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Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.
With more than thirty years of experience studying personality disorders and treating extreme narcissists, Dr. Joseph Burgo has developed a useful guidebook to help you “spot narcissists out there in the wild” (Glamour) and then understand and manage the narcissistic personalities in your own life. Relying on detailed profiles, vignettes from the author’s practice, and celebrity biographies, The Narcissist You Know offers easy-to-understand tools and solutions you can use to defuse hostile situations and survive assaults on your self-esteem should you ever find yourself in an extreme narcissist’s orbit.
This book contains both essays and poems that travel the turbulent path of an everyday woman struggling with the frightening diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Pills, Poetry & Prose offers insight and understanding to those who are curious about Schizophrenia, and will encourage those who are suffering to find hope. Author Rebecca Chamaa takes us on a tour of her life as a child before her diagnosis, to the experience of a broken marriage, to the degrading stereotypes and stigmas related to her diagnosis.
This no-nonsense guide to beating social anxiety covers everything from surviving university and the workplace, through to social media and making it through parties and dates (whilst actually enjoying them!) With honest insights about her own social anxiety and a healthy dose of humour, award-winning blogger Claire Eastham describes what social anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can lessen its effects with lifestyle choices, talking therapies or even a hug from your favourite canine friend!
A collection of funny, insightful essays that celebrate the spiritual in the most unlikely everyday moments. These are snapshots of Elise’s cluttered, wildly disorganized, very full life as church worker, actress, writer and mom of five.
A book of humorous essays that focuses on the (very) hectic and (mostly) happy life journey of one spiritual traveler and her family-and the everyday traces of God’s grace that keep her going.
In a memoir that is both raw and real, Kevin explores what it means to grow up. Dealing with dysfunction, loss and an intense battle with depression, Kevin brings the reader on a ride that is bumpy and brutally honest. Through all of it, there is a powerful story about hope, love and what it means to be human. BOY MEETS DEPRESSION is a book that illuminates how the real challenge in life isn’t trying to be perfect, it’s accepting the dark parts of ourselves.
Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression and Bipolar does shows the unvarnished reality of living with a serious mental illness to help the mentally ill and those who love them understand the inner workings and how to fight these complex disorders. Lost Marbles straddles the line between self-help and memoir detailing real-life experiences that drive tips that work when life includes a mental illness. Improve your life or the life of a person you love with informative and experienced new takes on:
– Thinking like a person with bipolar or depression
– What the elevated mood of bipolar disorder feels like
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.
In When a Family Member Has OCD, you and your family will learn ways to better understand and communicate with each other when OCD becomes a major part of your household. In addition to proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques, you’ll find comprehensive information on OCD and its symptoms, as well as advice for each affected family member.
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with OCD. With this workbook, you will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge your own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.
Don’t just survive—thrive. In Everyday Mindfulness for OCD, two experts in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) offer a blend of mindfulness, humor, and self-compassion to help you stop dwelling on what’s wrong and start enhancing what’s right—leading to a more joyful life.
Masterfully written with relatable examples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks allows the reader to quickly connect and feel understood, and offers hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. ―DR. ROBIN ZASIO, Psy. D., LCSW, director of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, featured doctor on the A&E series Hoarders
The Manic Kingdom can captivate anyone, anytime. Its mysterious and insidious tentacles can seduce, yank, coax or drag you in and then expel you just as unexpectedly. Becka found this out in medical school, while studying mental illness and dealing with doctors, hospitals, patients, friends and herself. In her journey through what some might call a breakdown and others, an awakening, she learned about the nature of craziness and how the Kingdom dulls your intuition, leaving you prey for people and situations. But she also discovered that cures can be found in extremely unlikely places. Written by Dr. Erin Stair, this work of fiction is based on a true story.
What began as a personal journal to work through anxiety, agoraphobia, and derealization, soon became an amazing dialogue offering deeper meaning and purpose. Written in moments of stillness during a mental and physical ‘breakdown’, “Dear Me, Let’s Talk” chronicles a journey through self-discovery and the powerful insights that eventually led to a sense of clarity and peace. A humble offering, “Dear Me” hopes to remind you that, no matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone; we all share these experiences.
Individuals with a mental illnesses—such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression—have a double burden, Otto Wahl writes. Not only must they cope with disabling disorders, but they also must contend with the negative attitudes of the public toward those disorders. To truly understand the full extent of this stigma, we need to hear from the consumers (the term used in this book for people with mental illness) themselves. Telling is Risky Business is the first book to examine what these people have to say about their own experiences of stigma.
What do the media have to do with one’s perception of mental illness? Wahl takes an in-depth look a how unfavorable public images of mental illness are often inaccurate. Statistics show that one out of every five people in the U.S. will experience a psychiatric illness. With boldness and sensitivity, Wahl takes a powerful look at the inaccurate stereotypes created by the media.
“After facing a frightful thundershower that shook him to his roots, a terrified little tree learns the secret to weathering his fears and the storms of life.”
With the help of its beautifully vibrant illustrations, this charming tale teaches children, and adults alike, a powerful secret to overcoming fear and the most challenging obstacles: Stillness.
Take your best day and your darkest moment…and multiply by a million. Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of a few of the over five million Americans living with bipolar disorder.
Thirty years after mental illness derailed his plans to become a filmmaker, Bud Clayman reclaims his dream with a chronicle of the ups and downs of his recovery.
After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.
One of the most famous photographs of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is the image of the Rev. Mychal Judge’s body being carried from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Filmmaker Glenn Holsten pays tribute to Judge, the unorthodox chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, focusing on his life and good works.
Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital, Conrad tries to deal with his mental anguish and also reconnect with his mother, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), who has grown cold and angry, and his emotionally wounded father, Calvin (Donald Sutherland), with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch).
Lily Yeh is an artist who has created community art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas. She teaches survivors of war how to make deeply personal art and regain a belief that life can be more about creation than destruction.
Socially awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie’s dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie’s inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence.
Teenager David Clemens (Keir Dullea) develops a hysterical fear that he will die if he comes into physical contact with another person. Perturbed, David’s overbearing mother places him in a home for mentally disturbed young people, but David remains withdrawn from the other patients and his psychiatrist. Over time, however, David grows interested in 15-year-old Lisa (Janet Margolin), who suffers from multiple personalities — one who can only speak in rhyme, and the other, a mute.
Jersey Jung is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and actor from New Jersey. She wrote her first song at age nineteen in the basement of a music practice room at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of hitRECord.org, an open collaborative production company made up of artists from all over the world who work together to create amazing things. You can see her singing and performing in seasons one and two of the show HITRECORD ON TV which is currently on Netflix.
Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records and has toured widely in North America and Europe. Meg is a mental health advocate and member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau. Meg speaks about recovery and mental health literacy at conferences, schools and hospitals nationwide. She is currently a Dean’s Fellow in the Mdiv program at Boston University’s School of Theology training to become an interfaith chaplain.
Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play.