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MH@H book review: cover of Quack Quack

Book Review: Quack Quack: The Threat of Pseudoscience

I was all kinds of excited when I was browsing Netgalley and came across Quack Quack: The Threat of Pseudoscience by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the director at McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. The book aims to convince people of the importance of separating sense from nonsense, and it’s packed with plenty of examples …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Strangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv

Book Review: Strangers to Ourselves

Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv explores the different ways in which people try to make sense of mental illness, both on an individual and societal level. The book tells the story of six different people who experienced mental illness, including the sociocultural factors that shaped those …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Everything You Need to Know About OCD

Book Review: Everything You Need to Know About OCD

Everything You Need to Know About OCD by Dr. Lynne M. Drummond with Laura J. Edwards is, as the title suggests, a comprehensive book covering OCD and its treatment. The lead author clearly has considerable clinical expertise working with clients with hard-to-treat OCD. The book looks at the processes involved in OCD, including distressing thoughts …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Stop Overthinking Your Relationship by Alicia Muñoz

Book Review: Stop Overthinking Your Relationship

Stop Overthinking Your Relationship by Alicia Muñoz addresses ruminative thinking patterns that can damage relationships. The author describes rumination as a pattern of passive rather than active thinking, and she describes different kinds of rumination cycles such as blame or control-based rumination. These each relate to a shortage of “some important psychological nutrient.” There was …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Panic Attack Relief Workbook by Mayra Diaz

Book Review: The Panic Attack Relief Workbook

The Panic Attack Relief Workbook by Mayra Diaz lays out a seven-week plan for people to be able to better manage panic. It incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and exposure therapy. As the title indicates, it’s a workbook with exercises to fill out. The book begins with background information about …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Are We There Yet? by Elizabeth Jones

Book Review: Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is a memoir by my lovely blogging friend Elizabeth Jones about her recovery from depression. I like how she conceptualizes recovery: “Recovery is a lifelong journey, not the destination. Recovery is the wrong word. There’s no going back to my former state. If I did, that wouldn’t be progress.” Liz’s journey …

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Mental Health @ Home book reviews: cover of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: Overcoming Trauma and PTSD

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD by Sheela Raja is a workbook that incorporates elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). The book begins with an explanation of the effects of trauma, including how trauma memories, which are emotionally charged and situationally accessible, are different from verbally accessible …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Be Mighty by Jill A. Stoddard

Book Review: Be Mighty

Be Mighty by Jill A. Stoddard draws on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help women free themselves from the anxiety, worry, and stress that are holding them back. The author observes that if you get attached to narratives about being damaged or broken, you’re “probably a frequent flier at the popular hot spot known …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love by Joel Black

Book Review: Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love

The Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love by Joel Black, LCSW, helps readers to use mindfulness to be more self-compassionate and promote greater well-being. The first part of the book looks at what mindfulness and self-love are and how they relate to one another, while the second part focuses on how to practice them. The book is …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Book Review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Sh*t I Say to Myself by Katie Krimer aims to help readers change their negative self-talk. The author is a therapist, and also describes herself as “a recovered negative thinker and self-talker. I’m also a former insomniac, life-long worrier and overthinker, recurring panic attack survivor, skilled ruminator, and recuperating perfectionist.” The book is broken down …

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