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Literature Recommendations


Adult ADHD

-Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey

-You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder by Kate Kelly

Childhood ADHD

-Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

-Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey and Eric Hagerman

-Cory Stories: A Kid's Book about Living with ADHD by Jeanne Kraus and Whitney Martin

(a children's book)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

-Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Robison

-Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin

-Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant


-Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

-You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Cincero

-The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams

-Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns

-Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

-Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay


-Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

-A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong


-Day by Day: Daily Meditations for Recovering Addicts by Anonymous

-Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkins, Nicole Kosanke, Stephanie Higgs

-Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff

-AA Big Book


-How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over by Theo Nestor

Love and Relationships

-Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt

-The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

-Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray


-Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Work Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman

-I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel

-Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Mindfulness and Meditation

-The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer

-Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

-Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh

-The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems by Ronald Siegal

Dementia and Alzheimer's

-Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer's Journey: A Guide for Families and Caregivers, Fifth Edition, Revised and Expanded by Jolene Brackey

-Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Coste

LGBTQ Difficulties

-Loving Ourselves: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Self-Esteem by Kimeron Hardin

-The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World by Alan Downs

-Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert Berstein

-This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Anxiety, Panic, and OCD

-The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne

-Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry by Jennifer Shannon

-When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David Burns

-The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron

-The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris

-Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Schwartz

-The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Judith Rapoport 

(Children's book about OCD)

-Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Heidi Lyneham, and Vanessa Cobham

-Andi Green's children's books for anxiety (including Don't Feed The Worry Bug and The Very Frustrated Monster)


-Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School by Gregg Jacobs

-No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri and Shirly Linde

-The Insomnia Answer: A Personalized Program for Identifying and Overcoming the Three Types of Insomnia by Paul Glovinsky and Art Spielman

-End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep by Colleen Ehrnstron and Alisha Brosse


-An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

-Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers by E. Fuller Torrey and Michael Knable

-Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie Fast and Johns Preston



-The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

-Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World by Richard Mollica

-The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Dan Allender

-Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life by Jasmin Lee Cori

-The Hidden War: PTSD on the Front Lines by Constance Louie-Handelman

-The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce Perry


Borderline Personality Disorder

-I Hate You-Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold Kreisman and Hal Straus

-DBT Skills Training Manual, Second Edition by Marsha Linehan

-Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger


-The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (young adult book by a wonderful local author!)

-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (Children's Book)

-The Juice Box Bully Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others by Bob Sornson by Maria Desmondy (children's book)

-Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman

-Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis by Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen, and Dina Santorelli



-I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Novel by Joanne Greenberg

-The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks

Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia

-Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer and Thom  Rutledge

-Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder by Joanna Poppink

-8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

-The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto

-Living FULL: Winning My Battle With Eating Disorders by Danielle Sherman-Lazar

-The Girls at 17 Swan Street: A Novel by Yara Zgheib

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