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Books and sources for overcoming secondary problems

By Matthias · Jun 28, 2020 ·
A list of books to help with secondary problems (depression, anxiety, trauma, neglect, abuse).
  1. The source of the information in my posts on this blog includes several books that helped me overcome secondary problems such as depression and other issues. All of the problems discussed on this blog also occur in people who aren't autistic. None of the books mentioned below are about autism or autistic people. They are helpful for treating secondary problems.

    Biggest cause of secondary problems
    Here's an explanation of what caused most of my secondary problems: Misunderstandings

    The CBT model
    "The insight of the CBT model is that it is not events that bother us. Instead, it is the way that we interpret events – the meaning that we give to them – that gives rise to our feelings. This explains why two people experiencing the same event can react in completely different ways... many of our problems are a result of interpreting events in unhelpful ways"

    Helpful books used as a source of information in this blog:

    Depression - "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David Burns, MD
    Note: Dr Burns has another book that helps with both depression and anxiety called "The Feeling Good Handbook."

    Trauma - "The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms" by Mary Beth Williams PhD LCSW CTS and Soili Poijula PhD
    Notes - Helps with any kind of trauma including non-PTSD trauma, PTSD, and complex PTSD

    Complex PTSD, childhood neglect, or childhood abuse - "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing" by Bruce Perry, MD,PhD

    Other books I like (not used as a source for information in blog):

    Stress - "Wired For Joy!: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within" by Laurel Mellin
    Description: Explains that there are different brain states depending on your level of stress, how stress affects your brain in each state, how to identify your brain state, and what you need for each brain state to reduce your stress

    Setting goals - "The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable" by Hal Elrod
    Description: Motivational book. Shows how to set goals, believe in yourself, and be persistent so you can accomplish more than you ever thought was possible.

    Free online resources - Schema Therapy:
    After I overcame the problems mentioned in this blog by adapting what I learned in various books to the problems I had, I determined the root cause of most of my problems (depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trouble with emotions) was due to one belief that I likely formed when I was a baby or a toddler that I now understood to be based on a misunderstanding. I searched online to see if anyone else had found what I discovered and found science based research showing that schema #5 in the link below could cause the problems I had my entire life until recently.

    Potential causes of lifelong problems (#5 was the problem for me) - What is Schema Therapy?

    Introduction to Schema Therapy (numerous free videos online) - Schema Therapy Online • Schemas are deeply ingrained emotional patterns that repeat throughout our lives sabotaging our attempts to reach our goals, dreams and live a fulfilling life. Identifying and reducing your schemas is the key to achieving lasting change.

    Scientific studies
    Childhood emotional invalidation and adult psychological distress: the mediating role of emotional inhibition - ScienceDirect


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