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7 Must Read Books For Aspiring Psychiatrists

Is psychiatry for you? Find out by reading these fascinating books!

Psychiatry is all about how medicine interacts with people’s mental wellbeing. However, the job of a psychiatrist is so much more than prescribing pills for a certain problem.

Find out more about this intense yet rewarding profession with seven books that will make you clear on what psychiatry is, the frameworks within the fields and different approaches to the same patient.

#1 The Book of Woe by Gary Greenberg

The Book of Woe by Gary Greenberg Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book explores how the DSM was developed and offers a unique and insightful critique of our current diagnostic framework.

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#2 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha GoetzGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Experience what goes on inside the mind of a Harvard grad, studying to become a psychiatrist, who broke the habits that were imprisoning her in this raw and candid memoir about overcoming food addictions. This book documents an intriguing case study about how to fill inner emptiness by nourishing the hungry soul.

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#3 Follow the Feeling: A Roadmap to Emotional Freedom by Lisa West

Follow the Feeling: A Roadmap to Emotional Freedom by Lisa WestGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Follow the Feeling is a perfect companion for anyone in the psychology field. This book contains 33 easy-to-do techniques to help settle your nervous system and work through various emotional upsets. West is a physical therapist and yoga teacher with over 20 years of experience treating chronic pain and trauma and knows that stress gets held in the body. This book teaches you to be compassionate as you start working with unhealed pain and trauma, and asks you to love yourself through even the most difficult emotions.

As your emotional dashboard starts to heal, you begin to see the wisdom your feelings carry and can learn to trust yourself. Follow the Feeling” is a great practical introduction into yoga, mindfulness and embodiment. The techniques are simple but effective, and several have free-of-charge audio links available for their clients to access.

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#4 The Body Keeps the Score by van der Kolk M.D., Bessel

The Body Keeps the Score by van der Kolk M.D., BesselGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a book written by a psychiatrist and suggests an integrative approach to the treatment of residual trauma, which one can argue is the basis for many of the symptoms presented to mental health providers. This book was a best seller for many weeks running, so if a psychiatrist has not read this book they should consider doing so.

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#5 Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness

Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental IllnessGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book intertwines the history of science, culture, and society in the formulation of psychiatric diagnosis, treatments, and medications fo psychiatric illnesses, which gives an incredible insight into how treatments became what they are today. It unveils a perspective that questions what most of psychiatry has accepted as standard, and leaves one to question the nature of the most common treatments used.

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#6 Think Like a Man by Jd Shapiro

Think Like a Man by Jd ShapiroGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

All you need is YOU!

Most chapters begin with a quote from an influential person, which I thought was a great touch. Some funny, some thought-provoking, all of which I am putting on my wall!

Although this book is filled with humor, there is one very serious, underlining message to all the women reading it: You are valuable, you are powerful, and you don’t need a man to make you happy. However, if you did want to land and keep the RIGHT guy or attempt to understand what scores you more points with men, you will find the advice in this book invaluable.

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#7 Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness by Ilana Jacqueline

Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness by Ilana Jacqueline Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This self-help title, published by New Harbinger, is an essential part of any mental health professional’s toolkit when working with patients coping with chronic, invisible diseases. The book offers tools and advice for patients on topics like school, work, relationships, self-esteem and independence in the face of unpredictable symptoms. With so few relevant and updated texts on the topic (released in 2018) *Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness* fills a knowledge gap for realistic and actionable advice for patients dealing with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, diabetes, chronic pain, cancer ,autoimmune and immune deficiency diseases.

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Contributors to this article
Andrew Neff from Neuroscience From Underground

Bracha Goetz from Spiritual Books

Lisa West from Lisa West Wellness

Mitchell Sadar from Sadar Psychological Services

Kimberly Meehan from Kimberly Meehan, PMHNP

Melissa Morris from realjdShapiro

Ilana Jacqueline from IlanaJacqueline

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