Psychiatry Books By Famous Psychiatrists

By Nicole Beasley |Updated February 9, 2020
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC

Mental health is a fascinating subject. Most of us experience mental and emotional wellness struggles at some point in life and will benefit from learning about mental wellness. It can also help to understand when someone you care about is coping with mental health struggles. There is a lot of information out there about the topic, and it's hard to know what's legitimate. One way you can learn about mental health and mental illness is by reading books by well-known psychiatrists.


Many psychiatry books help us understand mental illness and coping mechanisms for it. You can learn a lot from books by well-known psychiatrists. Whether you're interested in learning about a particular condition you or a loved one struggles with, these books can help you understand the topics.

Here are a few famous psychiatrists and their written contributions to the field.

Dr. Peter R Breggin, MD

Dr. Breggin has controversial beliefs in the field, and his books are well worth the read. He believes that psychiatric medications are over-prescribed and overused.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal is a guide for patients and their families about how the body and mind react when psychiatric medication is stopped. The book may deter people from taking psychotropic medications. However, the withdrawal guide is helpful for those patients who have been on drugs for an extended period and need to stop taking them for any reason.

Guilt Shame and Anxiety: Overcoming Negative Emotions shows us how to overcome negative emotions that are treated with psychiatric drugs. The book outlines several steps and methods for coping with negative emotions. It shows you the benefits of therapy, so you don't have to rely exclusively on prescription drugs to deal with emotional problems.

Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen has become an overnight sensation. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and has developed what he claims is a foolproof way to diagnose and treat mental illness through brain imaging scans. His books are focused on how to help patients who have different disorders.

Healing ADD is a book that identifies six different types of ADD and gives the patient and their families resources to cope with the symptoms of mental illness. The book aims to help patients with ADD.


Healing Anxiety and Depression focuses on the seven different types of depression and anxiety. The book gives helpful tools and coping skills to help you with depression and anxiety, using proven methods.

Dr. Amen has written many books about the brain and how it affects moods, emotions, and memory. He even has cookbooks that focus on foods that he believes will help maintain a healthy mind and combat mental illness.

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Dr. Kubler-Ross is most famous for her book On Death and Dying, which outlined the stages that terminally ill patients go through during their trials from diagnosis to death. Her work in this field transformed the way that terminally ill patients are treated. The book is also an excellent read for anyone who is going through terminal illness, either as a patient or a loved one of a patient.

Dr. E Fuller Torrey

Dr. Torrey is a famous research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His work in the field has revolutionized the treatment of these mental illnesses. He has authored over 20 books, many of which are very helpful for patients as well as clinicians. One of his most famous books is Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers. The book is an excellent explanation of the illness and how it is treated, as well as coping skills for patients and their families.

Surviving Manic-Depressive Illness: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers focuses on bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can be a complex mental illness and has several types. The book offers an excellent comprehensive at bipolar disorder and the treatment.

Additional Books By Psychiatrists

There are quite a few books out there by psychiatrists that are written for the layperson or patients and their families. While there is something to be gained from nearly any book on mental health written by a professional, the following list of books by prominent psychiatrists is the most recommended by doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists.

Understanding Depression By Dr. J Raymond De Paulo, Jr.

This book is similar to the last but provides an overview of bipolar disorder. It is a manual of sorts for patients and their families who need to understand bipolar disorder, treatment options, and coping skills.

Bipolar Disorder By Francis Mondimore

This is a book written for the "ordinary" person who is living with bipolar disorder. It's written as a comprehensive and practical guide to symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and causes of this disorder.


Against Depression By Peter Kramer

This book provides patients and their families with groundbreaking treatments for depression. Kramer writes about scientific topics in layperson language, so it's easy to understand. The book gives patients and families hope that depression can be overcome.

The Five Love Languages By Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman isn't a psychiatrist and doesn't practice in psychology or any related field, but rather, writes from his experience and education in religious studies and as a pastor. Many mental health professionals utilize and recommend his book The Five Love Languages to clients because of its commonsense approach to marriage and relationships.

Quiet Your Mind And Get To Sleep by Colleen Carney And Rachel Manber

Rachel Manber is a professor of psychiatry that specializes in sleep issues. Her co-author, Colleen Carney is a psychologist specializing in sleep issues as well.

This book is an excellent resource for people who fight insomnia due to depression, anxiety, or chronic pain. It outlines cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and coping skills. These techniques help you learn how to sleep when your body and mind are fighting it.

Saving Normal By Allen Frances

Allen Frances is a psychiatrist who acted as the chairperson of the DSM-IV task force. The DSM (Diagnostical and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) is a manual for psychiatrists to diagnose mental illness in patients, and Frances was a leading contributor to the effort. The book is about the role of psychiatry in modern times, and somewhat deters people from buying into the DSM and its tendency to label everyday problems as a mental illness.

Famous Psychiatrists

There are many books renowned psychiatrists that help us learn about mental disorders and mental health. Some of these books were written for clinicians but can be helpful to patients and their families. The most renowned psychiatrists, such as Freud and Jung, have written books that can still be found today. It is important to note that many of the "famous psychiatrists" that you see on television and media are not psychiatrists at all. For example. Dr. Phil holds a degree in psychology, but is not a licensed psychologist and is not a medical doctor or psychiatrist. Before checking out any book that claims to be by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional, research their credentials and make sure that they are a reliable resource of information on the topic of mental illness.

Definition Of Psychiatrist

If you are wondering if an author is a qualified psychiatrist, you need to know what a psychiatrist is and what they do. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in mental health, and they're a medical doctor. They might be an M.D., or a D.O. Psychiatrists go through medical school and residency programs, as well as additional education and residency if they choose to specialize in a specific type of psychiatry.


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