mental illness lies not only within the realms of psychiatry, therapy, and pharmacological intervention, but in the rehumanization which is borne within the relationship of friendship.

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Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets



Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets by Craig Rennebohm, David Paul (Contribution by) (Beacon, 2009)

Craig Rennebohm has ministered to people on the streets of Seattle who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, he tells the evocative stories of persons who desperately need psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual support.













Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms (2000)


Angelhead documents the violent, drug-addled descent of the author's brother, Michael, into schizophrenia.


After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman


Susan Inman's memoir describes her family's nine year journey to help her younger daughter recover from a catastrophic schizoaffective disorder.


Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye Kaye (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011)


Through Ben's experiences, and those of his mother and sister, who supported Ben through every stage of his illness and treatment, readers gain a better understanding of schizophrenia, as well as mental illness in general, and the way it affects individuals and families.


Chance Place by Frankie Schelly (, 2002)


A witty recovering alcoholic and New Age schizophrenic overcome personal and social obstacles to find redemption in friendship.



The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life by Mueser, Kim T. and Susan Gingerich (2006)


Noted therapists Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich deepen your understanding of the illness and cover a wide range of effective treatments.


The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic's Journey from Madness to Hope by Ken Steele and Claire Berman (Basic Books, 2002)


Steele tells the story of his hard-won recovery from schizophrenia and how activism and advocacy helped him regain his sanity and go on to give hope and support to so many others like him.

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Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia by Pamela Wagner and Carolyn Spiro (St. Martin's Griffin, 2006)


Divided Minds is a dual memoir of identical twins, one of whom faces a life sentence of schizophrenia, and the other who becomes a psychiatrist, after entering the spotlight that had for so long been focused on her sister.





The Essential John Nash by John Nash, Harold Kuhn & Sylvia Nasar (Princeton University Press, 2002)


The Essential John Nash reveals his work--in his own words. Included are nine of Nash's most influential papers, most of them written over the decade beginning in 1949.



Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story

by Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn (Scribner, 2011)


Narrated by both Patrick and Henry, this is the extraordinary story of the eight years since Henry’s descent into schizophrenia—years he has spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his family’s struggle to help him recover.


I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment. 10th Anniversary Edition. By Amadour Xavier (Vida Press, 2011)


I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness.


Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir by Mark Vonnegut

(Bantam, 2011)


Here is Mark’s life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition.


The Memory Palace: A Memoir by Mira Bartok(2011)


The Memory Palace is a story that is written about the relationship between Mira and her schizophrenic mother, Norma. The story details their journey through life, describing the emotional turmoil that both women experience as they try to retain some semblance of a relationship.


My Schizophrenic Life: The Road To Recovery From Mental Illness by Sandra Yuen Macky (Bridgeross Communications, 2010)


Sandra Yuen MacKay has an abnormality of the brain - a disease called schizophrenia. Much of her life has been a struggle to cope with the symptoms of her disease and the side effects of the medications required to keep those symptoms in check.



Nothing to Hide: Schizophrenia In The Family (2002) by Janssen


Schizophrenia (Fast Facts) by Shon W., M.D. Lewis and Robert Buchanan (Health Pr; 3 edition, 2007)


"Fast Facts - Schizophrenia" is a concise and authoritative overview of the latest thinking on this distressing condition and its management.



Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia by Kurt Snyder (Oxford University Press, USA, 2007)


In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and eloquently describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties.


he Music of Madness by Tracy Harris (Universe, 2002)


This true story is an odyssey that takes you through the dark cells of mental institutions to the lighted stages of concert halls.


Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: One Man's Recovery by Randy Starr (Recovery Press, 2000)


The autobiographical account of one man's journey from a childhood laced with abuse and violence, to forced confinement in the Illinois psychiatric system, and eventually to freedom, personal growth, and success.

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The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness


The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father's Struggle With Madness by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (Broadway, 2001)


The Outsider is an unsentimental yet profoundly moving look at one family’s experience with mental illness.


Possessed Mentalities by Maxene Kleier (2005)

"Possessed Mentalities is an honest account of a very painful tragedy. Two of Maxene Kleier's daughters developed schizophrenia; then one killed the other. Ms. Kleier recounts the circumstances and makes the reader realize how cruel the disease schizophrenia can be. She reminds us that many individuals, despite modern medications, do not respond well and require extensive psychiatric monitoring.

Room for J: A Family Struggles with Schizophrenia


Room For J: A Family Struggles With Schizophrenia by Daniel S. Hanson (Beaver's Pond Press, 2004)


In this book, the father shares his struggle to understand his son J's schizophrenia. J's mother, brother, and sister also reveal what it feels like to lose a son and a brother by sharing pieces from their personal journal entries.

