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Light and Dark Therapy
Phillips Wake Up Light
This is a very well-designed light with the specific purpose of replacing your alarm clock. Lights that simulate dawn (with gradually increasing illumination) can really help people who struggle with waking up on time. One downside of these lights is that they are not bright enough to provide therapy light. We’ve only found one therapy light that also incorporates a dawn simulation function.
Few products have gotten this kind of support from Gateway patients. Many people with depression and bipolar who also have sleep problems report “amazing” results when they start using these glasses at night.
Wirecutter’s top recommendation for a light therapy lamp.
The Mindful Way Workbook
This workbook and the Mindful Way Through Depression book provide you with a way to address depressive episodes that are mild to moderate in severity. We find that they are best used with a therapist. The structure of the workbook can really help boost the effectiveness of mindfulness based therapy.
Attached – The New Science of Adult Attachment
If you have struggled with a recurring pattern of unsatisfying relationships you may want to read this book, which artfully applies the science of the Attachment Theory to real life dilemmas in relationships. We often use the quiz that comes with the book to help couples understand why they end up with frustrating fights or power struggles.
Worry Less, Live More
This is one of the classic self help books for people suffering from various forms of anxiety, primarily what we would consider “generalized anxiety” or “mixed anxiety and depression.”
Wherever You Go, There You Are
In this followup book to Full Catastrophe Living Jon Kabat-Zinn writes with warmth and humor about the practice of mindfulness meditation. The book is part inspiration and part study guide. In brief, rather poetic chapters, he describes different meditative practices and what they can do for the practitioner.
The Happiness Trap
This book is one of the best ways fo diving into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ACT is based on the idea that it is not only ineffective, but often counterproductive, to try to control painful emotions or psychological experiences. Suppression of these feelings leads to more distress. ACT proposes alternative ways of coping with painful emotions including mindful behavior, attention to personal values, and commitment to action.
Bipolar II: Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression (1st First Edition)
A Mood Apart: The Thinker’s Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders
Highly recommended by Dr. Forster for patients with mood disorders.
The Courage to Heal – Third Edition – Revised and Expanded : A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Beurer BM55 Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Wirecutter’s recommendation for the best home blood pressure monitor
Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
Wirecutter’s recommendation for best bathroom scale.