New titles in Mental Health
To complement the September Main Library display of titles dealing with mental health, here are a few recent publications of note:
The healthy mind toolkit: simple strategies to get out of your own way and enjoy your life by Alice Boyes, 2018. 616.891 BOY
Blending scientific research with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Alice Boyes provides easy, practical solutions that will help you identify how you’re holding yourself back and how to reverse self sabotaging behaviors.
Gorilla and the bird: a memoir of madness and a mother’s love by Zack McDermott, 2018. BIOG MCDERMOT
The author, a Brooklyn public defender, describes the devastating psychotic break that took him from New York back to his roots in Kansas, where his tough Midwestern mother helped him return to sanity and rebuild a stable life.
The Kevin show by Mary Pilon, 2018. BIOG HALL
The incredible story of Olympic sailor Kevin Hall, and the psychiatric syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life. Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the “Truman Show” delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show. When the Director commands Kevin to do things, the results can lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both.
What made Maddy run: the secret struggles and tragic death of an all-American teen by Kate Fagan, 2017. 616.858 FAG
Why would a 19-year-old academic standout and member of the University of Pennsylvania track team take a running leap from the top floor of a parking garage? This is an expansion of espnW journalist Kate Fagan’s feature on Maddy Holleran, who died by suicide in 2014. With the cooperation of Holleran’s family and unfettered access to Maddy’s computer and text messages, Fagan sorts through a maze of communication for clues into the life of unfiltered Maddy.
Okay fine whatever: the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things by Courtenay Hameister, 2018. 818.602 HAM
Prolific radio-talk-show personality Hameister hosted the Portland-based Live Wire! for 12 years, all the while suffering from crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder, in addition to a lifetime of generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD. In this memoir, she shares the successes and epic failures of her recent Okay Fine Whatever project, an attempt to overcome fear by engaging in dozens of terrifying activities. This series of self-inflicted dares includes an hour in a sensory deprivation tank, a Brazilian bikini wax, a trip to a professional cuddler, an evening at a sex club, and 28 internet-matched first dates.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau