NAMI Book Library
One benefit of becoming a NAMI Sonoma County member is gaining access to the library in our office. On our shelves are over 350 volumes as well as DVDs on a variety of topics related to mental health, including:
- addiction and substance abuse disorders
- mood disorders
For a list of our available volumes, please visit our Libib page.
To borrow a book, please visit the NAMI office and ask a staff member for the sign-out list. Items are due back one month after checkout.
Here are a few books recommended by our members and staff:
A Life Worth Waiting For: Messages from a Survivor, Dwight Lee Wolter (1989): Although this book was written for Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families, the author masterfully uses poetry and short stories to share his personal experiences and his recovery journey.
Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient, Norman Cousins (1981): This best selling book provides the story of how a physician and patient partnered to successfully fight a crippling disease. The author speaks of his personal experiences of recovery using laughter, his body’s natural healing resources and his mind.
Coping with Voices: Self-Help Strategies for People Who Hear Voices That are Distressing, Patricia Deegan & Carolyn Affa: The purpose of this self-help guide is to help you learn spI ecific techniques that may enable you to gain control over or eliminate voices that you find distressing.
Dante’s Cure, Daniel Dorman, M.D. (2004): Catherine Penney, labeled with Schizophrenia in her teens, spent three years in a catatonic state at a psychiatric hospital. Dante’s Cure tells the moving true story of Catherine’s courageous journey, written by the doctor who treated her without using psychotropic drugs.
I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!, Xavier Amador, Ph.D (2007): Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his attemps to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. This book not just a reference for mental health practitioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness.