Featured Book: “Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles”

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If you’ve ever dealt with (or are currently dealing with) OCD, ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s, and other mental health disorders, you are not alone. That is the overarching message of Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. This book includes essays from various writers about their experiences with personal conflicts. Each essay is from a different author, so the writing style varies, and one author even incorporates free verse to tell her story.

Some of the authors included are as follows:

  • Amber Benson (who portrayed the character Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Jessica Burkhart (author of Wild Hearts)
  • Scott Neumyer (a popular journalist)
  • Sara Zarr (author of Story of a Girl).

It can be comforting to read about others who have struggled, gotten help, and learned how to cope. However, some of the stories depicted could be hard to read about for someone who is currently experiencing a similar situation- so be aware of this book’s heavy nature.

Several of Life Inside My Mind‘s lessons can be summed up in this passage from Amber Benson:

As much as your friends love you and want to be there for you, it’s not their job to fix you. Ignoring the problem, or pretending “you’ve got it under control,” will only make things worse. A therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist knows that they’re doing (they went to school for a long time in order to do this), and they know how to help you get back on track . . .

Whether we like it or not, the stress of of being a human being can be overwhelming, and having a safe space to talk about our problems, assess whether our brains are working correctly, make sure there’s nothing chemically out of line . . . well, I think that’s super important. I know I need that safe space in my life if I’m going to be a productive member of society.

Getting help when you need it- whatever that looks like for you- is encouraged by all of the authors in this book. They’ve been there themselves, and many of them are still figuring it all out. Pick up Life Inside My Mind when you need to know that you’re not alone in your struggles.

 

 

Top 5 Psychology Journals

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Looking for an up-to-date study on mental health? Need a quick bio of Alfred Adler or Anna Freud? The library has around 1,150 psychology journals that provide tons of information. Listed below are some of the most comprehensive (and current) ones that you can access through our website.

 

Journal of Social Psychology

The Journal of Social Psychology includes articles on “experimental, empirical and field studies of groups, cultural effects, cross-national problems, language and ethnicity, cross-cultural notes and briefly reported replications and refinements.” When you’re looking for case studies, statistics, and psychology research, this is the journal for you!

 

 

 

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Psychology Today

Psychology Today has easy-to-understand articles for the average Joe as well as the psychology student. Here you can read about topics like cognition, social lives, aging, therapy, and self-help. If you’re needing a shorter article that explains a general concept, then Psychology Today is a good place to start.

 

Journal of Individual Psychology

You can read articles online from the Journal of Individual Psychology from 1974 to the present day via the library. This is a more specialized journal, dealing mainly with the practices and theories of Alfred Adler.

 

American Journal of Psychology

This journal includes topics on “experimental psychology and basic principles of psychology.” With articles dating back to the 80s, there’s plenty to unpack here. You can also see how trends in psychology have changed over time.

 

Behavior Research Methods

Behavior Research Methods documents the results of experimental psychology. In particular, you’ll find articles on how technology has affected behavior, how technology can give a better quality of life for some, and the changes in technology that psychology requires.

 

See all of these journals and more in our “Journals” section of the library website.