Book Reviews

Books on: ADHDAnxietyBipolarDepressionMemoirsOCDPTSD

  • Book Review: Emotional Life
    “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions, I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” That quote from Oscar Wilde is how psychologist Doreen Davy kicks off Emotional ...
  • Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression
    Despite the title, this is not an anti-medication book. In fact, Bill O'Hanlon, a much-published psychotherapist and author, writes in Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression that medication can help, and that he ...
  • The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress
    Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with ...
  • Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders
    If you know anyone with anxiety or depression, you know that symptoms can be complicated. Even more complicated is that the two disorders have similar features. That makes diagnosis hard for many clinicians, no matter ...
  • Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect
    Sometimes one has the pleasure of reading a book that provides genuine insight and discusses a concept previously unnamed. Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, by clinical psychologist Jonice Webb and contributor Christine Musello, was ...
  • Boot Camp Therapy: Brief, Action-Oriented Clinical Approaches to Anxiety, Anger & Depression
    Ask people on Main Street America what comes to mind when they hear the word therapy. They may describe Freud, the classical analyst’s couch, with a free-associating patient spending years exploring the deepest recesses of ...
  • Back from the Brink: True Stories & Practical Help for Overcoming Depression & Bipolar Disorder
    “We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ...
  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression & Finding the Light Within
    Every family has its secrets. They appear in those silent moments of conversation, the extended pause followed by the hasty explanation. History is written, then rewritten, and even the present revised, all to try to ...
  • Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change
    When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. ...
  • The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
    At some point in nearly everyone’s life, depression will strike. Whether it comes through the grief of losing a loved one, the loss of a job and subsequent financial difficulty, or something else, depression, whether ...
  • Fire Your Shrink & Read This Book Instead
    Stop whining, repeating harmful behaviors, making excuses. Pick one that fits and get busy. That’s what our author would tell us. When I began David M. Klein’s Fire Your Shrink and Read This Book Instead, my reaction ...
  • Depression & Your Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers
    Until recently, it was believed that children didn’t -- and couldn’t -- get depressed. But kids do struggle with depression. In fact, some research has even suggested that babies can become depressed, according to Deborah ...
  • Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding
    Adolescents often struggle with intense emotional situations, yet find themselves unsure of how to process it all. In Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding, Dennis Rozema explains that the way a teenager deals with pain either ...
  • Book Review: Leave of Absence
    “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver ...
  • Emotional Equations: Simple Steps for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + Life
    As the title suggests, Chip Conley’s Emotional Equations proposes a simplified, logical, almost mathematical approach to managing some of the modern world’s most common challenges. Drawing on wisdom from a broad range of psychology researchers, ...
  • Book Review: Southern Vapors
    Who would have thought a book by a privileged southern belle turned lawyer could hold so much charm and wit, and leave the reader with the belief that they too can be better? Southern Vapors ...
  • Book Review: Gone: A Novel
    Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists' contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the ...
  • Summer Island
    "It was the impurity in her heart that made her successful. She was an ordinary woman who’d made extraordinary mistakes. She understood every nuance of need and loss." ~ Summer Island Given my love for women’s ...
  • The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life
    “I’ve discovered there’s genuine healing power in sharing your struggles. Accurately identifying what they are and where they came seems to take away their power.” With her book, LaDonna Gatlin does just that. The author is ...
  • Letters to a Young Madman: A Memoir
    “You cannot distract yourself from grief. You cannot dispel it. You cannot conquer it. You can only live through it.” When Paul Gruchow first started putting Letters to a Young Madman together, he wondered how his disjointed ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    It would have been easy for Sharlene Prinsen to portray herself as a heroic martyr, or else as an innocent, one-dimensional victim. Yet in the memoir that centers on her marriage to a combat veteran ...
  • I Am Not Silent: Our Zoloft and Depression Story
    The intersection of our mental health and criminal justice systems is one that is fraught with complications. Numerous questions arise when a defendant has a history of mental illness. For Gail Schmidkunz, this reality became ...
  • Breath in the Dark: A Childhood Lost
    When I was 6 years old, my favorite pastime was playing with dolls or playing dress-up. I can remember spending hours in my “princess” dress, dancing around the living room while my mother stood by ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    Blind Devotion is the bold firsthand account of Sharlene Prinsen’s relationship with her husband Sean; a combat veteran who served in Bosnia and has suffered from depression, addiction, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since ...
  • Companion to an Untold Story
    Marcia Aldrich’s Companion to an Untold Story is the author’s attempt to make sense of her close friend’s suicide. In the time leading up to the unfortunate event, Aldrich’s friend Joel hatched a plan to ...