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients and Providers


Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers by E. Torry Fuller (Harper Perennial, 2006)


In clear language, this book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient and the family's point of view.

Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia


Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia by Patrick Tracey (Bantam, 2008)


Patrick Tracey journeys to Ireland to track the origin and solve the mystery of his Irish-American family's multigenerational struggle with schizophrenia.




SELF-INJURY Section 23



The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania by Fred Penzel (Oxford University Press, USA.2003)

Endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the leading advocate group for this disorder, this handbook includes all the information a patient or relative would need to understand this illness and to cope with it.

Help for hair pullers: understanding and coping with trichotillomania [Book]


Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania by Nancy Keuthen (New Harbinger Publications, 2001)


If you suffer from trichotillomania, this book is written for you, your family, loved ones, and the professionals who you might seek out to help you overcome your condition.





What's Happening To My Child: A Guide For Parents Of Hair Pullers by Cheryn Salazar (Rophe, 2005)

Here is a simple, step by step, easy to understand, Trich parenting guide written by a woman who knows.
Cheryn Salazar has dealt with Trich in her own life, and is also the mother of two daughters who suffer from the same affliction.



SUICIDE-Section 25


After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief by B. Baugher, & J. Jordan (2003)

This book is written for the person whose loved one has died by suicide. With the input from 24 suicide survivors the book guides the reader through the first few days, weeks, months, year, and beyond.


Child survivors of suicide : a guidebook for those who care for them by Rebecca Parkin


This booklet has been written for all adults who are concerned about the impact of a suicide on children under the age of 10.



Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust (Chellehead Works, 2001)

Michelle Linn-Gust takes the reader through the personal experience of losing her younger sister Denise Linn and weaves in the available research for sibling survivors.


Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide by Beverly Cobain & Jean Larch (Hazelden, 2006)

Honest, gentle advice for those who have survived an unspeakable loss—the suicide of a loved one.



National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action by U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 2001



Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison (Vintage, 2000)

This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind.


Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (2012) SAMHSA


Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.


Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss by Michael F. Meyers and Carla Fine (Gotham, 2006)

Michael F. Myers, MD, a leading psychiatrist, and Carla Fine, author of the acclaimed No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, combine their perspectives as a physician and a survivor to offer compassionate and practical advice to anyone affected by suicide.


Suicide Lawyers: Exposing Lethal Secrets by C.C. Risenhoover (Simpson, 2004)

Dallas-based Simpson and Stacy is one of the most unique law firms in the nation. The partners, Skip Simpson and Michael Stacy, handle suicide cases almost exclusively. Award winning journalist and bestselling author C. C. Risenhoover pries into the minds of the two attorneys to discover what motivates their focus on suicide.


Voices of Strength: Sons and Daughters of Suicide Speak Out by Judy Zionts Fox & Mia Roldan (New Horizon Press, 2009)

In this moving but also practical book, authors Judy Zoints Fox and Mia Roldan share the results of their survey of children of a parental suicide.





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Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees by Jackson, Blank, Shulman and Onello (Disabilities Books, Inc., 2010)

An invaluable resource for anyone who is managing a special needs trust for a person with a disability.






Daddy’s Home by Nadel, Carolina (2011)


Parents returning from active military service may have difficulties reintegrating into civilian life. "Daddy's Home" is a picture book which helps parents explain the invisible wounds of war such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to their small children.



Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival: Learning About Bipolar Disorder and Community by Lisa Lewandowski and Shannon Trost (First Page Publications, 2005)

The authors address the often misunderstood issue of bipolar disorder in a professional yet charming manner.


The Red Tree by Shaun Tan (2003)

The book puts forward the idea that childhood depression is an illness that is never without hope.



Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebee Moore Campbell (Puffin, 2005)

Gr. 1-3

This picture book tells of a girl living with a mother who is mentally ill. The author's goal is to offer children resilience by introducing coping strategies and helping them to understand that they are not to blame for their parents' difficulties.


The Storm in my Brain Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation & Depression Support Alliance (2003)


A book about children and Bipolar Disorder and Depression. All artwork in the booklet was done by young people living with depression or bipolar disorder. The appendix has tips for parents and teachers.





What’s Wrong With Nick? By Carrie Lyn Torney (1994)

The purpose of this book is to help children feel comfortable with the issue of Schizophrenia and to ask questions.














Cuando un ser fquerido sufre una Enfermedad Mental: Un manual para familiars, amigo y cuidadores by Rebecca Woolis, (2010)


A resource for parents, siblings, and friends of people with mental illness.














Addicted to Misery: The Other Side of Co-Dependency by Robert Becker (1989)


This book takes you through the steps to discover if you are addicted to misery. It helps you to discern the catastrophic scenarios you prepare for yourself and how to change them. It offers practical direction and techniques to move away from misery and toward allowing yourself to be happy.

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The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Quitting Alcohol and Drugs


The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Quitting Alcohol and Drugs by Patrick Fanning, John O'Neill (With) (New Harbinger Publications, 1996)

The Addiction Workbook starts you on your journey by explaining the facts about addiction. It shows you how you can determine if you have a problem and helps you cut through denial or ambivalence to reach a clear decision to quit.



Advanced Abnormal Child Psychology by Michael Herson and Robert T. Ammerman (1995)


A comprehensive account of the nature, causes, and assessment and treatment of child psychopathology, this textbook is geared toward the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student.



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Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need by Helen Davies and Michael Jensen (Elder Books, 1997)


Provides sound information for those who are caregivers and professionals who want a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease.


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The Adolescent Depression Workbook by Mary Ellen Copeland (Peach Press, 1998)


This important book is reaching a neglected part of our population--young people who are depressed and don't know how to help themselves feel better.

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After Suicide by John Hewitt (Westminster John Knox Press, 1995)

This guide offers information and clinically-tested advice for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of a suicide.


Alternatives: A Family Guide to Legal and Financial Planning for the Disabled by Mark Russell (First Pubns, 1983)


Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need



Alzheimer's: The Answers You Need by Helen D. Davies, Mike Jensen (Elder Books, 1997)


At the Heart of Alzheimer's by Carol Simpson (Author), Philip D. Sloane (Foreword) (Manor Health Care Corp., 1996)




Attention Deficit Disorder: Helpful, Practical Information. A Guide for Parents & Educators by Elaine K. McEwan (1995)


Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Coexisting Mental Illness and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse by Richard Ries (DIANE Publishing Company, 1996)


The Beast: A Reckoning With Depression by Tracy Thompson (Putnam Adult 1995)


A reporter for The Washington Post meticulously describes her life-long struggle with depression, recounting her painful efforts to comprehend and treat her illness.



A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar (1995)


The true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize.



Behavior Therapy in Psychiatric Hospitals by Patrick W. Corrigan & Robert Paul Liberman Editors (1994)


Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach by David Miklowitz and Michael Goldstein (Guilford Press, 1997)


This cogent and practical manual by David J. Miklowitz and Michael J. Goldstein presents a complete 9-month outpatient program designed to help patients and families understand, accept, and manage the effects of bipolar disorder.


Brain Lock: Fee Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Schawrtz and Beverly Beyette (Harper Perennial, 1997)


In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world.


Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness (by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman (Bantam, 1997)


Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on manic-depressive disorder.



Broken Brain


Broken Brain by Nancy C. Andreasen (HarperCollins Publishers, 1985)

The Broken Brain provides a complete and readable guide to the scientific understanding of schizophrenia, severe depression, and other major mental disorders and to the medications that have already returned hundreds of thousands to more normal lives.



Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke by Patty Duke (Bantam Books, 1987)


The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child star. The Nightmare--What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical managers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name.


Chemical Dependency and Mental Illness by Dennis Daley (Learning Pubns, 1992)


Children of Parents With Mental Illness by Vicki Cowling (Australian Council for Educational, 1999)





Children With Tourette’s Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide Edited by Tracy Haerle (Woodbine House, 1992)


This handbook for parents of children and teenagers with Tourette syndrome offers up-to-date information and compassionate advice for dealing with what is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed neurological disorders.





Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps by Melody Beattie (Prentice Hall Inc, 1990)

Interpreting the famous Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps specifically for codependent issues.



Concise Guide to Psychopharmacology and Electroconvulsive Therapy


Concise Guide to Psychopharmacology and Electroconvulsive Therapy by Laurence Guttmacher (American Psychiatric Association, 1994)


This is a brief but comprehensive handbook on psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy, designed for clinicians as well as for medical students and non-physician mental health professionals.


Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won . . . and How You Can, Too by Cait Irwin (Three Rivers Press, 1999)


For anyone in the clutches of the frightening beast that is depression, this book can help. In vivid words and images, Cait Irwin shares her own compelling story.



Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families by Kim T. & Susan Gingrich Mueser (New Harbinger, 1995)

Helpful strategies for coping with Schizophrenia in the family.



Courage to Go On: Life after Addiction by Cynthia Rowland McClure (Baker Publishing Group, 1990)


Chronic Disorders and the Family by Froma Walsh, Carol M Anderson (Routledge; New Ed edition, 1988)


Chronic Disorders and the Family explores how clinicians can become more aware of the common experiences of patients and their families struggling with chronic psychiatric and medical disorders, thus promoting a better understanding of the contribution of family dynamics.




Darkness visible: a memoir of madness [Book]


Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron (Vintage Library, 1990)


Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.



Daughter of the Queen of Sheba: A Memoir


Daughter of the Queen of Sheba: A Memoir by Jacki Lyden (Penguin Group (USA), 1998)

Jacki Lyden's mother was a pretty but powerless suburban 60s housewife, very much under the thumb of a cruel doctor husband (Jacki's stepfather), but when she was gripped by the illness (later diagnosed as manic-depression) she got revenge for all the disappointments in her life.



The Deadly Diet: Recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia


The Deadly Diet: Recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia by Terrence J. Sandbek (New Harbinger Publications, 1993)

Offering proven cognitive-behavioral techniques, this book's self-help program teaches effective coping skills in three areas: stress reduction, behavior change and cognitive change.



Depression and its Treatment by John H. Greist MD James W Jefferson MD (1994)

This guide explains depression and its causes and discusses treatments from drugs to psychotherapy.


The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression by Mary Ellen Copeland, Matthew McKay (New Harbinger Publications, 1994)

Learn to practice the latest research-based self-help strategies to relieve depression and address other mental health issues.





Directory of Self Help and Mutual Aid Groups by Help Center Self (Self Help Center, Eighth Edition 1993)


Drug Therapy In Psychiatry by Jerrold G. Bernstein MD (Mosby, 1995)


Handbook of Drug Therapy in Psychiatry is a practical guide to the effective and safe use of psychiatric drugs. Written for both general practitioners and specialists, the book examines the nature and effects of a variety of different drugs.


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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV referring to the 4th edition) is often called "the psychiatrist's Bible."


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Quick Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-IV 1995

The Quick Reference to Diagnostic Criteria from DSM IV includes all the diagnostic information from the DSM IV in a convenient, easy-to-use paperback format.

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The Essential Guide To Mental Health: The most comprehensive guide to the new psychiatry for popular family use by Gorman, Jack (1996)


The Essential Guide to Mental Health redefines our understanding of the practice and the business of psychological and emotional health care. Covering all areas of the profession from choosing a doctor to information on the latest psychiatric drugs, it's a veritable Physician's Desk Reference of modern psychiatry and psychotherapy for every home, library, and doctor's office.



The Family Face of Schizophrenia by Patricia Backlar (Tarcher, 1995)

Poignant stories and systematic advice for the ten million families, friends, and care givers of America's schizophrenics.




Family Process (December, 1994)





Fast Forward Through Childhood by Zesiewtz





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Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story by Jim Piersall and Al Hirshberg (Bison Books, 1999)


The story of a man who became mentally ‘sick,’ and how he made a complete recovery and resumed his baseball career.


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D. (Harper, 1999)


In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.


The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns (Plume, 1999)


In this long-awaited sequel, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides practical exercises that will help you cope with problems and learn how to make life a happier, more exhilarating experience



The Fierce Goodbye: Hope in the Wake of Suicide by Lloyd Carr & Gwendolyn Carr (Intervarsity Pr, 1990)




Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed from Mental Illness


Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed from Mental Illness by E. Fuller Torrey, Mark Glickman, Mary Flannery (Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, 1996)

In Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed, twelve Fountain House members and staffers share their personal stories of struggling with the pain and confusion of their illness.




From sad to glad: Kline on depression [Book]


From Sad to Glad by Nathan S. Kline M.D. (Ballantine Books, 1985)


Dr. Nathan Kline, a pioneer in the biochemical treatment of depression, explains the remarkably simple and successful approach that has led thousands to more joyful lives -- simply, quickly, and without analysis.

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Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1993)


In this provocative true story, Kaysen tells of her experience as an eighteen-year-old patient in a psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s.


God, Help Me Stop! Break Free from Addiction and Compulsion by W. Claire (Books West, 1988)

A presentation of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as applied to any addictive or compulsive behavior such as alcoholism, overeating, smoking, compulsive gambling, or sexual addiction



Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One by Ann Smolin and John Guinan (1993)


Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One will help you take the first steps toward healing. While each individual becomes a suicide survivor in his or her own way, there are predictable phases of pain that most survivors experience sooner or later, from the grief and depression of mourning to guilt, rage, and despair over what you have lost.


Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression by David G Fassler & Lynn Dumas (Penguin (Non-Classics), 1998)


"Help Me, I'm Sad" discusses how to tell if your child is at risk; how to spot symptoms; depression's link with other problems and its impact on the family; teen suicide; finding the right diagnosis, therapist, and treatment; and what you can do to help.





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Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In By Stephen Nowicki & Marshall Duke (Peachtree Publishers, 1992)

In Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In, Duke and Nowicki show parents and teachers how to assess the extent of a child's problem, as well as how to help the dyslexic child.

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Hidden Victims


Hidden Victims by Julie Tallard Johnson (P E M A Publications, Incorporated, 1994)

The author researched what works and doesn’t work in support groups and developed the Eight Stage Healing Plan.




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High Times/Low Times: The Many Faces of Adolescent Depression by John E. Meeks MD (Hazelden Educational Materials, 1994)


Provides parents with a perspective from which to evaluate teen behavior.




How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self-Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring, and Parents


How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self-Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring, and Parents by Diane T. Marsh, Rex M. Dickens (Penguin Group (USA), 1998)

Explores the nature of illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, and manic depression, while providing the tools to overcome the devastating effects of growing up or living in a family where they exist.



How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout by Anne Sheffield (Three Rivers Press, 1998)


Explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder--spouses, parents, children, and lovers.


lll, Not Insane by Bonnie Sigren Busick, Martha Gorman (New Idea Press, Incorporated, 1996)


In the Shadow of God's Wings: Grace in the Midst of Depression by Susan Gregg-Schroeder (Upper Room Books, 1997)

Gregg-Schroeder invites readers to sit with God in the midst of our pain and to notice that spiritual gifts are also present in the midst of that depression.




In the Shadow of God's Wings: Group Study Guide


In the Shadow of God's Wings: Group Study Guide by Susan Gregg-Schroeder (Upper Room Books, 1998)




In the Wake of Suicide: Stories of the People Left Behind by Victoria Alexander (Jossey-Bass, 1991)


Breathtaking stories of incredible power for anyone struggling to find the meaning in the suicidal death of a loved one and for all readers seeking writing that moves and inspires.




An Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation by the Publications Committee of IAPSRS (1994)



Is it Just a Phase? How to Tell Common Childhood Phases from More Serious Problems by Dr.Susan Swedo & Dr. Henrietta Leonard (Broadway, 1999)


Is it Just a Phase? uniquely combines the advice of an expert pediatrician and an expert child and adolescent psychiatrist on the challenges a child faces from toddlerhood through adolescence.  




Is There No Place on Earth for Me? By Susan Sheehan (Vintage, 1983)


"Sylvia Frumkin," highly intelligent young girl, became a schizophrenic in her late teens and spent most of the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. Susan Sheehan, a talented reporter followed "Sylvia" for almost a year.



It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents by Harold S. Koplewicz MD (Three Rivers Press, 1996)


Written in an easy, anecdotal style, and filled with stories of real children and their parents, It's Nobody's Fault is a guide for anyone who lives or works with children who need help.


Last Wish by Betty Rollin (Warner Books, 1985)

A memoir of a daughter's struggle to come to terms with her terminally ill mother's decision to die.




Life on a Roller Coaster: Coping With the Ups and Downs of Mood Disorders by Ekkehard Othmer & Sieglinde Othmer (1989)




The Life Planning Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Help Parents Provide for the Future Security and Happiness of Their Child With a Disability After Their Death by Mark Russell and Arnold Grant (Amer Pub Co, 1995)




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Light Up Your Blues A Guide to Overcoming Seasonal Depression and Fatigue by Robert Morienes (Berkley, 1989)


Listening to Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self by Peter D. Kramer (Penguin Group (USA), 1993)

A noted psychiatrist examines the current status of Prozac in America, as well as personal observations into how and why this drug has become so popular in the quest to cure personality problems.



Lives at Risk: Understanding and Treating Young People with Dual Disorders


Lives at Risk: Understanding and Treating Young People with Dual Disorders by Hilary Ryglewicz, Bert Pepper (Free Press, 1996)




Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis


Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis by Edward Dolnick (Simon & Schuster, 1997)

Clear, dramatic, and authoritative, Madness on the Couch uses the voices of therapists as well as those of patients and their loved ones to describe the controversial methods used to treat the mentally ill, and their heartbreaking consequences.


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Madness in the Streets: How Psychiatry and the Law Abandoned the Mentally Ill by Rael Jean Isaac, Virginia C. Armat (Free Press, 1990)

Isaac, a sociologist, and freelance journalist Armat, blame the abandonment of the homeless mentally ill on the anti-psychiatry movement (led by Thomas Szasz, Ronald Laing, among others), on civil libertarians and on psychiatrists who foster the "delusion that preventive community psychiatry could eliminate mental illness."


A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self by Peter C. Whybrow (Basic Books Inc, 1998)

A Mood Apart will be particularly helpful to those who themselves suffer from depression or manic depression, or who have experienced the illnesses through someone close to them. --- excerpts from book's Prologue

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My Son... My Son... A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss, or Suicide by Iris Bolton & Curtis Mitchell (Bolton Pr Atlanta, 1984)

Anyone who is in the throes of trying to live with the suicide of a loved one whether it be a child or not could only benefit from owning this book.


Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings by Clea Simon (Penguin Group (USA), 1998)

An account of the devastating effects of mental illness on the lives of those who share their world--the healthy siblings of those afflicted.


Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness by Otto F. Wahl (Rutgers University Press, 1995)

Winner of the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award for an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America. Exposes the myths about mental illness --myths that are as destructive as they are pervasive.



The Mentally Ill in Jail: Planning for Essential Services by Steadman Et Al, (The Guilford Press, 1989)


Empirical data with a practical nuts and bolts approach drawn from careful scrutiny of 43 jail mental health programs throughout the U.S.


My Mother's Keeper: A Daughter's Memoir Of Growing Up In The Shadow Of Schizophrenia by Tara E Holley (Harper Perennial, 1998)

Separated from her mother at an early age, Tara Elgin Holley became her mother's legal guardian at age 16 and set about trying to rescue the blonde fairy princess she remembered from the shambling street person her mother had become.




My Sister's Keeper by Margaret Moorman (1993)

When Margaret Moorman's older sister, Sally, was first hospitalized with schizophrenia in 1959, her family denied the truth to neighbors, friends-and even themselves. Not until thirty years later, when their mother's death made her Sally's sole caretaker, did Margaret face the truth.



Natalie on the Street by Ann Nietzke (CALYX Books, 1994)


Unwavering exploration of homelessness, mental illness, the condition of being old, female, and alone.



New Directions for Mental Health Services, Dual Diagnosis of Major Mental Illness and Substance Disorder by K. Minkoff and R. Drake (Jossey-Bass, 1996)

The purpose of this volume is to provide the reader with information about the most current ideas and clinical interventions available.




New Directions for Mental Health Services, Fall 1996: Using Client Outcomes Information to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment (Jossey-Bass, 1996)




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The New Psychiatry: Modern Psychiatry for Family Use by Jack M. Gorman (1996)

The New Psychiatry covers all the various fields of the profession, from the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud to the behavioral philosophy of B. F. Skinner to the scientifically proven results of psychopharmacology.



No Longer Alone


No Longer Alone by John Toews, Eleanor Loewen (With) (Mennonite Publishing Network, 1995)

This book gives constructive ways for Christians to include those afflicted by mental illness in a church community of love which addresses their unique needs.



No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving The Suicide Of A Loved One by Carla Fine (Three Rivers Press, 1997)

Carla Fine brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors.


Nowhere to Go: The Tragic Odyssey of the Homeless Mentally Ill by E. Fuller Torrey (HarperCollins Publishers, 1989)

The book centers on the reason for the plight of the homeless mentally ill, arguing that the closing of mental hospitals, the exodus of mental health workers into private practice, and the failure of the community mental health centers have forced many severely ill mental patients out on the streets.




Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis


Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis by E. Fuller Torrey (Wiley, John & Sons, 1998)

His polemic against the concept of "deinstitutionalization" takes us on a grim tour of the lives led by the mentally ill: untreated, homeless, jobless, and helpless against street violence.



The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz, (1998, Penguin)

"Difficult." "Picky." "Oversensitive." "Clumsy." "Unpredictable." "Inattentive." Children who have been labeled with words like these may actually be suffering from Sensory Integration Disorder-a very common, but frequently misdiagnosed, condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, oversensitivity or under sensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms.



Outcasts on Main Street: Report by the Federal Task Force on Homelessness and Severe Mental Illness (1992)




Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety


Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Linda Sabastian (Addicus Books, 1998)

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy, yet few understand it or are prepared to deal with it. This book examines the causes of treatment for postpartum depression.


