NAMI-CC LENDING LIBRARY
Our NAMI-CC Lending Library is now housed in at the MHA residence at 900 Columbia St. Please call 828-8499 for times available. We use an Honor System for borrowing; write name/date on the card in the book and leave the card in the green box on the bookshelf. Please return books in a timely fashion so others may use them, too. Thanks
- Ackerman, Ruth C. Twists & Turns: A Mother’s Caring Journey/Two Children with Schizophrenia.
This narrative is a reflection of the author’s courage, perseverance, and love that vitalized her family’s struggle to survive the havoc of mental illness. The writing does convey the sense of real emotion, the tears and joys and yes, the faith that helped (the author) through difficult times.
- Amador Xavier. I Am Not Sick: I Don’t Need Help, 2nd Edition.
About 50% of all people with schizophrenia and manic-depression do not understand that they are ill and refuse treatment. Whether you are a family member or a therapist, in this book you will find hope in what the new research is revealing about the problem of poor insight into illness. Prepare to be surprised and to have new hope. There is much you can do to conquer denial
- Amen, Daniel G. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program For Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger and Impulsiveness.
This book shows how your brain can become your worst enemy, and how with the proper treatment, your best friend. You’re not stuck with the brain you were born with.
- Andre, Rae. Positive Solitude: A Practical Program for Mastering Loneliness.
Being happy alone is an essential life skill that psychologist Rae André calls positive solitude. Here is an intelligent response to the loneliness, loss of community, and desperate relationships that have become so much a part of our times. This holistic approach explains how to avoid the traps of loneliness while learning to face the challenges of living alone. Positive Solitude is a clear, practical guide for those who are newly alone or unhappy alone, and an affirmation for those who have long enjoyed their solitude.
Balter, Marie and Richard Katz. Nobody’s Child.
This is a courageous story of hope and healing . After spending the first 20 years of her adult life in a mental hospital, she gradually emerged from the terror of the wards, eventually to attend graduate school at Harvard University and become a leading champion for the mentally ill.
- Beattie, Melody. Beyond Codependency and Getting Better All the Time.
You’re learning to let go, to live your life free of the grip of someone else’s problems. And yet you find you’ve just started on the long journey of recovery. Let the author help you along your way. A guided tour past the pitfalls of recovery, dedicated to those struggling to master the art of self-care. It is a book about what to do once the pain has stopped and you’ve begun to suspect that you have a life to live.
- Bluestone, Judith. The Fabric of Autism: Weaving The Threads Into A Cogent Theory.
The author combines her personal autistic experience with academic research and over 40 years of clinical practice to craft a unique and compelling view of the phenomenon called autism. Based on HANDLE- Holistic Approach to Neural-Development and Learning Efficiency. This book shows us that compassion, understanding and intuition can co-exist with neuroscience, as it provides a new view and appreciation of the complex neurological dysfunction labeled autism.
- Bruch, Hilde. The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa.
This is considered the classic book on anorexia nervosa, for patients, parents, mental health trainees, and senior therapists alike. Writing in direct, jargon-free style, often quoting her patients’ descriptions of their own experience of illness and recovery, Bruch describes the relentless pursuit of thinness and the search for superiority in self-denial that characterizes anorexia nervosa. She emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and offers guidance on danger signs.
- Cermack, L.Timmen and Jacques Rutzky. A Time to Heal Workbook: Steping Stones To Recovery For Adult Children Of Alcoholics.
New hope and life-changing strategies for the 28 million Americans who have grown up with an alcoholic parent, this book provides an illuminating intergation of the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspect of recovery. The book’s excercises go beyond theory and take the aspect of healing to a paradigm.
- Costin, Carolyn. The Eating Disorder Source Book, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Guide.
Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, exercise addictions…these disorders can be devastating, but they are in no way unbeatable. Therapist Carolyn Costin, herself recovered from anorexia, brings three decades of experience and the newest research in the field together, providing readers with the latest treatments, from medication and behavioral therapy to alternative remedies.
- Day, Lady Charmaine. Size 7 1/2: Walk A Mile In My Shoes.
