Recommended Reading

Feeling Good

David D Burns, MD

In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer's Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

Suicide, The Forever Decision

Paul G. Quinnett

For those thinking about suicide, and for those who know, love, or counsel them, this book discusses the social aspects of suicide, the right to die, anger, loneliness, depression, stress, hopelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of a suicide attempt, and how to get help.

Finding Your Way Home

Melody Beattie

"Home" to a place of deep awareness, everyday acceptance, and sustained care of our hearts and souls, in this empowering book that makes a companionable guide for anyone on the path to healthier living.

The Dance of Anger

Harriet Lerner, PhD

Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating meaningful and lasting change. The Dance of Anger has sold more than 2 million copies and been translated into more than 30 foreign editions.

The Defiant Child

Douglas A. Riley, PhD

A much-needed tool that parents of children with O.D.D. can use to identify the source of this turmoil and take back parental control. Dr. Douglas Riley teaches parents how to recognize the signs, understand the attitudes, and modify the behavior of their oppositional child.

Your Defiant Child, Second Edition

Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN, Christine M. Benton

Eight Steps to Better Behavior: Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, "impossible" 5- to 12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley's approach is research based, practical, and doable--and leads to lasting behavior change. Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can.

Go Ask Alice

Anonymous author

This groundbreaking classic is more compelling than ever for today's readers. A sensation when it was first published and a perennial best-seller ever since, this real-life diary charts an anonymous teenage girl's struggle with the seductive – and often fatal – world of drugs. – Anonymous.

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

Jon Hershfield MFT, Tom Corboy MFT, Foreword by James Claiborn PhD ABPP

A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with OCD. With this workbook, you will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge your own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.

Codependent No More

Melody Beattie

How to stop controlling others and start caring for ourselves.

Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway

Susan J. Jeffers, PhD

Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a "No-Lose" situation, and much more.

Spontaneous Happiness

Andrew Weil, MD

Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It: Anxiety disorders-grouped into three main categories: panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety-are among the most common and pervasive mental health complaints. From the subtlest effect of sweaty palms during a work presentation to the more severe symptom of reclusion, anxiety casts a wide net.

When Panic Attacks

David D Burns, MD

The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life: The truth is you can defeat your fears. In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and shows you how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety. In fact, you will learn how to use more than forty simple, effective techniques, and the moment you put to test and examine the distorted thoughts that plague you, your fears will immediately disappear. Dr. Burns also shares the latest research on the drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good.

This is not pop psychology but proven, fast-acting techniques that have been shown to be more effective than medications. When Panic Attacks is an indispensable handbook for anyone who's worried sick and sick of worrying.

I Used to Be So Organized

Glynnis Whitwer

Help For Reclaiming Order and Peace – Glynnis' newest book, I Used to Be So Organized addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can't handle their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized...ten or twenty years ago. But now, life seems to hand them one distraction and challenge after another. Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today's overwhelmed woman. This book contains 23 chapters, each short enough for a busy woman to read during a lunch break. Every aspect of life come together in this one easy-to-read guide.

The ADHD Workbook for Kids

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD

Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control: This workbook includes more than forty activities for kids developed by child psychologist Lawrence Shapiro that can help your child with ADHD handle everyday tasks, make friends, and build self-esteem while he or she learns to overcome the most challenging aspects of the disorder. Alone or with your help, your child can complete one ten-minute activity each day to learn how to make good decisions and discover easy techniques for staying focused when it's time to pay attention.

Brain Rules

John Medina

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School - An owner's manual for my brain! John Medina did a wonderful job of making me feel NORMAL (what is this?) or rather reiterating what I know creates peace...'of mind'.

Your Life Can Be Better, Using strategies for adult ADD/ADHD

Douglas A. Puryear, MD

A psychiatrist shares his personal story of how he, his patients and his friends are coping with their ADD. It's all about strategies!

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Edmund J. Bourne, PhD

A Step-by-Step Program for Curing Yourself of Extreme Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias: Clinical psychologist Ed Bourne has written the first workbook on anxiety and phobias. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook offers a complete, holistic approach, which leads the reader step-by-step through a sound and person-centered program to counter anxiety and control phobias.

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition

David J. Miklowitz PhD

What You and Your Family Need to Know: Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. What medications are available, and what are their side effects?

Love Is A Choice

Robert Hemfelt, Frank Minirth, and Paul Meier

Breaking the Cycle of Addictive Relationships and letting go.

