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MDC Reading List for Positive Mental Health

MDC Reading List for Positive Mental Health (at Nimitz Library) 

  • Help understand anxiety and depression
  • Strategies to deal with stress and pressures
  • How to practice Mindfulness
Depression 101
Emily Durbin
Third Floor RC537.D87

A reader-friendly overview of unipolar and bipolar depression and provides the most current and intriguing scientific knowledge on this topic. Unique in its transdisciplinary and lifespan approaches to depression, the text integrates models of depression across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. 
Depression Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information
Sandra J. Judd
Third Floor RC537.D4455
Depression Sourcebook, Second Edition provides updated information about the most common forms of depression, including unipolar depression, dysthymia, dipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, and other mood disorders. 
Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To 
Sian Beilock
Third Floor BF575.F14 B45 2010
Beilock examines how attention and working memory guide human performance, how experience and practice and brain development interact to create our abilities, and how stress affects all these factors.
Understand and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help
Rudy Nydegger
Third Floor RC537.N93
This book offers a one-stop source that explains the history, increasing incidence, diagnosis, cost, treatment, and many faces of depression across ages, gender, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic group, and sexual identity.
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most
Hendrie Weisinger, J.P. Pawliw-Fry
Rec Reading Collection BF637.S8 W358
The authors introduce us to the concept of pressure management, offering empirically tested short term and long term solutions to help us overcome the debilitating effects of pressure. 
10% Happier: A true story
Dan Harris 
Rec Reading Collection BF161.H29
10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America's spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. 
What You Can Change- and What You Can't 
Martin Seligman
Ground Floor BF637.C4 S45
Martin Seligman has meticulously analyzed the most authoritative scientific research on treatments for alcoholism, anxiety, weight loss, anger, depression, and a range of phobias and obsessions to discover what is the most effective way to address each condition.
The Road Less Traveled
Scott M. Peck
Ground Floor BF637.S4P43
The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us towards a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self. 
When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism 
Martin M. Antony
Ground Floor BF698.35.P47 A58
In When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, you'll discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes. 
Calming Your Anxious Mind
Jeffrey Brantley
Ground Floor BF 575.A6 B737
Drawing techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of the self-help classic Calming Your Anxious Mind offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. 
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Chris Guillebeau
Rec Reading Collection BF637.S4 G84
A book that challenges each of us to take control- to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment- The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. 
The Mindful Way Through Depression
J. Mark Williams
Ground Floor BF575.H27 M56
In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience. 
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
Edmond J. Bourne
Third Floor RC531.B67
Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren't in control of your life. If you're ready to tackle the fears that hold you back, this book is your go-to guide. Packed with most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this evidence-based workbook contains the latest clinical research.
The Assertiveness Workbook
Randy J. Patterson
Ground Floor BF575.185 P27
The Assertiveness Workbook contains effective, cognitive behavioral techniques to help you become more assertive. Learn how to set and maintain personal boundaries without becoming inaccessible.
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think
Dennis Greenberger
Third Floor RC489.C63 G743
Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress--and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. 

Stress Management for Dummies
Allen Elkin
Third Floor RA785.E455
Whether it's love, work, family, or something else that has you in the red zone, this updated edition of Stress Management For Dummies will help you identify the stress triggers in your life and cut them down to size all without losing your cool. 
Wherever You Go There You Are
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Ground Floor BF637.M4K23
In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments. 
How to Train a Wild Elephant 
Jan Chozen Bays
Ground Floor BQ5670.B39
A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one's overall quality of life. Jan Chozen Bays, MD--physician and Zen teacher--has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives.
Peaceful Mind
John Robert McQuaid
Third Floor RC537.M428
The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts that lead to depression. They learn how to find the motivation to confront depressive feelings.
Books Available Online:
50 Ways to Prevent and Manage Stress
M. Sara Rothenthal
Preventing College Student Suicide
D. Taub and J. Robertson
The Dance of Fear
H. Lerner
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Steven Hayes

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