Finding information on the web is quick and easy. However, it can be difficult to determine what is reliable from the overwhelming amount of information available. We hope to help remove some of the guesswork and to provide parents with quality resources. We have put together a comprehensive list of websites, books for parents and kids, as well as downloads, about a variety of topics that may be helpful.
National Institute of Mental Health
Attention Deficit Hyperacitivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Al-Anon Alateen – WA area
National Military Family Association
Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities
Below is a list of some of our most often recommended readings. Clicking the book cover will take you to Amazon.com where you can learn more about the book or place an order.
Ten Days to Self-Esteem (Paperback)
by David D. Burns, MD
Common sense and easy-to-follow methods are revealed in this book by one of the country’s foremost authorities on mood and personal relationship problems. In Ten Days to Self-esteem, Dr. David Burns presents innovative, clear, and compassionate methods that will help you identify the causes of your mood slumps and develop a more positive outlook on life. You will learn that You FEEL the way you THINK: Negative feelings like guilt, anger, and depression do not result from the bad things that happen to you, but from the way you think about these events. This simple but revolutionary idea can change your life! You can CHANGE the way you FEEL: You will discover why you get depressed and learn how to brighten your outlook when you’re in a slump.
When Panic Attacks : The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life (Hardcover)
by David D. Burns
Fears are almost never based on reality. Anxiety is one of the world’s oldest cons. When you’re anxious, you’re actually fooling yourself. You are telling yourself things that simply aren’t true. Now imagine what it be like to live a life that’s free of worries and self-doubt; to go to sleep at night feeling peaceful and relaxed; to overcome your shyness and have fun with other people; to give dynamic presentations without worrying yourself sick ahead of time; to enjoy greater creativity, productivity and self-confidence. Does that sound impossible? The truth is you can defeat your fears. In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and shows you how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety. In fact, you will learn how to use more than forty simple, effective techniques, and the moment you put the lie to the distorted thoughts that plague you, your fears will immediately disappear.
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (Paperback)
by Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky
“Written by two exceptionally skilled therapists, this book can help you change your life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional problems including depression, anxiety, panic, and anger. The careful step-by-step exercises in the book will show you how to use cognitive therapy to understand and overcome your mood problems.” –David M. Clark, DPhil, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University
Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder (Paperback)
by Jim Phelps
The only guide written specifically for the millions who suffer from “soft” bipolar disorder. People with “soft” bipolar disorder, also known as Bipolar II, have frequent episodes of depression along with anxiety, irritability, and restless sleep.
His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage
by Willard F. Harley Jr.
How can couples experience a lifetime of passion and fulfillment in marriage? By identifying each other’s most important emotional needs and developing habits to meet them. With these tools, spouses will learn about the Love Bank, how to cultivate passion, and how to resolve marital conflict. Mild religious undertones expressed by the author do not detract from the sound advice contained in the book.
An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD: Essays for Coping (Paperback)
by Ashley B., II Hart
An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD has been written to give the combat veteran a sense of hope and to develop an inner voice to assist in coping with everyday life. We live in two worlds: The physical world around us; The world we can see, hear, touch, and feel, and the world within ourselves. These essays assist the veteran in learning how to monitor triggers, cues, and balance the world within with the world we live in. With harmonic balance, there is essential well being, validation, even joy.
The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
by Epictetus (Author), Sharon Lebell Epictetus (Author)
Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life’s inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.
The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents
by Nancy A. Ratey (Author)
For the millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD The Disorganized Mind will provide expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time-mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around.
The Disorganized Mind addresses the common issues confronted by the ADHD adult:
“Where did the time go?”
“I’ll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway.”
“I’ll just check my e-mail one more time before the meeting…”
“I’ll pay the bills tomorrow – that will give me time to find them.”
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
by Richard Mendius, PhD (Collaborator) (Author) Richard Mendius,MD (Collaborator)
If you change your brain, you can change your life.
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.”
Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
by Russell A. Barkley PhD
From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:
*Make sense of your child’s symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. & John J. Ratey M.D.
Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers.
Through vivid stories and case histories of patients—both adults and children—Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this “disorder”—including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.