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Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness month. RWW publishes many books that explore mental illness and have a goal to reduce stigma. A handful that we think you should check out:
After Schizophrenia
After Schizophrenia
The Story of My Sister's Reawakening After 30 Years
Margaret Hawkins, Carolyn S. Spiro, MD

After Schizophrenia is the story of Barb’s descent into severe mental illness and the healing that has come only in recent years after her parents’ death when Margaret became her guardian.
Heal Your PTSD
Heal Your PTSD
Dynamic Strategies That Work
Michele Rosenthal, Mary Beth Williams

For twenty-five years, Michele Rosenthal struggled with her own Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following a horrific illness that almost killed her. Now an award-winning blogger and post-trauma coach, Rosenthal has developed a program that not only helped her make a full recovery but has been helping survivors around the world move beyond their PTSD as well.
Healing from Depression
Healing from Depression
12 Weeks to a Better Mood
Douglas Bloch

In Healing from Depression, Douglas Bloch shares his struggle to stay alive amidst overwhelming despair and out-of-control anxiety attacks and explains how the power of prayer and other holistic approaches ultimately led to his recovery.
How Come They're Happy and I'm Not?
How Come They're Happy and I'm Not?
The Complete Natural Program for Healing Depression for Good
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc

In How Come They're Happy and I'm Not? Dr. Bongiorno explains that depression and chronic low moods often have roots in physical ailments: inflammation, digestive problems, poor nutrient absorption, disease
Leaving the OCD Circus
Leaving the OCD Circus
Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing
Kirsten Pagacz

Leaving the OCD Circus reveals the story of Pagacz’s traumatic childhood and the escalation of her disorder—demonstrating how OCD works to misshape a life from a very young age—and explains the various tools she used for healing including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, exposure therapy, and medication.
The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder
The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder
New Revised Edition
Stephanie Marohn

The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder offers an alternative: innovative, natural, non-drug based approaches that treat the underlying imbalances and restore a healthy mind.
Put Anxiety Behind You
Put Anxiety Behind You
The Complete Drug-Free Program
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc

Here he offers his holistic approach to healing anxiety and avoiding relapse, with a toolkit that includes foods and plant-based medicines, plus anxiety-reducing yoga poses, massage techniques, and acupressure points you can try on your own for lasting relief.
Un-Agoraphobic
Un-Agoraphobic
Overcome Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Agoraphobia for Good: A Step-by-Step Plan
Hal Mathew

Former journalist, social worker, and amateur actor Hal Mathew knows exactly what it’s like “to fear fear,” which is how he describes the dread feeling that kept him from leaving home (or at least leaving sober and at ease) for nearly 30 years. Then, slowly but with grit and determination, he began to piece together a plan for overcoming his phobias and resuming a regular life. And it worked. And then he started teaching other people how to do it. Now he has written this book to share his self-care plan with you.
Welcome to the Jungle, Revised Edition
Welcome to the Jungle, Revised Edition
Facing Bipolar Without Freaking Out
Hilary T. Smith

This revised edition comes with a new foreword by the author, a revised and expanded discussion on diagnosis, an updated chapter on medication, a new chapter on alternative approaches, a revised and expanded chapter on symptoms, and updated resources. New research on the causes and risk factors for bipolar disorder are also included along with tools for observing patterns and making gentle changes to daily routines that can have a profound effect.