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Books About Abuse and Mental Health
An Adult Child’s Guide to What's "Normal"
by John C. Friel Ph.D. & Linda D. Friel M.A.
a practical guide to living a healthy life, if your parents have not been able to teach you social skills.
Other books about Child Abuse:
Books About Abuse:
Books about abuse inflicted on a child (someone under 18yo) by an adult. It can be physical, sexual, emotional/verbal, or neglect.
Books about abuse inflicted on one adult by another, while both share the same household. For example, physical abuse by an intimate partner, or abuse of elderly parent by their adult child.
Rape and Sexual Assault
Books about non-consensual intercourse (vaginal or otherwise), where the perpetrator forces it on the victim against their will and the victim is helpless to escape.
Books about neglect, physical, or sexual abuse of people who are institutionalized, by the staff of the institution they are at (e.g. prison, nursing home, psychiatric facility, etc).
Books About Recovery:
Books about stages of healing, anger management, identifying your feelings, knowing your needs, improving your self esteem, etc.
Activities of Daily Living
Books about things you can do to improve your quality of life: cleaning, cooking, sleeping, arts & crafts, etc
Books about healthy and unhealthy relationships, how to communicate with people, how to set boundaries, how to avoid drama, how to not abuse others, etc.
Books about abuse or mental health, written for children.
Books About Mental Health:
Books about therapy: how to choose a good therapist, what to talk about in their office, and when to quit.
PTSD and Anxiety
Books about how to ground when you're triggered, dealing with panic attacks and flashbacks, managing phobias, etc.
Books about Dissociative Identity Disorder (aka Multiple Personality Disorder), where it comes from and how we live with it.
Books about suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, addictions, or any other non-accidental behaviors that are harmful to your body.
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