An Invitation to Join Mentalhealthbooks.net Email List

Mental Health Email list

Hi! My name is William Jiang, MLS, and I have been a member of Fountain House since 2011. I joined Fountain House after my seven year tenure as a medical Library Chief at Columbia University/NYSPI under Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. I did not want to be isolated in upper Manhattan. Fountain House helped with my socialization and learning conversational French. Oui! Maintenant, je parle francais! Tres bien! Merci Fountain House!

I started www.Mentalhealthbooks.net   to continue my personal mission which started in 2000 with New York City Voices Newsapaper under luminary Dan Frey, and then later as the Patient Librarian at Columbia Psychiatry/NYSPI. If one types “books schizophrenia” in Google, Mentalhealthbooks.net page about the “Best books about Schizophrenia” is in the top 3 results, just after Amazon. Today, I wanted to let you know of an exciting new email list that I am curating which can be joined at

Why join? So far we have featured the best selling book by Dr. Lieberman, “Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry” as well as two of my popular books A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope and Guide to Natural Mental Health. You can see the archives of the email list at the link above. So far we have added 500 mental-health friendly bookstores across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Also, I’ve opened up membership to my social media platforms on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Now, I am excited for the opportunity to let Fountain House and the Clubhouse community know about the mailing list about great reads in Mental Health and Advocacy. Anybody with an interest in quality mental health books is welcome to join the list, as well as to let their family and friends know that there are good books out there to inspire and inform about mental health.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) an Overview Published on Medium.com

I usually write about mainstream mental and physical health issues. Not so, today. Some things need to be experienced to be believed, such as severe MCS otherwise known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. The 1995 movie Safedetailed the descent into madness and severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity of a very rich woman, who nobody could save. The crazy thing? This is a real phenomenon, and according to to the resource Diseasemaps.org it has crippled thousands of people around the world. Not only do I know about this disease from my research, I, personally suffer from severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, so it hits very close to home.

Imagine you are seated comfortably among friends at a restaurant, until a waiter comes up to your table to ostensibly make you all more at ease, and cleans your table. You suddenly start choking violently or have a “brain fog” due to the slight odor of the cleaner your server used, and you are forced to run out of the restaurant, ruining your evening. Worse still, this kind of situation happens more often than not. Maybe you have MCS.

What is MCS?

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic medical condition and syndrome characterized by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level chemical exposures to commonly used chemicals, as presented in the above MCS Video. Commonly attributed substances include scented products, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, smoke, petroleum products, and paint fumes. (read more)

The Internet is Killing You

An Excerpt from my book, Natural Weight Loss and Diabetes Control: The Medical Librarian’s Annotated Guide by William Jiang, MLS. Amazon Digital Services LLC, Published June 3, 2016.

Indeed, there is a “chicken and egg” relationship between depression and ten of the top ten causes of death in the United States, where sometimes depression comes before the physical disease or vice-versa. Clinical depression is mixed with: cancer, heart disease, asthma, chronic stress, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, kidney disease, and yes even suicide. The only top causes of death that are not directly tied to depression are influenza and dying in an accident, and these two are debatable… Read the Rest on Medium.com

8,000+ Books sold so far, and going strong

Author’s note: so far, I’m blessed to have gotten a total of slightly over 8,000 readers of my books, spreading my messages of hope and healing in over 90% of the marketplaces that Amazon sells. A shocking realization that I had tonight while sitting with a friend at a favorite cafe was that the autobiography of the founder of SONY has earned 27 reviews at 4.5 stars on Amazon. Whereas, my autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope racked up, in Amazon’s estimation, 30 reviews at 4.5 Stars. Crazy! This is after Amazon stripped about twenty 5- star reviews the book, which were ALL ethically gotten from actual readers, something I’m understandably a bit bitter about. But, I focus on the sweet feeling of the overwhelmingly positive reception of my books from my good readers. Believe me, I feel very grateful for each and every positive word people have sent in my direction, helping me to fight stigma and share hope. Thank you!

I have garnered 91 reviews in total on Amazon to date. I’m biggest in the following countries where I have the following number of reviews:

  • 83 USA
  • 4 Spain
  • 2 UK
  • 2 France

THANKS!

8,000 Books sold

Book Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars- Good mental hygiene improves your life By Whistlers Mom Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER

August 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

When I was young, many people rejected the importance of dental hygiene. They Guide to Natural Mental Health Reviewpreferred to believe that they developed cavities because they had “soft teeth.” That a woman would lose a tooth for every baby she gave birth to. That if their grandparents finished up toothless, they were doomed to the same fate. It was all bad luck and genetics and brushing, flossing, good diet, and not using tobacco would make no difference.

Today, most people understand the importance of good dental hygiene, but we’re still in the Dark Ages when it comes to committing to good mental hygiene. Mental illness is scary and embarrassing and seems to strike like a bolt of thunder. In a laudable attempt to reduce the stigma of mental illness, experts stress that it may be hereditary or a result of chemical imbalances. Either way, it’s out of our control, right?

This author is a medical librarian and himself a survivor of mental illness. On both scores, he understands the importance of being well-informed. He has read thousands of articles in medical journals most of them describing the findings of clinical research in the areas of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and internet addictions. He introduces these papers and gives a brief summing up of their critical points, with special emphasis on findings which relate to self-help measures. AND he tells you the web sites where you can read the entire article yourself.

I approached this book with great misgivings. I grew up at a time when doctors were still struggling to convince the general public that they were offering something worth paying for. They did it by promoting the idea that health is only understandable by those who have gone to medical school and that traditional practices and wisdom were “old wives tales” – silly and probably dangerous. Many (most, really) books about “alternative medicine” are poorly researched and have a strong mercenary bias. “Massive doses of dandelion tea cured my cancer and I sell the only dandelion tea mix that works.” You know the sort of thing.

This author isn’t going to get rich selling his book and I don’t believe that he wrote it with that intent. He does believe passionately that we can help ourselves to better mental health by practicing good mental hygiene – diet, exercise, prayer, and developing strong personal relationships. Modern medicine is beginning to adopt the same idea and these articles represent studies and tests from well-known and well-respected medical centers, universities, and organizations. This is not snake oil, but knowledge gleaned from scientific research.

So why doesn’t everyone know about it? Because a pharmaceutical company can spend billions of dollars yearly telling the public about the benefits of its products, but there’s no profit in telling you that turning your computer off and talking to a friend or taking a walk (or better yet, both at once!) will make you feel better.

When it comes to the workings of the mind, we are only beginning to explore a new frontier. In the future, our present “knowledge” will be laughable. But we can use the latest ideas and combine them with traditional wisdom to help ourselves. You are your own best doctor and (whether it’s physical or mental illness) the best out-comes result when the patient and those who love him are well-informed and taking an active role in the process.

***** Mr. Jiang very kindly gave me a copy of his book, but that didn’t influence my opinions one bit! I skimmed it and now I’m re-reading the sections that are of special interest to me. It’s a book that should be in every household that has been affected by mental illness. That’s all of us, right?