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This is well written and eye opening from a first person perspective. Warnings: This could be a trigger for those with emerging restrictive eating issues and could also increase ideas about why not eating could make sense—especially initially as the author is very ill. Toward the end, the patient does talk about having gone off of her medication without talking to her MD and does qualify this by saying anyone should first speak with their doctor.

This could inadvertently encourage patients to change or drop medications without collaborating with their team.


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This book is from the U. There may be some terminology that could be confusing, but it's not extensive. The entries are easy-to-read recaps of various days which reveal the progression of the illness. Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. It includes the pairing of essays, written by husbands and wives as well as sisters, to show different viewpoints of the illness. The book covers a spectrum of experiences, from spiraling into a depression for the first time to living with it to recovering.

Summary: This book is told through the eyes of Doris, the mother of 19 year old Andrea, after she has been devastated by the news that her daughter has passed away in her sleep after a year-long battle with bulimia. The author intertwines Andrea's own diary and journal entries, along with self-penned poetry, to reveal the story of their struggle to deal with bulimia and the ultimate consequence of their fight.

Audience: Young adult Adolescents and older due to mature themes; Parents of individuals with bulimia. Summary: In this autobiography, Lucy chronicles her own experiences as she enters the early stages of anorexia, struggles with her symptoms, and eventually makes her way into recovery. Many of the pages are narrative, but also include first-hand journal entries from her own diaries at that time.

Audience: Young Adults Adolescents or older due to advanced language, mature themes; vivid descriptions. Summary: Viewed through a series of diary entries, the author exposes Blythe's journey through anorexia, and how it affected her self-esteem, her relationships, and her ultimate recovery from the illness. At the end, the author includes tips and inspirational items from her own struggle with anorexia. Audience: Young adult Adolescents and older due to mature themes, vivid descriptions, strong language.

Keywords: Eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, sexual content, drug and alcohol use. Summary: This memoir follows Jenny Lauren, the niece of Ralph Lauren, the fashion designer, through her formative years, during which she developed anorexia and bulimia, and eventually required significant medical treatment to deal with the consequences of her illness. Audience: Young adult College students due to mature themes, vivid descriptions, and profane language.

Summary: This follows the story of Leslie, a successful, popular teenage girl, as she develops and struggles with anorexia, and how it affects not only her, but all those around her. The story is fiction, but written by an author who had a personal struggle with anorexia, which she details in the foreword and afterword of the book.

Audience: Young adult Adolescents and older due to mature themes, vivid descriptions. Summary: This is the story of Jennifer Hendricks, who was diagnosed with anorexia at age fourteen, and passed away at age twenty-five. The book is narrated through the recollections of her father, and Jennifer's personal journal entries. It follows her journey into illness and her eventual death as a result of struggling with an eating disorder.

Audience: Young adult Older adolescents, College students due to mature themes. Solitaire Author: Aimee Liu. Summary: In this book, the story outlines the life of Aimee, a young multiracial girl growing up in the s, who develops anorexia nervosa following a difficult transition into a new life in the United States and trauma at age seven.

Aimee describes her path to recovery after a long fight with her own mind and body. Audience: Young adult College students due to mature themes, vivid descriptions, and advanced language. Summary: This book chronicles Mayra's development of bulimia at age nine, followed by anorexia by age fifteen, and her long struggle with self-image, medical complications, and acting out, along with her eventual recovery from eating disorders.

Summary: This is a book to be read to younger children about therapy, which can apply to therapies other than just play therapy. It has nice pictures and understandable text as well as a much needed section on confidentiality.

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Audience: Younger child with parent or therapist or PCP office staff reading to child. Summary: Workbook for teachers, parents to work with kids with anger issues, aggression issues. Some lessons are for multiple kids, some for small groups, some for individuals. Multiple ways to help kids deal with anger and frustration. Summary: A story of an octopus getting angry and then learning how to relax his anger away.

It could be used as a script for guided relaxation. Summary: Cute little book using cats to help kids learn how to become calm, stay calm, have fun, and express themselves. Summary: Part of the Teen Life Confidential series, this chapter book features information and strategies for children who are being bullied.

Chapters include details about how to deal with being bullied, how to understand what causes others to bully, what to do if you are a bully, and important tips like developing self-assertiveness and more self-awareness as well as how to make friends. Chapters include some self-help type questions and guided exercises appropriate for pre-teens.