A life summarized by her brief narrative. Pictures from along the journey. And her experiences expressed in her poetry.
- Debtors Anonymous. A Currency of Hope
First publication by the Debtors Anonymous 12 Step Fellowship. It describes the basics of the D.A. recovery program and includes 38 success stories of D.A. members. It offers experience, strength, and hope to help other compulsive debtors and all those who want to stop incurring unsecured debt, such as credit cards, unsecured loans, personal loans, unpaid taxes, and more.
- Deveson, Anne. Tell Me I’m Here: One Family’s Experience of Schizophrenia.
The author writes her own deeply personal story of her teenage son’s experience of schizophrenia and a mother’s realization of her child’s insanity. Book won Australia’s ‘91 Human Rights Nonfiction Award.
- Earley, Pete. Crazy: a Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness.
Former Washington Post reporter, the author had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son-in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor’s house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law. This is a family’s compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the “revolving doors” between hospital and jail.
- Ehrlich, Harryet and Lewis Opler. Resurrection and Redemption: Overcoming Mental Illness.
The story of a young teenage girl with behavioral problems whose mother continuously sought the help of mental health professionals. After 6 years in a program designed primarily for alcohol and drug rehabilitation, but which claimed it could cure her out-of-control behavior, she left and began putting her shattered life together. Finally, correctly diagnosed, she began receiving psychotherapy and medication. Today, while still requiring ongoing treatment, Rebecca lives on her own in relative peace.
- Ettinger, Michael. Ettinger on Elder Law Estate Planning.
Combines the features of elder law and estate planning that pertain most to the needs of the middle class; includes information on Special Needs Trusts. In 1991, AARP published a “Consumer Report on Probate” concluding that probate was a process to be avoided. That marked the end of traditional will planning and started the “living trust revolution”.
- Gatlin J. Michael. The Psychotherapist’s Guide to Psychopharmacology.
A concise, comprehensive review of the field of psychopharmacology which succeeds in communicating a mass of relevant data a most readable, jargon free text without talking down to the nonmedical reader.
- Goodwin, K. Frederick and Kay Redfield Jamison. Manic Depressive Illness.
In collaboration with a team of other leading scientists, the authors review the biological and genetic literature that has dominated the field in recent years and incorporate cutting-edge research conducted since publication of the first edition. They also update their surveys of psychological and epidemiological evidence, as well as that pertaining to diagnostic issues, course, and outcome, and they offer practical guidelines for differential diagnosis and clinical management.
- Greene, Ross W. Lost At School: Why Our Kids With Behavorial Challenges Are Falling.
Using research from the neurosciences, Dr. Greene offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the difficulties of kids with behavioral challenges and explains why traditional discipline isn’t effective at addressing these difficulties. Emphasizing the revolutionarily simple and positive notion that kids do well if they can, he persuasively argues that kids with behavioral challenges are not attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, coercive, or unmotivated, but that they lack the skills to behave adaptively. Dr. Greene describes how his road-tested, evidence-based approach — called Collaborative Problem Solving — can help challenging kids at school.
- Griffin, Gail. Will’s Choice: A Suicidal Teen, A Desperate Mother & A Chronicle of Recovery.
This book tells of a mother’s passion, the urgent, necessary story of how her family coped with the devastating shock of her teenage son’s attempted suicide. This is a book about the struggle to supplement love with wisdom in the face of great pain.
- Hersh, Julie K. Struck by Living: from Depression to Hope.
Readers of this book will find a well-written, illuminating, and appealing personal memoir, which will raise necessary questions and conversations about the successful treatment of depression.
- Hornstein, Gail A. Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search For The Meanings Of Madness.
A journey into worlds most of us have never heard of, where the question becomes not what’s wrong with you but what happened to you and how did you manage to survive? In an age riveted by brain scans and talk of chemical imbalance, Agnes’s Jacket bears witness to the fact that those with SMI are carrying stories they need to tell. As Hornstein reminds us, mental illness is more code than chemistry.
- Howard, Ginnah. Doing Time Outside: a novel.
Compelling, gritty and funny, this book travels the back roads of family life to better understand what it means to be tied by blood and love to the world of mental illness, addiction and jail.
