First, I apologize for blogging so rarely the past six months. We say that writing can be therapeutic, but you do need a certain amount of neuro-transmitters, endorphins, serotonin, zipping around upstairs to put out.
But that's going to change. After all, I've studied the new DSM 5
Yeah, it was expensive.
But mainly because time heals. I'm beginning to notice things again, like in the old days, when something, any random thing, would happen and I would tell FD: I must blog about this. That's happening again.
The job, when a parent passes away, as any therapist will tell you, is to grieve, but also, to get out there, be in the world .When you're running on empty, that can be hard. So for some of us the best therapy is to sit around and read, preferably in some yoga posture, learn new things. Or listen to the radio, watch TV.
Listening to NPR last week I heard two journalists talking about books that might make nice holiday gifts. Below are a few of my own suggestions. If any of you have others, chime in. They don't have to be all that educational. Nothing too violent, and really, no gratuitous sex. Emphasis on gratuitous.
The Ugly Duckling.
If alone, and you're choosing from the the National Public Radio lists, be careful about the late night thrillers.
|Where'd You Go, Bernadette?|
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Maria Semple's novel is wonderful, you'll read it in one sitting.
|Blind Spot and the Harvard Racism Test|
We've talked about John Elder Robison's book, but if you're new here, check it out. A man realizes he has Asperger's Syndrome and rises to success in spite of it. Asperger's is now officially on the autism spectrum, no longer a disorder unto itself.
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Look me in the eye
Mr. Robison's brother, Augusten Burroughs writes about everyone's favorite drug, alcohol in DRY.
And because you can never read enough about BPD . . .
Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents
A patient just the other day asked me, literally, "Is happiness just a myth?" I had to flash the book at him and say, "Unfortunately, yes. But it is a nice myth."
The Myths of Happiness
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Men on Rape
What you'll find fascinating about this book, and you may only get it used, is the treatment of language, how men talk about women, how they talk to women. Talking tends to be something we don't think about nearly enough.Timothy Beneke's book has been on my shelf for years. I won't lend it out.
Daniel Smith's (300.02 DSM-5) struggle with a different disorder, what some of us call screaming anxiety.
That's what it is like to have a Monkey Mind. Not fun.
Language of flowers
There are so many languages, but until this book, who knew that sending yellow roses means something entirely different than sending red or white roses. This book is worth buying for the glossary alone. It is an amazing story about foster care. As you might suspect, being punted around as a child from one home to another isn't always the best thing for a person. But some survive, and thankfully, they know how to either tell their story, or write about it themselves.
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