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Listening to Prozac by Peter D. Kramer, M.D. "(Dr. Kramer is a mainstream psychiatrist who has noticed the remarkable effects Prozac has had on many, many patients. Not just in treating depression and related problems, but in changing the actual personality. Things like irritability, self confidence, and happiness change. Prozac is the first medication that people describe themselves as normal while taking it, and "not themselves" when off it. He discusses whether changes like this are good, and uses analogies regarding club foot and other disorders to consider whether "cosmetic psychopharmacology" is a good or bad treatment. The reader can expect three insights from this book: 1) how mainstream psychiatry views these issues, particularly personality changes from medication, 2) how Prozac has made a difference for the people who use and need it, and 3) whether treatment of inherited personality traits that cause unhappiness is justified and rational. It's not an entertaining book, but it's a useful book for individuals who want to find out more about Prozac, personality, and the mental health profession)." - Leland M. Heller, M.D.
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D., Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D. (Cognitive therapy workbook which some therapists recommend their clients use. The workbook "teaches you to identify your thoughts, moods, behaviors, and physical reactions in small situations as well as during major events in your life. You learn to test the meaning and usefulness of various thoughts you have during the day and to change the thinking patterns that keep you locked into dysfunctional moods, behaviors, or relationship interactions. In addition, you learn how to make changes in your life when your thoughts are alerting you to problems that need to be solved." I recommend this workbook).
Biological Unhappiness by Leland M. Heller, M.D. (Includes new information on the BPD, not only in diagnosing biological causes of unhappiness - i.e., BPD, depression, bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, attention deficit disorder, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, etc. - but in their treatment as well).
DSM-IV internet companion: A Complete Guide to Over 1500 Web Sites offering information on Mental Illness, Keyed to DSM-IV by M. Robert Morrison & Robert F. Stamps (A fast and easy way to look up mental heal websites on the internet by subject for the busy clinician or anyone for that matter. Has it's own list of clinical links as well. This book came out in 1998 and as fast as the Internet is growing, I hope that it is continually edited). Weiden, M.D., Patricia L. Scheifler, M.S.W., Ronald J. Diamond, M.D., Ruth Ross, M.A. (Written in 1999, discusses all aspects of antipsychotic medications, including a glossary).
The Self-Help Sourcebook: Your Guide to Community and Online Support Groups, Sixth Edition - 1998, American Self-Help Clearinghouse, compiled and edited by Barbara J. White and Edward J. Madera "(...updated information on over 800 national and model groups, and national networks that cover a broad range of issues including: abuse, addictions, bereavement, disabilities, health <including over 300 rare illnesses>, mental health, parenting, and many other stressful life situations. Includes website and email addresses for most national groups)."