The Best Mental Health Books to Read in 2024

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Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

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Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

Recommended by Kier Gaines: “Dr. Brewer lays out, in great detail, how anxiety affects the brain, how to map out better awareness of it and useful tools to cope.”

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The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness

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The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness

Recommended by: Kier Gaines. “A great book to dissect the epidemic of anxiety.”

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Recommended by: Kier Gaines. “A great book to help reframe the mind into conscientious examination of how social conditioning impacts society.”

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The Gift of Fear

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The Gift of Fear

Recommended by: Kier Gaines. “This book helped me understand how to not be disarmed by someone’s kindness and become more aware of how fear can be used as a powerful tool.”

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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World

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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World

Recommended by: Kier Gaines. “This book comes from a more contemporary Christian perspective and it gives a very practical summarization of the ways that unnecessary hurry has crept into our thoughts and habits.”

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It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self

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It's Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self

Recommended by: Avi Klein. “An excellent guide to your emotions and how to foster a better connection with them to improve your wellbeing and foster deeper connections with those closest to you.”

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Recommended by: Avi Klein. “I often reach for this book when a client of mine is struggling to accept big changes in their lives. This book helped me through a difficult moment in my life by showing me the rich possibilities for growth (spiritual, emotional, relational) when I accept loss and change in my life instead of fighting it.”

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Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship

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Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship

Recommended by: Avi Klein. “I work with many couples, and this is usually the first book that I recommend to them. It offers a helpful introduction to what creates conflict as well as closer connection in a relationship in a way that helps both people in a couple feel understood.”

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To Be a Man: A Guide to True Masculine Power

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To Be a Man: A Guide to True Masculine Power

Recommended by: Avi Klein. “To my mind, this is the best book about masculinity and men’s emotional wellbeing out there. It offers ways to be a man who is in touch with his emotions without shaming or denigrating our ideas of masculinity.”

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Workbook For Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky: 90 Exercises to … Strategies for Implementing Lasting Change

Workbook For Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky: 90 Exercises to ... Strategies for Implementing Lasting Change

Recommended by: Dr. Gregory Scott Brown. “I recommend this workbook for learning how cognitive behavioral therapy can prevent negative thoughts from controlling how you act and feel.”

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Recommended by: Dr. Gregory Scott Brown. “I recommend this book if you are indecisive, anxious, or afraid to take the next move toward accomplishing your goals.”

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Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration

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Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration

Recommended by: Jay Barnett. “Jason does a great job of articulating the importance of men possessing the ability to be vulnerable and that tears are necessary because they water the soil for our healing.”

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Why Didn’t Daddy Fix Me?: How To Heal From and Adjust Your Expectations of Fathers and Father Figures

Why Didn't Daddy Fix Me?: How To Heal From and Adjust Your Expectations of Fathers and Father Figures

Recommended by: Jay Barnett. “Vincent speaks to many men who are looking for their fathers to correct the issues that we’re often plagued with as sons due to the absence of a father. He challenges men to seek healing for their father’s wounds so they can experience true attunement in that area.”

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The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition)

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The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition)

Recommended by: Jay Barnett. “David Deida speaks to the many layers of a man and how important it is to navigate with intentionality, grit, and a clear mental and physical focus. He also expounds on the importance of discovering oneself before entering into a romantic relationship, which is critical for any young man’s development.”

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