31 Books That Will Help You Better Understand Mental Illness & Disorders (Buzzfeed)


  • ADHD and the Criminal Justice System: Spinning Out of Control

    Revised Second Edition, 2008

    Authors: Patrick J. Hurley, ADHD Coach & Robert Eme, Ph.D.

    ISBN-10: 1-59457-860-5

    ISBN-13: 978-1594578601

    "ADHD & ADD in the Criminal Justice System. This is a must read for Police, Jail staff, Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Probation Officers. Prison Staff and Parole Boards and Parole Officers."

  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness


    Author: Pete Earley

    ISBN-10: 0425213897

    ISBN-13: 978-0425213896

    "Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son - in the throes of a manic episode - broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law.

    This is the Earley family's compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the "revolving doors" between hospital and jail. With mass deinstitutionalization, large numbers of state mental patients are homeless or in jail-an experience little better than the horrors of a century ago. Earley takes us directly into that experience-and into that of a father and award-winning journalist trying to fight for a better way."

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)


    Author: American Psychiatric Association

    ISBN-10: 0890425558 

    ISBN-13: 978-0890425558

    "This new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. This manual, which creates a common language for clinicians involved in the diagnosis of mental disorders, includes concise and specific criteria intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. The information contained in the manual is also valuable to other physicians and health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, nurses, and occupational and rehabilitation therapists, as well as social workers and forensic and legal specialists. DSM-5 is the most definitive resource for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders."

  • Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?


    Author: Mark Sherry

    ISBN-10: 1409407810

    ISBN-13: 978-1409407812

    "Disability hate crimes are a global problem. They are often violent and hyper-aggressive, with life-changing effects on victims, and they send consistent messages of intolerance and bigotry. This ground-breaking book shows that disability hate crimes do exist, that they have unique characteristics which distinguish them from other hate crimes, and that more effective policies and practices can and must be developed to respond and prevent them.

    With particular focus on the UK and USA's contrasting response to this issue, this book will help readers to define hate crimes as well as place them within their wider social context. It discusses the need for legislative recognition and essential improvements on the reporting of incidents and assistance for individual victims of these crimes, as well as the need to address the social exclusion of disabled people and the negative attitudes surrounding their condition."

  • Disabled Behind Bars The Mass Incarceration of People With Disabilities in America’s Jails and Prisons

    By Rebecca Vallas July 2016

  • Elizabeth Farrell and the History of Special Education


    Author: Kimberly Kode, Ph.D.

    ISBN-10: 0865869685

    ISBN-13: 978-0865869684

    "This is the inspirational story of a genuine American hero - the woman who created special education and devoted her life to making a difference in the lives of children and American public schooling. Elizabeth Farrell was the founder of the first ungraded class in U.S. public schools, the developer of the basic principles and concepts under which special education still operates, and one of the founders of the Council for Exceptional Children."

  • From Institutions to Individuals: on becoming person-centred


    Author: Aaron Johannes

    ISBN-10: 1105989720

    ISBN-13: 978-1105989728

    "Half a century after beginning a profound return to their communities, our supports to people with disabilities have never been better poised to generate passionate, hopeful dialogue. Eighteen voices gather in this new anthology of works by academics, researchers, self advocates, parents, service providers and spiritual leaders to demonstrate the wonderfully engaged and engaging discussion that is taking place all around the world. The authors invite you to sit by their fire, as David Pitonyak gathers wood, Norman Kunc refutes the ability of a washing machine to bake a cake after all, Peter Park talks about the joy of putting his cause on the agenda, Michael Kendrick articulates the power of struggle, Paul Young discusses the 'cocoon of impossibility' of traditional services and Susan Stanfield renders a changing dynamic in elegant and clear language. This anthology is about leadership of all kinds - from the front of the room to that of parents dreaming and manifesting bigger dreams."

  • Getting to Community: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities in their Pursuit of the Good Life


    Author: Susan Stanfield

    ISBN-10: 1300183802

    ISBN-13: 978-1300183808

    "Individual rights and freedoms that didn't exist for people with developmental disabilities are now being recognized, for the first time in history. The expectations of people coming into services have changed, and will continue to change as more people claim their rightful place in community. The next chapter of the community living movement is being written right now, by the people who are living it. Self advocates are claiming this movement as their own, emerging as leaders in their own right as never before. The skills needed to support their self-determination - to support people to author their own lives, to paraphrase John O'Brien - are different skills than the ones we've relied on in the past. This book is for the front line supporters who will walk with this generation into the future and work with them to navigate a path forward."

  • Handbook of Mental Health Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities


    Author: Ruth Ryan, M.D.

