MH@H book review: The Better Boundaries Workbook
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Book Review: The Better Boundaries Workbook

The Better Boundaries Workbook by Sharon Martin uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion, to help readers establish boundaries to function better in relationships. The author is a psychotherapist, and if you're into mental health on Pinterest, you've probably come across some of her pins. The book begins with a look… Continue reading Book Review: The Better Boundaries Workbook

MH@H book review: The ACT Workbook for Anger
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Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Anger

The ACT Workbook for Anger by Robyn D. Walser and Manuela O'Connell uses an acceptance and commitment therapy approach to support readers in better managing anger. Anger is framed as a mix of feelings, physiological sensations, thoughts, and actions, and the authors explain that experiencing it is normal; it's getting hooked on it that can… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Anger

Mental Health @ Home book review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?
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Book Review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice is a memoir by Krithika Chandrasekar about her experiences with depression. The title refers to "the language of silence" that people with depression speak as they carry their burdens. The book covers the author's teenage years in India and her time as an undergrad at Purdue,… Continue reading Book Review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

Mental Health @ Home book review: From Hardened to Healed
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Book Review: From Hardened to Healed

From Hardened to Healed by Debi Silber encourages readers to move beyond where they're stuck right now to a place of greater healing. I learned of this book from Joshua Shea, who you may know from his blog paddictrecovery.com; in the book, he shares his story of recovery from addiction and betrayal trauma. The author… Continue reading Book Review: From Hardened to Healed

MH@H book review: The Night the Lights Went Out by Drew Magary
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Book Review: The Night the Lights Went Out

The Night the Lights Went Out by Drew Magary tells the author's story of experiencing a traumatic brain injury and the gradual process of recovery. After hosting the 2018 Deadspin Awards, he collapsed, breaking his skull and his brain. In this book, he brings readers along as his life is turned upside down. Since the… Continue reading Book Review: The Night the Lights Went Out

MH@H book review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD
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Book Review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD by Kimberley Quinlan looks at how to use self-compassion in conjunction with exposure and response prevention (ERP) to manage OCD. The foreword is written by Jon Hershfield, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, which I've previously reviewed. Like that book's use of mindfulness, this book uses self-compassion as a… Continue reading Book Review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

MH@H book review: The Silent Scream by Maria Alfieri
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Book Review: The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously. In the introduction, Maria writes: It is through our vulnerability that our liberation from our inauthenticity starts. Through honest conversation we… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Scream

MH@H book review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook
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Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

The Anxiety Skills Workbook by Stefan G. Hofmann uses a cognitive behavioural therapy approach to help you better manage your anxiety. One thing I liked was the cautionary note in the introduction that the book wasn't intended to address suicidality, severe depression, or problematic substance abuse, and anyone experiencing those should get in touch with… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Skills Workbook

MH@H Book review: Everything Isn't Terrible by Kathleen Smith
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Book Review: Everything Isn’t Terrible

Everything Isn't Terrible by marriage and family therapist Dr. Kathleen Smith draws on Bowen theory to deal with anxiety. This theory of human behaviour sees anxiety as rooted in social relationships, so work on relationships must be done to improve anxiety. The book is divided into four sections: the anxious self, anxious relationships, anxious career,… Continue reading Book Review: Everything Isn’t Terrible

MH@H book review: Written Off by Philip T. Yanos
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Book Review: Written Off

Written Off: Mental Health Stigma and the Loss of Human Potential by Philip T. Yanos wasn't available from the local public library, so I got a copy from my alma mater university library. That difference in availability gives some indication of the nature of the book. I didn't think it was overly textbookish, but at… Continue reading Book Review: Written Off