Which Books Or Resources Do Clinical Psychologists Recommend for Understanding Mental Health Issues?

    What is one book or resource you recommend to your patients or colleagues to better understand a mental health issue?

    In the quest to deepen understanding of mental health issues among professionals and patients alike, we've gathered recommendations from top experts, including Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists. They offer a range of resources, from exploring the effects of generational trauma to navigating personal journeys through grief. Discover these six invaluable books and resources that these seasoned professionals suggest for a better grasp of complex mental health topics.

    • It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn
    • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
    • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
    • The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
    • Grief by Suzanne Evans

    It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn

    It Didn't Start With You by Mark Wolynn is an important text describing the generational effects of trauma. It can be heavy, disrupting, validating, and illuminating for those who may be confused by their family of origin.

    This book is also a valuable demonstration of how to build self-compassion when experiencing the effects of trauma and adverse life experiences.

    Carly Claney
    Carly ClaneyFounder/CEO, Clinical Psychologist, Relational Psych

    Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns

    Regarding the treatment of anxiety and depression, I believe that this book offers a method that is supported by scientific research. The principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) serve as the foundation for this book, which instructs readers on how to recognize and alter negative thought patterns.

    Amber Moseley
    Amber MoseleyCEO and Co-Founder, IWC

    An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison is a deeply personal narrative that offers a unique dual perspective on bipolar disorder, as the author is both a clinical psychologist and a patient.

    She explores the challenges and realities of living with bipolar disorder, blending her professional knowledge with her own experiences of manic highs and depressive lows. The book provides valuable insights into the nature of the disorder, its impact on relationships and professional life, and the journey towards finding an effective treatment.

    Jamison's courageous and honest account serves as a source of understanding and hope for those affected by bipolar disorder.

    Tanveer Padder
    Tanveer PadderPsychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Addiction Speacalist

    Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

    In my practice, I usually have a lot of pediatric patients, especially between the ages of 8-12, who are unfortunately suffering from anxiety. It's a lot for a child to understand what anxiety is, and parents often have difficulty articulating to their child what the mental health disorder is.

    In my clinic, I often have a few copies of Tom Percival's Ruby Finds a Worry, so I can give it to my patients. It's an illustrated children's book, and I think it's very helpful because it helps kids understand what anxiety is in an uncomplicated way.

    The images, particularly the concept art of anxiety being portrayed as a 'squiggly yellow blob,' make anxiety less intimidating for kids. This‌ improves treatment compliance and cooperation with their parents and me as the psychiatrist.

    Eric Chaghouri
    Eric ChaghouriPsychiatrist and Medical Director, Lucid Wellness Center

    The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

    One fantastic resource I often recommend to both my clients and fellow coaches is The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. It's a game-changer in understanding the impact of trauma on mental health.

    The book dives deep into how our bodies physically hold on to stress and trauma, offering valuable insights for anyone looking to enhance their mental well-being or support others in their journey.

    It's written in a way that makes complex concepts accessible. I've seen it open up meaningful conversations and perspectives, so it's definitely worth a read.

    James Cunningham
    James CunninghamSenior Coach, Total Shape

    Grief by Suzanne Evans

    As a Mental Health First Aid and Positive Psychology facilitator who speaks extensively about grief, I often share my book Grief. In Grief, I share the story of the trauma of losing my son, Muzz, to suicide.

    It's the book I wish I had when my son passed away. Through the heart-breaking experience, I gained the strength and resilience to help others make sense of theirs, offering a compassionate and genuine guide to navigating grief, reassuring readers they are not alone.

    In it, I provide invaluable tools, from positive psychology to mental health first aid, and my program, Workbench for the Mind, reminds readers to choose themselves because every step towards healing begins with a choice.

    Suzi Evans
    Suzi EvansMental Health First Aid Facilitator, Founder, Author, KAIZEN Business Support