Book List

Below is a list of books on the topic of mental health:-


Simon Baron Cohen, Zero Degree of Sympathy

Richard P Bentall, Doctoring the Mind

Richard P Bentall, Madness Explained

Rhena Branch / Rob Willson, Boosting Self-Esteem For Dummies

Gillian Butler / Tony Hope, Manage your Mind: The Mental fitness guide

John Cleese, Families and how to survive them

Dr Sabina Dosani, Defeat Depression

Richard Gross, Psychology: the Science of Mind and behaviour

Russ Harris, The Happiness Trap

Louise Hay, You can Heal your Life

Hilary Jacobs Hendel, It’s Not Always Depression

Hirsch and Weinberger, Schizophrenia

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life

Jeremy Laurance, Pure Madness: How Fear Drives the Mental Health System

Leil Lowndes, How to make anyone like you

Mark Matousek, When You’re Falling, Dive: Using Pain to Transform Your Life

John C Maxwell, Winning with people

Douglas Miller / Phil Hailstone, The Positive Mental Attitude Pocket Book

John Mulligan, The Personal Management Handbook: How to make the most of your potential

Christine A Padesky / Dennis Greenberger, Mind over Mood

Raj Persaud, The Mind : A User’s Guide

Raj Persaud, Staying Sane

Raj Persaud, Make Yourself Irresistible

Trevor Powell, The Mental Health Handbook: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach

Dorothy Rowe, The Successful Self

Chris Williams, Flip it

Books mentioned through MIND courses/WRAP/involvement with services in Wirral  from 2007 

Mental Health Day 2007

Steve Biddulph, Manhood

Thomas A Harris, I’m OK, you’re OK

Thomas A Harris, Staying OK

Margaret Hough, Counselling Skills and Theory

Books/authors mentioned at WRAP 2008-10

Paul McGee, SUMO: The Straight talking guide to creating and enjoying a brilliant life

David L Preston, 363 Steps to Self Confidence

Books mentioned on courses at MIND


Abraham Hicks, The Secret


A Geary, Food and Mood: Handbook

Patrick Holford, The Optimum Nutritional Bible


Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment


Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages : The Secret to Love That Lasts


Eric Berne, Games People Play : The Psychology of Human Relationships

Terry Cole Whittaker, What you think of me is none of my business

Alice Miller, For your Own Good


Arjuna Ardagh, Leap before you look : 72 Shortcuts for Getting out of your mind and into the moment

John Medina, Brain Rules

Need to Know series of books


Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas, The Core transformation Process


Anti-psychiatry books or alternative (eg social, spiritual or psychological) takes on extreme mental states


Richard P Bentall, Doctoring the Mind

Richard P Bentall, Madness Explained

Peter Breggin and David Cohen, Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why To Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

Joseph Glenmullen, Coming Off Antidepressants

The Icarus Project Guides (Available as free downloads from their website, such as Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, Madness and Oppression and Navigating The Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Reader and Roadmap Of Bipolar Worlds

Peter Lehmann (ed.), Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry

Peter Lehmann (ed.), Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Joanna Moncrieff and Richard Bentall, A Straight Talking Introduction To Psychiatric Drugs

Roy Porter, Madness: A Brief History

Roy Porter, The Faber Book Of Madness


Bandler and Grinder, Frogs Into Princes

Eric Berne, Games People Play

Sean Blackwell, Am I bipolar or waking up?

Peter Breggin, Toxic Psychiatry

Stephen Buhner, The Secret Teachings of Plants

Stephen Buhner, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

Stephen Buhner, Ensouling Language

Bonnie Burstow, Psychiatry Interrogated

Bonnie Burstow, The Revolt Against Psychiatry

Paula Caplan, They Say You’re Crazy

Carlos Castenada, The Teachings Of Don Juan

Horatio Clare, Heavy Light

Ty Colbert, Broken Brains or Wounded Hearts

Manuel Cordova-Rios, Wizard of the Upper Amazon

Sera Davidow, Peer Respite Handbook

James Davies, Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good

James Davies, The Sedated Society

M Eliade, Shamanism

Jules Evans and Tim Read (editors), Breaking Open

Nathan Filer, The Heartland

Nathan Filer, This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health

Allen Frances, Saving Normal

Paul Gilbert, The Compassionate Mind

Ben Goldacre, Bad Pharma

Bryony Gordon, Mad Girl

Jim Gottstein, The Zyprexa Papers

Peter Gotzsche, Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Peter Gotzsche, Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs

