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Book Recommendations

Updated: Jul 2, 2020



I grew up with a mother with a mental illness. It was hard as a child to understand why my mom decided to sleep all day instead of care for me. It was hard to understand why one day she would wake up happy to be my mother and the next day hated the sight of me. As a therapist, you may know exactly what my mom was dealing with, but as a child, I had no idea. One day my mom was sent off to a mental institute. I didn't understand why my mom wanted to leave me. A friend gave me a book. This book explained what my mom was going through and how I may feel about it. After reading this book over and over again I finally had all of the answers I needed. This book made me come to the realization that my mom did love me and she could not help that she had a mental illness. It made me see that she didn't leave me, but that she went to get better. If this list that I put together can help just one person understand someone's mental illness than this is the most important blog post I have ever written. I will constantly add to this list as I discover new book recommendations. I also encourage you to help me build this list and let me know if you have a recommendation that you think should be added to this list.


Books to Help Children Understand Mental Illness:

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book By Michael Rosen

Up and Down the Worry Hill by Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.

Helicopter Man by Elizabeth Fensham

Why is Dad So Mad? by Seth Kastle

The Bipolar Bear Family by Angela Holloway

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall



Female Empowerment, self-worth, confidence:

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The Assertiveness Guide to Women by Julie de Azevedo Hanks PhD LCSW

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins


Eating Disorders:

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costine

It's Not About Food: End Your Obsession with Food and Weight by Normandi MFT, Carol Emery, Laurelee Roark

Coginitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorder by Christopher Fairburn

The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith

Handbook Treatment for Eating Disorders by David M. Garner amd Paul E. Garfinkel

Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown


Abusive Relationships:

Trauma Bonding by Patrick Carnes

Should I Stay or Should I Go? by Lundy Bancroft

You're Not Crazy - You're Codependent by Jeanette Elisabeth Menter

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

But He Never Hit Me by Dr. Jill A. Murray


Parenting young children:

Peaceful Parent Happy Child by Laura Markhams

Parenting on Purpose by Dr Bob Barnes

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel

1 2 3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

Parenting with Love and Logic byFoster W. Cline

The Conscious Parent by Dr Shefali Tsabary


Dealing with emotions (feeling all the feels):

Living Like You Mean It by Ronald J. Frederick

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Facing Codepedence byPia Mellody


To add a book recommendation to this list please email me at:

Stressfreeva@gmail.com






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