book cover: Shattered by the Darkness by Gregory Williams

Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness

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

book cover: Dealing with Depression by Jan Marsh

Book Review: Dealing with Depression

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

Psych Meds Made Simple book cover

Book Review: Psych Meds Made Simple

Thanks so much to Casey for this amazing review of my book!

This Bipolar Brat

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.

  1. 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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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph Nesse book cover

Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

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