The reality is, a patient often has to put in much effort independently in order to experience full recovery from a mental health disorder. As your provider, I get to see you face-to-face for perhaps 6 hours per YEAR, if I’m lucky. Therefore, the majority of the work that it takes to become whole, healthy and happy takes place outside of the office. I am here to be your guide but undertaking the hard work is up to you. Peace isn't passive. Cultivating joy includes doing the hard work. So, here are the books I recommend to jumpstart your journey to recovery:
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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky
This book takes a humorous and down-to-earth approach on describing what causes anxiety and how it affects our ability to function.
The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness by Dr. Amit Sood
This is a helpful and thorough resource on a holistic approach to mental wellness.
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Many patients deal with anxiety and stress as a result of toxic relationships. This book teaches us how to deal with this by setting appropriate and healthy boundaries.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Quite possibly my favorite book of all time! Dr. Brown teaches us how to recover when we’ve experienced a setback or trauma.
The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig
This book discusses the Whole 30 dietary regimen - which I recommend for any person dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, or fatigue.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Dr. Edmund Bourne
This book is a great self-guided manual when it comes to learning tools for managing anxiety.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety: Breaking Free from Worry, Panic, PTSD, and Other Anxiety Symptoms by Alexander Chapman, Kim Gratz, and Matthew Tull
This book provides an intro to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills that are so vital in managing emotions.
Ageless Brain by Julia VanTine
This book is a fantastic resource on how to keep your brain in tip-top shape.
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron
I highly recommend everyone learn about their individual Enneagram personality type. This allows us to understand ourselves better while also learning how to deal with the personality types of our loved ones.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This classic book on how to improve communication in marriage is vital for anyone experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of marital difficulties.