Recommended Reading

Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds mixes Buddhist teachings with practical American advice. For example: "Feelings come and feelings go like clouds in the Japanese sky." "Feel the feeling and do what needs to be done."

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fifth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne

This is the Bible or definitive encyclopedia for working with clients who have anxiety—or with yourself! Lots of useful information that will help you get a bead on your situation and manage your anxiety (or phobias) better.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Based on the experience of clients at the famous University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic, read about patients as they radically improve their lives and health. The book is an effort to provide this U Mass program to the general public. Look up the "body scan" in the index and give it a try.

Winter Blues, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder by Norman E. Rosenthal MD

Another classic book, one that can help get you on track if you tend to "hibernate" in winter.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert by John M. Gottman, Nan Silver

My favorite couple counseling book. The Gottmans have been doing couples research for decades and figured out, for instance, that you should say six times as many positive things to your partner as negative comments.

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

More like a novel in places than a biography, Caroline Knapp vividly and poignantly describes her battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder.

Strong Women Stay Young by Miriam Nelson and Sarah Wernick PhD

"Strong Women" is a research-based exercise program that was developed at Tufts University for elderly women. This fast, effective, gentle weight-lifting program can help the rest of us turn back the clock 15 - 20 years in a year doing just two 40-minute sessions per week, ideally with others. The program helps you combat depression, lose dress sizes, build bone and decrease falls. (Men can do it, too.)

The Female Brain and The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine MD

This pair of books will challenge some of your assumptions, help you have more realistic expectations of your partner, and give the two of you a lot to talk about.

Making Peace with Food: Freeing Yourself from the Diet / Weight Obsession by Susan Kano

Blurb on the back cover from the Boston Globe: "Read Making Peace with Food to get a more wholesome attitude about eating."

It Ain't Over Till the Thin Lady Sings by Michelle Ritchie and Sarah Stiles

Recommended reading if you are considering weight loss surgery (WLS) or are already living with the "new you."

The Migraine Brain by Carolyn Bernstein, MD and Elaine McArdle

This is the most recent and complete migraine book I'm aware of. "People with migraines have a higher incidence of depression. Even between migraine attacks, they report a lower quality of life than people with diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, or asthma. The more migraine attacks they get, the lower their sense of well-being" (p. 8).

Complete Yoga Fitness for Beginners (video) by Lillias

I found this video at the local library and it's great for people who are just starting to exercise because you don't even have to get out of your chair to begin the workout! It's good to have some pleasant exercise videos at home as back-up for those times that it's too difficult or snowy or icy to make it in to the gym. And exercise can make a dent in mild to moderate depression.

Leaving Home: The Art of Separating From Your Difficult Family by David P. Celani

Book blurb coming soon!