RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON MENTAL HEALTH
One of the Lucky Ones by A.E. Lee
Amanda Lee’s memoir, One of the Lucky Ones, describes her descent into, and eventual escape from, an abusive marriage. She is sure that the loud, explosive fights are just evidence of the passion in their relationship. They always make up, of course, and he always apologizes and swears that he loves her.
However, things do not improve; in fact, they get much worse. In this riveting memoir, A.E. recounts her struggles to accept that she is a victim of domestic violence and describes in vivid detail the frightening incident that finally drove her to leave her abuser.
Cracking the Stress Secret. How to Turn Pressure into Power by Amir A Rashidian, DC
This book is geared toward professionals, entrepreneurs, and anyone who has a busy daily life but also has big aspirations. Dr. Rashidian uses compelling stories from his decades of experience studying the human body’s response to stress and offers up ten helpful steps to prepare the reader physically, biochemically, and psychologically for life’s pressures.
Unlovable. How to Heal Wounds of Abandonment and Abuse and Stop Chasing Things That Never Satisfy by Morey Ostlund
Unlovable is memoir meets how-to guide. After being abandoned by her parents at the age of five and sexually abused for years by a foster parent, Morey unfolds her story of how this trauma led her down a path of self-sabotage and destruction, desperately seeking to fill the void in her heart with men, acceptance, status, and alcohol. Anything that would make the sting of past rejections go away, even if just temporarily. At age 40, she seemed to have it all by the world’s standards, but she still felt empty. Facing a second divorce, she came to the end of her own rope. This book outlines the exact 8 steps she took to gain radical freedom from those painful childhood wounds. When she quit searching for love in all the wrong places and took a chance on God, He healed all her broken pieces.
You are a Badass. How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. by Jen Sincero
In this entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, delivers 27 engaging chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises to help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, By the end of the book, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to kick some serious ass.
Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban
Successful lawyer, activist and TV host, Brian Cuban shares a series of very personal, witty and poignant anecdotes about his personal battle with a mental disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in which the sufferer is preoccupied with a distorted sense of self-image and is often afflicted with eating disorders, depression and addiction.
What Children Remember by Tasha Hunter
A personal account of surviving complex developmental trauma, this memoir poignantly sheds light on the virulent emotional effects of childhood abuse. Following the author through her years of struggling with issues of abandonment and post-traumatic stress, her story brings to life her search for meaning, acceptance, and love. As a mental health advocate who now specializes in the treatment of PTSD, she provides a unique perspective on the importance of building relationships with one’s self, with others, and with God.
Anxiety Insights by Lori Maney Lentini
The story of a mother’s journey as she struggles to understand and help her daughter manage severe anxiety and depression (told both from her perspective and her daughter’s), Through honest and unapologetic accounts of debilitating struggle and everyday triumphs, you will also hear from family and friends dealing with anxiety born out of trauma, sexual abuse, bullying, post-traumatic stress, and plain-old genetics.
Touch by Dottie Greer
Never underestimate the healing power of touch. Based on the author’s own life experiences, this book’s main character, Alex Sutton has issues, including the fact that she can’t stand any tupe of physical contact. She has resigned herself to a lonely existence of duty and obedience to her family until tragedy strikes, and an unexpected friend enters her life and changes everything.