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book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner

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 …

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The Wounded Healer Series from Mental Health @ Home

Wounded Healer Interview: Wrae Sanders

The wounded healer interview series features people who’ve dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Wrae Sanders of One Blog, One Day at a Time. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, …

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It gets better... or does it? With chronic mental illness, you can't be sure

It Gets Better… Or Does It? – Dealing with Chronic Mental Illness

On a fairly regular basis, I see messaging along the lines of “it gets better,” or some variation thereof. While the intention behind it is good, I’m not convinced that it’s useful, because it’s not necessarily true. There’s a U.S.-based non-profit organization called It Gets Better that provides support to LGBTQ+ youth who are being bullied. …

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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. She was expected to follow the standard “New York Jewish Roadmap” of what constituted acceptable life choices. She describes …

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Book Review: Good Days and Bad Days

Good Days and Bad Days: I Don’t Have To Like It, I Just Have To Live With It is a book about living with schizoaffective disorder, written by Mio Angelo of Mentally Ill in America.  He’s offering it for free; just contact him via his blog. His determination is quickly apparent in such statements as: …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: He's A Porn Addict... Now What/

Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?

He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?: An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea is written to serve as a resource for partners of men with pornography addictions. It’s a unique combination of viewpoints; Tony is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Josh is a former porn …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: It's Ok to Not Be Ok

Book Review: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok by Kim Lamontagne is a collection of stories written by 11 contributing authors about their personal experiences with mental health struggles. I heard about this book from Cat Davis, who blogs at High Risk Cat.  She contributed the Story “Looked Up”, which is the first story in the book.  In …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Shattered by the Darkness

Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness

Shattered by the Darkness 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’s nothing gratuitously graphic in the descriptions; still, readers who’ve had similar abuse experiences should carefully consider whether they’re at …

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