And for the pure obsessive types here "The obsessive Personality" by Salzman (Leon?) which I beleive is still out of print but can be found in larger libraries. It is more of a text than a self help book but very readable.
I was going to post those exact two! Weekes' and Ellis have helped me tremendously.
One of the most beneficial skills learned from Weekes has been the ability to let a period of increased anxiety run its course without attempting to fight or avoid it. To feel all of the changes (blushing, breathing changes, racing thoughts) and not be impressed by them. Just accept them as sort of an overgrown reflex and move on.
The chapter on "Feelings of Unreality" is eerie because its so accurate in its description. Also to see something in print (not on the internet) describing DP is uncanny.
Do you practice some of her techniques? Floating, etc?
"The Miracle of Mindfulness" -Hahn
an examination of mindful awareness, a topic touched on by both Weekes and Ellis
In 1985 I was sitting under an elm tree in south Minneapolis reading "Hope and Help" and was very interested in the anxiety issues disccussed, but when I came upon the chapter on feeling unreal I started to weep. It was like the second time in my life that I had cried, and this due to the fact that for 10 years I had suffered in fear just thinking I was nuts or fried from drugs. I finally had a direction to look toward. too bad that so little information was out there for years to come.
Since this is now pinned, i'll once again suggest that anyone who hasn't done so, read Unravelling by Janine Baker. It is the only book that i've ever come across that specifically deals with Depersonalization, and it's quite a comfort to read on dark and dped nights.
Claire Weekes is also good for dealing with anxiety and Kay Jamison's "Unquiet Mind" is a good leisurely autobiographical read that deals with one persons battle with depression.
Books by Oolon Colluphid
* Where God Went Wrong
* Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes
* Who Is This God Person Anyway?
* Well That About Wraps It Up for God
* Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Guilt But Have Been Too Ashamed To Find Out
And my favorite:
* Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Sex But Have Been Forced To Find Out
"The Body Never Lies" and "The Truth Will Set You Free" by Alice Miller. Her ideas go directly against Freud's (although she was once one of Freud's little minions when she was a practicing psychoanalyst). She says essentially that you can't truly feel good about yourself if you are supppressing memories of trauma because the disloyalty and betrayal you show towards the truth eats away at you. Ever told a lie and then felt bad about it? Like that.
To cheer you up ; "How to Make Yourself Miserable" by Dan Greenburg with Marcia Jacobs. Good stuff about worry and self-hate, which I relate to big time. It is hard to make me laugh but this book did.
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