Books for Families

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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