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Best Mental Health Books

Find solace and understanding with this selection of top mental health books, sourced from the most influential blogs and publications, organized by their endorsement count.

Recommendations from 60 articles, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Gates and 167 others.
Best Mental Health Books
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb - 2019-04-02
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Join therapist Lori Gottlieb as she explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives, and discovers that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to her own therapy sessions with the quirky, but seasoned therapist Wendell. Delve into the lives of a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys in this captivating and raw memoir of self-discovery.
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The Body Keeps the Score
Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk - 2014-09-25
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The Body Keeps the Score delves into the topic of traumatic stress and its effects on the brain, emotions, and biology. Renowned expert Bessel van der Kolk offers innovative treatments, such as neurofeedback and mindfulness techniques, which have been proven to help sufferers reclaim their lives. This paradigm-shifting book, based on years of research, provides an alternative to traditional therapies and drug treatments.
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Turtles All the Way Down
John Green - 2017-10-10
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This bestselling novel from the acclaimed author of "Looking for Alaska" and "The Fault in Our Stars" tells a story of love, friendship, and resilience through the eyes of Aza Holmes. Aza never planned to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire, but the reward money is too good to ignore. Alongside her best friend Daisy, Aza navigates the storm of her own thoughts while uncovering secrets about the Pickett family. With beautiful writing and unflinching honesty, this book is a must-read for anyone in need of a reminder of the power of friendship and the strength of the human spirit.
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It Didn't Start with You
How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle
Mark Wolynn - 2016-04-26
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This groundbreaking book explores how trauma can be passed down through generations and offers fresh, powerful tools for healing. Mark Wolynn offers a prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach, which includes diagnostic self-inventories and techniques for creating a family tree that maps back through generations. Through visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue, readers can uncover hidden emotional legacies and reclaim their emotional and physical health. It Didn't Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.
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Emotional First Aid
Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts
Guy Winch - 2013-07-25
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Learn how to heal small emotional wounds before they become big ones with this essential read. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are a part of life, but we often lack the tools to handle them. In Emotional First Aid, Guy Winch, Ph.D. offers specific step-by-step treatments with real-life examples that are fast, simple, and effective. This book is perfect for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back.
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Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig - 2016-02-23 (first published in 2015)
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This inspiring memoir follows Matt Haig's journey with depression and how he triumphed over it, thanks to the love of his family and partner, and his love for writing and reading. Haig's frankness about his experiences is both inspiring and informative, allowing readers to understand and empathize with mental illness. With humor and encouragement, he teaches us to celebrate life's small joys and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
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The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle - 2004-08-19 (first published in 1997)
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Discover the path to true happiness and enlightenment with this inspiring and practical guidebook. Eckhart Tolle's message about living in the present moment is brought to life through clear writing, concrete language, and a supportive voice. Within a chapter, readers will already be experiencing greater consciousness about their thoughts and emotions. This book covers topics such as the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, and creative use of the mind, with markers for reflection and contemplation. The Power of Now is a life-changing read that has the potential to inspire and improve countless lives.
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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful
A New Journey Through Anxiety
Sarah Wilson - 2017-02-28
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This book dives into the subject of anxiety, exploring its triggers, treatments, and trends. Drawing on interviews with mental health experts, philosophers, and her own experiences, the author offers practical tips for dealing with anxiety, such as cultivating gratitude, eating real food, and practicing meditation. With a mix of humor and wisdom, this book will help readers come to terms with their anxiety and even see it as a possible source of growth.
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Christina Reynolds
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The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
Emily Nagoski - 2019-03-26
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This groundbreaking book delves into why women experience burnout differently than men and offers a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life. With eye-opening science, prescriptive advice, and helpful exercises, you'll learn how to complete the biological stress cycle, manage frustration, and defend yourself against societal pressures that stand in the way of your well-being. Transformative and empowering, this book reminds us that we are enough just as we are and that true wellness is within reach.
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The Bell Jar
A Novel
Sylvia Plath - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1963)
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This haunting American classic by Sylvia Plath delves into the psyche of Esther Greenwood, a brilliant, successful, and beautiful woman who slowly falls into the grip of insanity. Plath's intense and realistic writing draws the reader into Esther's breakdown, making her madness palpably real. A deep exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is a masterpiece of literature that leaves a haunting impression.
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Chloe Grace Moretz
The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
Attached by Amir Levine
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab
Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes
Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
Feeling Good by David D. Burns
This Is Depression by Diane McIntosh
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell
Recovery by Russell Brand
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan
Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen
We've Been Too Patient by L. D. Green
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
Be Calm by Jill Weber
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Unfuck Your Brain by Faith Harper Lpc-S Acs Acn
What Happened to You? by Oprah Winfrey
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink
What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
OCDaniel by Wesley King
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Anxiety Relief for Teens by Regine Galanti
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Boundaries by Henry Cloud
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
In My Heart by Jo Witek
What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner
Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver W. Sacks
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M Holmes
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Darkness Visible by William Styron
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
Dare by Barry McDonagh
Permission to Come Home by Jenny Wang
Don't Feed The WorryBug by Andi Green
Man Enough by Justin Baldoni
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
Bittersweet by Susan Cain
All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
Rest Is Resistance by Tricia Hersey
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Drama Free by Nedra Glover Tawwab
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel