The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health, 4th edition Published only on Kindle!

I am not doing well, and I have been sitting on this book for more than six months. I am not sure I will be coming out anytime soon. So…

The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th edition published April 3rd, 2018

By William Jiang
Salud!

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See Author William Jiang, MLS quoted in the
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William Jiang, MLS is currently the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

William Jiang’s Book Review and Commentary on Art Levine’s “Mental Health, Inc.”- 5 Stars!

I read Mr Levine’s book for my own personal book club in about a week while doing cardio in the gym, as I am wont to do with good books. Otherwise, at the gym,  I am keeping abreast of the latest neuroscience journals and other periodicals. First, here is my personal five-star review of the book, I hurriedly put in with my Samsung after reading it.

Mental Health Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens★★★★★   from Kindle Customer on February 14, 2018
 
Important reading to understand today’s mental health topology
 
While I do not agree with everything that mister Art Levine’s book posits, about 95% of the book for me is spot-on. From the politics to the public health issues to the medication. This book should be required reading for all students in public health programs.

Art Levine’s book Mental Health Inc. for me, deserved more time and attention than your standard mental health text. Why? He goes into the political, economic, social, and environmental forces that are skewing mental health care for most Americans, and he gave me food for thought. The picture he shows all too clearly is that America’s mental health care system is a mess. Mr Levine clearly shows, using stark statistics and the money trail, that not only is our current national leadership eviscerating the medical care for all, they are especially destroying the human right of mental health care for those who most need it. As if that was not enough, the politics of money is fomenting bribes, kickbacks, and more unethical behavior that should not happen. I do not want to go into detail about the Big Pharma political abuses, which Mr Levine chronicles in exhaustive and shocking detail, but it is a very necessary and hopefully instructive text to enable those in power to change the system, should they so choose.

Nursing homes should be safe places of respite for our seniors- they deserve no less. They are not. I was shocked beyond words to see the abuses of power and medicine that Mr. Levine plainly laid out in case reports and overall statistics. There is widespread abuse of the elderly in nursing homes and respite centers. Our seniors deserve compassionate, appropriate, and ethical care. The system as it stands in the USA  is an abomination, and it makes me physically ill when I think about it.

Mental health in terms of the kids with mental health issues, especially those in foster care and also the care of the military veterans and active service members is another strong point in this book. Our kids and our vets deserve much, much better. Kids and vets are being routinely over-drugged, and many are dying from their drug cocktails. For me, the saddest and most apt point Mr. Levine makes in these sections is that even though mental health for veterans and active service military is woefully underfunded and understaffed and more- THEY GET BETTER MENTAL HEALTH CARE THAN THE AVERAGE CIVILIAN, a sobering FACT.

My Personal Reflections on “Mental Health, Inc.”

I could not help to make tie-ins with Mental Health, Inc’s points to my own life- surviving for more than twenty-five years while taking many antipsychotics. While some atypical antipsychotics are quite good at controlling anger, namely, Clozaril, Zyprexa, and Risperdal, others are not as good. Zyprexa and Risperdal basically block, or are antagonists, at the D2 dopamine receptors and serotonin receptors. They are not partial agonists. Clozaril is a partial agonist at the D2 receptor, but because of a compensatory mechanism with the NMDA receptor, it has both the greatest efficacy against psychosis and anger of any available antipsychotic. Truly, Clozaril is one of a kind. If not for the deadly possibility of Clozaril causing deadly  low white blood cell count, I am sure it would be the mainstay of schizophrenia pharmacotherapy around the world. European psychiatrists use Clozaril more than American psychiatrists, and their patients, accordingly,  on average live longer and more productive lives. Seroquel,  Geodon, and Abilify  do not have the same compensatory effect on NMDA, and in my opinion, therein lies the danger of these three partial agonists to cause extreme medication-induced rage

Seroquel

It struck me that Mr. Levine seemed to talk a lot about Seroquel and rage in his first chapter. I survived Seroquel, as detailed  in my autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. I wrote an article titled Is Seroquel Safe? About the sometimes causal relationship between Seroquel and anger, indeed sometimes extreme homicidal anger and rage,  years ago, and I am now re-posting it because when my  WordPress went down, so did the article.