Summary: This is a well written and thoughtful guide to help children work through their anger. It provides helpful strategies for children to work through their anger including talking with friends, drawing and over 30 other activities to distract the child from acting out their angry feelings in unhealthy ways. Summary: This is a story of a 12 y. It describes the problems and reasons for going into therapy, a little about the therapy she is involved in, some definitions, and whether to tell friends about being in therapy.

It's a bit wordy at times but may help a depressed and anxious tween understand therapy. Summary: This is a fun book teaching different yoga breathing techniques to help with emotional difficulties. Keywords: School violence, prevention, juvenile justice, anger, juvenile literature, hand, early childhood literature. Summary: This is a thoughtful guide to help children work through their anger. It explains to children the healthy ways to use their hands. Summary: This short single sided 35 page book is written by a 10 year old to elaborate the challenge of growing up with a problem like Tourette's disorder and no understanding of how to treat it.

He deals with the complexity of being a person with bad behavior that his body makes him do, the misunderstanding that people have of his illness, and the frustration of his parents, teachers, doctors, and self. He felt so out of control that at times he wanted to die. Once a diagnosis and treatment were obtained, he began to educate teachers and peers and advocate that others do the same.

Summary: Excellent resource for children, families, and therapists to help child work and develop coping strategies when angry. Provides education around the emotion of anger and tools to use when angry. Ladybird's Remarkable Relaxation: How children and frogs, dogs, flamingos and dragons can use yoga relaxation to help deal with stress, grief, bullying and lack of confidence Author: Michael Chissick and Sarah Peacock. Summary: This is a great book to help teach relaxation to worried kids in a fun and interesting way. The book spends a bit too long on giving examples of how temper gets Sam in trouble, but not enough on how he is able to say goodbye to Temper.

Summary: Short, concise, positive book for children starting therapy. Helps them understand why therapy may be helpful to them and what therapy can consist of. Summary: Workbook for kids who use a lot of negative thinking to help them to learn techniques to see more positive aspects of life and cope with negative things that occur.

Summary: This describes a very basic understanding of anger as a feeling and identifies things that commonly provoke anger. It provides options for what to do when angry feelings happen and emphasizes doing something healthy instead of acting out on anger. Summary: A simple picture book about sad feelings. Summary: A cute book with humorous illustrations describing the structure, function, and development of the brain. Zach Apologizes Author: William Mulcahy. Summary: This helps the child understand how to use the four square apology technique: 1.

What I did to hurt somebody 2.

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How the person felt 3. What I can do next time 4. How I'll make it up to the person. This book can be used by elementary school teachers and parents to help children learn to apologize for mistakes, while keeping their dignity and not feeling overly shamed. It is an excellent book. Summary: This helps the child understand how to handle frustration by using the frustration triangle: 1. Name It 2. Tame It 3.

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Reframe It. This book can be used by elementary school teachers and parents to help children learn to reframe their frustration. This is an excellent book. Katia Moritz, PhD. Summary: This is a funny, farm-friendly book about OCD. It is written for very young children who love animals. Devil in the Details Author: Jennifer Traig.

Summary: In her memoir, author Jennifer Traig describes firsthand her own difficulties with developing neuroses and compulsive behaviors related to obsessive compulsive disorder from age twelve to college. Using funny anecdotes and humor, Traig brings the reader into her world in detailed descriptions of her experiences.

Summary: The author of this book was diagnosed with breast cancer when her son was 18 months old. The Introduction for adults has a useful and thoughtful explanation of her experience and how the book was helpful to her family. The picture book portion describes Sammy and his family as well as what happens to his mother during the course of her treatment, for example, what is cancer, how she experiences chemotherapy, how Sammy hugs his mother when she feels sad.

It uses simple and clear language that is appropriate for a preschooler or child in early elementary school. Summary: This is a great introductory book on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its effective treatment. It is meant to be read by a child who is struggling with obsessions and compulsions. It is very encouraging and informative. Summary: This is a great book explaining how to fight OCD. It has clinical exercises and drawing space to emphasize the therapeutic take-home points.

It's a great way to help kids conceptualize how to fight OCD. Summary: A personal memoir of Dr. Elyn Saks, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Southern California and her experience of living with schizophrenia. From her youngest memories to embarking on a career and managing her illness as an adult, this is an inspiring story about one woman's ongoing battle with psychosis and how she was able to work with her illness to lead a successful life.

