Resources: Child Abuse, Eating Disorders, Mental Illness, Trauma, etc.

Welcome! Here you will find resources on topics including child abuse, eating disorders, trauma, mental illness, and more. Please note that these do not act as a substitute for professional help. If you find yourself in immediate crisis, please contact one of these resources:

National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: “Start” to 741-741
Medical Emergencies: 911

As an aspiring psychologist and as someone who has recovered from some of these issues myself, I hope to share resources that have guided me in my journey, in particular ones I find well-written and well-researched. They have also made me feel less alone, which you can read about here. However, just like with therapy, you should still keep trying, even if one resource does not work for you. Things will get better.

Child Abuse:
Web resources:
Childhelp
The Invisible Scar, raising awareness about emotional child abuse (the website that motivated me to make this resources page)
Books:
– An Abbreviated Life by Ariel Leve
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
(see books under the “Trauma” heading too)

Eating Disorders:
Web resources:
National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA)
Books:
8 Keys to Recovery from An Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grapp
Appetites by Caroline Knapp, more of a memoir but with insightful connections to feminism, sexuality, and psychology, (also my favorite book of all time)
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, a wonderful guide for those in the recovery process or at sub-clinical levels of disordered eating
Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi, another well-written memoir

Mental Illness, General:
Web resources:
MentalHealth.gov, check out their inspiring stories of hope and recovery
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health
Books:
The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald Siegel
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, a book about bipolar disorder

Trauma:
Web resources:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The Trauma Center
Books:
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman

What resources have you found helpful, pertaining to any of these topics? I always search for more material, and other readers may find them useful as well.

One response to “Resources: Child Abuse, Eating Disorders, Mental Illness, Trauma, etc.

  1. Pingback: On Being Alone Together: Resources for Child Abuse, Eating Disorders, Mental Illness, and Trauma | the quiet voice

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