Books for Families

a-family-caregiver-speaks-up-it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-hardA Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard

by Suzanne Mintz

This book, written by caregivers, offers advice for interacting with the healthcare system to help a family member with a chronic illness, and information about public policy and it's effect on the details of life in caregiving families.

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an-uncertain-inheritance-writers-on-caring-for-familyAn Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family

by Nell Casey

A touching series of essays about people caring for family members with illness as varied as depression or brain injuries.

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Beyond-the-book-bipolar-children-and-their-familiesBeyond the Book, Bipolar Children and their Families, An In-Depth Interview with Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D. ABPP

By David Barker

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Bipolar-disorder-a-guide-for-patients-and-parentsBipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

by Francis Mark Mondimore

A practical guide for getting the most out of various treatment options.

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college-of-the-overwhelmed-the-campus-mental-health-crisis-and-what-to-do-about-itCollege of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It

by Richard Kadison, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

Almost half of all students will become seriously depressed during their college career; the authors give help for students and parents.

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crazy-a-fathers-search-through-americas-mental-health-madnessCrazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

by Pete Earley

How would you feel, Dad, Mike asked, "if someone you loved killed himself?..."

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crazy-busy-overstretched-overbooked-and-about-to-snap-strategies-for-handling-your-fast-paced-lifeCrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life

by Dr. Edward Hallowell

Stressed out? Overworked? This book provides strategies for coping in an over-demanding world.

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depression-fallout-the-impact-of-depression-on-couples-and-what-you-can-do-to-preserve-the-bondDepression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond

by Anne Sheffield

Is your partner's depression undermining your happiness as a couple? What you need to know about your partner's mentalhealth and what to do about it ... for your own well-being.

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half-in-love-surviving-the-legacy-of-suicideHalf in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

by Linda Gray Sexton

In midlife, as her own writing career seemed stalled and her marriage more distant than satisfying, Linda Sexton found herself hounded by the same demons that had destroyed her mother. In her new memoir, she writes about three suicide attempts in grim and detailed prose, but at the end she describes a newly settled and happier life with the demons held at bay.

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helping-someone-with-mental-illness-a-compassionate-guide-for-family-friends-and-caregiversHelping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

by Rosalynn Carter.

Deeply moving stories of many individuals into a cleanly organized discussion of every salient issue: diagnosis, treatment, scientific research, stigma, advocacy.

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how-you-can-survive-when-theyre-depressed-living-and-coping-with-depression-falloutHow You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout

by Anne Sheffield

Gives coping strategies for those living with a clinical depressive or manic-depressive, who often suffer in silence, believing their own problems have no claim to attention.

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I-am-not-sick-I-dont-need-helpI am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!

by Xavier Amador

Learn more about how to help a loved one with mental illness.

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i-dont-want-to-talk-about-it-overcomng-the-secret-legacy-of-male-depressionI Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression

by Terrence Real

An in depth examination of the stigma of depression in men.

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nothing-to-hide-mental-illness-in-the-familyNothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family

by Jean Beard, Peggy Gillespie, Gigi Kaeser.

This book features posed but casual portraits and candid first-person accounts of mentally ill people and their families.

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parenting-when-you-are-depressed-a-complete-resource-for-maintaining-a-healthy-familyParenting Well When You're Depressed: A Complete Resource for Maintaining a Healthy Family

by Joanne Nicholson

Based on more than ten years of study of depressed parents and their families, this book offers strategies, action plans, and resources to help depressed parents provide for their children's healthy development.

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shock-the-healing-power-of-electroconvulsive-therapyShock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy

by Kitty Dukakis, Larry Tye

For more than twenty years, Kitty Dukakis battled severe depression with every medication and treatment available. Electroconvulsive therapy- ECT finally helped her.

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The-Bipolar-survival-guide-what-you-and-your-family-need-to-knowThe Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know

by David Miklowitz

Filled with solid information and practical advice on dealing with bipolar disorder.

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the-burden-of-sympathy-how-families-cope-with-mental-illnessThe Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope With Mental Illness

by David Allen Karp

Karp, a sociology professor presents the stories of 60 families afflicted with a mental illness.

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the-peace-of-mind-prescription-an-authoritative-guide-to-finding-the-most-effective-treatment-for-anxiety-and-depressionThe Peace of Mind Prescription: An Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

by Dennis S. Charney and Charles B. Nemeroff

A useful guide to identify, treat, and help overcome anxiety and depression.

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what-to-do-when-Someone-you-love-is-depressedWhat To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed: A Practical, Compassionate, and Helpful Guide

by Mitch Golant, Susan K. Golant

Directed toward the caregiver or "strengthened ally" of any of the more than seventeen million Americans who suffer from this common but often misunderstood affliction.

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when-someone-you-love-has-a-mental-illnessWhen Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness

by Rebecca Woolis, Agnes Hatfied

This book is a step-by-step guide to more successful interpersonal relationships between family and patients.

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when-someone-you-love-is-depressed-how-to-help-your-loved-one-without-losing-yourselfWhen Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

by Laura Epstein Rosen, Xavier F. Amador

The authors teach concrete methods that you and your loved one can use to protect yourselves and your relationship from depression's impact.

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within-our-reach-ending-the-mental-health-crisisWithin Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis

by Rosalynn Carter

The former First Lady, along with co-authors Susan K. Golant and Kathryn E. Cade render insightful, unspairing assessments of the state of mental health using stories from her 35 years of advocacy. They discuss larger issues of a subject previously shrouded in stigma and shadow and the successes and shortcomings of the system of mental health care.

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