Patients with a mental illness can be a huge burden on family and friends. There are many books around that provide some guidance for such challenging situations, and we’ve collected a few of them here. For the entire list of books on dealing with mental health issues, have a look here. We also compiled a list of books in fcition that discuss mental health issues, find that here.
Our selection of 5 books on dealing with a family member or friend with mental illness:
This book is a step-by-step guide to more successful interpersonal relationships between family and patients. This book tells someone who loves or cares for a mentally ill friend or relative how to help and handle them.
The Burden of Sympathy is required reading for caregivers of all kinds, and for anyone seeking broader understanding of human responsibility in the postmodern world.
3. Hidden Victims Hidden Healers: An Eight-Stage Healing Process For Families And Friends Of The Mentally by Julie Tallard Johnson
Everyone is coping – the Eight Stages takes one beyond just coping with mental illness and the surrounding family dynamics and helps individuals and families heal.
4. I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment by Xavier Amador
I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness.
5. How You Can Survive When They’re Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout by Anne Sheffield
How You Can Survive When They’re Depressed explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder–spouses, parents, children, and lovers–and gives the successful coping strategies of many people who live with a clinical depressive or manic-depressive and often suffer in silence.