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June’s Featured Content: Patricia MacDonald’s Book Reviews


June 2, 2015 0 comments News and Updates

Want to know what your future psychologist is all about??? Easiest way is Patriciato look at what they are reading. Here’s Patricia’s recommended reading list with descriptions provided by www.amazon.ca.

Toxic Parents: Overcoming their hurtful legacy and reclaiming your life. Author: Susan Forward.

All parents fall short from time to time. But Susan Forward pulls no punches when it comes to those whose deficiencies cripple their children emotionally. Her brisk, unreserved guide to overcoming the stultifying agony of parental manipulation–from power trips to guilt trips and all other killers of self worth–will help deal with the pain of childhood and move beyond the frustrating relationship patterns learned at home.

Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Ups Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents. Author: Nina Brown.

Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child’s growth and development. But what happens when this isn’t the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder. From the author of Working with the Self-Absorbed and Loving the Self-Absorbed, this major revision of a self-help classic offers a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict and building a meaningful relationship with a narcissistic parent.

The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome. Author: Harriet Braiker.

What’s wrong with being a “people pleaser?” Plenty! People pleasers are not just nice people who go overboard trying to make everyone happy. Those who suffer from the Disease to Please are people who say “Yes” when they really want to say “No.” For them, the uncontrollable need for the elusive approval of others is an addiction. Their debilitating fears of anger and confrontation force them to use “niceness” and “people-pleasing” as self-defense camouflage.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Expanded Edition. Author: Janet Woititz.

It is important to be clear what recovery means for adult children. Alcoholism is a disease. People recovering from alcoholism are recovering from a disease. The medical model is accepted by all responsible folks working in alcoholism treatment. Being the child of an alcoholic is not a disease. It is a fact of your history. Because of the nature of this illness and the family response to it, certain things occur that influence your self-feelings, attitudes and behaviors in ways that cause you pain and concern. The object of AcoA recovery is to overcome those aspects of your history that cause you difficulty today and to learn a better way.

Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. Authors: Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, Onno Der Hart Van.

This training manual for patients who have a trauma-related dissociative disorder includes short educational pieces, homework sheets, and exercises that address ways in which dissociation interferes with essential emotional and life skills, and support inner communication and collaboration with dissociative parts of the personality. Topics include understanding dissociation and PTSD, using inner reflection, emotion regulation, coping with dissociative problems related to triggers and traumatic memories, resolving sleep problems related to dissociation, coping with relational difficulties, and help with many other difficulties with daily life. The manual can be used in individual therapy or structured groups.

The Power of Acceptance: Finding Peace from Anxiety and Panic Attacks. Author: Judith Bemis.

Anxiety? Panic Attacks? This book will help you! Although you might feel alone, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. This book will help end your feeling of isolation. The Power of Acceptance offers you a program of practical coping strategies that can break the anxiety-panic cycle. It is a program that has been helping people reclaim their lives for over twenty years. The author knows firsthand the fear and frustration of an anxiety disorder and how it can disrupt one’s life. This book looks at possible causes, common triggers for anxiety and panic attacks, and personality traits common to anxiety sufferers. Through acceptance, you will discover that you no longer have to live with chronic anxiety or the constant fear of unpredictable panic attacks. You will come to realize the power of acceptance, and see how it plays an important part in your recovery.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. Author: Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz.

Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation

Too Scared to Cry: How Trauma Affects Children, and Ultimately Us All. Author: Lenore Terr.

When children witness or experience sudden, shocking events, how do they assimilate the horror? Terr found they don’t simply forget and grow up unscathed. Evidence proves the trauma is recorded and repeatedly replayed by the mind. That these recurring images manifest themselves in different guises is especially intriguing in light of her speculation about repressed trauma in the work of Hitchcock, Stephen King and others. The stories here will break your heart, but Terr’s advice for aiding traumatized children can help counter the blows of a violent world.

Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village. Author: Dr. James Maskalyk.

In 2007 James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, a doctor newly recruited by Médecins Sans Frontières’, his days spent treating malnourished children, coping with a measles epidemic and watching for war. Worn thin by the struggle to meet overwhelming needs with few resources, he returned home six months later more affected by the experience, the people and the place, than he had anticipated. Six Months in Sudan is the story of the doctors, nurses and countless volunteers who leave their homes behind to ease the suffering of others, and it is the story of the people of Abyei who suffer its hardship because it is the only home they have. With great hope and insight, Maskalyk illuminates a distant place and chronicles the toll of war on one community, one man, and the cost of it to all of us.

Among You: The Extraordinary True Story of a Soldier Broken by War. Author: Jake Wood.

Among You is the gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jake Wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA soldier who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents. Disillusioned with the dullness and amorality of the banking world, he escapes back to the army for a third tour of duty. But in Afghanistan he discovers the savage, dehumanising effects that war has on both the body and the mind. Diagnosed with chronic PTSD on his return, he must now fight the last enemy — himself — in order to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

Mind and Emotions: A Universal Treatment for Emotional Disorders. Author: Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, and Patricia Zurita Ona.

We all have our own ways of handling stressful situations without letting emotions get the best of us, but some ways of coping work better than others. Short-term fixes that help us avoid or numb our emotions may temporarily alleviate sadness and anger, but can also end up causing anxiety, depression, chronic anger, and even physical health problems. If you struggle with overwhelming emotions and feel trapped by unhealthy patterns, this workbook is your ticket out. Mind and Emotions is a revolutionary universal treatment program for all emotional disorders that helps you discover which of the seven problematic coping styles is keeping you trapped in a cycle of emotional pain. Instead of working on difficulties like anxiety, anger, shame, and depression one by one, you’ll treat the root of all your emotional suffering at once. Drawing on evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy, this workbook offers all the techniques you need to manage unwelcome feelings in effective and productive ways.

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