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What is your favorite book about mental health issues?
There are a lot of great ones out there, but I narrowed it down to just 5 for the purpose of this post.
5 Books About Mental Health
The Four Agreements
This book helped me a lot when I really started to take my mental health seriously.
Amazon says: “In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.”
“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
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The Bell Jar
This book by Sylvia Plath has been on my “to read” list for a long time. It is a classic, long considered a masterful piece of literature.
Amazon says: “Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.”
“Every now and again a book comes along that truly impacts on one and once read will never be forgotten. The autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath, describing her painful ordeal when she becomes mentally ill is such a book. This could have been a thoroughly depressing and self centred story in the hands of another and many may assume this when reading the blurb. However do not be put off, because The Bell Jar is anything BUT depressing.”– Annie
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
A friend on Twitter recommended this to me, and I immediately threw it on my “to read” list.
“When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.”
“Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
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Another Twitter follower recommended this one to me! I have yet to read it but the online description intrigued me.
Amazon says: “It’s 3am…While most minds are in a blissful state of slumber, mine is wide awake conjuring and pondering endless thoughts. Eyes are fixated on the dark popcorn ceiling above and ears are soaking in blue tunes as my autopilot mind becomes overwhelmed with the past, future and every cherry topped dream in between. These thoughts range from warm and fuzzy to dark and slightly crippling. Sometimes I wish that my mind had an off switch so that I could power down at night. No such luck. So, wakie wakie! Grab yourself a coffee and a snack because it’s 3am and I have so many thoughts to share with you.”
“This book is an emotional, introspective journey through the writer’s mind. Throughout the book, I found myself re-evaluating my own life and reflecting on so many things that many of us take for granted. The writing is excellent; I could feel the authors fear, pain, joy, and many other emotions. This book will capture your mind and speak to your soul, whether you’re broken or not. It’s a beautifully composed and brutally honest reminder of what it means to be human. I enjoyed this book tremendously!”– A.B.
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The Authentic Woman: 21 Self Reflections
I am in the middle of reading this right now and really getting a lot out of it. It is an amazing workbook for anyone looking for help processing negative emotions. I know the author personally and I can’t wait to see more from her.
Amazon says: “Do you struggle with feeling stuck in your life? Do you feel invisible to others? Do you find yourself wishing to have more passion and purpose but feel weighed down by feelings of loss, shame, or hurt from your past? The Authentic Woman 21 Self Reflections is a Self-Help workbook that guides women through overcoming negative emotional patterns to unlock their authentic self.
This book is a collection of stories and lessons from my own healing journey that I have taught in my weekly women’s group. I also use these regularly in private practice and continue them in my own life. These lessons carry the truth from the lives of these women and from my life. This book is divided into three phases. The first focuses on your past. The pain, the hurt you have experienced and still hold onto. By the end of these first steps in your healing journal you will have a trauma narrative to begin to move through the memories. The next phase focuses on rewriting your identity in your story. Creating a new script as you step into the lead role of your own star show. The final stage of this series brings each of these lessons into a commitment.
By the end of the book you will have a complete narrative of the woman you are and how you came to become this amazing incredible person. Each lesson includes a therapeutic intervention and worksheet for self-reflection and an essential oil to help build grounding practices and assist in emotional support while moving through this process of emotional release. As you walk through this book it is my prayer that you rediscover the unique and powerful woman that you were created to be and walk in your true authentic self.”
“This book if you do the work can really make a difference. After the first 2 chapters I’ve noticed a lot about myself. Can’t wait to finish this book.”– JGordon
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Have you read any of these books? If not, which one are you going to read first? Let me know in the comments below!