Video/ and bibliotherapy: Recommended videos or reading recommendations on various mental health issues. These are only meant to be used in conjunction with active therapy. And it can actually be a trigger, and thus should be discussed prior to watching. **This is a Work in Progress***
Mental Health Awareness/General Mental Health Diagnosis Education
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Netflix 2015 NR). Very well done movie divided into 5 different stories. Each story focuses on a different mental health diagnosis and how the illness may present with symptoms. Topics covered are Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, etc.
The Mask You Live In (2015 NR-Netflix Documentary). 1.5 hr Documentary on the challenges that the male gender faces in the US culture. Includes themes of bullying, masculinity, sexual identity, stereotypes, and domestic violence. Encourages more positive influence from male figures.
The Girl On the Train (Movie 2016). Themes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Audrie & Daisy (Netflix 2016 TV-14) Teen focused Netflix Documentary with themes of online bullying, trauma, sexual abuse, and self esteem issues. Quite intense, watch with caution.
I am Jane Doe (Netflix Documentary 2017 TV-14). Very Intense Documentary on Rape in the US culture, sex slave trade, Backpage.com / prostitution of teens, PTSD, Trauma, Rape, Depression.
- The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. Considered to be one of the best self help books on healing from trauma. It has been around since the 1980’s but updated multiple times. It also has a workbook that goes along with it.
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. A very well researched and educational book on how PTSD develops, impacts the brain, and ultimately the body. He also introduces new ideas for treatment of PTSD via his research as compared to “typical psychotherapy and medication.”
- Childhood Disrupted: How your Biography Becomes your Biology and How you can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Incredible read and well researched book, full of insightful information on Trauma. Dr. Nakazawa uses the ACE study (something I am a huge advocate of) and its results to guide her in this book. This book goes well with Dr. Van Der Kolk’s book, but from a different perspective and writing style.
- The ACES Revolution!: The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences by John Traser. This book reviews the ACE study, considered one of the largest & most important studies that no one has “ever heard of.” This book explains how the link between trauma and health issues was originally discovered.
Self Esteem Issues
Susan Cain, “The Power of Introverts.” Ted Talk found on YouTube or TedTalk on Roku. She also wrote a very well done book on this subject.
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Claudia Black PHD MSW, “It will never happen to me!”
John Friel PHD, “An Adult Child’s Guide To What’s Normal.
“Janet Geringer Woititz MED & Robert Ackerman’s PHD , “The complete ACOA Sourcebook.”
Codependency, Toxic Relationships, or Self Sabotage
Melody Beattie, “Codependent No More.” (Essentially any book by Ms. Beattie).
Robin Norwood, “Women Who Love Too Much.”
Paul Mason, “Stop Walking on Egg Shells.”