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Mental Health Speaker, Actor, Writer

Resources

Books

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. “We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized,” Jamison writes. “We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities.” Jamison’s ability to live fully within her limitations is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whatever our particular burdens may be.

I Am Not Sick – I Don’t Need Help!
by Xavier Amador
A practical guide for families & therapists describing how to help individuals accept treatment.

Living Without Depression & Manic-Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability
by Mary Ellen Copeland
Living Without Depression and Manic Depression outlines a program that helps people achieve real breakthroughs in coping and healing. This exhaustive handbook covers the following issues: self-advocacy, building a network of support, developing a wellness lifestyle, achieving calmness with energy, symptom prevention strategies, building self-esteem, developing a personalized plan for mood stability, building a career that works, trauma resolution, dealing with sleep problems, diet, vitamin and herbal therapies, dealing with stigma, managing medication side effects, psychotherapy and counseling alternatives, learning to have fun, laughter and pleasure.

The Feeling Good Handbook
by David Burns
Dr. David Burns is one of the prime developers of cognitive therapy, a fast-acting, drug-free treatment for designed to help the clinically depressed. In The Feeling Good Handbook, he adapts cognitive therapy to deal with the wide range of everyday problems that plague so many (chronic nervousness, panic attacks, phobias, and feelings of stress, guilt, or inferiority). The Feeling Good Handbook teaches how to remove the mental obstacles that bar you from success–from test anxiety and fear of public speaking to procrastination and self-doubt.

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
by Nathaniel Brandon
Nathaniel Branden’s first book, The Psychology of Self-Esteem, was published in 1969. In the quarter century since then, “self-esteem” has become trendy, particularly among educators; and in the process, it has inevitably been trivialized. Branden’s new book on the subject sets out the difference between real self-esteem and the “feel-good” approach which attempts to substitute for it.

When Things Fall Apart
by Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron is a spiritual teacher for anyone, whether they have a spiritual path or not. Here she explains that there is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it – ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering.

Links

Anxiety & Mood Disorder Screening Questionnaires
http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_screening_screeningcenter
Confidential on-line quizzes to screen for depression, anxiety &/or bipolar disorder. Not to be used in place of a health professional’s diagnosis. Regardless of the results, if you have any concerns, please see your doctor or mental health professional.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
http://www.anxietycanada.ca/

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha.ca/bins/index.asp

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
http://www.dbsalliance.org/

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program
http://www.psychosissucks.ca/epi

Here To Help – BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information
http://www.HereToHelp.bc.ca

National Alliance on Mental Illness
http://www.nami.org/

Schizophrenia Society of Canada
http://www.schizophrenia.ca/

The Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders
http://www.obad.ca