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Book Reviews: August 2008

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Hurry Down Sunshine

by Michael Greenberg (Other Press 2008. 238 pages.)

An excellent memoir about the onset of bipolar disorder in a literary writer’s 15-year old daughter, her treatment and recovery, and the impact on their blended, extended family. It is especially notable for its description of the rhythms of life on a hospital psychiatric ward. It’s unsentimental, insightful and humane.

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After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families

by Laurie B. Slone, Ph.D., and Matthew J. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. (Da Capo Press 2008. 279 pages.)

An essential resource to help with the transition of returning from war, written for service members, their partners, families, and communities.  This book pinpoints the most common aftereffects of war and offers strategies for reintegrating into daily life.

Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury

by Michael Hollander, Ph.D. (Guilford Press 2008. 214 pages.)

A guide for worried parents of teens who are cutters. The author, a leading authority on self-injury, explains the reasons behind cutting and what to do to make it stop.  In addition, proven treatments like dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are explained, as well as tips on what to look for in a therapist or treatment program.

I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What?: Break the Impasse and Get What You Need

by Xavier Amador, Ph.D. (Hyperion, 2008. 256 pages.)

A guide to practical communication employing the LEAP method—listen, empathize, agree, partner—for overcoming conflict, based on individual dignity, respect, and trust.

Treatment of Borderline Personality: A Guide to Evidence-Based Treatment

by Joel Paris. M.D. (Guilford Press 2008. 260 pages.)

Written for clinicians, the book is helpful for anyone interested in BPD. It discusses symptoms and diagnosis and psychosocial and pharmacological treatment options.