- Howard, Ginnah. Night Navigation: a novel.
Through the four seasons, the story takes us into the deranged, darkly humorous world of the addict. Al-Anon tells Del, the mother, to “let go”; NAMI tells her to “hang on.” Mark cannot find a way to live in this world. Del cannot stop trying to rescue him. And yet, during this long year’s night, through relapse and despair, they see flare-ups of hope as Mark and Del painfully try to steer toward the light.
- Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.
It must have come as quite a shock to her patients to be told by their therapist that she had been suffering from manic depression herself for over thirty years. Perhaps an even greater shock was felt by many of her colleagues, since Dr. Jamison is one of the leading scholars and authorities on manic depression. A very moving, personal story of the author’s journey through manic depression to recovery. A riveting, easy to read book.
- Kaye, Randye. Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey From The Chaos Of Schizophrenia To Hope.
“With courage and fortitude, Randye Kaye embraces her son and all his symptoms. She doesn’t judge. She doesn’t give up. She loves. She hopes. And in this book she explains how other parents can follow her lead from her years of extraordinary experience.” Roberta Temes
- Leonard, Linda Schierse. The Wounded Woman: Healing The Father – Daughter Relationship.
A father wounded in his psychological development, Linda Leonard believes, cannot often give his daughter the care and guidance she needs. Using examples from her own life and her work with clients, as well as dreams, fairy tales, myths, films, and literature, Leonard charts paths toward psychological transformation and a fruitful, caring relationship between men and women, fathers and daughters—one that honors both the mutuality and the uniqueness of the sexes.
- Levine, Jerome and Irene Levine. Schizophrenia For Dummies.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder that afflicts one percent of the population, an estimated 2.5 million people in America alone. The firsthand advice in this reassuring guide will empower the families and caregivers of schizophrenia patients to take charge, offering expert advice on identifying the warning signs, choosing the right health professional, understanding currently available drugs and those on the horizon (as well as their side effects), and evaluating traditional and alternative therapies.
- Levine, Peter A. & Maggie Kline. Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes: Awakening The Ordinary …
An essential guide for recognizing, preventing, and healing childhood trauma, from infancy through adolescence—what parents, educators, and health professionals can do. At the core of this book is the understanding of how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression. Rich with case studies and hands-on activities, this book gives insight into children’s innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support, and provides their caregivers with tools to overcome and prevent trauma.
- Levine, Peter A. & Ann Frederick. Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma.
This book offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. The book normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. It employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations so trauma can be healed.
- Liu, Aimee. Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders.
Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, the first-ever memoir of anorexia, in 1979, returns to share her story and those of the many women in her age group of life beyond this life-altering ailment. She has extensively researched the origins and effects of both anorexia and bulimia, and dispels many commonly held myths about these diseases with the persuasive conclusion that anorexia is a result of personality.
- Manning, Shari Y. Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder.
The author explains the use of DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) a very successful method for helping individuals with borderline personality disorder. An easy-to-read book written for families and friends.
- Miller, Dusty. Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book of Hope and Understanding.
Here at last is a book that provides help for the thousands of women who secretly inflict violence on themselves. Filled with moving stories, this powerful and compassionate book is the first to focus on women who harm themselves through self-mutilation, compulsive cosmetic surgeries, eating disorders, and other forms of chronic injury to the body.
- Mintz, Suanne Geffen. A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn’t Have to be This Hard.
Full of advice for family caregivers, this one of a kind book written by a family caregiver provides lessons from family caregivers across the country, tips for interacting with the healthcare system to better meet the needs of families dealing with chronic illness, and a cogent presentation of how public policy has a profound effect on even the most intimate details of life in care-giving families.
- Neugeboren, Jay. Imagining Robert: My Brother’s Madness and Survival.
Jay and his brother, Robert, grew up in Brooklyn in the years following World War II. Both brothers–smart, talented, and popular–seemed well on the way to successful lives when, for reasons that remain ultimately mysterious, Robert had a mental breakdown at age nineteen. His brother’s friend, confidant, and advocate for 40 years, Jay tells the story of these two brothers and how their love for one another has enabled both to survive and to thrive in miraculous, surprising ways. It reveals the power of love.
