The Big Fix
By Tracey Helton Mitchell
After surviving nearly a decade of heroin abuse and hard living on the streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin District, Tracey Helton Mitchell decided to get clean for good.With raw honesty and a poignant perspective on life that only comes from starting at rock bottom, Tracey tells her story of transformation from homeless heroin addict to stable mother of three-and the hard work and hard lessons that got her there. Rather than dwelling on the pain of addiction, The Big Fix focuses on her journey of recovery and rebuilding her life, while exposing the failings of the American rehab system and laying out a path for change. Starting with the first step in her recovery, Tracey re-learns how to interact with men, build new friendships, handle money, and rekindle her relationship with her mother, all while staying sober, sharp, and dedicated to her future.A decidedly female story of addiction, The Big Fix describes the unique challenges faced by women caught in the grip of substance abuse, such as the toxic connection between drug addition and prostitution. Tracey's story of hope, hard work, and rehabilitation will inspire anyone who has been affected by substance abuse while offering hope for a better future.
By Perry D. Hoffman, John G Gunderson
BPD affects a significant percentage of the population. It is a disorder of relationships, one whose symptoms occur most in interpersonal contexts-and thus impact any number of interpersonal connections in life. When people have BPD, they may struggle to manage their emotions on a daily basis, and have to deal with fears of abandonment, anger issues, self-injury, and even suicidality-all of which can lead to even more instability in relationships.This powerful compilation of stories reveals the deeply personal, firsthand perspectives of people who suffer with BPD, explores the numerous ways in which this disorder has affected their lives, and outlines the most debilitating and misunderstood symptoms of BPD (the most tragic being suicide). Beyond Borderline delves into the many ways the disorder can present-as well as the many paths to recovery-using evidence-based tools from dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness meditation, metallization-based therapy (MBT), and more.BPD is a challenging disorder that impacts people's lives and relationships in countless ways. With this book-full of intimate accounts that reflect the myriad ways BPD presents and how it affects not just those afflicted, but also their loved ones-you'll gain a deeper understanding of the disorder and learn how to move forward on the path toward healing while dealing with BPD.
The Biology of Desire
By Marc Lewis
Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the "disease model" of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire , cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease, and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing.Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it's supposed to do-seek pleasure and relief-in a world that's not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.
By Dina Gachman
In Brokenomics , author Dina Gachman shares the lessons she's learned about how to live large in the cheap seats. Through stories both painfully honest and laugh-out-loud funny that anyone can relate to, Dina reveals all the tricks you need to live the good life without spending a ton of money. Brokenomics covers the place where economics and everyday life collide. It includes: Rules for changing your mindset ( There Will Always Be Someone Richer, Taller, Smarter, and Better Looking Than You") Wise words about making big decisions, like raising children,or not ( Why Have a Baby When You Can Just Get a Nice Potted Plant?") Clear-eyed relationship advice ( Do Not Date Anyone Who Loves Their Bong More Than They Love You") Solid guidance for renters ( The Freeloader's Guide to Housesitting") And strategies for talking to your honey about money. . . without breaking upThis helpful and hilarious handbook has the answers for crafting your own version of the glamorous life without breaking the bank. Dina shares advice on every page while keeping things fresh, light, and fun. Written with the wisdom afforded by hindsight, Brokenomics will appeal to recent college grads, newly committed couples, and those facing career crises alike.
Body of Truth
By Harriet Brown
Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, "fat" has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, "I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. But I never called you fat." How did we get to this place where the worst insult you can hurl at someone is "fat"? Where women and girls (and increasingly men and boys) will diet, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all in the name of being thin?As a science journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an objective perspective as a mother, wife, and woman with "weight issues," she has struggled to understand it on a personal level. Now, in Body of Truth , Brown systematically unpacks what's been offered as "truth" about weight and health.Starting with the four biggest lies, Brown shows how research has been manipulated how the medical profession is complicit in keeping us in the dark how big pharma and big, empty promises equal big, big dollars how much of what we know (or think we know) about health and weight is wrong. And how all of those affect all of us every day, whether we know it or not.The quest for health and wellness has never been more urgent, yet most of us continue to buy into fad diets and unattainable body ideals, unaware of the damage we're doing to ourselves. Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty, but also offers concrete suggestions for how each of us can sort through the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves.
Better than Perfect
By Elizabeth Lombardo
Perfectionists exist in every walk of life. While outwardly they appear to be very accomplished, they are often unhappy and unfulfilled. Perfectionists strive toward unattainable goals, and their behaviours can wreak havoc on both their physical health and their psychological well-being.Timely and transformative, Better than Perfect by Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo offers step-by-step instructions for perfectionists to find balance and freedom. The book defines perfectionism in easy-to-understand terms, offers simple assessment tools, and shares case studies of Lombardo's patients to highlight the condition. Also included are practical exercises and suggestions for behavioural changes, including seven ways to overcome perfectionism that range from choosing passion over perfection to remembering you're more than what you do.With the ultimate goal of helping readers achieve happiness and prosperity without the stress of making sure things are perfect," Better than Perfect is a fundamental guide for all perfectionists seeking new, fulfilled, and empowered lives.
Break Free from the Divortex
By Christina Pesoli
With half of all marriages in America ending, more and more women are finding themselves in the midst of the messy, emotional divorce process. It's easy to get sucked into the Divortex: a black hole of despair created by navigating legal issues, personal stresses, and the strain of putting lives back together.Packed with no-nonsense advice and practical survival tips, Break Free from the Divortex offers advice from someone who can do more than settle your case. Christina Pesoli is a professional divorce coach and an attorney who acts as therapist, lawyer, and best friend, all rolled into one relatable guide. Pesoli teaches the reader how to:Avoid blow-ups with her ex by employing a less is more" approachChoose the right divorce lawyer to get the most for her money while keeping costs downShake off her ex's dating escapades and get ready to date after her divorce is finalized,without repeating the same mistakesFilled with honest wisdom from someone who's been divorced herself, Break Free from the Divortex delivers the advice women need to come out on top,with their finances and their sanity intact.
Bipolar II Disorder Workbook
By Stephanie McMurrich Roberts, Louisa Grandin Sylvia, Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington
Most people have heard of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that is marked by manic episodes and periods of intense depression. Bipolar II disorder differs from bipolar I in that sufferers may never experience a full manic episode, although they may experience periods of high energy and impulsiveness (hypomania), as well as depression and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar II, or even if you think that you may have this disorder, you may be frightened by the highs and lows of your intense emotions. Fortunately, there are proven-effective treatments that can help you find a sense of calm and peace of mind.Written by an extremely accomplished team of bipolar experts, The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook is designed to help you manage the recurring depression, hypomania, and anxiety that can arise as a result of your condition. The convenient workbook format combines evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based exercises to help you manage your emotions, track your progress, and ultimately live a happy and more productive life.This is the first self-help workbook available specifically for individuals diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
Back from the Brink
By Graeme Cowan
If you have severe depression or bipolar disorder, you may find it difficult to take that first step toward recovery. You aren't alone. In our society, many people with depression or bipolar disorder do not seek therapy or medical treatment due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Even people in "progressive" communities may not want to admit that they are on antidepressants or mood-balancing medications. Isn't it time we changed the way we thought about these illnesses?Centered on interviews with several people from of all walks of life, including Bob Boorstin, the director of public policy at Google, former tennis star Cliff Ritchey, and talk-show host Trisha Goddard, Back from the Brink offers people with depression and bipolar disorder real hope and real advice, as well as practical tools for putting what they've learned into practice in recovering from their symptoms. In addition to real interviews, the book also includes chapters that outline practical treatment and medication information that are based on recent research and a major global survey.This book came about in part because the author, Graeme Cowan, went through a five-year episode of depression which his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. This fueled Cowan's desire to prevent others from going the same thing. Through this horrific experience, and his own extensive research, Cowan has guided, taught, and inspired countless people through his books.If you are ready to put one foot in front of another and take that daunting first step toward getting better, the true stories and treatment strategies presented in this book will both inform you and inspire you to make a real change.
Borderline Personality Disorder
By Alexander L. Chapman, Kim L. Gratz
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mood disorder marked by extreme, fluctuating emotions, black-and-white thinking, problems with interpersonal relationships, and in extreme cases, self-harm. If you have recently been diagnosed with BPD, you likely have many questions. What treatment options are available? How do you tell your friends and loved ones? And what are the common side-effects of medication?A diagnosis of BPD can definitely change your life, but it can also be a catalyst for personal transformation and growth. In Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, two renowned experts on BPD present an easy-to-read introduction to BPD for those who have recently been diagnosed. Readers will learn the most common complications of the illness, the most effective treatments available, and practical strategies for staying on the path to recovery.This book is a part of The New Harbinger Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series. The series was created to help people who have recently been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Our goal is to offer user-friendly resources that provide answers to common questions readers may have after receiving a diagnosis, as well as evidence-based strategies to help them cope with and manage their condition, so that they can get back to living a more balanced life.
Build Your Dreams
By Alexis Irvin, Chip Hiden
The Dream Share Project , a documentary and career workshop created by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, has inspired thousands of college students across the U.S. In Build Your Dreams , Chip and Alexis transform their program into the ultimate career guide for a generation of rebels" seeking passionate work. Through essays, anecdotes, exercises, tasks, and illustrations, Build Your Dreams offers a unique 5-stage framework (using the acronym DREAM) for 20-somethings to make a living doing what they love: Discovery: This stage helps the reader unearth their passions and explores eight ways to test-drive a dream. Research: Teaches how to break a big vision down into actionable and measurable mini-goals. Embark: Offers guidance on financing a dream by providing Millennial-friendly expense-slashing techniques, easy-to-use budgeting templates, and fund-raising strategies.. Adapt: Utilizing anecdotes and exercises, this stage helps the reader surmount potential pitfalls on the path to their dream. Maintain: Focuses on teaching the reader how to make their dream profitable. Interactive, achievable, and enlightening, Build Your Dreams is the ultimate career guide for 80 million young people born between 1982 and 2001 who are poised to transform their passions into a fulfilling career and lifestyle.
By Linda Blair
On the basis of over 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how your birth order position, as well as the spacing between you and your siblings and the sex of your siblings, impact your childhood, your adult life and your relationships.Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will inform and intrigue. By reading this unique book you will quickly understand yourself, your family and your partner better. It will also shed light on the dynamics of your other relationships, explain why you may repeat patterns within relationships, and suggest helpful strategies for dealing with other people. Chapters cover birth order and what being the eldest, middle, or youngest child reveals about you, the effect of large or small age gaps between you and your siblings, family size, the sex of your siblings, parental attitudes to each child, being an only child, being a twin, the impact of step-siblings, and much more.
By David C.M. Carter
In 1954, Roger Bannister decided he would break the four-minute-mile record. Not only did he do this, but within a year, his achievement empowered 37 others to do the same. He accomplished his own 'breakthrough' and inspired others to push themselves beyond what they thought they could achieve. For the first time, the world's leading mentor David C. M. Carter shares his most effective 'breakthrough' secrets in this practical guide to becoming the best you can be. Previously only accessible to his handful of exclusive international clients, these strategies are the keys to a more successful and happier you. By following them, you will learn how to identify and clarify your goals - and then achieve them in every area of your life.With simple, easy-to-action 'breakthroughs' outlined in each chapter, complete with 'how-to' tools, you'll have no excuse to live anything less than the life you were destined to live.
By Janelle Caponigro
Bipolar disorder is not only one of the most difficult mental health issues to treat, but also one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood. For these reasons, a diagnosis of bipolar is a major turning point in a person's life. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers process their diagnosis, decide who to tell, and discover the treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage their symptoms. This book offers hope and support for the newly diagnosed without overwhelming them with extraneous information. The book covers workplace issues, how to become aware of bipolar triggers, how to find support, working with the treatment team, and dealing with the fear and stigma surrounding the diagnosis. Anyone who has been diagnosed with bipolar will appreciate having this easy-to-use reference at hand to help them understand more about the condition.
Brief Interventions for Radical Behavior Change
By Kirk D. Strosahl
Mental health and chemical dependency clinicians are in a unique position to improve the lives of their clients, but find it difficult to provide clients with life-changing psychological tools they need within each time-limited appointment. Brief Interventions for Radical Behaviour Change makes it easy for these busy clinicians to integrate important mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based therapeutic work in their interactions with clients.In just fifteen to thirty minutes, clinicians can identify core issues clients struggle with, apply acceptance interventions to help clients eliminate self-defeating thinking and behaviour, and help clients engage in committed, values-based actions to change their lives for the better. The goal is to emphasize small, positive changes that cumulatively lead to radical changes in clients' lives. These acceptance and commitment therapy-based interventions require minimal time and few follow-up visits, and are capable of catalysing dramatic changes in clients. Brief interventions have been proven to have a significant clinical impact in helping clients overcome substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. A must-have resource for every clinician seeking to hasten his or her clients' recovery using cutting-edge techniques from mindfulness and acceptance therapy.
By Paul Gilbert
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.If you suffer from depression you are far from alone. It is an extremely common problem affecting over 300 million people around the world - and the number of reported cases is rising. Distressing and painful, depression can impact on almost every area of a person's life, from relationships and family life, to work and physical health.Selected by Professor Paul Gilbert, a world renowned expert on depression and author of bestselling self-help guide Overcoming Depression, the first person accounts contained in this collection will motivate, inspire and reassure. Most importantly, they will remind the reader that even during the darkest moments, there is always hope. Includes two chapters written by Professor Paul Gilbert explaining the causes of depression and how to overcome it.
Be Happy Without Being Perfect
By Alice D. Domar
BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT is about learning how to reset unrealistically high expectations and replace them with realistic, attainable goals - for your home, family, relationships, job, body and bank account. Dr Alice Domar will share lessons such as:* Why we expect so much of ourselves and how failure to live up to our own expectations can have an adverse affect our emotional and physical health* How to stop being so hard on yourself when you fall short of your own expectations* How to alleviate the guilt and shame that perfectionism can trigger* How to accept inadequacies in the areas in which perfectionist thinking is particularly prevalent and damaging BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT provides the keys to releasing women from the straitjacket of stress and worry, showing them how to relax, enjoy and embrace what they have.
Behavioral Health As Primary Care
By William T. O'Donohue
Integrated care defined as the better coordination of behavioral health services with medical services, holds much promise in addressing the above problems. One of the key advantages to this healthcare delivery system is that it can reduce demand for healthcare by providing patients with the healthcare they actually need. There is significant clinical research all pointing to one fact: many patients (perhaps even the majority) receiving traditional primary care or specialty care medicine also need behavioral care. But the question arises: How does one move from the divided healthcare delivery system of today to an integrated care system in such a way that the benefits of making this change are achieved?To address this question we assembled a distinguished group of national experts to describe the process of integrating behavioral health with primary care. This volume, the result of a national conference sponsored by The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno, assists practitioners, researchers, administrators, and decision makers in understanding the practical issues surrounding how to integrate behavioral healthcare with medical/surgical care.
Behavior Analysis of Language & Cognition
By Steven C. Hayes
Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition, edited by Steven C. Hayes, Linda J. Hayes, Masaya Sato, and Koichi Ono provides a contemporary look at the nature of stimulus relations and verbal events, and their impact on cognitive activity. This book covers a range to basic and applied topics, but throughout the book, authors return to a common question: how do language and cognition work? Some of the best authors in the field present their answers to that question here.
Behavior Analysis, Education, and Effective Schooling
By Laura Frederick
School reform is a critical topic in America. Politicians have education as the centerpiece of their campaign platforms and legislative agendas with a heavy emphasis on testing and accountability. Schools, school systems, and individual teachers are told to do better and to make sure their students score higher on national and state examinations. If scores improve, teachers can earn incentives; if they do not, teachers can lose their positions.However, if teachers are to do better, they need new skills. The authors advocate implementing curricular materials and instructional methods that research has shown to be effective in any classroom at any level. These methods can be taught to current and pre-service teachers alike. The book includes chapters on: achieving educational success, educational theory, schools and schooling, instructional strategies, classroom management, assessing academic performance, teacher training, and educational myths and behavior analysis.