Family-to-Family and Peer-To-Peer Suggested Reading

These are some of the books and workbooks that are used in NAMI Washtenaw’s Family-to-Family and Peer-to-Peer educational classes. 

Family-to-Family Bibliography

Overcoming Depression (3rd Edition, 1997) by Demitri F. Popolos and Janice Popolos.

Surviving Schizophrenia:  A Family Manual (7th Edition, 2019), by E. Fuller Torrey, MD.

Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers (2002) by E. Fuller Torrey, MD and Michael B Knable, MD.

I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! Helping the Seriously Mentally Ill Accept Treatment (10th Edition, 2012) by Xavier Amador.

The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs (4th Edition, 2007) by Jack M. Gorman, MD.

An Unquiet Mind:  A Memoir of Moods and Madness (1997) by Kay Redfield Jamison.

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness:  A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers (1992) by Rebecca Woolis.

Peer-to-Peer Bibliography

 Change Your Brain Change Your Life:  The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Amen, MD.                             

Codependent No More How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne. Describes specific skills needed to overcome problems with panic, anxiety, and phobias, and provides step-by-step procedures for mastering these skills.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, A valuable resource to learn how to relax and manage stress in a number of environments. 

Choosing to Live by Thomas Ellis and Cory F. Newman. This self-help book is one of the few cognitive therapy books that focuses on suicidal risk.

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified by Robert O. Friedel, MD.

The OCD Workbook by Bruce Hymen and Cherrie Redrick. One of the best self-directed workbooks on OCD.

Touched with Fire – Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison.

Girl, Interrupted, a memoir by Susanna Kaysen.   

Mayo Clinic on Depression by Keith Kramlinger, MD (editor).

I Can’t Get Over It:  A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite Matsakis.

The Book of Awakening – Have the Life You Want by Being Present in the Life You Have by Mark Nepo.

Desert Lily by Peter A. Pascaris. This bittersweet novel tells about one couple’s struggle and resolve to build their marriage into a balanced and joyful partnership in spite of the wife’s depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Get Me Out of Here – My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder by Rachel Reiland.

The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks.  A beautifully written saga of a young woman’s grappling with mental illness and ultimately triumphing. 

The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller,

Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith.

The Noonday Demon – An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon. A personal narrative with scientific, philosophical, historical, political, and cultural insights.

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, MD.

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, a memoir by Mark Vonnegut.

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is applied to depression in this self-help resource.  

Breaking the Patterns of Depression by Michael Yapko, Ph.D. Allows you to recognize your triggers for depression and clarify what you can do about them.   

Neurosculpting – A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs and Find Wholeness by Lisa Wimberger.

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