Finding time to de-stress or brush up on professional reading has not been easy in 2020. But if you find a few spare moments in the weeks or months ahead, check out these articles, books, and shows that have made an impact on your peers. Brought to you by the Psycom Pro Editorial Advisory Board

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Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Articles & Books Worth Reading

The Science and Practice of Wellness: Interventions for Happiness, Enthusiasm, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO) by Rakesh Jain and Saundra Jain.
Recommended by W. Clay Jackson, MD: “The Doctors Jain present a practical compendium of the state of wellness research, tips on best practices for incorporating wellness into healthcare, and ways to get started right away. A must-read for anyone serious about good outcomes.”

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour.
Recommended by Paula A. Madrid, PsyD: “I evaluate children and adults and often have to provide psychoeducation to parents – this book was a great refresher about female teenager issues and needs.” Follow Dr. Madrid’s new trauma series beginning with this Q&A.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollen.
Recommended by McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD, as a way to learn about the history behind the use of psychedelics to treat addiction and depression. “This book was informative and got me up to speed with some perspective for the ongoing research that has resurfaced in this area.”

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
Recommended by Julie Kolzet, PhD, who addresses working with clients on finding purpose and meaning in her latest piece.

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by  Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle.
Recommended by Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW, who recently wrote about premature termination and regretting the client that got away.

Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by Anne Harrington.
Recommended by Danielle Weitzer, DO – see also Dr. Weitzer’s tips for avoiding burnout during psychiatric residency.

“Psychedelics in Psychiatry – Keeping the Renaissance From Going Off the Rails” by Yaden et al in JAMA Psychiatry.
Recommended by Andrew Penn, NP, a leader in the research of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice (2nd edition) by Jonathan S. Abramowitz et al. and The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal.
Recommended by Caroline Buzanko, PhD.

Modern Madness: An Owner’s Manual. Released in September 2020, and touted by the International Bipolar Foundation, this memoir provides an inside look at author Terri Cheney’s struggle, including outcomes with treatments and recovery.

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Updated: Jul 20, 2021
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