Abilify

Many years later, after working really well for many years Abilify eventually made me homicidal and suicidal. I had so much rage on Abilify, eventually my body was shaking for two days straight and I had to use all my will not to explode and kill anyone in the process of letting out the rage. I put myself into the hospital.  I went into more depth in my little library science way, and in an article for Psychcentral.org titled Angry? It might be Abilify.  I wrote the following:  “The ehealthme.com database shows the following drug- percentage chance of causing anger: Abilify – 0.77% ; Geodon – 0.93%;  and Seroquel -1%. All of these drugs either modulate dopamine or serotonin. When 1 out of 100 people will notice anger or rage issues, that’s a common side effect, but is is nowhere in the prescribing information for these drugs in the Physician’s Desk Reference. Also, it turns out that the raw number of people who have anger from Abilify on ehealthme.com is higher than Accutane: the famous drug that made the kids go crazy violent in Bowling for Columbine.” This is all public knowledge but, not one of these three drugs has “Anger” or “Rage” as a possible side effect listed anywhere in the prescribing information. I feel this hampers otherwise good doctors from doing their jobs, as anger can also be a side-effect of PTSD or psychosis. So, when rage appears the doctors are not alerted that the side effect of anger, indeed, could be due to the atypical antipsychotic they are prescribing, unwittingly putting lives are risk.- even at the low 2 milligram dose I was taking, even after many years with no problems on the drug.

The “Jiang Effect” Partial Dopamine and Partial Serotonin Agonists  Can Cause Rage

Let me explain the neurobiology of extreme anger and its connection to serotonin and dopamine. When one increases serotonin in a teenager or possibly another person with an SSRI it is well recognized that anger or suicidality may result. Seroquel and Geodon are partial serotonin agonists- they can raise serotonin when it gets low. Also, dopamine is another neurotransmitter involved in anger formation or suppression. Quoting verbatim, the medical researcher Yao Xue Xue Bao. in an article from 1992 titled  [Amphetamine–induced rage reaction in mice and its mechanism]. “…Therefore, it may be deduced that the APT-induced rage reaction results from increased release of dopamine in the limbic system “ There are quite a few other articles indexed by MEDLINE that include much of the same information, but not so many are as unequivocally clear that dopamine can cause rage. How does this apply to Abilify? Abilify works with a “Goldilocks” mechanism. When dopamine goes too high, it is blocked, but if it goes too low, it is raised in a mechanism called partial dopamine agonism. So, Abilify can raise dopamine, therefore, increasing dopamine can cause rage: as well-evidenced by a few people who do cocaine as well.  Hence, partial dopamine agonism explains why Abilify can cause extreme rage. Partial serotonin agonism explains why  Geodon, and Seroquel can cause extreme rage.

For most of the people, most of the time, these drugs work as intended without the side-effect of rage. However, sometimes not.

Final Thoughts

Popular partial agonists like Abilify, Seroquel, and Geodon are used for treating schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, and other psychiatric issues. If you are taking a newer atypical antipsychotic for one of these these issues there is a good chance it is a partial agonist of dopamine or serotonin, possibly to “augment” your antidepressant. Literally, millions of people in the United States alone take these three medications. 1% of just one million people is 10,000 people.  To put this in a statistical perspective, when we realize that according to CBS News 1 in 6 Americans take some kind of psychiatric drug and there are about 300 million people in the USA, that means 50 million people are taking psychiatric medicines and Seroquel, Geodon, and Abilify are some of the most popular psychiatric drugs.  If only half of one percent of 50 million people is affected by anger that is a staggering 250,000 people who may be put in danger of excessive and dangerous rage. 

If it were in my power to magically wave my hand and force this knowledge into the textbooks of young resident doctors and psychiatrists as well as educating the general public in an instant, I would, but I need help spreading this message. I am just one person with a blog. You can help! Please share this essential post to help others! A personal note, I am currently stable with my paranoid schizophrenia on Navane chemical name thiothixene at a very low 10 milligram dose, with a beautiful girlfriend, a good writing career of many books behind me, I am the first in the world to use a Vagus Nerve Stimulator for severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and I am currently looking for gigs as a Spanish to English and English to Spanish Translation and Statistician, my profile is on Upwork.

However, my main goal in life is to help others. So thanks for reading, and please let me know what you think in a comment, and please feel free to link to my blog or this article in particular, if you think it was helpful!

Well, that’s a lot to chew on. Thank you Mr. Art Levine for writing Mental Health Inc. It should be required reading EVERYWHERE where medicine and nursing, psychology and psychiatry are studied- also by the general public so they are aware of what is going on in the world. I wish I could give this book 10 stars, but 5 was the limit. Well done!

Finally, I should say I am looking for a co-author for book #66 a follow up to A Schizophrenic Will, tentatively titled “William Jiang and the Gammacore” about my personal feat of curing severe MCS with a vagus nerve stimulator- a world first and newsworthy! Please contact me if you are a big author and would like to bring a positive story to life on the printed page that has the makings of a blockbuster!

 

See Author William Jiang, MLS quoted in the
NEW YORK TIMES

William Jiang, MLS is currently the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Book about Schizophrenia- A Schizophrenic Will ranked in top 20 on Amazon.com

Author William Jiang, MLS quoted in the
NEW YORK TIMES

 

William Jiang, MLS is currently the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

schizophrenia book in top 20 on amazon

William Jiang, MLS has 8,420 books sold as of January 1st, 2018

I just did the tally, and as of January 1st, 2018 I have sold 8,420 books. As you can see below, I’ve recently been in the top 60,000 authors on all of Amazon. It might not sound like much, but there are about 4 million authors represented on Amazon- on days like that I am in the top 1% of all authors! Even on my “bad” days, I’m at 120,000 or top 2% of all authors. Thank you to my loyal readers  for your support of my writings! Some day I’ll make it big as an author, I firmly believe in the quality of my books and their ability to touch the world in a positive way! Happy new year!number 1 book ranking mental health author william jjiang

Coming Soon! The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health, 4th Edition

See Author William Jiang, MLS quoted in the
NEW YORK TIMES

 

William Jiang, MLS is currently the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

2 #books about #mentalhealth in the #Top20 abt #anxiety, #bipolar, #depression, & #schizophrenia

Thanks to the Award-Winning Podcast The Half Hour Intern for the interview that launched two of my Kindle books into the top 20 in their mental health category on Amazon.com on the Kindle this weekend! Check em out!

A teaser, we did talk a bit about the epigenome and its relationship to schizophrenia, nature versus nurture and all of that; however, I must say I regret not bringing up the new science of the epitranscriptome and our evolving relationship to schizophrenia, methylation of RNA, etc. Mea culpa! I do hope you will check out the podcast!! I loved the flow of my interviewer! I think it is only available to a few thousand as of yet, because it doesn’t show up on the site’s show database quite yet.

http://www.halfhourintern.com

Below is a screenshot of my two most popular books about mental health in English.

Best Books About Bipolar Disorder

Best Books about Bipolar as Curated by former Columbia Psychiatry Library Chief

Best books about bipolarBienvenidos! My name is William Jiang, MLS and I was the Chief of the Patient Library at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade from 2004-2011. According to the Surgeon General, more than one in four people in the United States struggles with mental health issues: anxiety, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more.  Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depression. The following were the best books about bipolar of the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure and of today.

