Personal Stories Library

  • Life is Full of Transitions
    Retirement: "removal or withdrawal from service, office, or business;" "withdrawal into privacy or seclusion." No wonder this word retirement seems so inappropriate ...
  • How Family and Friends Can Aid Mental Health Recovery
    Recovering from mental illness is terrifying and exhausting, both for the person diagnosed and those who ...
  • The Escape of Sigmund Freud
    Eighty years old, sick with cancer, and reeling from the Nazis' takeover of his beloved Vienna, Sigmund Freud, in 1936, faced a harsh reality: he had to leave. But where would he go, and how ...
  • Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
    Ben Behind His Voices is an inspirational story about a family’s experience with schizophrenia. The focus of Randye Kaye’s book is on her son Ben, who struggled for many years with mental health and substance ...
  • The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
    I've borrowed the title of Dr. Ned Hallowell's book (2002, Ballentine Books) as the title of this ...
  • Tragic Beauty: The Dark Side of Venus Aphrodite and the Loss and Regeneration of Soul
    Everyone has met Aphrodite -- the girl who enters a room and men turn their heads to gawk, the girl who always has a man clutching her arm while several others wait in the wings. ...
  • Seeking Enlightenment: The Spiritual Journey of a Psychotherapist
    Seeking Enlightenment by Catherine Morrison is a short memoir of one therapist’s journey in conceptualizing Eastern and Western spirituality. Morrison tries to come to terms with how these two diverse spiritual traditions cross paths in ...
  • George Mason: Life of Death
    Author's note: This review of George Mason’s autobiography, Life of Death, is not a review of Mason’s life, but rather of his book. It is difficult to critique the book without appearing critical toward the ...
  • Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
    I found "Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl" by Stacy Pershall to be a superbly written, first-person account of a young girl's struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar ...
  • Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Fletcher Wortmann obviously knows his subject.  "Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" is for anyone who is or knows someone who is suffering from mental illness of any type.  While Wortmann wrestles with OCD, he ...
  • ERP Therapy: A Good Choice for Treating OCD
    During OCD Awareness Week in October, I sat in front of my computer, mesmerized, as I watched a live ...
  • Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing and Treating Sexual Pain
    In Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain, physician Deborah Coady, MD, and psychotherapist Nancy Fish, MSW, MPH, combine their medical and psychological expertise to write a book about ...
  • What’s My Zip Code?
    When I first saw this book "What's My Zip Code?" by David Stringer, it was in download format and I wondered what exactly it would be about because it seemed like an odd title to ...
  • The Lonely Screams: Understanding the Complex World of the Lonely
    Loneliness is certainly a common human experience; even if you’ve been lucky enough to feel it only briefly, or rarely, you know the misery of it, the actual physical pain of it. Arising from a ...
  • The Memory Palace: A Memoir
    We children of schizophrenics are the great secret-keepers, the ones who don’t want you to think anything is wrong (p. 5). Author Mira Bartok has encapsulated in this statement her life as the daughter of mentally ...
  • Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia
    From the first sentence, Blake Butler’s poetic voice is clear. He writes: “Into the version of the sky above my house one afternoon when I was twelve, the nearby high school released a flood of ...
  • After Schizophrenia
    I was not sure what to expect when I first opened Margaret Hawkins’ After Schizophrenia. Memoirs about people suffering from mental illness are quite common these days and I was interested to see if the ...
  • What a Life Can Be
    In “What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder,” Carolyn Dobbins, PhD offers an insightful look into the evolution of a successful mental health professional with a challenging diagnosis:  schizo-affective disorder.  In an ...
  • Find the Upside of the Down Times
    Some people have all the bad luck, and by any measure Rob Pennington, author of Find the Upside of the Down Times, has had more than his fair share. He was shot in the chest, ...
  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Therapist Julie Hanks
    Want to get a glimpse into a therapist’s world? Learn what therapy is really like? And get some wise advice ...
  • Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia
    Between three and six percent of all teens struggle with some type of eating disorder, be it bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia. Because these illnesses involve eating, they seem to take a blow at family ...
  • A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys
    A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys is written for anyone who has felt the pull between the chaos of everyday living and the longing for a rich spiritual life.  Pesi ...
  • Fat People
    For his book Fat People, Bill Schubart has created and gathered a collection of stories that will make you rethink your relationship with food. Schubart is smart, sensitive and unnervingly keen at noticing details.  The ...
  • Length of Stay for Residential OCD Treatment
    Toward the end of his freshman year of college, my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was so severe that he ...
  • Therapists Spill: The Best Advice I’ve Received On Conducting Therapy
    There are certain words of wisdom that stay with you the rest of your life -- especially ...

 

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