- Niederreiter, Lisa and Agnes Richter. Schwazseiden.
Written in German and English by an artist and lecturer in Art Therapy living in Frankfort, Germany, this book explores the meaning of the embroidered texts on a little jacket that dates back to 1895. This is a fascinating book that describes not only the jacket and the author’s response to it, but also how it came to be world famous. A must read after Agnes’s Jacket by Gail Hornstein.
- Oldham, John M. & Lois B. Morris. The New Personality – Self Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love And Act The Way You Do.
This book is a guideto personality types based on the American Psychiatric Association’s official diagnostic system — the DSM -IV — and written by one of today’s leading personality researchers. Includes all information about how we become who we are–and how we can change. The self-test is already used extensively in mental health and business settings. It reveals a profile so personal, so accurate, that it’s as individual as a fingerprint. Fascinating case histories show each style in action, with tips on how to live and work with every type, and exercises for turning vulnerabilities into strengths — plus warnings about when individual differences develop into personality disorders.
- Ortner, Nick. The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living.
“I believe EFT(Emotional Freedom Techniques) to be one of the greatest breakthroughs in psychology and medicine in a century. Nick Ortner’s powerful presentation of EFT makes this the book you need in order to understand and learn EFT fast. Warm, funny, and compassionate, it’s founded on deep personal experience. It contains many detailed case histories, fascinating sidebars, dozens of practical exercises, and targeted scripts to unlock the magic of EFT in your life. Nick shows how EFT is grounded in the latest discoveries in neuroscience, yet he never loses sight of making EFT useful and relevant to the real-life problems we all face. If you want to break the patterns that have held you back in your life, this book is the key”…Dawson Church, PhD
- Papolos, Demitri and Janice Papolos. Overcoming Depression.
More than 20 million Americans will suffer an episode of depression or mania during their lifetimes, and one in five American families will feel its impact directly. For these families, this is the essential resource. Since its first publication in 1987, it has become the book most often recommended by doctors to their depressed patients because it clearly and sympathetically presents state-of-the-art medical information and the solid, practical advice that patients and their families need to participate actively in diagnosis and treatment. Now featuring all-new data on the latest drugs, research, treatment, and medical insurance, it also includes a frank discussion of psychiatric therapy in the era of managed care.
- Patterson, James and Lisa Papademetrion. Homeroom DIARIES.
A witty and humorous book that teenage girls will really love because it perfectly portrays the high school experience in a way that is relatable and enjoyable.
- Rapp, Doris. Is This Your Child?: Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies.
Dr. Doris Rapp gives you the clues and explanations to determine if your child is part of the subset of children affected by food or chemical allergies. More important, she gives instructions on how to maintain a healthy, comfortable, and drug-free child.
- Real, Terrance. I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression.
Twenty years of experience treating men and their families convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men—that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression’s “un-manliness.” Real reveals how men can unearth their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.
- Reiland, Rachel. Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder.
As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity. With astonishing honesty, this memoir reveals what mental illness feels like and looks like from the inside, and how healing from such a devastating disease is possible through intensive therapy and the support of loved ones
- Schiller, Lori & Amanda Bennett. The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of The Torment of Madness.
At 17 Lori was the perfect child — the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived. This is her personal account.
- Secunda, Victoria. When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope For the Children, Siblings, And Partners Of The Mentally Ill.
This intelligent and beautifully written book is a powerful reminder that the forgotten victims of mental illness are friends and family members who need accurate information, practical advice and the empathy of us all.
- Sederer, LLoyd I. The Family Guide To Mental Health Care.
This is a complete guide to navigating a complex and all-too-challenging world faced by anyone impacted by mental heath issues. With outstanding clarity and sympathetic understanding. The author brings help to the helpers and guidance to those who can aid them.
- Shapiro, Stephen and Hilary Ryglewicz. Feeling Safe: Making space For the Self.
This book shows how we can confront the monsters in our worlds and ourselves, shrink them to human size and free ourselves from their power. They show how to attain the emotional security that can free us from the burdensome job of creating unnecessary defenses. They explain why each of us needs a sense of psychological self-esteem, a safe base from which we can reach out of the world and grow.