Best Books about Bipolar DisorderBest Books About Depression

  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison “An international authority on manic-depressive illness, and one of the few women who are full professors of medicine at American Universities – a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence with manic depression, and how it shaped her life. With vivid prose and wit, she takes us into the fascinating and dangerous territory of this form of madness – a world in which one pole can be the alluring dark land ruled by what Byron called the “melancholy star of the imagination,” and the other a desert of depression and, all too frequently, death.”
  • Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman “Electroboy is an emotionally frenzied memoir that reveals with kaleidoscopic intensity the terrifying world of manic depression. For years Andy Behrman hid his raging mania behind a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one and changed jobs the way some people change outfits: filmmaker, PR agent, art dealer, stripper-whatever made him feel like a cartoon character, invincible and bright. Misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for years, his condition exacted a terrible price: out-of-control euphoric highs and tornado-like rages of depression that put his life in jeopardy.”
  • Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies by William Jiang, MLS “In this useful guide, Jiang gives a short practical summary of a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from the classical bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia to the more modern affliction of digital addictions. In each category, he supplies a list of non-pharmacologic treatments, providing for each item a reference with abstract. He also offers resources such as national networks and local support groups.” – Marjorie Ordene, MD
  • 100 Questions & Answers about Bipolar Disorder by Ava T. Albrecht  “Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient, a friend, or relative, this book offers help. The only volume to provide both the doctor’s and patient’s views, 100 Questions & Answers About Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder, gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, coping strategies, sources of support, and much more. Written by a prominent psychiatrist, with actual patient commentary, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the medical, psychological, and emotional turmoil of this debilitating condition.”
  • Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness by Jessie Close “In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge.”
  • Touched With Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison “Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity.”
  • Shock by Kitty Dukakis “Kitty Dukakis has battled debilitating depression for more than twenty years. Coupled with drug and alcohol addictions that both hid and fueled her suffering, Kitty?s despair was overwhelming. She tried every medication and treatment available; none worked for long. It wasn’t until she tried electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, that she could reclaim her life. Kitty?s dramatic first-person account of how ECT keeps her illness at bay is half the story of Shock. The other half, by award winning medical reporter Larry Tye, is an engrossing look at the science behind ECT and its dramatic yet subterranean comeback. This book presents a full picture of ECT, analyzing the treatment’s risks along with its benefits. ECT, it turns out, is neither a panacea nor a scourge but a serious option for treating life threatening and disabling mental diseases, like depression, bipolar disorder, and others.”
  • A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy “Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles. On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He’ll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning. Since then, Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. ”
  • Best books about bipolarThe Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams  “If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. This enhanced e-book includes an audio program of guided meditations narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.”
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky “Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book’s large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.”
  • The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David J. Miklowitz “Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. You need current information and practical problem-solving advice you can count on. You’ve come to the right place. Trusted authority Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, “For Women Only.”

 

I invite you to add your own favorite books about bipolar disorder in the comments.

In Health,

William Jiang, MLS

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Best Books About Depression

Best Books about Depression

Best Books about Depression as Curated by Author William Jiang, MLS

Best books about depressionBienvenidos! My name is William Jiang, MLS and I was the Chief of the Patient Library at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade from 2004-2011 and I have authored 69 books so far, many about mental health, some of them bestsellers! The scourge of major depression is the #1 cause of disability worldwide now. Indeed, the pandemic is accelerating. In the past 5 years among the most wealthy clinical depression has gone up 33% across the board, 65% among teenage girls, according to Time Magazine. My contention is that major depression is probably double those insane rates of increase in many of the poorer and minority communities. Many celebrities are stepping up to help us with our own mental health struggles by sharing theirs. Too many celebrities and unsung angels are dying by suicide these days. The following are the best books about depression at the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure. I hope you find them helpful. 

Best Books about Depression

  • The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th edition by me, William Jiang, MLS , I lead with this book because of the emerging power and awareness of Nutritional Psychiatry. I was featured in the New York Times and in front of 20 million people on CBS News because of this book (see bottom of page). The new and improved fourth edition expands where the third edition left off, more than doubling the content. It is a powerful addition to a new branch of psychiatry. It turns out that depression can be totally prevented, even when symptoms are breaking thought, or as in my own personal case, when strongly sucidal urges are taking over.  I totally stopped my needed antidepressants for more than 5 years because of the healing I received with this book.  See my popular Twitter reaction from the powers that be such as former APA President Dr Lieberman and Columbia Psychiatry.

  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon “Sometimes, the legacy of depression includes a wisdom beyond one’s years, a depth of passion unexperienced by those who haven’t traveled to hell and back. Off the charts in its enlightening, comprehensive analysis of this pervasive yet misunderstood condition, The Noonday Demon forges a long, brambly path through the subject of depression– exposing all the discordant views and “answers” offered by science, philosophy, law, psychology, literature, art, and history. The result is a sprawling and thoroughly engrossing study, brilliantly synthesized by author Andrew Solomon.”
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron “In the summer of 1985, William Styron became numbed by disaffection, apathy, and despair, unable to speak or walk while caught in the grip of advanced depression. His struggle with the disease culminated in a wave of obsession that nearly drove him to suicide, leading him to seek hospitalization before the dark tide engulfed him.”
  • Against Depression by Peter D. Kramer “In his landmark bestseller Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now Kramer offers a frank and unflinching look at the condition those medications treat: depression. Definitively refuting our notions of Best Books About Depression“heroic melancholy,” he walks readers through groundbreaking new research—studies that confirm depression’s status as a devastating disease and suggest pathways toward resilience. Thought-provoking and enlightening, Against Depression provides a bold revision of our understanding of mood disorder and promises hope to the millions who suffer from it.”
  • Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression  by Brooke Shields  “In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery. When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed–a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.”
  • Shock by Kitty Dukakis “Kitty Dukakis has battled debilitating depression for more than twenty years. Coupled with drug and alcohol addictions that both hid and fueled her suffering, Kitty’s despair was overwhelming. She tried every medication and treatment available; none worked for long. It wasn’t until she tried electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, that she could reclaim her life. Kitty’s dramatic first-person account of how ECT keeps her illness at bay is half the story of Shock. The other half, by award winning medical reporter Larry Tye, is an engrossing look at the science behind ECT and its dramatic yet subterranean comeback. This book presents a full picture of ECT, analyzing the treatment’s risks along with its benefits. ECT, it turns out, is neither a panacea nor a scourge but a serious option for treating life threatening and disabling mental diseases, like depression, bipolar disorder, and others.”
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic UnhappinessBest Books about Depression by Mark Williams  “If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. This enhanced e-book includes an audio program of guided meditations narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.”
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Depression 2nd Edition by Ava T. Albrecht  “Empower Yourself! Approximately 35 to 40 million Americans will deal with depression at some point in their lives. 100 Questions & Answers About Depression, Second Edition provides practical, authoritative answers to key questions about depression. Written in an easy-to-understand style by two prominent psychiatrists, Drs. Ava T. Albrecht and Charles Herrick, this unique guide presents comprehensive information on causes of depression, treatment options, and coping techniques. This completely revised book includes essential new topics on risk factors associated with depression, brain therapies, physiological drug dependence, and more! The only book to feature both patient and doctor views, this invaluable resource has the tools you need to understand and deal with this debilitating condition.”
  • Best Books About DepressionLincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk “Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation’s worst crisis in the “coping strategies” he had developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies. With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy. Based on careful, intrepid research, Lincoln’s Melancholy unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest turmoil. Shenk relates Lincoln’s symptoms, including mood swings and at least two major breakdowns, and offers compelling evidence of the evolution of his disease, from “major depression” in his twenties and thirties to “chronic depression” later on. Shenk reveals the treatments Lincoln endured and his efforts to come to terms with his melancholy, including a poem he published on suicide and his unpublished writings on the value of personal—and national—suffering. By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness.”
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky “Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book’s large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.”
  • Best Books About DepressionHis Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel “I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the love, and what I learned in living through it. I want Nick’s life to be not only a tender memory for us, but a gift to others. . . . I would like to offer people hope and the realities we lived with. I want to make a difference. My hope is that someone will be able to use what we learned, and save a life with it.”—Danielle Steel From the day he was born, Nick Traina was his mother’s joy. By nineteen, he was dead. This is Danielle Steel’s powerful, personal story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. Sharing tender, painful memories and Nick’s remarkable journals, Steel brings us a haunting duet between a singular young man and the mother who loved him—and a harrowing portrait of a masked killer called manic depression, which afflicts between two and three million Americans. At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel’s tribute to her lost son is a gift of life, hope, healing, and understanding to us all.”
  • Churchill and the ‘Black Dog’ of Depression: Reassessing the Biographical Evidence of Psychological Disorder by Wilfred Attenborough “Winston Churchill is widely believed to have been at risk from a congenital tendency towards prolonged, despairing, even suicidal, depression, from which he is said to have sought escape in ceaseless career-related endeavour. In this, the first book-length sifting of all the available biographical evidence, including extracts from archival letters and papers and never before been published materials, the truth emerges as significantly less grave than legend has it, but somewhat more complex. An essay Churchill published first in 1925 as a magazine article with the deceptively mundane title ‘Hobbies’ emerges as the key to understanding the cultural icon’s actual psychological difficulties, and his management of them. Attenborough’s pioneering book provides a clearer and deeper understanding of Churchill the man, and it substantially modifies the established interpretation of the influence of his inner world on Churchill the politician and statesman.”

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William Jiang, MLS is currently the AuRage, Anger, and Geodon- Is Ziprasidone Causing your Anger?thor of 69 books, including the bestselling books The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th edition and his critically-acclaimed autobiographies A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope and William Jiang and the Gamma Core. Hear him speak his mind about mental health on various podcasts for free. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Best Books About Schizophrenia

Author William Jiang, MLS quoted featured on CBS News and in the NEW YORK TIMES

Best Books about Schizophrenia

Best books list about schizophrenia curated by Author William Jiang, MLS

Best books about shizophreniaBienvenidos! My name is William Jiang, MLS and I was the Chief of the Patient Library at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade from 2004-2011. According to the Surgeon General, approximately one in one hundred people in the United States struggles with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is arguably the most devastating mental illness of them all. Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not multiple personality disorder. It is, rather, a break from reality. Many homeless people suffer from schizophrenia, and many with schizophrenia have auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations and delusions, or paranoia.  The following were the best books about schizophrenia at the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure. Not only was I staff at the #1 psychiatric research hospital in the world, I also developed schizophrenia at age 19, hence my first book choice, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. I was also a patient there.

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Autobiography

  • A Schizophrenic Will: a Story of Madness, a Story of Hope by William Jiang, MLS “A Best Books About Schizophreniatalented ambitious young student is afflicted by the most dread mental illness in the prime of his life. This first person account describes this all too common occurrence but what is unique is how he reacts to this adversity and his courageous and successful journey to recovery. Will Jiang’s impressive and moving story is reminiscent of other similar first person accounts of personal struggle and triumph over mental illness including Elyn Saks’ The Center Cannot Hold and Temple Grandin’s Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. Will’s story will be similarly informative and inspirational to everyone who has the good fortune to read it.” — Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. President, American Psychiatric Association
  • The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks “Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn’s life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.”
  • The Day The Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope by Ken Steele “For thirty-two years Ken Steele lived with the devastating symptoms of schizophrenia, tortured by inner voices commanding him to kill himself, ravaged by the delusions of paranoia, barely surviving on the ragged edges of society. In this inspiring story, Steele tells the story of his hard-won recovery from schizophrenia and how activism and advocacy helped him regain his sanity and go on to give hope and support to so many others like him.”
  • Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir  by Mark Vonnegut MD “More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough.Here is Mark’s life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition. There are the manic episodes, during which he felt burdened with saving the world, juxtaposed against the real-world responsibilities of running a pediatric practice. Ultimately a tribute to the small, daily, and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise, unsentimental, and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers.”
  • A Mind That Found Itself An Autobiography by Clifford Whittingham Beers “In the groundbreaking book, Clifford Beers tells what it was like to be institutionalized at a time when mental illness received little attention or respect. “A Mind that Found Itself” is Beers’ own story, as one of five children who all suffered psychological distress and were all confined to mental institutions at one time or another. Beers, who wrote the book after his own confinement, gained the support of the medical profession and was a leader in the mental hygiene movement. “A Mind that Found Itself” has been an inspiration to many mental health professionals in their choice of a profession. It also did much to help the rest of the world see mental health issues as a serious disease. “A Mind that Found Itself” is an excellent read for anyone seeking to better understand, or treat, mental illness.”

