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Offers audio programs utilizing
brainwave meditation for a variety of
self-help topics.  You will need stereo
headphones to listen to some of
these CDs
2 free downloads by signing up with  
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A wide range of  audio programs for a
variety of self-help topics.  Some can
be used while driving or walking.  
Free MP3 download - 10 minute
relaxation break by signing up with
your e-mail address.
The Fibromyalgia Network sustains
their organization through
membership fees of $28 a year, but
they have an excellent ad-free website
with free articles and an extensive
resource section.
Great resource for guided imagery   
CDs and other helpful resources for
body, mind, and spirit.  
Free 15 minute guided meditation
download on relieving stress if you
sign up for free e-newsletter.
I highly recommend Belleruth
Naparstek's guided imagery CDs!
A great website with lots of
information, including psychology
basics, get help section, diagnosis
dictionary, and tests to take online.    
If you need to find a therapist, they
have a comprehensive listing of
therapists in the United States.
The Sunbox Company offers a variety
of light boxes for seasonal
Their website offers light therapy
products, specialty lighting, and
books.  They also offer information,
including research on light therapy.
Whole Health Chicago is a center for
integrative medicine in Chicago.  They
have a great website with an
extensive library of articles on health
concerns, alternative therapies, and
nutritional supplements.  Dr. David
Edelberg's health tip newsletter is
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund
J. Bourne, Ph.D.
The most comprehensive, practical
self-help workbook on anxiety that I've
It includes a great chapter on health
conditions that may contribute to

Change Your Brain Change Your Life, Daniel
G. Amen, M.D.
Explains how depression, anxiety,
obsessiveness, anger, and
impulsiveness could be related to
how specific structures in the brain
Describes how each part of the brain
works and most importantly, gives
practical suggestions for overcoming
problems related to these issues.

The Chemistry of Joy, Henry Emmons, M.D.
Three step program for overcoming
depression through western science
and eastern wisdom.
Practical help, including specific diet
and exercise, for three types of
depression; anxious depression,
agitated depression, and sluggish

Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to
Change Your Life
, Bill O'Hanlon.
A good book by one of the developers
of solution-oriented therapy.  
Practical help in breaking old
patterns, finding and using solutions,
and shifting your attention.  

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan
Jeffers, PhD.
Good, practical techniques to           
overcome fear and indecision.
The whole life grid in the "How Whole
is Your Whole Life" chapter is a useful
tool for planning what you want your
life to look like when you don't know
where to start.
The chapter, "Filling The Inner Void",  
is useful in learning how the
subconscious mind can sabotage
desires and gives useful tools to help
with this.  
Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into
, Gail Sheehy.
An excellent, comprehensive resource
for caregivers. The author combines
stories, including her own experiences
as a caregiver for her husband, a
thorough description of eight stages of
caregiving, research, and resources.
This is one of the best books I've read
on caregiving and I wish I'd had this
book when I became a caregiver.  
Self Help
Career Planning
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect
Career for You Through the Secrets of
Personality Type Revised and Updated
Edition Featuring E-Careers for the 21st
, Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-
This book focuses on personality type
in helping people to discover their
perfect career.
I love using personality type
information and this book makes it
easy and fun.

Finding Your Perfect Work: The New Career
Guide to Making a Living/Creating a Life
, Paul
and Sarah Edwards.  
This book is a great resource on
career exploration.
They have written many other
excellent  books on career issues, but
I especially like the ones on working
from home.

Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to
Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life,

Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck.
A useful book written by two career
counselors from a Christian
Six assessments include: skills, core
work values, preferred roles,
personality type, compelling interests,
and spiritual gifts.

What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical
Manual for Job-Hunting and Career-
Changers 2011 Edition
, Richard Nelson
This is the job-hunters and career-
changers' bible.  It is updated
annually so the information is current.
I used an early 1990's version of this
book.  I found the exercises time
consuming, but extremely thorough
and helpful.  
Health and Wellness
Starting a Small Business
SCORE is a wonderful resource for
people wanting help in starting their
own small business.  They are a
resource partner with the U.S. Small
Business Administration.  
SCORE provides free online and  
face-to-face business counseling,
mentoring, and training.
Career Planning
The official website for Dick Bolles,
the author of  What Color is Your
Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-
Hunters and Career-Changers.
This website includes lots of good
information; including career
counseling/testing/advice, job
hunting, resumes, and more.
I blog about caregiving issues on this
There are also topics such as
parenting and health issues by other
The website for The Family Caregiver
Alliance: National Center on
Caregiving, providing caregiving
information, advice, and more.
Excellent resources, including Family
Care Navigator, a free online guide for
locating caregiver support programs.
12741 Research Blvd.
Suite 505
Austin, Texas   78759
3810 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas   78756
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love
That Lasts
by Gary Chapman
One is a series, this book is for
couples looking to improve their
relationship by learning and using
each others' love language.
Five love languages include words of
affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of
service, and physical touch.
Its a bestseller for a reason - it's got
great advice and it's easy to
Making Marriage a Success: Pearls of
Wisdom from Experts Across the Nation
Jaleh Donaldson.
I contributed a pearl to this book.  
Based on reviews I've read online, it
sounds like a great resource.
Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program
That Allows You to See and Heal the Six
Types of Attention Deficit Disorder
, by Daniel
G. Amen, M.D.
An excellent resource, Dr. Amen
breaks down ADHD into 6 categories,
explaining what parts of the brain are
affected and specific treatment for
each type.
Treatment includes dietary changes,
supplements, physical exercise,
pharmacological medications,
environmental changes, and behavior
modification suggestions.
The official website of Russell A.
Barkley, Ph.D., an authority in ADHD.  
I went to one of Dr. Barkley's ADHD
workshops a few years ago and
found it to be the most informative
workshop on the topic of ADHD that I
had ever attended.
Lots of good information on his site,
especially the fact sheets.
Health and Wellness
The Mood Cure: The 4 Step Program to Take
Charge of your Emotions--Today
by Julia
Ross, M.A.
Help for depression, anxiety,
irritability, stress, emotional eating,
and more.
Individualized Mood Type
Questionnaire helps to determine
what brain chemicals you might be
low in.
Includes suggestions for nutrition,
sleep, amino acids, and other
A website published by a recovering
anxiety sufferer.  
Lots of good, practical information on
anxiety, including symptoms, types,
causes, and treatment.