What Is the Worst Case Scenario? by Marie Abanga includes a foreword by mental health advocate and Olympian Amy Gamble. For anyone familiar with Marie's blog, you will very much recognize her distinctive voice in this book. Marie explains that writing this book was "my journey to a new me, a me who wants to keep facing … Continue reading Book review: What Is The Worst Case Scenario?
Searching For The Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by our Inner Worlds by Maranda Russell begins with the dedication: "For everyone who isn't afraid to search for the truth, even if it means looking outside your comfort zone." The book takes a very personal look at difficult topics like death, uncertainty, pain, and fear. In … Continue reading Book review: Searching For The Truth
Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes shares her experiences with depression in Depression the Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance. I think Holmes is an excellent comedian, and I love the idea of bringing a comedic approach to a book about depression, but some of the comedy aspect was a bit lost on me. However, I don't know … Continue reading Book review: Depression the Comedy
The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People: How to Transform Feeling Overwhelmed and Frazzled to Empowered and Fulfilled is written by Mel Collins, who describes herself as a counsellor, spiritual healer, and reiki master, as well as a highly sensitive person (HSP). The book begins with a description of the characteristics of HSPs. The author explains that … Continue reading Book review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People
My Bipolar Mind by Samantha Steiner is written as a series of blog posts that capture her recovery from addiction while living with the effects of bipolar disorder. The story begins in April 2017 she hit her personal rock bottom, and from there began her slow journey towards recovery. Of course, the full story began … Continue reading Book review: My Bipolar Mind
I was inspired to write this post after reading the book The Stigma Effect: Unintended Consequences of Mental Health Campaigns. It's written by psychologist Patrick Corrigan, whose research on stigma I first encountered when I was working on my Master's thesis, and in it he challenges a lot of commonly held ideas about how we … Continue reading How can we fight stigma most effectively?
My Brother's Journey: From Genius To Simpleton by Marie Abanga is a moving tribute to her younger brother Gabriel, whose life was taken away far too soon by mental illness. It includes not only Marie's words, but also the words of others who knew and loved her brother. In the book she shares what a kind person … Continue reading Book review: My Brother’s Journey
The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression is written by psychiatrist Edward Bullmore, and presents inflammation as a new frontier in tackling depression. The author's bio at the beginning of the book reveals that he works at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. He doesn't try to be subtle about disclosing this, and I didn't pick up … Continue reading Book review: The Inflamed Mind
This week I'm doing a 2-in-1 book review of two poetry collections from Maranda Russell. From Both Sides: A Look Into the World of Foster Care from Those Who Know It Best is a short book of prose poems that's written both from the perspective a foster child and that of a … Continue reading Book reviews: Poetry from Maranda Russell
Unraveled: Her Reality Is Surreality is the latest book by Meg Kimball. It's young adult fantasy fiction, which is definitely breaking out of my usual box, but Meg is a blogger buddy of mine so I wanted to check it out. The book opens in 16th century France with a pregnant young woman being assaulted by … Continue reading Book review: Unraveled
Reasons to Stay Alive is by Matt Haig, a popular author with a whopping 243K followers on Twitter (including me). I believe this was his first book that delved into his own mental health, and he has since followed up with Notes on a Nervous Planet. He explains that one of his aims with this book … Continue reading Book review: Reasons to Stay Alive
How to Stop Feeling so Damn Deporessed: The No BS Guide for Men by psychologist Jonas A. Horwitz is a how-to guide that aims to tell men how to take on depression and win. The author explains that this book is for men with severe depression. I found the use of the term "severe" a … Continue reading Book review: How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed
My Wellness Toolbox by Alison Swift is a collection the strategies that she gradually accumulated through her recovery journey after hitting her own rock bottom. Rather than preaching what does work, she shares what has worked for her so others struggling with their mental health can get some ideas to try out for themselves. The … Continue reading Book review: My Wellness Toolbox
Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by psychologist Jesse Bering is an attempt to make sense of the complex phenomenon of suicide from a variety of different angles including psychological, biological, spiritual, and evolutionary. The author admits that he takes an intellectualized, scientific perspective to try to gain a broader understanding, and he does a good job … Continue reading Book review: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves
I Walk With a Limp: My Personal Journey as a Trauma Survivor by Barbara A. Lawrence describes the impact of the physical, sexual, verbal, and psychological abuse she first experienced as a child at the hands of her family. She writes about the PTSD she developed as a result, along with a myriad of other … Continue reading Book review: I Walk With a Limp