All three books below have helped me on my journey with living with chronic depression and PTSD. All three books below are not an easy read and will not be completed in one sitting. They should be read and digested a little at a time.
Financial Feminist by Tori Dunlap
What I learned from this book: This is foundational setting that helped me get my finances in order and stay in order. With depression, it’s often we have retail therapy or struggle with finances due to our episodes effecting our workload. I highly recommend this book as it is a no-judgemjent safe zone that allows you to learn how to plan for the future— which I didn’t think I would ever have. This book helps you understand the importance of saving for retirement, having an emerency fund, and generally thinking more carefully about how to invest your money. Think of this like the “Marie Kondo of Finances.”
But what if money didn’t mean restriction, and instead, choice? The ability to luxuriously travel, quit toxic jobs, donate to important organizations, retire early? The freedom to live the life you want, and change the world while you do it?
From the globally-recognized personal finance educator and social media star behind Her First $100K, an inclusive guide to all things money—from managing debt to investing and voting with your dollars
You will learn:
- Exercises to help you understand your current relationship with money, figure out what you want to change, and how to make that happen
- How to decide on your investment goal, and discover the three steps to meeting it
- Learn how to source the data you need to negotiate the money you deserve
Featuring journaling prompts, deep-dives into the invisible aspects of the financial landscape, and interviews with experts on everything money—from predatory credit card companies to the racial wealth gap and voting with your dollars—Financial Feminist is the ultimate guide to making your money work harder for you (rather than the other way around.)
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Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason and MS Randi Kreger
What I learned from this book: This was recommended to me by my therapist and it has been extremely helpful when you have someone close to you who has bi-polar or borderline personality disorder. As someone with chronic depression, it was also helpful for myself to help learn and recognize signs when I am going into an episode. This book was like a bible on how to set boundaries, recognize a spiral, and manage your emotions while allowing them to be nourished. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is mentally ill or has someone close to you who is mentally ill.
Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel you are ‘walking on eggshells’ to avoid the next confrontation? If the answer is ‘yes,’ someone you care about may have borderline personality disorder (BPD)—a mood disorder that causes negative self-image, emotional instability, and difficulty with interpersonal relationships.
Stop Walking on Eggshells has already helped more than a million people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this difficult disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This fully revised third edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research on comorbidity, extensive new information about narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), the effectiveness of schema therapy, and coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD or NPD sufferer in your life.
This compassionate guide will enable you to:
- Make sense out of the chaos
- Stand up for yourself and assert your needs
- Defuse arguments and conflicts
- Protect yourself and others from violent behavior
If you’re ready to bring peace and stability back into your life, this time-tested guide will show you how, one confident step at a time.
There is also a workbook to pair with the book a well: Amazon
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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
What I learned from this book: This poetry book is a powerful read that will bring you to tears and pull at your heart strings. From someone who has chronic depression and PTSD, this book related to me on a heavy level. It is was nice to know that you are not alone in this world and there are others who have gone through similar things to you.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
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