Recommended Titles

Recommended Titles Compiled by Crystal

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed / Lori Gottlieb (B Gottlieb)
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times / Pema Chödrön (294.344 CHO)
Describes a traditional Buddhist approach to suffering and how embracing the painful situation and using communication, negative habits, and painful emotions leads to emotional growth and happiness.

Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now / Jill P. Weber, PhD (152.46 WEB)
This book is both a handy resource for stress management and a close look into the causes of anxiety. Evidence-based strategies show you how to control a variety of symptoms in lots of different circumstances.

The Hilarious World of Depression / John Moe (616.8527 MOE)
Inspired by the immediate success of his podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-and the Unexpected Solutions / Johann Hari (616.8527 HARI)
Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they [believe they] are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari’s journey took him from a … series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered [what he argues are] nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions.

An Unquiet Mind / Kay Redfield Jamison (B Jamison)
From a leading international authority on manic-depressive illness–and one of only a handful of women who are full professors of medicine–comes a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since childhood with manic-depression, and how it has shaped her life.

Broken (in the Best Possible Way) / Jenny Lawson, full grown mammal (B Lawson)
Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way.

Crystal is the reference supervisor at the Morgantown Public Library downtown branch.