The PACT Model of Community-Based Treatment for Persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses: A Model for PACT Start-Up by Deborah J. Allness and William H. Knoedler (NAMI, 1999)



Passing For Normal: A Memoir of Compulsion by Amy S. Wilensky (1999)


Passing for Normal is Wilensky's emotionally charged account of her lifelong struggle with the often misunderstood disorders Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  A powerful witness to her own dysfunction, Wilensky describes the strain it bore on her relationships with the people she thought she knew best: her family, her friends, and herself. 

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Phantom Illness: Shattering the Myth of Hypochondria By Cantor, Carla & Brian Fallon, MD (Houghton Mifflin, 1996)


Phantom Illness summarizes the latest theories on the origins and nature of the disorder; describes treatments including medication, behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy; and offers a diagnostic test so readers can determine whether they are abnormally concerned about their health.

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Pride: The Charley Pride Story


Pride: The Charley Pride Story by Charley Pride, Jim Henderson (HarperCollins Publishers, 1995)

This forthright autobiography offers fresh, disarmingly funny insights on being a highly conspicuous anomaly and making it work.



Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (1996)

In Prozac Nation, Wurtzel describes her harrowing battle with clinical depression before she was finally treated with Prozac.


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Psychiatric Rehabilitation by Anthony, Cohen, & Farkas.( Boston Univ Center,1990)





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Psychiatric Rehabilitation of Chronic Mental Patient by Robert Paul Liberman (Amer Psychiatric Pub, 1988)


This book provides highly detailed prescriptions for the assessment and treatment techniques with case examples and learning exercises for the reader


Psychiatric Skeletons: Tracing the Legacy of Mental Illness in the Family by Steven D. Targum (1993)





The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett (1994)

Diagnosed as schizophrenic at age 23, Schiller spent the next seven years in and out of mental institutions. This account draws upon her diaries as well as interviews with her family, friends, and doctors.



Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance In a Pill


Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance In a Pill by Lawrence H. Diller (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1998)

A physician speaks out on America's epidemic level of diagnoses for attention deficit disorder, and on the drug that has become almost a symbol of our times: Ritalin.  



The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence by Tracy Alderman (New Harbinger Publications, 1997)

The Scarred Soul explores the reasons behind the impulse to self-inflicted harm and shows readers how to examine its impact on their lives and take steps to overcome the psychological traps that lead to self-inflicted pain.




Schizophrenias by Carl Pfeiffer




Schizophrenia Genesis: The Origins of Madness by Irving Gottesman (1991)



Search for the Real Self: Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our Age


Search for the Real Self: Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our Age by James F. Masterson (Free Press, 1990)

Masterson is extremely insightful about two common, and until recently considered untreatable, personality disorders: borderline spectrum and narcissism.




Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton by Linda Gray Sexton (Little, Brown and Company, 1995)

Linda Gray Sexton’s critically acclaimed memoir is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a brilliant, difficult mother and the daughter she left behind.


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The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace (Prentice Hall, 1986)

This is a story of identical twin girls, June and Jennifer Gibbons, in a state of irreconcilable battle with themselves and the world.




Silver Linings by Grant Bell 1992





Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder


Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha M. Linehan (Guilford Publications, Inc., 1993)

This book is a step-by-step guide to teaching clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.



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Skipping Stone: Ripple Effects of Mental Illness on the Family by Mona Wasow (Science & Behavior Books, Incorporated, 1995)

Drawing on her experience as the parent of a severely mentally ill child and an advocate for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Wasow focuses on the impact of people with severe mental illness on children, spouses, siblings, and other relatives.



Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness


Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness by Tim Rowan, Bill O'Hanlon, Bill C'Hanlon (Wiley, John & Sons, 1998)

In the first practical guide to solution-oriented interventions with severe mental illness, therapists Tim Rowan and Bill O'Hanlon acquaint readers with the core principles of the solution-oriented model.



Souls Are Made Of Endurance


Souls Are Made Of Endurance by Stewart Delisle Govig, (Westminster John Knox Press, 1994)

Stewart Govig gives a personal account of his family's struggle with their son's mental illness. After his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Govig's family faced not only the difficulty of finding medical care and therapy but also the personal anguish and the questioning of faith and of God that often accompany such a crisis.



Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids by Timothy E. Wilens, MD (1999)

Dr. Timothy Wilens provides essential guidance for parents facing tough choices about whether or not to give a child medication for emotional or behavioral problems.



Strength for His People: A Ministry for Families of the Mentally Ill by Stephen Waterhouse (1995)

This book explains mental illness from a Biblical worldview.