    ISBN: 1-896230-24-5

    "Persons with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to the same mental health conditions as other people, and all forms of treatment, including psychotherapy can be effective. Ruth Ryan is a psychiatrist who works directly with people with developmental disabilities with complex needs. Her book provides practical, doable, approaches for individuals who have a high need for extraordinary care."

  • Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial


    Author: Michael L. Perlin

    ISBN-10: 1557986169

    ISBN-13: 978-1557986160

    "In The Hidden Prejudice Michael L. Perlin reveals a pattern of prejudice against mentally disabled individuals that keeps them from receiving equal treatment under the law. "Sanism", like racism, is a prejudice against a minority population. This mostly hidden prejudice against mentally ill people has pervaded Western culture throughout history and continues to affect our culture and legal system. Under the pretext of "improving" society, a judge, lawyer or fact-finder may rationalize turning a blind eye to faulty evidence and render a sanist decision. The pretext for this testimonial dishonesty is that the end result justifies the means. In cases involving the mentally disabled, these results are founded on the prejudicial belief that the mentally disabled are not responsible for or intelligent enough to deserve full rights of citizenship. Perlin argues that these sanist decisions, rationalized on "pretextuality", are much more common than most of us are likely to realize. This book first details the roots of sanism and pretextuality and how these two phenomena have distorted and corrupted mental disability law. The author then describes how therapeutic jurisprudence, or the healthful and helpful use of the law, can work toward ridding the system of the hidden prejudice of sanism and pretextuality. This book seeks to expand the thinking of forensic psychologists, legal professionals and mental health practitioners who work with the law or serve as expert witnesses in court."

  • Offenders with Developmental Disabilities


    Author: William R. Lindsay, John L. Taylor, Peter Sturney

    ISBN-10: 0471486353

    ISBN-13: 978-0471486350

    "For over a century, developmental disabilities have been associated with crime in prejudicial and pejorative contexts.

    Offenders with Developmental Disabilities provides a balanced, comprehensive review of the prevalence, nature and development of offending by those with intellectual disabilities. Not only does this volume include coverage of evidence-based assessment and treatment ideas, strategies and plans, but also places the field in a historical, legal and ethical context.

    William Lindsay, John Taylor and Peter Sturmey have brought together a wealth of contributors from differing backgrounds to share new material and knowledge of assessments, treatment, and service issues in a single volume. Divided into five parts, Part I opens with theoretical issues; Part II deals with legal and services contexts including ethical concerns; Part III considers risk assessment, general assessment and approaches to evaluation; Part IV addresses specific issues of sexual offending, anger and aggression, fire raising, dual diagnosis, female offenders and personality disorder; Part V concludes with service development, professional and research issues.

    Forensic practitioners and students from psychology and psychiatry, lawyers and advocates, nurses and social workers will all find this comprehensive and practical book an inspiration in taking this field forward."

  • Paralysis Resource Guide

    Third Edition, 2013 – Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

    Author: Sam Maddox

    "The Paralysis Resource Guide (third edition) is a FREE 442-page book, a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people affected by paralysis and for those who care for them."

  • Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers


    Author: Susan Conners

    ISBN-10: 0470623330 

    ISBN-13: 978-0470623336

    "Up-to-date, reliable information about Tourette Syndrome and related disorders for teachers and parents.

    Children with TS are often teased and punished for the unusual yet uncontrollable symptoms of their disorder. Academic failure is common. The Tourette Syndrome/OCD Checklist helps parents and teachers to better understand children and youth with TS and/or OCD and provide the support and interventions these children need. Presented in a simple, concise, easy-to-read checklist format, the book is packed with the latest research, practical advice, and information on a wide range of topics.

    • Provides a wealth of information on Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and related conditions
    • Includes strategies for discipline and behavior management, advice on supporting and motivating kids with TS and OCD, homework tips, and more
    • Shows how to educate peer students about TS and OCD

    Loaded with practical information, strategies, and resources, this book helps parents and teachers to better understand Tourette Syndrome and OCD and shows how every individual can reach their potential in school and in life."

  • Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him


    Author: Luis Carlos Montalvan & Brett Witter

    ISBN-10: 9781401310752

    ISBN-13: 978-1401310752

    "A heartwarming dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, changes a former soldier's life forever.

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, his physical wounds and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. He wondered if he would ever recover.

    Then Luis met Tuesday, a sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, and he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.

    Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how, together, they healed each other's souls."

  • Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview (with DVD)


    Author: U.S. Department of Justice

    "A training DVD and trainer’s guide to demonstrate effective techniques for interviewing individuals with disabilities that affect cognitive and communication abilities."