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Library - Mental Health

The following books on Mental Health can be borrowed from PSBC's library by members of the Society. Please contact Courtney by phone or email.

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Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia
James R. Dowling.
Describes a variety of activities designed to being meaning and enjoyment to the lives of persons with dementia. The activities are organized according to general categories such as music, exercise, horticulture, pets, humor, and social events.

Making the Brain Body Connection
Sharon Promislow. 2005.
Introduction to the new physiology, the interface between our emotions, body, mind and spirit.

Patient Education for People with Parkinson's Disease and their Carers: A Manual
Marcia Smith Pasqualini & Gwenda Simons. 2006.
This manual provides the information and materials needed for healthcare professionals to conduct an eight-session patient education program for people with Parkinson's disease and their carers, complementing medical treatment. In addition to dealing with the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, many people also struggle with the psychological and social effects.

Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
Shelley Peterman Schwarz. 2002.
In this book, you'll learn the most basic lessons for conserving time and energy to be able to do more of the things you want to do. Using these techniques, you'll be more organized and able to work smarter. And, most important, you'll be more independent than you otherwise would have been.

Stress Reduction for Caregivers
Jodi L. Olshevski, Anne D. Katz, Bob G. Knight. 1999.
Simple, practical training approach that utilizes four stress reduction techniques to assist professionals in adapting the theories to their practice.
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
Edmund J. Bourne. 2000.
Practical and comprehensive guide offering help to anyone who is struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social fears, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or other anxiety disorders. Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires, and exercises that will help teach skills and suggest lifestyle changes necessary to achieve a full and lasting recovery.
The Brain That Changes Itself
Norman Doidge. 2007.
Describes how our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age. Introduces principles we can all use as well as a riveting collection of case histories.

Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Susan Piver. 2008
Six simple practices presented by leading Buddhist teachers. Includes a CD of guided instructions.

Understanding Depression: What we know & what you can do about it
J. Raymond DePaulo Jr. 1995.
Causes of depression and the behaviors that is commonly associated with it, as well as discussing every available treatment for depression and bi-polar disorder.
When Things Fall Apart
Pema Chodron. 2000.
Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodron's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. Included in the book are practices for reversing our negative habitual patterns, ways to cultivate compassionate, energetic action and ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage.
Worry the Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Chad Lejeune. 2007.
Discusses a revolutionary new approach to resolving a wide range of psychological problems, and methods to help break the cycle of chronic worry.
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