Favorite Mental Health Related Books

I’m not great at reviewing books but I thought I’d at least but together a list of books that I’ve enjoyed and have helped me in with dealing with my mental illness.

These are non fiction, with the exception of one

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Here are some of my favorite mental health related books

Hearing Voices, Living Fully by Claire Bien 

Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi 

Bulimia a Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall

The Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin 

What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizoaffective Disorder by Carolyn Dobbins, Ph. D

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

Surviving Schizophrenia by E. Fuller Torrey 

Maintaining Recovery from Eating Disorders by Naomi Feigenbaum

Coping Skills: Tools and Techniques for Every Stressful Situation by Faith G. Harper 

The Soloist by Steve Lopez

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney (graphic novel)

The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder 

also, anything by Geneen Roth relating to eating disorders is good 

 

Here are some workbooks that are very helpful:

The Dialectical Behavior Skills Workbook for Bulimia by Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher and Michael Maslar

The Bipolar Survival Guide by David J. Miklowitz

The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook by Carolyn Coker Ross

Thoughts and Feelings, Fourth Edition: Taking Control of Your Mood and Your Life by Matthew McKay Ph. D, Martha Davis Ph. D and Patrick Fanning 

 

Fiction Mental Health Books:

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t Sleep

 

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It’s been very hot lately, ready for summer to be over! I would gladly live in an igloo over being outside in the heat.  😀

Coffee is becoming an issue again, I’m really trying to cut back, it’s been interfering with my sleep.  Started using myfitnesspal in conjunction with my fitbit zip to get healthy and lose some weight.  I think it should be helpful since I often don’t keep track of what I’m eating, and I end up having too much food without realizing it.

I’ve been reading a lot, my concentration has improved quite a bit.  Right now I’m reading a biography of Mother Teresa.

Re-started Stranger Things from Season one, I had seen the first 2 seasons but it’s been awhile and I wanted a refresher before I start season 3.   Looking forward to watching it, it’s such an awesome show.

Haven’t really had much going on but I’ve been doing well.  🙂

Moving, Books, and Better Motivation

I might be moving this summer into a new apartment.  Have an interview and building tour this Friday at the place I applied to.  I’m very excited.  The thought of moving is stressful but it will be a nice fresh start.   It would be much better for me financially.  My only concern is getting the cats there, they allow cats but physically getting them there is the problem.  They won’t get in their crates,  and I honestly don’t blame them.  It was a total nightmare trying to move them across like 4 states several years ago in a car. I’m going to try and get them one of those nice travel things.  The good thing is the new place would only be like a 5 minute drive from where I currently live, so worst case scenario I would just have to put them on my lap in the car on the way there 2 trips at a time.

I’m a month into my eating disorder recovery, really proud of myself.  Never thought I’d make it this far after so many years of struggling.  My mood has been great, and I’ve been doing things I enjoy.  Reading a lot, drawing/coloring, playing games, learning Italian.  I’m wanting to cut back on caffeine, I had like 6 or 7 cups yesterday….I’m trying to cut back a little at a time.  Bought a Yoga/Pilates book and am definitely excited about trying out that.

Right now I’m reading a book by Debbie Macomber (one of her Christmas stories)  I always like reading holiday stories in the summer because I can’t stand the heat so I pretend it’s winter/Christmastime 🙂 The next book I plan on reading is Mother Teresa; A Complete Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink.  🙂

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The above picture was taken by me in Savannah Georgia while on a trip visiting Columbus, GA.  It’s so beautiful there!

Hello, another random update

Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch was announced yesterday! I’m so excited, the graphics and locations look phenomenal in the video from the Nintendo Direct. I’m not sure which one I’ll be getting, it won’t be out till December 31st, 2019 but it’s available for pre-order already. I’m finally getting a Switch in a few weeks! Can’t wait 😃

It snowed a few inches last night so I took the above picture. I love pine trees, they’re beautiful, especially covered in snow ❄️

So, I’m trying to improve my concentration, it’s been terrible lately. I know the only way it’s going to get better is if I work on it consistently. I watch a movie or even show and pause them like 15 times throughout and do other things. It’s taken me over 2 months to get three quarters through a book that normally would have taken me a few days to a week max.