By Mac McClelland (B McCl)
After reporting on the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, McClelland cannot stop reliving vivid scenes of violence and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With inspiring fearlessness she investigates the damage in her own mind and begins to repair her broken psyche.
By Joseph Nowinski (616.8606 Nowi)
Since the publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the Twelve Steps have been central to staying sober for millions of people around the world. Nowinski examines the science behind Twelve Steps programs used to combat addictive behaviors. Using his Project MATCH study, he shows why systematically working a Twelve Step program yields predictable and successful outcomes.
By Jenny Lawson (B Law)
New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson (the Blogess) explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety that exhorts readers to embrace their flaws and find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways.
By Claire B. Dunkle (B Dunk)
Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life—two high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a successful career as a children's author. But just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder. This is the story of one family's fight against a deadly disease told from the perspective of the mother of the anorexic.
By David Adam (616.85227 Adam)
David Adam, an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer, has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder for twenty years. He blends science, history, and memoir to explore the weird thoughts that exist within every mind and explain how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion.
By Margaret Wehrenberg (152.46 Wehr)
Ten simple techniques, from breathing exercises to effective self-talk, help bust anxiety and make it manageable.
By Kevin Hines (B Hine)
At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
By Jessie Close (616.89 Clos)
Jessie Close’s undiagnosed mental illness resulted in a life of failed marriages, addictions, and the brink of suicide. When her son receives treatment for his mental illness, Jessie finally gets the help she needs as well. With the help of her sister, actress Glenn Close, she triumphs over the challenges that derailed her life.
By Marya Hornbacher (616.8526 Horn)
An honest and emotionally wrenching memoir of how Marya Hornbacher willingly embraced hunger, drugs, sex, and death—until a particularly horrifying bout with anorexia and bulimia in college forever ended the romance of wasting away.
By David J. Morris (616.8521 Morr)
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects millions of people, whether civilian or military. Morris shares stories of people living with PTSD, including himself. The result is a humane, unforgettable book that has been hailed as a literary triumph, and an indispensable account of an illness.
By Amanda Enayati (155.9042 Enay)
Stress columnist Amanda Enayati challenges long-held assumptions about stress and presents ten revolutionary principles to help differentiate between destructive and constructive stress. She provides an action plan to achieve a more joyful and productive life.