Additional Resources: Abuse & Mental Illness

This week, we heard two very different trench stories—one about abuse and PTSD and what it's like to heal from that as an adult and a mother, the other about overcoming and healing from phobias and depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who share these trenches. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!


Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst (Amazon, B&N)

Adult Children of Abusive Parents, by Steve Farmer (Amazon, B&N)

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life, by Dr. Susan Forward (Amazon, B&N)

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson (Amazon, B&N)

Outgrowing the Pain Together, by Eliana Gil (Amazon, B&N)

The Verbally Abusive Relationship, by Patricia Evans (Amazon, B&N)

Bluets, by Maggie Nelson (Amazon, B&N)

Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp (Amazon, B&N)


Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse →

This website hosts a variety of resources—a blog, a directory of therapists, forums, an online store, and more—to "provide support, friendship, and advice for adults who have been affected by childhood abuse."

A Softer World →

Browse the archives of this beloved (and famously "humorous and disturbing") webcomic, created by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne.

Hyperbole and a Half | Adventures in Depression →

This webcomic and blog post by Allie Brosh is a wonderful and comedic introduction to what depression feels like on an everyday basis, followed by the equally great sequel post, Depression Part Two.


"Better Days," by Bruce Springsteen

"Talkin' Bout A Revolution," by Tracy Chapman

"Touch Of Grey," by Grateful Dead

"Oh Father," by Madonna

"Silent All These Years," by Tori Amos

"Strangers Like Me," by Phil Collins

"Fighter," by Christina Aguilera

"Superman (It's Not Easy)," by Five For Fighting