by Jon and Maya Kabat-Zinn
Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking “mind/body connection” expertise from global mindfulness leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn.
A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder
by Daniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey
Even though this book is written for the person dealing with their family after they have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, I found it very refreshing to read. It talks about the specifics of what a person needs to do, to learn, and to take control of, as they learn to deal with their mental health. Even if your loved one might not be in a place to read this, I think it can help family and friends understand what loved ones need to deal with.
The Places That Scare You
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
by Robert Whitaker
The number of adults, ages 18 to 65, on the federal disability rolls due to mental illness jumped from 1.25 million in 1987 to four million in 2007. I wrote Anatomy of an Epidemic to investigate this epidemic, and this pursuit necessarily raises a very uncomfortable question. Although we, as a society, believe that psychiatric medications have “revolutionized” the treatment of mental illness, the disability numbers suggest a very different possibility. Could our drug-based paradigm of care, for some unforeseen reason, be fueling this epidemic?
LeRoy Spaniol’s article: Spirituality and Connectedness
by LeRoy Spaniol
Trauma, loss, and illness challenge what anchors us. The trauma of a mental illness can be intensified by recurring traumas from the environment. Recovery, as a spiritual journey, can be seen as a process of building or rebuilding our connectedness to ourselves and to others. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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Coming to Our Senses
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world.
In each of the book’s eight parts, Jon Kabat-Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves–and our world–through mindful awareness, with a focus on the “sensescapes” of our lives and how a more intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live more fully and more authentically.
Aliveness and the Timeless Way of Helping
This is part of a series of interviews had with Lynn Hoffman in late June, 2012. She talks here about Listed and Unlisted language, and then discusses the importance of the idea of Aliveness rather than health/sickness, order/disorder, function/disfunction. Enjoy!!
Recovering Our Families
Recovering Our Families is an online course that introduces families to key recovery principles, leaders, research and resources that are person and family-centered, trauma-informed and strengths based.