Dr Alec Grant, Fran Biley and Hannah Walker (eds.), Our Encounters With Madness

Stanislav Grof, Realms Of The Human Unconscious

Dmitriy Gutkovich, Life With Voices

Patrick Hahn, Madness and Genetic Determinism

Patrick Hahn, Prescription For Sorrow

Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices

Will Hall, Outside Mental Health

Michael J Harner, The Way of the Shamen

Anne Harrington, Mind Fixers

Russ Harris, The Happiness Trap

Mark Hayward, Overcoming Distressing Voices

David Healy, Let Them Eat Prozac

David Healy / Joanna Le Noury and Julie Wood, Children of The Cure

Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

James Hillman, The Soul’s Code

Hive Mutual Support Network, Much Madness

Noel Hunter, Trauma and Madness In Mental Health Services

Grace Jackson, Drug-Induced Dementia

Grace Jackson, Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs

Lucy Johnstone, Users and Abusers of Psychiatry

Carl Gustav Jung, The Undiscovered Self

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow

Bartram Karon, Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia

Otto Kernberg, Love Relations

Peter Kinderman, The New Laws of Psychology

Jack Kornfield, After The Ecstasy, The Laundry

Wouter Kusters, A Philosophy of Madness: The Experience of Psychotic Thinking

Wouter Kusters, Pure Madness

R D Laing, The Divided Self

R D Laing, The Politics of Experience

Del Loewenthal (ed.), Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling

Dr Terry Lynch, Selfhood

Dr Terry Lynch, The Systematic Corruption of Global Mental Health

Margaret Mahler, The Psychological Birth of the Human Infant

Clancy McKenzie, Delayed PTSD from Infancy

Shery Mead, Intentional Peer Support

Joanna Moncrieff, The Bitterest Pills

Joanna Moncrieff, The Myth Of The Chemical Cure: A Critique Of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

Steven Pinker, How The Mind Works

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind

N Putman and B Martindale (eds. – ISPS), Open Dialogue for Psychosis

John Read and Jacqui Dillon (eds.), Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis

Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test

Dorothy Rowe, Beyond Fear

Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney (eds.), Searching For A Rose Garden

Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Jacqui Schiff, Cathexis Reader

PJ Scott, Malcharist

M Scott Peck, The People of the Lie

Andrew Scull, Madness In Civilisation

Harold Searles, Collected Papers on Schizophrenia and Related Subjects

Dolly Sen, DSM69

Gary Sidley, Tales From The Madhouse

Evelyn Sommers, Acceptance: The Defining Voice of Validation

Hyman Spotnitz, Psychotherapy of Preoedipal Conditions

Jacob Stegenga, Medical Nihilism

Dr Sandra Steingard (ed.), Critical Psychiatry

For a psychological approach to understanding bipolar disorder The British Psychological Society has published the following report (this link leads to a download of the pdf)

Sami Timimi, Insane Medicine

Craig Wagner, Choices In Recovery

Alan Watts, Become What You Are

Claire Weekes, Peace From Nervous Suffering

John Weir Perry, The Far Side of Madness

Mary Welford, Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies

Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Robert Whitaker, Mad In America

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Inner Level

Paris Williams, Rethinking Madness

Dion Zessin, Codex Alternus: A Research Collection Of Alternative and Complimentary Treatments for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Associated Drug-Induced Side Effects

Nutrition Themed

Patrick Holford                     –                        Optimum Nutrition For The Mind

Patrick Holford                     –                         The Feel Good Factor

B Kaplan and J Rucklidge                      –                            The Better Brain

Carl C Pfeiffer                        –                        Nutrition and Mental Illness

Paul Pitchford                        –                         Healing with Whole Foods

Jen Unwin                      –                         Fork in the Road: A Hopeful Guide to Food Freedom

Dr William J Walsh               –                         Nutrient Power


Clifford Beers                                                  –            A Mind that Found Itself

Meghan Caughey                                           –            Mud Flower: Surviving Schizophrenia and Suicide Through Art

Nathan Filer                                                    –           The Shock of the Fall

Hannah Green / Joanne Greenberg            –            I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

Susanna Kaysen                                               –            Girl Interrupted

Sylvia Plath                                                       –            The Bell Jar

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