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Recommended Books

These books are available at public libraries, or for purchase online or at your favourite bookstore. Some of these books may also available as part of a small lending library when you take the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course.

  • "Mind Gone Astray" by Wayne Kallio This book is a first person account of the impact of mental illness on family members. It may be ordered from the website http://www.mindbogglingbooks.com/.
  • "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness" by Elyn R. Saks.
  • "Grieving Mental Illness" by Virginia Lafond.
  • "The Skipping Stone, Ripple Effects of Mental Illness on the Family" by Mona Wasow.
  • "Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers" by E. Fuller Torrey.
  • "The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs" by Jack M Gorman MD.
  • "A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness" by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman.
  • "When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers" by Rebecca Woolis.
  • "Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadows of Mentally Ill Siblings" by Clea Simon.
  • "The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness" by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett.
  • "An Unquiet Mind: a Memoir of Moods and Madness" by Kay Redfield Jamison.
  • "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: New Help for the Family" by Herbert L. Gravitz.
  • "Bipolar Disorder - An Information Guide" published by The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health.
  • "The Shell People: My Story of Schizophrenia" by Sharon Mercato.
  • "I Am Not Sick - I Don't Need Help!" by Xavier Amador and Anna-Lica, Ph.D
  • "Catch a Falling Star" by Iris the Dragon.
  • "Stop Walking On Eggshells" by Paul T. Kreger, Randi Mason.
  • "The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook: Practical Strategies for Living with Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder" by Randi Kreger.
  • "I Hate You - Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality" by Jerold J. Kriesman, Jerold J. Kreisman, and Hal Straus.
  • "Can I Catch It Like a Cold?: A Story To Help Children Understand A Parent's Depression" by Gretchen Kelbaugh.
  • "Living Without Depression and Manic Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability" by M.E. Copeland.
  • "We Heard the Angels of Madness" by Alexander Vuckovic, Diane Berger, and Lisa Berger.
  • "Call Me Anna: the Autobiography of Patty Duke" by Patty Duke.
  • "Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide to Understanding and Living with BPD" by Robert, M. D. Friedel.
  • "Nowhere to Go: The Tragic Odyssey of the Homeless Mentally Ill" by Fuller E. Torrey.
  • "When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness" by Rebecca Woolis.
  • "A Research Agenda Concerning Depictions of Mental Illness in Children’s Media" available online, click here.
  • "Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry" by Bebe Moore Campbell. Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; (September 1, 2003). ISBN: 0399239723.
  • "Edward the Crazy Man" written and illustrated by Marie Day. Available from the publisher's website (Annick Press).
  • "How to Be a Real Person (In Just One Day)" by Sally Warner. Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (February 13, 2001). ISBN: 0375904344.

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