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  • The Naked Bird Watcher, The Snow Globe Journals, and To Walk on Eggshells
    Bipolar disorder is an isolating disease that is difficult to describe and almost impossible to understand from the outside. Its relentless ups and downs create a crushing defeat in the lives of both sufferers and ...
  • Depression: New Medications On The Horizon
    With the advent of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) in the 1950s, ...
  • Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: What You Need to Know
    Many people have a dark view of medication withdrawal. They may have read or heard the scary stories about uncomfortable side ...
  • SSRI Discontinuation or Withdrawal Syndrome
    After some people stop taking a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), they experience a variety of symptoms. ...
  • Taking Antidepressants: Your Comprehensive Guide to Starting, Staying On, and Safely Quitting
    There are many myths and little information about taking antidepressants. There’s also no shortage of horror stories on the Internet from patients who’ve experienced a slew of serious health concerns. Then, there are the sensationalist ...
  • Depression’s Links to Heart Disease
    Persistent depressive symptoms are common after angina, heart attack, or other heart problems. Depressive symptoms also are thought to increase the risk of further heart problems and mortality. Dr. Michael Rapp from St. Hedwig's Hospital, Berlin, and ...
  • Invisible Girls: The Truth about Sexual Abuse
    This is a new and revised edition of Dr. Feureisen's previous book which includes comments, e-mails and letters to the original edition. The book seems geared primarily toward teenage girls but young adult women and ...
  • The Buddha & The Borderline
    The Buddha & The Borderline, by writer, artist and advocate Kiera Van Gelder, exposes a regularly hushed-up topic: borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is shrouded in stigma. There’s little information about the disorder and, while ...
  • My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness
    Schizophrenia affects one percent of the world population.  It is indiscriminate of race, gender, status, and wealth.  Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not multiple personalities -- that’s Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder).  ...
  • The Link Between Vaccines and Autism: True or False?
    Does vaccination increase the likelihood of autism? One hypothesis is that vaccination in general, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) virus live vaccine, and vaccines that contain mercury cause autism. Actress Jenny McCarthy is one of ...
  • My Trip to the ER: Attention Must Be Paid
    I'm a psych patient. My primary diagnosis is bipolar II, but there’s a little anxiety, PTSD and other stuff ...
  • Living with Borderline Personality Disorder
    Receiving a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) may seem devastating. There’s a lot of confusion about what BPD really means and ...
  • Schizophrenia for Dummies
    Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia can be extremely stressful and confusing. There can be many questions about the nature of the illness, treatment possibilities, and the prospects for recovery. Many ...
  • Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression
    Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed class of medication in the United States. But Dr. James S. Gordon questions the use of drugs to treat depression: This book will challenge the prevailing “medical model” of depression ...
  • Depression For Dummies: A Reference For The Rest Of Us
    Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. and Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D. have a hit on their hands with the easy-to-understand guide to everything you ever wanted to know about depression but were afraid to ask, Depression for ...
  • Conquering Depression in the Golden Years
    Chances are, at some point, you or someone you know will encounter a friend or family member who is a senior and struggling with or exhibiting signs of depression.  This is an illness that is ...
  • Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus
    For those who are preparing, experiencing, or just finishing chemotherapy and are interested in how the treatment may affect their brain, and for those who live with cancer survivors who suffer cognitive setback, this is ...
  • The Depression Cure
    Upon reading Stephan Ilardi’s book The Depression Cure, a quote from Chuck Palahniuk’s book Fight Club continued to pop up in my mind. In one chapter, a character by the name of Tyler Durden explains ...
  • After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity
    As mental illness becomes less stigmatized, many individuals are coming out and sharing their experiences with a variety of disorders. The majority of books published on the topic are personal accounts of their struggles. Susan ...
  • Depression Is Contagious
    Essentially a self-help book for ordinary people who may be looking for ways to overcome depression, Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.'s Depression Is Contagious also offers those in the mental health world practical tools for their ...
  • Strategies for Overcoming Depression
    There are a lot of articles on the Internet about overcoming depression. They suggest things such as changing your thinking, changing your mood, and voilà! ...
  • Approaching Neverland: A Memoir of Epic Tragedy & Happily Ever After
    In the 1960s, when author Peggy Kennedy grew up, mental illness was a family secret. It was whispered about, handed off to hospitals, restrained, subjected to electroshock therapy and slews of sedatives and sent back ...
  • An Overview of Depression and Money Issues
    Being in debt, broke, and unemployed can lead to depression but the converse is also true: Depression can precipitate financial meltdown. There is ...
  • Side Effects of ADHD Medications
    Side effects resulting from drugs taken for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are unfortunately quite common. As with any condition, these unwanted effects can be severe ...
  • Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for Recovery
    Alcoholics go through a period of grieving when they give up drinking. For those dually-diagnosed with alcoholism and depression, the grief over ...