Friends & Family Book List

by | Sep 27, 2023 | Education, Featured Articles, Friends & Family

Check out some of our top book picks recommended
from our caregiver community:

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Psychosis: Manage Your Emotions, Reduce Symptoms, and Get Back to Your Life

By Maggie Mullen, LCSW

This workbook is based in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, offering real skills around mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This workbook also includes self-assessments, worksheets, and guided activities to help you understand symptoms and manage them in day-to-day life.

Relating to Voices using Compassion Focused Therapy, A Self-help Companion

By Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Eleanor Longden

Written by a psychologist team, one of whom experiences voices herself (Eleanor Longden), this book guides the reader towards an understanding of what voices are, what they may represent, and how we can learn to work with them in a way that leads to a more peaceful relationship. It offers a shift toward viewing voices as potential allies in emotional problem-solving.

The Practical Handbook of Hearing Voices: Therapeutic and creative approaches

By Isla Parker

The book is a collection of chapters by voice hearers, mental health professionals and researchers describing a myriad of therapeutic and creative approaches and strategies that people find helpful in relating to voices when they find them distressing.

The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

By Michael T. M.D. Compton and Beth Broussard

The book clearly describes early stage psychosis and treatment information that is essential for patients and families experiencing first episode psychosis. The book also discusses the process of psychiatric evaluation, healthy lifestyle choices, and coping with stigma.

I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment.

By Xavier Amador

This book covers Dr. Amador’s research on his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia. This book offers a framework for communicating effectively and compassionately with someone experiencing psychosis. It is intended as a guide for mental health practitioners, law enforcement professionals, and family members.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

By Elyn R. Saks

This memoir is a story of Dr. Elyn Saks’s life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world.

Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness

This is a story about the Earley family’s journey navigating the mental health care and criminal justice system for their son and the “revolving doors” between hospital and jail.

Losing Tim

By Pete Earley

In this book, Gionfriddo describes how his son, Tim, and others like him experiencing mental illness come to experience homelessness. From the first symptoms of schizophrenia to the inadequate educational support he received growing up, Losing Tim spotlights the role of policy and ineffective systems. As a former state policy maker and CEO of a leading mental health advocacy organization, Gionfriddo concludes with recommendations for reforming America’s ailing approach to mental health.

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