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Biography

  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar “In this pBest Books About Schizophreniaowerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly re-creates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize. A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, who dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed “impossible” by other mathematicians.”
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady “At first all one noticed was how gifted Fischer was.  Possessing a 181 I.Q. and remarkable powers of concentration, Bobby memorized hundreds of chess books in several languages, and he was only 13 when he became the youngest chess master in U.S. history.   But his strange behavior started early…. After years of poverty and a stint living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Bobby remerged in 1992 to play Spassky in a multi-million dollar rematch—but the experience only deepened a paranoia that had formed years earlier when he came to believe that the Soviets wanted him dead for taking away “their” title.  When the dust settled, Bobby was a wanted man—transformed into an international fugitive because of his decision to play in Montenegro despite U.S. sanctions.  Fearing for his life, traveling with bodyguards, and wearing a long leather coat to ward off knife attacks, Bobby lived the life of a celebrity fugitive – one drawn increasingly to the bizarre.  Mafiosi, Nazis, odd attempts to breed an heir who could perpetuate his chess-genius DNA—all are woven into his late-life tapestry.”

 

Best Books about Schizophrenia: Recovery

The Medical Libarian's Guide to Natural Mental Health, 4th Edition

  • The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th edition by William Jiang, MLS Regarding the 3rd edition: “In this useful guide, Jiang gives a short practical summary of a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from the classical bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia to the more modern affliction of digital addictions. In each category, he supplies a list of non-pharmacologic treatments, providing for each item a reference with abstract. He also offers resources such as national networks and local support groups.” – Marjorie Ordene, MD. The new and improved fourth edition expands where the third edition left off, more than doubling the content. It is a powerful addition to Nutritional Psychiatry. It turns out that schizophrenia can be totally prevented, even when symptoms are breaking thought, the prodrome, or as in the case of Jiang, one can drastically reduce the amount of medicine one takes. “Always take your medication as prescribed.”, emphasizes Jiang. If you do not you will definitely get sicker. That being said, using the power of nutritional psychiatry, Mr Jiang has been able to reduce his anti-psychotic from a maximum  of 40mg to the minimum therapeutic dose of 10mg.   “Nobody can tell that I have schizophrenia now. Even my Colombian ladyfriend is not convinced that I have schizophrenia, now.” Salud!
  • Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition: A Family Manual by E. Fuller Torrey “Updated throughout and filled with all the latest research, the bestselling Surviving Schizophrenia is back, now in its sixth edition. Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families, and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient’s and the family’s point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment, and answers the questions most often asked by families, consumers, and providers.”
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Schizophrenia: Painful Minds 2nd Edition by Lynn E. DeLisi “Approximately one percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their life-time. This chronic, severe mental illness can be devastating for patients and their family and friends. Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient with schizophrenia, or a friend or relative of someone suffering from this mental illness, this book offers help. Completely revised and updated, 100 Questions & Answers About Schizophrenia: Painful Minds, Second Edition gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, sources of support, and much more. Written by an expert on the subject, and including a foreword by parents of a person with schizophrenia, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of schizophrenia.”
  • Best Books About SchizophreniaFountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice by Alan Doyle and Julius Lanoil “Since 1948, people suffering from mental health issues, mental health professionals, and committed volunteers have gathered at Fountain House in New York City to find relief from stigmatization and social alienation. Its “working community” approach has earned the organization vast critical recognition, enabling it to replicate its methods across the world. This volume describes the humanity, social inclusivity, personal empowerment, and perpetual innovation of the Fountain House approach. Evidence-based, cost-effective, and transferable, this model achieves crosscultural results by supporting the principles of personal choice, professional and patient collaboration, and the need to be needed, achieving substantive outcomes in employment, schooling, housing, and general wellness.”
  • I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment. 10th Anniversary Edition by Xavier Amador “’This book fills a tremendous void…’ wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. In this latest edition, 6 new chapters have been added, new research on anosognosia (lack of insight) is presented and new advice, relying on lessons learned from thousands of LEAP seminar participants, is given to help readers quickly and effectively use Dr. Amador s method for helping someone accept treatment. I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practitioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner-and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.”

 

See Author William Jiang, MLS featured

in the NEW YORK TIMES and on CBS National News

William Jiang, MLS is currently the AuRage, Anger, and Geodon- Is Ziprasidone Causing your Anger?thor of 69 books, including the bestselling books The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies, 4th edition and his critically-acclaimed autobiographies A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope and William Jiang and the Gamma Core. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net