Street Crazy: The tragedy of the homeless mentally ill by Seager, Stephen(Westcom Press, 1998)

STREET CRAZY recounts one psychiatrist's experience with the mentally ill, who have often become homeless because of their disease. Dr. Stephen B. Seager explains brain disease, tells the often disturbing history of the mentally ill, and shows how, through a series of well-meaning legal mishaps, our most vulnerable citizens have been abandoned to the streets.



Strong at Broken Places: Persons with Disabilities and the Church by Steward Govig (Westminster John Knox Press, 1989)

Stewart Govig, himself disabled, provides a practical resource that enables congregational communities to achieve a balance of realism and hope in responding to the needs of all of its members.



Suicide: The Forever Decision by Paul Quinnett (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1993)

This book discusses the social aspects of suicide, the right to die, anger, loneliness, depression, stress, hopelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of a suicide attempt, and how to get help.

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Suicide Survivors: A Guide for Those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski (Afterwords Publishing, 1991)

This book focuses a great deal on the illness that drives a person to suicide - namely, depression.




Surviving Mental Illness: Stress, Coping, and Adaptation by Agnes Hatfield and Harriet Lefley (1993)


This book is founded on autobiographical accounts of persons suffering schizophrenia and related disorders. Topics range from the patient's sense of mental disturbance as it affects the emotions, the sense of self, relationships, and behavior, to acceptance of the illness and growth toward recovery.


Telling Is Risky Business by Otto F Wahl (Rutgers University Press, 1999)

Telling Is Risky Business is the first book to examine what these people have to say about their own experiences of stigma. The center of Wahl's research was a nationwide survey in which mental health consumers across the United States were asked, both through questionnaires and interviews, to tell about their experiences of stigma and discrimination.



Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin (Vintage, 1998)


Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world.



Transfer of Care: Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization and Its Aftermath by Phil Brown (1982)



Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror


Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman (Basic Books, 1997)

Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism.



Triumph Over Fear: A Book of Help and Hope for People with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias by Ross, Jerilyn (Bantam, 1995)


Triumph Over Fear  combines Jerilyn Ross's firsthand account of  overcoming her own disabling phobia with case  histories of recovery from other forms of anxiety,


Understanding Mental Illness: For Teens Who Care about Someone with Mental Illness by Julie Tallard Johnson (Lerner Publishing Group, 1990)




Understanding Schizophrenia: A Guide to the New Research on Causes and Treatment


Understanding Schizophrenia: A Guide to the New Research on Causes and Treatment by Richard Keefe and Philip D. Harvey (1994)


Two leading schizophrenia researchers present the first accessible, comprehensive, and complete guide to dealing with the disease.




When Acting Out Isn't Acting by Lynn Weisberg (Bantam, 1991)






When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Children, Siblings, and Partners of the Mentally Ill by Victoria Secunda (1997)


Providing a firsthand look at the effects of mental illness on families and friends, a compassionate resource provides emotional support and guidance for friends and family of the mentally ill.


When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Guide for Depressed Teens


When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain (Free Spirit Publishing, 1998)

When Nothing Matters Anymore defines and explains adolescent depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that depression is treatable.


When Self-Help Isn't Enough: Overcoming Addiction and Psychiatric Disorders by A. Scott Winter (P I A Press, The, 1990)



When Someone You Love Is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One without Losing Yourself


When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself by Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador (Fireside, 1997)

Psychologists Laura Epstein Rosen and Cavier Francisco Amador explain the mechanisms of depression that can cause communication breakdown, increase hostility, and ultimately destroy relationships.





Word Explosion : Poetry, Verse, Art, and Prose by the Mentally Ill and Family, Friends, Professionals by ViOrr & Aloise Aigner Zehner (AMIE, 1989)




You Are Not Alone: Compulsive Hair Pulling, The Enemy Within (Trichotillomania) by Cheryn Salazar (Rophe Press, 1995)


This book is a personal story of Cheryn Salazar's battle with Trichotillomania towards wholeness and recovery.





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Your Mental Health: A Layman's Guide to the Psychiatrist's Bible by Allen Frances, Michael B. First (Scribner's, 1998)


A summary for the lay reader of the Amer. Psychiatric Assoc. Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., 1994 (DSM-IV), which is the standard reference for clinicians in the mental health field.


9 Highland Road: Sane Living for the Mentally Ill by Michael Winerip (Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 1995)

This perfectly observed and passionately imagined book takes us inside one of the supervised group homes that, in an age of shrinking state budgets and psychotropic drugs, have emerged as the backbone of America's mental health system.




The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life



The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life by Peter V. Rabins, Paul R. McHugh (Foreword by), Nancy L. Mace (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

The "bible" for families who are giving care to people with Alzheimer disease.



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