Recommended Reading


  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher

Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey


  • Prozac Nation - Young and Depressed in America by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
  • Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D. and Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT
  • Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Neds to Know About Depression During Pregnancy by Shaila Kulkarni Misri, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  • Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression by Nell Casey

Eating Disorders

  • The Best Little Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron
  • Anatomy of Anorexia by Steven Levenkron

General Well-Being

  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, M.D.

Inspirational Stories of Triumph

  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  • Tears of Rage by John Walsh
  • Yesterday, I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
  • Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou
  • The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
    (The above books can be purchased in one volume)
  • A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
  • The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer
  • A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer
  • A Brother’s Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse by Richard B. Pelzer


  • On Death and Dying by Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, M.D.
  • Dying: Facing the Facts by Hannelore Wass, Felix M. Berardo and Robert A. Neimeyer

Psychiatric Medicine in Layman’s Terms

  • Listening to Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self by Peter D. Kramer
  • The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs by Jack M. Gorman, M.D.


  • Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps: How We’re Different and What to Do About It by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease


  • Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron
  • The Luckiest Girl in the World: A Young Skater Battles Her Self-Destructive Impulses by Steven Levenkron

Sexual Assault

  • The Courage to Heal - Third Edition - Revised and Expanded: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (Recommended that book below be read and used in conjunction with book above)
  • The Courage to Heal Workbook - A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Laura Davis
  • Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women’s Childhood Sexual Abuse by Steven Levenkron with Abby Levenkron
  • After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back by Nancy Venable Raine

Trauma and Memory

  • Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found by Lenore Terr
  • Repressed Memories: A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse by Renee Fredrickson
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
  • Memory and Abuse by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.