Spiro, M. Summary: This book chronicles the lives of identical twin sisters Pammy author Pamela and Lynnie Carolyn as their lives are turned upside down by Pammy's descent into psychosis during their adolescence. As the previously eclipsed sister, Lynnie finds herself in the conflicted position of surpassing Pammy as the illness progresses. The authors are frankly honest about how their lives are impacted by schizophrenia. Audience: Young adult to Adult due to mature themes, vivid descriptions, foul language, advanced language.

Summary: Told through the viewpoints of the author, Lori, her family members, her doctors, and her friends, Ms. Schiller pieces together the account of her personal struggle with schizophrenia, starting in her seventeenth year. Her first personal accounts reveal the depth of the pain and conflict within a person with schizophrenia, but also the unintended consequences of the illness on those around her. Audience: Young adult Adolescents and older to Adult due to mature themes, vivid descriptions, foul language, advanced language, scary situations.

Summary: This novel follows the early career of the author, Ms. Slater, as a psychologist at the Bate House, a residence for chronic schizophrenics, and an outpatient clinic therapist. Slater unflinchingly describes both the struggles of her patients, but also her own difficulties in her attempts to help them. Schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression, and abuse are all revealed through the eyes of Ms.

Slater and her patients. Audience: Young Adults Adolescents or older due to foul language, mature themes, vivid descriptions. Summary: Caroline Kettlewell writes in Skin Game about her struggles with cutting. She gives a well-written and thoughtful account of the issues she faced in childhood and adolescence and how they might have led to her eventual use of non-suicidal self-injury as a form of fascination, self-punishment and maladaptive coping skill. Kettlewell also explains how she eventually was able to stop cutting, which could be helpful to individuals who struggle with this issue.

Her account is remarkably honest, and really makes the reader understand what cutting did for her and why she eventually gave it up. Warnings: Explicit and sometimes gory descriptions of cutting, should probably be read with the assistance of a knowledgeable therapist.

Chasing the High Author: Kyle Keegan. Summary: The introduction discusses the concept of the the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative AMHI which coalesced to create an informative reference regarding mental disorders, which present between the ages of 10 and 22 years old. The Annenberg Foundation created a series of mental health books. The first series is heavy in science and research.

The second prong of the series is dedicated to smaller books for general readers. The third prong is two websites: 1 www. Kyle takes the reader through the prejudices of society's view of an addict and then through the trip from the normal angst of adolescence to the devastating destruction of heavy addiction and how he decided to allow the choice to become a compulsion. This books includes the science of addiction terminology all in reader-friendly verse. He decribes the multitude and the lack of resources to help an addict recover - the trials, failures and successes.

This book has frequently asked questions, a glossary, resources, and a blbliography at the back, making this a great resource tool with clear, concise, and reliable information. Warnings: Frank discussions of substance use, descriptions of life threatening situations, profanity, discussion of sexual themes. Summary: The author provides a candid account of the impact of his son's drug addiction on him and his family.

His son also wrote a memoir from his perspective, Tweak , and these two books can be read independently or can together provide a rich portrayal of the development and treatment of substance use disorders. The author also includes evidence-based scientific information regarding substance use disorders and their treatment. Summary: This is the memoir of a young adult who went from a seemingly well-adjusted high school student to a man fighting addiction to methamphetamine and heroin. The author wrote this book as a companion to his father's memoir, Beautiful Boy, which is an account of the same situation told from a parent's perspective.

Lezine, Ph. Summary: This is the story of DeQuincy Lezine and is written in the 1st person.

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DeQuincy documents using his journals the lead up to his suicidal plans and the treatment phases he went through to reach his present state. The book is full of references to treatment strategies, medications, pros and cons and documents with matter of fact intent the intensity of the work and practice DeQuincy had to do to obtain relief and stability from suicidal thoughts and depression.

Summary: Nancy Rappaport, a prominent child psychiatrist, was 4 years old when her mother committed suicide. In this book she explores her mother's life and death in a search for meaning and understanding — both in terms of her mother's state of mind and the impact of her loss on the author's own life and family. Rappaport offers important insights and validation for individuals and families dealing with suicide. Summary: A unique workbook by and for kids who have witnessed or been exposed to murder. Most people suffering from mental illnesses are not hospitalized.