Addiction to Perfection

Marion Woodman

The Still Unrevised Bride - Marion Woodman's "Addicted to Perfection" is the best of her many works. She describes how we are all addicted to perfection and to being what our parents wanted us to be. This is expressed in active addicts through the abuse of alcohol, food, and sex according to our compulsive needs for father, mother and union (in corresponding order).

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Heidi Lyneham, Vanessa Cobham

Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries-phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.

Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. You'll learn how to help your child overcome intense fears and worries and find out how to relieve anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.

The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help You Build Social Confidence (Instant Help Book for Teens)

Jennifer Shannon, Foreward by Christine Padesky, Illustrated by Doug Shannon

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just flick a switch and make your shyness go away? No more worrying about what others think about you, no more embarrassment in front of other people. You could just relax and feel comfortable and confident, the way you probably think everyone else feels.

If you struggle with shyness, you're all too familiar with the feeling of not knowing what to do or say, and you'll do anything to avoid feeling that way. But, most likely, you also know that you're missing out on a lot – friendships, potential relationships, and fun. You've chosen this book because you're ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer.

The worksheets and exercises in The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens will help you learn to handle awkward social situations with grace and confidence, so you can make real connections with people you want to get to know. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the skills you learn will also help you speak up for yourself when you need to and stop dreading class projects that put you on the spot. Actually, there's no aspect of your life that this workbook won't help. So why let shyness rule your life one day longer? Let this workbook guide the way to a more confident, outgoing you.

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT

Russ Harris

Are you, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

    The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to:
  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively
  • Break self-defeating habits
  • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt
  • Create a rich, full, and meaningful life

The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids-Without Turning into a Tiger

Shimi Kang, MD
Professor of Child Psychiatry
Harvard University School of Medicine

In this inspiring book, Harvard-trained child and adult psychiatrist and expert in human motivation Dr. Shimi Kang provides a guide to the art and science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning. Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows why pushy "tiger parents" and permissive "jellyfish parents" actually hinder self-motivation. She proposes a powerful new parenting model: the intelligent, joyful, playful, highly social dolphin. Dolphin parents focus on maintaining balance in their children's lives to gently yet authoritatively guide them toward lasting health, happiness, and success.

As the medical director for Child and Youth Mental Health community programs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Kang has witnessed firsthand the consequences of parental pressure: anxiety disorders, high stress levels, suicides, and addictions. As the mother of three children and as the daughter of immigrant parents who struggled to give their children the "best" in life- Dr. Kang's mother could not read and her father taught her math while they drove around in his taxicab — Dr. Kang argues that often the simplest "benefits" we give our children are the most valuable. By trusting our deepest intuitions about what is best for our kids, we will in turn allow them to develop key dolphin traits to enable them to thrive in an increasingly complex world: adaptability, community-mindedness, creativity, and critical thinking.

Life is a journey through ever-changing waters, and dolphin parents know that the most valuable help we can give our children is to assist them in developing their own inner compass. Combining irrefutable science with unforgettable real-life stories, The Dolphin Way walks readers through Dr. Kang's four-part method for cultivating self-motivation. The book makes a powerful case that we are not forced to choose between being permissive or controlling. The third option — the option that will prepare our kids for success in a future that will require adaptability — is the dolphin way.

The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told)

Shimi Kang, MD
Professor of Child Psychiatry
Harvard University School of Medicine

Winner of the 2015 USA Book News International Book Award for Parenting and Family

In this inspiring book, Dr. Shimi Kang, a Harvard-trained child and adult psychiatrist and an expert in human motivation, provides a guide to the art and science of encouraging children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning. Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows why pushy, hovering "tiger parents" and permissive "jellyfish parents" actually hinder self-motivation. She proposes a powerful new parenting model: the intelligent, joyful, highly social dolphin. Dolphin parents focus on maintaining balance in their children's lives to compassionately yet authoritatively guide them toward lasting health, happiness, and success.

The mother of three children and the daughter of immigrant parents who struggled to give their children the "best" in life — Dr. Kang's mother could not read, her father taught her math while they drove around in his taxicab, and she was never enrolled in a single extracurricular activity — Dr. Kang argues that often the simplest "benefits" parents give their children are the most valuable. Combining irrefutable science with unforgettable real-life stories, The Self-Motivated Kid walks readers through Dr. Kang's four-part method for cultivating self-motivation. She argues that by trusting our deepest intuition about what is best for our kids, we will allow them to develop key traits — adaptability, community-mindedness, creativity, and critical thinking — to empower them to succeed and thrive in our increasingly competitive and complex world.

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