By Stephen C. Schultz
The international pandemic has created a need for a thorough list of self help books!
Over the last few months, most people recognize that the COVID-19 Pandemic has seriously disrupted life as we knew it. From sheltering in place to academic shut downs to economic down turn and unemployment...it is obvious there has been an emotional toll on everyone.
Over 53% of adults in the United States report that their mental health and substance use has become worse since the start of the pandemic due to stress, anxiety and simply worrying about COVID-19. Many also report having problems with sleeping, eating and increased use of alcohol. This information and more can be found at this link that contains data concerning the impact on mental health.
In my position at Discovery Academy, I have been speaking with parents who are struggling with the associated issues of working from home or no work at all...and, their kids out of school trying to be educated online. This is certainly a failure path in the making.
So, I have assembled a list of books and resources for families. There are certainly many more out there, but these are some of the best that parents we work with seem to appreciate. I do hope you find this recommended reading list helpful...enjoy!
Recommended Reading List
Shedding the no-win role of "fixer" and empowering people to solve their own problems through validation. Improve relationships with your partner, children, colleagues and friends.
New theories about ADD which include the latest research along with surprising information on studies that link second-hand smoke to disruptive behavior, among other things.
A long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. How to increase quality and productivity, and have a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, more effective life.
Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.
The step-by-step exercises, techniques, and worksheets in this book work to identify painful inner conflicts that might underlie depression and anxiety symptoms. It gives you a powerful set of tools for the control of co-occurring depression and anxiety.
This workbook teaches you to reduce the impact of painful feelings and increase the effects of positive ones so that you can tolerate life's ongoing stresses and achieve a sense of calm coexistence with your emotions.
Dr. D. Ross Campbell reveals the emotional needs of a child and provides parents with the skills and techniques that can begin to help make your child feel truly loved and accepted. You'll learn to really love your child through every situation of child rearing from physical touch to discipline and from affirmation to spiritual nurture.
New techniques for getting your own way and asserting yourself without feeling guilty.
Filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and re-educate your mind to think more positively.
A simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency, charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness.
Fiction: What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? This book answers those questions in a tale of hard work and self realization.
Helps you to understand borderline personality disorder (BPD), set boundaries, and help loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This fully revised edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research and includes coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD sufferer in your life.
Offers professional advice, helping victims and their families to understand and cope with BPD.
Identifies toxic cultural influences and well-intentioned, but misguided, parenting practices that are detrimental to a child's healthy self-development.
Reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love; an invaluable guide to the complex emotions that take up residence within the heart of the adopted child and within the adoptive home.
Details the effects of trauma on the body-mind and how trauma alters children's behavioral responses.
Fiction: While searching for a way to remove the armor that has become stuck on him, a knight finally discovers the true qualities of knighthood.
This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character.
Empowers parents with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage decision-making with their teenagers.
A guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world
Examples, easy-to-learn techniques, and practical exercises for becoming a better listener, and making yourself heard and understood, even in difficult situations.
Contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.
Guides you to determine what kind of marriage you have, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what specific actions you can take to help your marriage.
Identifies the danger signs, explains the dynamics, and describes the consequences of sexual addiction and dependency helping both sex addicts and codependents realize that they are not alone and not destined to eternally be at the mercy of the disease.
Jewish principles to raising self–reliant, compassionate and ethical children.
By putting aside anger, finding peace with one's self, and looking for support from other silent sons, Dr. Ackerman feels every man can realize his full potential and become a well balanced, healthy survivor.
Daughters of alcoholics often assume responsibility for the failures of others. Ackerman explores, and helps conquer, these issues.
How to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.
Identifies shame and provides recovery skills to work through it. This book helps to explain the emotion of shame and its impact on our self-image and relationships.