- Schwartz, Karen Winters. Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss and Schizophrenia—a novel
The author provides a learning experience that portrays relationships affected by the onset of schizophrenia and the choices that must be made in order to find a road to recovery. Free will confronts life-changing events and the outcome is uncertain. Fast moving, but an easy read.
- Solomon, Andrew. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.
This book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, the author reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations — around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.
- St. James, Elaine. Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways to Regain Peace and Nourish Your Life.
The author offers a path to the simpler life of mind and spirit through meditation, solitude, making spirituality a regular part of the day, and getting in touch with your creativity.
- Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
On December 10, 1996, this 37 year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within 4 hours– alternating between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover. For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. This book provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
- Torres, E. Fuller. Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual For Families, Consumers & Providers.
An indispensable guide to today’s most misunderstood illness. In clear language this much-praised book describes the nature causes symptoms, treatment and course of the illness and explores living with it from both the patient and the families point of view.
- Vanzant, Iyanla. Living Through The Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of The Past…
The author will lead you, step-by-step, to a greater understanding of your own past, your motivations, and your desires. Once you have completed this program of meditation, self-care, and self-examination, you will be able to move beyond your meantime experience and into the love that is your true essence.
- Vanzant, Iyanla. Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through.
The author recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned–from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show, to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. She shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and the strength and wisdom gained by supporting others in their journeys to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of their lives.
- Walmann, Irving G. Mental Illness: Can It Be Cured? Prevented?
Prompted by the illness of his young son, the author has spent a lifetime studying and researching mental illness. Here he explains in clear language the initial causes of mental illness and points out areas where research needs to be done. Written to be understood by those with no medical training, yet experts will appreciate its studied and informative topics.
- Walsh, Mary Ellen. Schizophrenia: Straight Talk for Family and Friends.
Two million families in the US–40 million around the world–live an unending nightmare, sharing the torment of a family member suffering from schizophrenia. This compassionate survival manual explains the malady and its effects, treatments, and prospects, as well as widespread myths and actual experiences.
- Wasow, Mona. The Skipping Stone: Ripple Effects of Mental Illness on the Family.
Reporting on experiences within the immediate and extended families with severe mental illness,this is the first book that includes information of how grandparents feel and cope. It is also among the first to talk about the rest of the extended family: cousins, uncles, aunts, and of course, covers parents, siblings, children, and spouses. Mona Wasow’s clinical recommendations, findings, and vignettes are based on in-depth interviews of 100 family members. She includes surveys of various professionals and a review of both the professional and trade literature.
- Whitaker, Robert. Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.
Award-winning science and history writer, the author investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on? This bookchallenges readers to think through that question themselves.
- Williams, Terrie. A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony through the Seven Living Virtues.
She was president of one of the country’s top publicity agencies, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker for Fortune 500 companies and academia alike. Yet Terrie Williams felt more stressed out than successful, frantic instead of fulfilled. She felt there had to be something more than constant rushing to meet deadlines; she found a way somewhere she never expected to bring balance to her hectic lifestyle.
- Williams, Terrie. Black Pain: Real Talk for When There’s No Way to Go but Up.
“Black Pain” identifies emotional pain — which uniquely and profoundly affects the Black experience — as the root of lashing out through desperate acts of crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, workaholism, and addiction to shopping, gambling, and sex. In “Black Pain,” Terrie has inspired the famous and the ordinary to speak out and mental health professionals to offer solutions.
- Wyden, Peter. Conquering Schizophrenia—a Father, His Son and a Medical Breakthrough.
A story of a father guiding his son from despair to hope… a chilling, inspiring journey through the mysterious tunnel of schizophrenia–a world once closed and forbidding, now suddenly radiating excitement as thousands of patients are, in effect, being reborn. We learn about the history of the treatment of schizophrenia. Until now, few of us have realized that two and a half million Americans, mostly young and intelligent, have schizophrenia. This compelling and enlightening book offers useful information about what can be done today–and the hope of more help to come.