Informational Books About Specific Disorders


Carter, R. & Golant, S. K. Helping Someone With Mental Illness. New York: Random House, 1998.

Davidson, L. (2003). Living Outside Mental Illness. New York: New York University Press.

This book discusses the importance of phenomenological qualitative research of mental illness while contrasting it to the more traditional objective quantitative approach. He also discusses a variety of procedures for collecting and understanding the personal narratives, which he suggests are the raw data for research.
  Goodwin, Fred & Jamison, Kay (Editors). Manic-Depressive Illness. Oxford University Press, 1990. Hatfield, Agnes & Lefley, Harriet P. Surviving Mental Illness. Guilford Press, 1993.
Head, J. (2004). Standing In the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men. New York: Broadway Books.

One of the first book to reveal the depths of a black man's buried mental and emotional pain. It includes the authors story of his 25 year struggle with depression as well as a cultural analysis of how the illness is perceived among the African American community.
   Head, J. Black Men and Depression: Saving our Lives, Healing our Families and Friends (Paperback version)
Rapoport, J. The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: Experience & Tx of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 1989.    Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. New York: Harper Collins, 1987.
Torrey, F. Surviving Schizoprenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, & Providers (4th ed). Quill, 2001.
 Wolpert, Lewis. Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Wolpert summarizes the history of ideas about depression and the most recent scientific research. He explains and integrates a number of different approaches to both understanding and treating one of the most serious problems people face. While the author does describe his own encounter with depression, he does so briefly. This is not primarily a memoir or even an exploration of the personal aspect of the experience. Rather, it sets out the statistics, evolutionary psychology, psychodynamics, biology, and psychiatry of depression. The book ends with discussion of the view of depression in other cultures and the future of the role of depression in our society.