MENTAL HEALTH WARNING SIGNS

Self-harm or mention of hurting themselves

Abandonment of friends and social groups

Increased appetite

Loss of appetite

Being keyed up or on-edge

Isolating

Nightmares

Changes in sleep patterns

Indecisiveness

Lack or loss of pleasure

Loss of interest

Loss of self-esteem

Distorted sense of self

Panic Attacks

Moving very slowly

Fears of being alone

Impulsivity

Mood swings

Talking very fast

Depressed mood

Intense emotions

Is easily angered when people set limits

Defies or refuses to comply with rules

Frequent changes in relationships, image, goals, or values

Impaired school performance

Feels easily criticized or rejected

Feelings of worthlessness, emptiness or guilt

Changes in weight or appetite

Being easily overwhelmed

Extremely happy or high energy at times

Difficulty making transitions

Difficulty concentrating

Missing school due to symptoms

Complain of headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or fatigue

Excessive anxiety or worry

Angry outbursts or inappropriate anger

RECOMMENDED MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS READING LIST

Addiction

Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception, Abraham Twerski
Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, William Cope Moyers
Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person’s Experience with Substance Abuse, Kyle Keegan
Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp
Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home, Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and TBI, Charles W. Hoge
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress, Mary Beth Williams
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences, Peter A. Levine

Anxiety

100 Questions & Answers About Anxiety, Khleber Atwell
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund Bourne
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry, Lisa Schab

Bipolar Disorder

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need
to Know, David J. Miklowitz
The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family, David J. Miklowitz

Schizophrenia

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness, Elyn Saks
The Day The Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope, Ken Steele
Me, Myself and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person’s Experience with Schizophrenia, Kurt Snyder

Chronic Pain

• Living with Chronic Pain: The Complete Health Guide to the Causes and Treatment of Chronic Pain, Jennifer Schneider
• Living with It Daily: Meditations for People with Chronic Pain, Patricia Nelson
The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: Step-by-Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management, Jackie Gardner-Nix
Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain, Mel Pohl
The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life, Dennis Turk

Suicide

After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind, E. Betsy Ross Sanity
Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide, Bev Cobain
Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide, DeQuincy Lezine
Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength, Judy Collins
Why Suicide?: Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone you Know, Eric Marcus

Depression

• 100 Questions & Answers About Depression, Ava Albrecht
Monochrome Days: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Depression, Cait Irwin
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon
On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression, Kathy Cronkite

Eating Disorders

100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa, Sari Shepphird
Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating, Joyce Nash
Life Without ED: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, Jenni Schaefer
Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with an Eating Disorder, Carrie Arnold

RECOMMENDED MENTAL HEALTH Reading List for Teens and Family

Beyond the Blues: a Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression, Lisa Schab
Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do To Help Your Child and Your Family, David Jay Miklowitz
Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person’s Experience with Substance Abuse, Kyle Keegan
Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along With Others, Shari Van Dijk
Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide, DeQunicy Lezine
Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, James Lock
Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury, Michael Hollander

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents, Edna Foa
If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents, B. Timothy Walsh
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, Dan Savage
Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person’s Experience with Schizophrenia, Kurt Snyder
Monochrome Days: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Depression, Cait Irwin
Next to Nothing: a Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with an Eating Disorder, Carrie Arnold
Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, Jennifer Shannon
Still Here with Me: Teenagers and Children on Losing a Parent, Suzanne Sjöqvist

Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence: How to Understand and Even Enjoy The Rocky Road To Independence, Carl Pickhardt
Teens Under the Influence: The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs; How to Recognize the Problem, and What To Do About It, Katherine Ketcham
• The 4-1-1 On Surviving Teenhood: Helpful Tips For Parents, Michele Skafianos
The Thought That Counts: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Jared Kant
12 Steps Unplugged: A Young Person’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous, John Rosengren
What You Must Think Of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience With Social Anxiety Disorder, Emily Ford
Young, Sober & Free: Experience, Strength, and Hope For Young Adults, Shelly Marshall

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