Book cover: How to Tell Depression to Piss off by James Withey
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Book Review: How to Tell Depression to Piss Off

How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life is written by James Withey, who has experienced depression personally and as a mental health professional, and is the creator of The Recovery Letters project.  He draws on both perspectives in laying out 40 different strategies that can be helpful in overcoming… Continue reading Book Review: How to Tell Depression to Piss Off

book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos is by Samantha Steiner, who you may know from her blog My Bipolar Mind.  This is her second book, and both are memoirs in the form of compiled blog posts.  This book is based on 2018, and is laid out in chronological order. The book covers Samantha's struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

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Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

Pandemic living is tough for a lot of people.  For anyone predisposed to depression, it has the potential to be even harder. Occasionally, depression can be relatively simple to deal with, but unfortunately, that's rarely the case.  For most of us, it's a matter of cobbling together as many strategies as possible to get through… Continue reading Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

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Book Review: The Balance Between Life and Death

The Balance Between Life and Death is a novella by Elizabeth Holland, who you may know from her blog Anxiety and Liz. The intro says "This novella focuses on the importance of putting your mental health first. A reminder that you never know what someone is hiding beneath their smile." The protagonist is a young… Continue reading Book Review: The Balance Between Life and Death

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Book Review: Anecdotes on Volunteering

Anecdotes on Volunteering is a short book written by Mio Angelo of Mentally Ill in America that looks at how schizoaffective disorder has interfered with his desire to volunteer or work.  The anecdotes are in relation to volunteering rather than stories of volunteer experience. At one point, Mio describes the book as one big therapy… Continue reading Book Review: Anecdotes on Volunteering

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Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

Triumph by Trepanation is a short (47 page) book by Nina Rabinowitz that describes how she was able to find healing from an anxiety disorder. The book begins with her youth in a New Jersey suburb, and the expectation that she follow the standard "New York Jewish Roadmap" of what constituted acceptable life choices.  She… Continue reading Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

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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

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Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen II, a book about living with a psychotic illness, is offered as a free download from the author's blog, Mental Health Coping Skills Blog by Leif Gregersen. The author has schizoaffective disorder, and this book focuses on his most recent hospitalization, which he describes as being unimaginably painful. … Continue reading Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3

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Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!

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!

Book reviews, Managing the Depression Puzzle

Book Review: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson — Where Good Advice Happens…

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…

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Book Review: Switching Positions

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

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Book Review: Where Is This Place They Call Home?

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?

Book reviews, Managing the Depression Puzzle

Managing The Depression Puzzle By Ashley L. Peterson (A Mini-Review) — Mentally Ill In America

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

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Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!

My new baby is now out in the world!  Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a holistic view of how to deal with depression – holistic in the sense that it covers a whole whack of things.  The idea is to give you a bunch of different pieces that you can pick from to put together… Continue reading Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!