Mental Health Awareness Week: Day One.

Hello.
Long time, no talk.

I don’t remember the last time I wrote a post.

Life has been busy and unfortunately,  one of my relatives passed away.

But I’m back.

It’s October 1st.

First day of the month and first day of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

I want to spread awareness this week.

& I am going to post everyday this week about mental health.

(I’m going to try my best)

But today, I wanted to share all the books that I have read (completed or not) about mental illness. There are some books that I have completed and some that I haven’t. It’s not because I’m lazy or anything. It’s because I need to be in the mood to read these books. If I’m feeling really depressed, I’ll read some books to understand I’m feeling certain ways. Or I’ll read some books to distract my mind or lift my spirits. But either way, these books help out for different reasons.

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  1. So Much I Want To Tell You: By Anna Akana.                                                             This is one of my most recent books that I bought and is the current book that I am reading. I love the whole basis of this book. I know Anna Akana as a Youtube creator, however I didn’t know that her sister died from suicide. This book are basically letters to her, things that she wish she could tell her sister now about life. I haven’t gone too far into the book. But after getting this book, I went back to her Youtube channel and found her videos on depression. (https://youtu.be/eK1luxZbuyU) So far, I have read about how she got to her career of being on Youtube, etc. I can’t wait to read more about it.
  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story: By Ned Vizzini                                                                            I don’t which one I came to first: the book or the movie. But I do know that this was the first book that I bought about depression. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, it’s basically about a teenage boy with depression. He was suicidal and wanted to be admitted to the hospital and eventually helped everyone and himself. I cried during the movie and cried reading the book. I understood how the character felt and had a positive ending.
  3. Undoing Depression: By Richard O’Connor, PhD.                                                       This is the best book to understand depression. This book has the most notes in it and highlighted sentences than all of my books because I want to reference this book whenever I need it. I can understand why I feel certain feelings and emotions. It also explains the biological aspects of it and how it affects our thinking. I feel like this book is great for those with depression and a great resource to those who aren’t living with depression but want to understand it.  
  4. The Power of Habit: By Charles Duhigg                                                                              I bought this book a long time ago. I haven’t read much into it. I think I bought this book because I wanted to know why I always like a routine. Being depressed and having anxiety, I like having a routine. But if you want to get into a routine or habits, then this book is for you.
  5. The Doctor’s Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress & Anxiety: By Robert S. Rosenberg, D.O., F.C.C.P.                                                                                                             This is the most recent book I bought. I bought it about 3 weeks ago, when I was having trouble sleeping. I would always wake up in the middle of the night around 3 or 4am. Sometimes I would fall back asleep and sometimes I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I bought this book to read when I couldn’t fall back asleep. But lately, my sleep has gotten better for the most part, so I only read one page so far. But I like how it includes questionnaires,  it’s easy to read and has diagrams with it.
  6. The Cognitive Behavior Workbook for Depression: By William J. Knaus, EDD.     I bought this book a couple of years ago. I wanted to study my own depression. I wanted to understand why I was thinking these thoughts and how it was negatively affecting my life. This is a workbook, you do tests, write goals, action plans, etc. If you are feeling really depressed, don’t use this as an alternative to therapy. I encourage everyone to consider therapy for helping with their depression. But this book is good for helping you take a closer look at your depressive thoughts.

 

  I just wanted to share all the books that I read for mental illness.

Please let me know if you have read these books or other types of books that help you.

Talk to you tomorrow!

 

-Mel

 

 

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