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DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

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WHAT ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDIES CAN TEACH US TODAY
Written by BRYAN DOERRIES

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/22/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95945-4

This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully...

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OR LIFE SUCKS AND THEN YOU LIVE
Written by KEVIN BREEL

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41837-8

Kevin Breel burst into the public's awareness when at 19 his TED talk became a worldwide phenomenon.  Through the lens of his own near suicide, he shared his profoundly vulnerable story of being young, male and depressed in a culture that has no place for that. BOY MEETS DEPRESSION is a book that explores what it means to struggle and tells an honest, heartfelt story about how a meaningful life isn't found in perfection, it's found in our ability to heal and accept the dark parts of...

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A MEMOIR
Written by AMY JO BURNS

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-05227-3

Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, an industrial town humbled by the steel collapse of the 1980s. Instead of the construction booms and twelve-hour shifts her parents’ generation had known, the Mercury Amy Jo knew was marred by empty houses, old strip mines, and vacant lots. It wasn’t quite a ghost town—only because many people had no choice but to stay.
 
The year Burns turned ten, this sleepy town suddenly woke up. Howard Lotte, its beloved piano teacher, was accused of sexually...

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NEW VERSIONS OF FOUR GREEK TRAGEDIES SOPHOCLES' AJAX, PHILOCTETES, WOMEN OF TRACHIS; AESCHYLUS' PROMETHEUS BOUND
Written by SOPHOCLES, AESCHYLUS
Translator BRYAN DOERRIES

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94973-8

These contemporary translations of four Greek tragedies speak across time and connect readers and audiences with universal themes of war, trauma, suffering, and betrayal. Under the direction of Bryan Doerries, they have been performed for tens of thousands of combat veterans, as well as prison and medical personnel around the world. Striking for their immediacy and emotional impact, Doerries brings to life these ancient plays, like no other translations have before.

“This is a brilliant,...

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FRANCO BASAGLIA AND THE REVOLUTION IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Written by JOHN FOOT

Format: Hardcover, 424 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68926-4

When the wind of the 1960s blew through the world of psychiatry

In 1961, when Franco Basaglia arrived outside the grim walls of the Gorizia asylum, on the Italian border with Yugoslavia, it was a place of horror, a Bedlam for the mentally sick and excluded, redolent of Basaglia’s own wartime experience inside a fascist gaol. Patients were frequently restrained for long periods, and therapy was largely a matter of electric and insulin shocks. The corridors stank, and for many of the interned...

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A PICTURE BOOK
Written by ELIZABETH SWADOS

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 04/21/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80604-0

This intimate journey through long-term depression is by turns tender, funny, poignant, and uplifting. Swados' charming words and frenzied drawings bring home the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming on the horizon to feelings of self-loathing and loss of self-confidence; from contemplating suicide, which Swados describes as wandering off into the Sahara desert (discounting the buzzards and the scorpions), to actively seeking out methods for fighting...

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UNDERSTANDING AND OVERCOMING NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
Written by PETER R. BREGGIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 317 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14149-3

With the first unified theory of guilt, shame, and anxiety, this pioneering psychiatrist and critic of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs examines the causes and effects of psychological and emotional suffering from the perspective of biological evolution, child development, and mature adult decision-making. Drawing on evolution, neuroscience, and decades of clinical experience, Dr. Breggin analyzes what he calls our negative legacy emotions—the painful emotional heritage that encumbers all...

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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
Written by RUSSELL RAZZAQUE

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-780-28803-1

Razzaque explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on clinical case studies from a mental hospital. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness can be a form of spiritual awakening. The book describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering, in particular, around practices such as mindfulness and meditation. These therapies offer both patients and their families the inspiring idea that the approach to...

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THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES AND OTHERS
Written by PATRICK M. BURKE

Format: Trade Paperback, 253 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14833-1

This book examines the central role that mood plays in determining our outlook on life and our ability to cope with its challenges. The central theme is that mood determines how we are tuned to the world. Tuning emerges over the course of our earliest development as environmental and genetic influences form the neural circuits and set how they function across the lifespan in daily life and under conditions of stress. How each person is tuned becomes the basis for resilience or vulnerability...

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RECOVERING FROM MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-02912-1

Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides. And though treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has undoubtedly alleviated suffering and allowed many service members returning from combat to transition to civilian life, the suicide rate for veterans under thirty has been increasing. Research by Veterans Administration health professionals and veterans’ own experiences now suggest an ancient but unaddressed wound...

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A STORY OF WAR AND THE LIFE THAT FOLLOWS
Written by BRIAN CASTNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95087-1

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Whenever IEDs were discovered, he and his men would lead the way in either disarming the deadly devices or searching through rubble and remains for clues to the bomb-makers’ identities. And when robots and other remote means failed, one technician would suit up and take the Long Walk to disarm the bomb by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and...

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MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE DARK WOOD OF DEPRESSION
Written by DAVID BLISTEIN
Foreword by KEN BURNS

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Hatherleigh Press

On Sale: 03/26/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-578-26429-2

David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of a two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insights on how manic-depression manifests and how it is diagnosed and treated. Author David Blistein shares his experiences to shed light on the darkness of depression for both patients and psychologists.

Millions of people suffer from major depressive episodes. All of them want relief but, more importantly, most simply want to know that they are not alone. With gentle wry humor and a...

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