Some useful books and websites

There are a few really good books (memoirs included) which not only help find some alternative/complementary therapies but also help to understand the condition both as a patient as well as a family member. I don’t claim to have read all of them but have made this list based on the few that I have read and based on others recommendations.


Finding Care for Depression, Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders by R. Sealey, BSc, CA, SEAR Publ., North York, 2002

Depression-Free Naturally Joan Mathews Larson, PhD Ballantine Publishing, New York, 1999

The Noonday demon: An Atlas of Depression: Andrew Solomon

Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-Body Techniques to Help You Feel Good Hyla Cass, MD and Patrick Holford Penguin Putnam, New York, 2002

Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry Carl Pfeiffer, PhD, MD Healing Arts Press, Vermont, 1987

Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain, Joe Walsh


Healing Schizophrenia: Complementary Vitamin and Drug Treatments Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, FRCP(C) CCNM, Toronto, 2004

Vitamin B3 & Schizophrenia: Discovery, Recovery, Controversy Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, FRCP(C) Quarry Press, Kingston, 1998

The Scenic route: A way through madness: Rossa Forbes   (Memoir)

My mysterious son: A Life-changing passage between schizophrenia and Shamanism: Dick Russell   (Memoir)

Living with voices:50 stories of recovery

Natural Healing for Schizophrenia and other common Mental disorders by Eva Edelman

Hearing Voices, Living fully: Claire Bien   (Memoir)

Treating the “untreatable”: Healing in the realms of madness: Ira Steinman

The family face of schizophrenia: Patricia Backlar


Dr. Hoffer’s ABC of Natural Nutrition for Children Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, FRCP(C) Quarry Press, Kingston, 1999

Healing the Hyperactive Brain Michael Lyon, MD, Focused Publishing, Calgary, 2000


AUTISM Treating Autism: Parent Stories of Hope and Success ed. by B Rimland, PhD & S. Edelson, PhD ARI, 2003

Children with Starving Brains J. McCandless, MD, Bramble, 2002

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism & PDD A Mother’s Story of Research & Recovery Karen (Memoir)


An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Kay Redfield Jamison (Memoir)

BIPOLAR WELLNESS: How to Recover from Bipolar Illness: Michael Rose MA  (Memoir)

Other interesting websites/links:

All in the mind is an interesting podcast-a program about the mind, brain and behavior, and the endlessly fascinating interactions between them.

A link between nutrition and mental health

A useful website on orthomolecular treatment information

Weekly podcast: The Psych Central Show and A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

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