If someone is feeling very depressed, complains of hearing voices, or feels anxious all the time, he or she might seek psychological treatment. A friend, spouse, or parent might refer someone for treatment. The individual might go see his primary care physician first and then be referred to a mental health practitioner. The parents might be referred to psychiatric or substance abuse facilities and the children would likely receive treatment for trauma. If the parents are interested in and capable of becoming better parents, the goal of treatment might be family reunification.

Some people seek therapy because the criminal justice system referred them or required them to go. For some individuals, for example, attending weekly counseling sessions might be a condition of parole. If an individual is mandated to attend therapy, she is seeking services involuntarily.

Other individuals might voluntarily seek treatment. Voluntary treatment means the person chooses to attend therapy to obtain relief from symptoms. Psychological treatment can occur in a variety of places. An individual might go to a community mental health center or a practitioner in private or community practice. A child might see a school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker.

An incarcerated person might receive group therapy in prison. There are many different types of treatment providers, and licensing requirements vary from state to state. Besides psychologists and psychiatrists, there are clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and trained religious personnel who also perform counseling and therapy. A range of funding sources pay for mental health treatment: health insurance, government, and private pay. In the past, even when people had health insurance, the coverage would not always pay for mental health services.

This changed with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of , which requires group health plans and insurers to make sure there is parity of mental health services U. Department of Labor, n. Finding treatment sources is also not always easy: there may be limited options, especially in rural areas and low-income urban areas; waiting lists; poor quality of care available for indigent patients; and financial obstacles such as co-pays, deductibles, and time off from work. Availability, accessibility, and acceptability the stigma attached to mental illness are all problems in rural areas.

Approximately two-thirds of those with symptoms receive no care at all U. At the end of , the U.


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It was once believed that people with psychological disorders, or those exhibiting strange behavior, were possessed by demons. These people were forced to take part in exorcisms, were imprisoned, or executed. Later, asylums were built to house the mentally ill, but the patients received little to no treatment, and many of the methods used were cruel. Philippe Pinel and Dorothea Dix argued for more humane treatment of people with psychological disorders.

In the mids, the deinstitutionalization movement gained support and asylums were closed, enabling people with mental illness to return home and receive treatment in their own communities. Some did go to their family homes, but many became homeless due to a lack of resources and support mechanisms. Today, instead of asylums, there are psychiatric hospitals run by state governments and local community hospitals, with the emphasis on short-term stays. However, most people suffering from mental illness are not hospitalized.

A person suffering symptoms could speak with a primary care physician, who most likely would refer him to someone who specializes in therapy. The person can receive outpatient mental health services from a variety of sources, including psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, clinical social workers, and religious personnel. These therapy sessions would be covered through insurance, government funds, or private self pay. People with psychological disorders have been treated poorly throughout history. Describe some efforts to improve treatment, include explanations for the success or lack thereof.

Usually someone is hospitalized only if they are an imminent threat to themselves or others. Describe a situation that might meet these criteria. Do you think there is a stigma associated with mentally ill persons today? Why or why not? What are some places in your community that offer mental health services? His name is David and he is one of many people that battle this tortuous disease. This book describes the many situations that David experienced throughout his time in various group homes, mental health facilities, and hospitals.

It provides poems that shows how schizophrenia takes the mind of a talented writer and destroys it bit by bit. The author writes with brutal honesty about her struggles to communicate with both her son and his group home providers. A great deal of history is given throughout the book that discusses the treatment of the mentally ill and past remedies that were given. This book was a very intense read. It was both informative and educational. As a parent to a child who was recently diagnosed as a schizophrenic, I find this book very helpful. In our short journey we have gone from possibly autistic, to severely bi-polar, to where we are now; which is schizophrenic.

At nine years of age I never thought I would have a child experience something so unique. Reading books like this has allowed me to cope and gather the necessary information that I am going to need in the future. The author painted a realistic picture for me and allowed me to experience her heartache a little early.

By doing so I was able to prepare myself and educate myself on some of the resources I may need in the future.

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Although there is much sadness in this book, there is also a lot of hope. David and his mother share a special bond with one another that cannot be easily broken and today he is faring well. I highly recommend this book to those that have loved ones that are struggling with this unique disease. Jan 23, Kazimiera pendrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorate , non-fiction.

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