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    Mental Health Awareness: Be Kind to Yourself

    Every May, Mental Health Awareness Month draws attention to how mental health plays a factor in our everyday lives. According to the World Health Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic spiked anxiety and depression prevalence by nearly 25% worldwide. We believe that books concerning mental health can help people feel seen and help readers cope with issues they face on a daily basis. In the post below, we have compiled a shortlist of books that can help readers better care for themselves and their loved ones – not just in May, but throughout the entire year.

    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. Van der Kolk

    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma:  van der Kolk M.D., Bessel: 9780143127741: Books: Amazon.com

    In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel A. Van der Kolk uses his patients as examples of how past traumas can affect an individual’s mindset and change their behavior. In his book, Van der Kolk explores a diverse list of issues, including alcoholism, divorce, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and explores how these traumas can transform an individual’s ability to feel pleasure, form relationships, and develop trust. The Body Keeps the Score is both a valuable academic study for psychologists and also serves as an accessible piece of nonfiction for readers seeking treatment for past traumas.

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

    Amazon - Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HerTherapist, and Our  Lives Revealed (Thorndike Press Large Print Biographies & Memoirs):  Gottlieb, Lori: 9781432870447: Books

    Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist who works in Hollywood, writes about her journey of self-discovery when a traumatic experience lands her in therapy herself. Gottlieb uses her experience working with patients (and being a patient herself) to explore the process of therapy – from both sides of the couch. Written with grace and humor, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone bridges the gap between patient and therapist. This book is for readers who have always wanted to try therapy but have been concerned with the process.

    What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce Duncan Perry and Oprah Winfrey

    What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

    In What Happened to You?, Oprah Winfrey dives into her past experiences with renowned trauma expert, Bruce Duncan Perry. In conversation, Winfrey and Perry discuss how asking the question “what happened to you?” can be a catalyst for pinpointing and healing childhood traumas. What Happened to You? is a book for readers interested in confronting, learning, and recovering from past experiences.

    For a complete list of recommendations, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3szmKuW

     
     
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