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I hope you find some of these books of interest. They're in a few different groups:

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The links are to the amazon.com site, where, if you like, you can actually buy the books. Their Associates Program is supposed to "earn" me up to 15% of sales in referral fees (at no extra cost to you).

 

My own suggestions

[cover] Achilles in Vietnam : Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
by Jonathan Shay

See also: About Medications For Combat PTSD

(no picture, sorry) The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychopharmacology
by Alan F. Schatzberg, Charles B. Nemeroff
(no picture, sorry) Becoming a Psychotherapist
by Alan Balsam, Rosemary Marshall Balsam
[cover] Choosing an Online Therapist : A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Professional Help on the Web
by Gary S. Stofle
[cover] Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
by Marsha M. Linehan
[cover] Darkness Visible : A Memoir of Madness
by William Styron

Also recommended by robinibor:
This book is a vivid description of how depression can incapacitate a person. Some people might think me sexist here, but I find that when men "discover" that depression is not "just a woman thing," they begin to take it more seriously.

Also recommended by Phil:
This book, unlike his others, is very short. It's a great book to give to friends who 'don't get it'. It's well worth the short time it takes to read.

Also recommended by Gabbi:
This book I would definately recommend. not that Phil needs me to approve) It is short, "reader friendly" and interesting, while being as descriptive as I think is possible about the illness to people who haven't suffered it. It's the kind of book you can leave lying around and someone might actually read it. Its been years since I read it, but I think It also mentions the author Albert Camus thoughts that depression and suicide were weaknesses, a cop out, until he himself succumbed to depression. That might register with some "chin up" types.

Also recommended by Gracie2:
To anyone deeply depressed and considering suicide I would suggest this book. This renowned writer (author of many books including "Sophie's Choice") was blessed with talent, recognition, money, a good marriage, close friends, world travels, and a story-book home. Yet he became so terribly depressed that he wavered on the brink of madness and suicide. He describes this descent with such clarity that, despite his privilaged life, it is easy to identify with his feelings. And to find some hope in the fact that he did get better.

(no picture, sorry) Doing Psychotherapy
by Michael Franz Basch
[cover] Essential Psychopharmacology : Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications
by Stephen M. Stahl

Also recommended by Jan Griffin, RN, NP:
I have used [this book] in my primary care practice for both patients and their families. Comments have been positive from both parties. All have commented on the benefits of the illustrations. Admittedly much of the book is advanced reading. Good Luck.....

Also recommended by paulb:
I think this is a really good book, the kind students would read but is not difficult to comprehend and I didnt find myself having to go over paragraphs again and again which was good. What also makes the book accessible is that the diagrams, of which there are a lot are simple, colurful and clarify what the author has written.

[cover] E-therapy : Your Guide to Mental Health in Cyberspace
[fatbrain, not amazon, link]
by Peter Yellowlees
[cover] Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen

Also recommended by juniper:
this book is one of my favorites... i remember really liking the book, though i couldn't quite remember why. there were a few memorable quotes that i could run through my head, but i still didn't remember the story in its entirety. so i picked the book up to thumb through it, and ended up rereading it today. it is incredibly readable... the story itself is interesting (and the writing is very clear and graceful), but not for the reason most memoirs on mental disorders are. it is not about the author's struggle with depression or borderline personality disorder (what she was diagnosed with) but more about her absurd daily routines in the hospital and the patients she forms relationships with. the book itself has a detached quality about it, of an outsider looking in -- and with this quality comes a touch of astonishment at who she is and who the other patients are. (and sometimes, per adam's review, the book can seem like a freak show tour -- but it is more like the hospital itself is an absurd place and the characters follow suit.) the author never seems to be in emotional pain, but she can explain in simple and alluring terms exactly how i have felt at times

[cover] Great Sex for Moms : Ten Steps to Nurturing Passion While Raising Kids
by Valerie Davis Raskin  [new]
[cover] Manic Depressive Illness
by Frederick K. Goodwin, Kay Redfield Jamison
[cover] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders : A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well
by Fred Penzel
[cover] Overcoming Overeating
by Jane R. Hirschmann, Carol H. Munter
[cover] PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine
by Sally Satel
(no picture, sorry) Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry
by American Psychiatric Association
(no picture, sorry) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in a College Context
by Robert May
(no picture, sorry) Psychotherapy in a New Key : A Guide to Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
by Hans H. Strupp, Jeffrey L. Binder (Contributor)
[cover] Rating Scales in Mental Health
by Martha Sajatovic, Luis F. Ramirez
[cover] St. John's Wort : The Herbal Way to Feeling Good
by Norman E. Rosenthal
[cover] An Unquiet Mind
by Kay Redfield Jamison
[cover] Winter Blues : Seasonal Affective Disorder : What It Is and How to Overcome It
by Norman E. Rosenthal
 

Best sellers

There are a few (mental health) categories you can choose from:

 

More for fun

[cover] The Bob Book; A Celebration of the Ultimate Okay Guy
by David Rensin, Bill Zehme (Contributor), Bob Greene (Designer)
[cover] Hope for the Flowers
by Trina Paulus
[cover] Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator)

Also recommended by Daniel Handler in the Village Voice:
With all due respect to Toni Morrison, Ian McEwan, Beverly Cleary, Muriel Spark, Günter Grass, J.D. Salinger, Stephen Dixon, Lorrie Moore, Grace Paley, Gore Vidal, Gabriel García Márquez, Rachel Ingalls, Tom Drury, Thomas Pynchon, Eudora Welty, J.P. Donleavy, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Naguib Mahfouz, David Foster Wallace, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Don DeLillo, some people my editor cut, Alice Munro, Dale Peck, José Saramago, Edmund White, E.L. Konigsburg, John Updike, W.G. Sebald, Russell Banks, Stephen Millhauser, Kazuo Ishiguro, Amy Bloom, Robert Cormier, Kenzaburo Oe, Francesca Lia Block, Rick Moody, Donald Antrim, Amos Oz, Paul Auster, Cynthia Ozick, Harry Crews, Denis Johnson, Gary Indiana, Howard Norman, Anne Tyler, Jonathan Lethem, J.G. Ballard, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gaitskill, and -- of course -- me, Haruki Murakami is our greatest living practitioner of fiction..

The song, of course, is by John Lennon

(no picture, sorry) Real Age : Are You as Young As You Can Be?
by Michael Roizen
(no picture, sorry) Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains : Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes
by David C. Hsiung
(no picture, sorry) The Ultimate Guide to Winning Scrabble Brand Crossword Game
by Michael Lawrence, John Ozag
(no picture, sorry) The Wizard of Oz
by Salman Rushdie
 

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