Looking for a distraction while you're self-isolating? The description of Reflections: My Mad Memoirs! by indie author Kristina Bryson assures readers that: "If your life has been perfect then my memoirs will bore the pants off you. However, if you have been mentally battered and bruised by dysfunctional relationships, cursed by anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness is not limited to people with BPD. DBT is … Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook
Guess what I finished reading recently? Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together by Ashley L. Peterson!! What a great book! You can find it here. It’s all about different aspects of depression, different causes, different manifestations, different treatments based on those factors, and different illnesses or conditions that can include depression (such as … Continue reading Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson — Where Good Advice Happens…
Switching Positions: Love in the Time of Politics is a novel by Paula Light, who you may know from her blog Light Motifs II. The book takes a firmly tongue-in-cheek look at the American political landscape. Mia and Chad pursue love across party lines after meeting at a Pete Buttigieg fundraiser in a wine cave. … Continue reading Book Review: Switching Positions
Where Is This Place They Call "Home"? is the second book in the Learners At Love Series by Melody Finch, who you may know from her blog Caramel (Learner at Love). I previously reviewed the first book We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves The series follows protagonist Annabelle Riley as she grows emotionally and … Continue reading Book Review: Where Is This Place They Call Home?
Show Your Anxiety Who's Boss by Joel Minden provides strategies drawn from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help manage anxiety. CBT is an evidence-based treatment, so while the strategies won't necessarily for everyone, they are legit, unlike many of the other self-help books floating around. The approach is broken down into three major steps: predictions, … Continue reading Book Review: Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss
Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill is a compelling story of one woman's life with bipolar disorder. Like me, Brooke is a nurse. When she returned to work after her period of acute illness, she was able to have positive conversations self-disclosing to some of her patients who had bipolar disorder in addition … Continue reading Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys
Here is a mini-review of Chapter One of “Managing The Depression Puzzle” by Ashley L. Peterson. This is Ashley’s third book on mental illness (with this book focusing on various types of depression, and the ways in which we treat the condition). Her writing style is conducive with someone who understands the subject matter, based […] … Continue reading Managing The Depression Puzzle By Ashley L. Peterson (A Mini-Review) — Mentally Ill In America
We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves is written by Melody Finch, who blogs as Caramel (Learner at Love). This book is the first of her Learner at Love series, and it was initially published in serial form on her blog. The novel features protagonist Annabelle Riley as well as several significant men in her … Continue reading Book Review: We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves
Finding Jericho is a novel by Dave Jeffery that revolves around mental illness as a core theme. The author is a mental health professional. I read the third edition, which has just recently been released. The protagonist is 15-year-old Jon Dupree. He and his mother move in with his Uncle Ronald, who's been released from … Continue reading Book Review: Finding Jericho
Self-Care Down There: From Menstrual Cups and Moisturizers to Body Positivity and Brazilian Wax, a Guide to Your Vagina's Well-Being is written by Taq Kaur Bhandal, who happens to live in my neck of the woods. I'm all about embracing our bodies and getting to know them and how they work, so I went in … Continue reading Book Review: Self-Care Down There
Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts. There is a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but the book doesn't get bogged down in theory. In a nutshell, … Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life
F*ck No is written by Sarah Knight, who is also the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. This book covers a variety of different situations, including social, work, partner, and family, and helps you to get more comfortable saying no to others' demands. The book includes a variety of fun diagrams … Continue reading Book Review: F*ck No
Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a (mostly true) memoir by Jenny Lawson. This is her first book; I previously reviewed her second book, Furiously Happy. Jenny has a fabulously quirky sense of humour. The book is packed with plenty of wildlife, alive, taxidermied, and otherwise. The book starts off with a bang in the … Continue reading Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
This Book Will Make You Fall Asleep from Andrews McMeel Publishing is an absolutely adorable book in which you make friends with Kip the sheep who will guide you from awake to asleep. The book includes sleep hygiene types and quotes related to sleep. My favourite: "Life is something to do when you can't get … Continue reading Book Review: This Book Will Make You Fall Asleep