A Great Book To Soothe The Mind

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, based on the most basic concepts of Buddhist thought, helps soothe an anxious mind. But it takes dedication -- daily practice. I often feel angry that I have to “work” to feel a “bit more normal.” But Rick Hanson, Ph.D. (author of Buddha’s Brain) has created a fine little workbook that takes the edge off any sense of “failure” or “frustration” when applying a new self-help technique; you simply do “just one thing” a day, or maybe a week. This has a wonderful collection of exercises on such topics as “Be Good To Yourself” -- “Build Strengths” -- “Be At Peace.”

As noted in the book description:

“Each day we are pushed around by external forces – from the economy to the people we live and work with – and by reactions to these that come from ancient reptile/mammal/primate/caveman circuits inside our own brains. But now, with the power of modern neuroscience, we can take charge of the brain and gradually change it for the better.

That’s the promise of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time – which shows you down-to-earth ways to build up a “buddha brain” for more peace of mind in stressful times, greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth.”

Add this to your arsenal of weapons against anxiety. It is a little gem for all of us.

New DP Book Released

Jeffrey Abugel, co-author of
Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self, has just published another book on the topic.

Stranger To My Self is an inside, in-depth look at what has become a growing epidemic -- Depersonalization Disorder. Written in clear language for the layperson, the book is designed to expose depersonalization, the third most common psychiatric symptom, to a broad general audience that has yet to know of the disorder.”

Please visit this link at
AMAZON.COM to order a copy. Just released!

Yet Another New Book!

Click on the Amazon Link to See: Overcoming Depersonalization Disorder: A Mindfulness & Acceptance Guide to Conquering Feelings of Numbness & Unreality
Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D (Author), Katharine Donnelly, M.A. (Author)
June, 2010

I have not taken a look at this new publication, but it looks like a good self-help book for DP sufferers. “Acceptance” and a Buddhist approach to “living in the moment” complement a holistic approach to living with DP. All brain disorders need to be treated on all levels from medications to behavioral therapy to self-care strategies. Try whatever works best for you. Read More...

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My name is John McManamy. I am an award-winning mental health journalist and author. I have dedicated the last 11 years of my life to researching and writing on depression and bipolar disorder for people like yourself — patients and loved ones. I know where you are coming from. I am also a patient, as well as a loved one.

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These days, I have been slipping into a bad depression ... really for the past few months. Finding this Blog, and this book, has been a Godsend for me. I hope it is of help to you.