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Best Mental Health Books

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A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb - Apr 02, 2019
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One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will ...
The Noonday Demon
An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon - May 19, 2015 (first published in 2000)
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Sometimes, the legacy of depression includes a wisdom beyond one's years, a depth of passion unexperienced by those who haven't traveled to hell and back. Off the charts in its enlightening, comprehensive analysis of this pervasive yet misunderstood condition, The Noonday Demon forges a long, brambly path through the subject of depression--exposing...
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
A New Journey Through Anxiety
Sarah Wilson - Apr 24, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful.Sarah Wilson first came across this Chinese proverb in psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's memoir An Unquiet Mind, and it became the key to understanding her own lifelong struggle with anxiety. Wilson, bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur has helpe...
Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig - Feb 23, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live."Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day b...
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Edmund J. Bourne - May 01, 2020
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Celebrating 30 years as a classic in its field and recommended by therapists worldwide, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook is an unparalleled, essential resource for people struggling with anxiety and phobias. Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. Tackle the fears that hold you back...
The Body Keeps the Score
Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk M.D. - Sep 08, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing. Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical viole...
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Heidi N. Moore
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - Jun 01, 2006 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Lost Connections
Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope
Johann Hari - Dec 03, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety.Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was toldlike his entire gen...
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Nir Eyal
The Invisible String
Patrice Karst - Oct 30, 2018 (first published in 2000)
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With over half a million copies sold, this accessible, bestselling picture book phenomenon about the unbreakable connections between loved ones has healed a generation of readers--children and adults alike--and has been updated with new illustrations and an afterword from the author. Now available in paperback for the first time! Parents, educators...
My Many Colored Days
Dr. Seuss - Sep 08, 1998 (first published in 1996)
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Dr. Seuss's youngest concept book is now available in a sturdy board book for his youngest fans! All of the stunning illustrations and imaginative type designs of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are here, as are the intriguing die-cut squares in the cover. A brighter, more playful cover design makes this board book edition all the more appropriate as...
What to Do When You Worry Too Much
A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)
Dawn Huebner - Sep 15, 2005
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A Gold NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) winnerDid you know that worries are like tomatoes? No, you can't eat them, but you can make them grow, simply by paying attention to them. If your worries have grown so big that they bother you almost every day, this book is for you.What to Do When You Worry Too Much guides children and parents ...
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell M.D.
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M Holmes
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Don't Feed The WorryBug by Andi Green
Up and Down the Worry Hill by Aureen Pinto Wagner
Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Good Days Start With Gratitude by Pretty Simple Press
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Red by Michael Hall
The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff
Boundaries by Henry Cloud
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
Bonds that Make Us Free by C. Terry Warner
In My Heart by Jo Witek
Heart Talk by Cleo Wade
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
Dare by Barry McDonagh
The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams
Motivational Interviewing by William R. Miller
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Crazy by Pete Earley
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help by Xavier Amador
What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner
Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
Nurse Coloring Book by Adult Coloring World
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck by Dawn Huebner
Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Second Edition by Judith S. Beck
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D
Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon
Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
What Were You Thinking? by Bryan Smith
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
I Miss You by Pat Thomas
Wilma Jean - The Worry Machine by Julia Cook
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
Why is Dad So Mad? by Seth Kastle
OCDaniel by Wesley King
Prescriber's Guide by Stephen M. Stahl
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
My Strong Mind by Niels van Hove
By Allia Zobel Nolan - What I Like About Me! by Miki (ILT) Sakamoto Allia Zobel-Nolan Miki Sakamoto
Maybe Days by Jennifer Wilgocki
Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology by Stephen M. Stahl
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
What to Do When You Grumble Too Much by Dawn Huebner
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
I See Things Differently by Pat Thomas
Essential Art Therapy Exercises by Leah Guzman ATR-BC
Let Me Be Frank by Frank Bruno
The Incantations of Daniel Johnston by Ricardo Cavolo
When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown
You Are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner
The Assertiveness Workbook by Randy J. Paterson
Please Tell by Jessie
I would, but my DAMN MIND won't let me! by Jacqui Letran