The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, & Why Sober Is the New Cool by Conor Bezane shares the author's experiences, as well as the experiences of others, living with bipolar disorder and co-occurring addictions. I went into his book with high expectations, because concurrent disorders need to be included more often into the conversation about … Continue reading Book review: The Bipolar Addict
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future is written by Ryder Carroll, who is the founder of the Bullet Journal® (yes, it's trademarked) and the website bulletjournal.com. Before reading this book, I was vaguely aware that there was an official bullet journal website, but what I learned about bullet journalling came … Continue reading Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method
Eat the Damn Muffin: Confidence for Every Body by Jenni Dunlap is all about loving yourself and your body. She writes: "All bodies are good, and all bodies are beautiful. This is a fuck those beauty standards type of book, because beauty is a state of mind not state of body." Okay, I'm definitely in! … Continue reading Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin
Shattered by the Darkness: Putting the Pieces Back Together After Child Abuse by Gregory Williams is a heart-wrenching account of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by the author's father over many years. The book contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse, sometimes with multiple abusers. There is nothing gratuitously graphic in the descriptions, but readers who have … Continue reading Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness
Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression is a memoir by Jack Trelance. The author has lived with depression since his teens, and admits to planning his first suicide attempt at age 14. He describes his first suicide attempt at age 25, and afterwards he didn't feel sadness but rather "a slow-burning anger and frustration, coupled with resigned, … Continue reading Book Review: Getting By
Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh. It offers strategies to be used either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy. Ideas from several therapeutic approaches are incorporated, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion focused therapy. … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression
Your Mental Health and You is written by Sandy Pace, whose blog I've followed for some time. He has a degree in psychology, lives with ADHD, and has experienced addiction. The book covers various areas of your life and your thinking where you could make changes to promote better mental health. It's immediately clear how passionate … Continue reading Book Review: Your Mental Health and You
Thanks so much to Casey for this amazing review of my book!
I’ve never written a book review for my blog before. But after reading this book, I was compelled to write one on Ashley from Mental Health @ Home’s book, Psych Meds Made Simple.
Psych Meds Made Simpleby Ashley L. Peterson
Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do is a psych medication guide written by Ashley L. Peterson. Ashley has a pharmacy degree as well as a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree.
There was nothing about this book that I disliked, so instead of a normal review I’m going to go over what I loved about this guide.
- The Introduction: In the introduction, Ashley brings up the stigma on mental illness and the use of psych medication. Normally, an introduction isn’t one of the more memorable parts of a book but Ashley’s views on the use of medication is honest. She explains the difference between…
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Little Boy Lost: I Don't Know Where I'm Going, but I'm on My Way is a memoir by Clive Webb that explores his lifelong journey with mental health, which eventually culminated in him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The book was written in 2016 and then updated in 2019. The book is written with a laid … Continue reading Book Review: Little Boy Lost
Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists. He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illness may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of … Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD is written by former war zone journalist Garry Leech, who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in response to the horrors to which he'd been exposed through his work. The book does describe some of the traumatic events the author experienced. This took a few forms: as descriptions of flashbacks, as part … Continue reading Book review: Ghosts Within
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown. I was not disappointed. This book offers as set of guideposts toward Wholehearted leaving, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness". The … Continue reading Book review: The Gifts of Imperfection
I first heard of the book Written Off: Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Philip T. Yanos on a blog post by Don't Stigmatize Me. It immediately went on my list of books to read, but it's taken a while to get around to it, and I ended up getting a … Continue reading Book review: Written Off
The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life. It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles, … Continue reading Book review: The Happiness Diary
In Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Caroline Foran aims to help you change your relationship with anxiety so that rather than trying to avoid it you can own it. The book isn't preachy at all, and feels like a chat with a good friend. The author takes a no-bullshit tone, and assures … Continue reading Book review: Own It