I’m delighted to share with you some books that have helped me throughout my journey of recovery and healing:
Although Lyme disease is a physical illness, dealing with the emotional side of it can be very challenging. Throughout my illness, I sometimes felt that the immense depression, anxiety or depersonalization was unbearable. The fear of death was also very scary.
90 Minutes in Heaven was a great book to read during those nights when I really felt like I was going to die. When I was suffering from major derealization, I thought my time on this earth would be short-lived. My anxiety about death was immense and somehow entertaining the possibility of there being a life after death really put me at ease during those scary times.
Conversations with God was a great book to read during those times of loneliness. The skills that Neale Walsh discusses give you great tips for how to hone and sharpen that “inner voice” that we all have. When you’re in doubt it is that voice that helps you navigate what is right for you.
Addiction to Love was a book that I read after three months of intensive work doing step-work to get out of depersonalization. Underneath the depersonalization (where you are emotionally numb), are a lot of different emotions. It is at this point in unraveling this mummy-like web of anxiety that I wanted anything to take me away from feeling emotions. This is where a lot of the tendencies to become an addict come into play. One of the most serious and dangerous addictions that no one talks about is the addiction to love. A lot of 12-step first timers say that when you first start the steps it is recommended not to enter into a relationship with someone for a year because you need to give yourself some time to find out who you are. I thought this was a great book!
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers was amazing at calming my social anxiety. Some of the tips on Debbie Ford’s CD are remarkable to use when trying to look at the world differently and when talking to people. I highly recommend listening to her CD for social phobia!
The Complete ACOA Sourcebook: Adult Children of Alcoholics at Home, at Work and in Love was a great book if you come from a broken home or from a family where addiction, anxiety, depression and anger are present. This book is not just for children of Alcoholics but rather adult children from difficult families that were forced to play a certain role within their families. It was very interesting and possibly the best book explaining family dynamics.
A God Box was great to have by my bedside. Every time I had a wish I would write it down and place it in the box and for some reason each one came true!
The Big Book 12 Step Guides really helped me get out of chronic depersonalization. I highly recommend these and working on the steps to help “bridge” you back to the world. Each step has lengthy answers that you have to go through but I highly recommend this series.
The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments was the first book I read when I got diagnosed. This is a no-nonsense book that clearly describes different successful treatments that people have used to overcome Lyme disease. I highly recommend this book!
When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines was a great book much like his others. This book gives an in-depth discussion of how to begin treating Lyme with Rife machines. I thought this was a great book!
Cure Unknown is a popular Lyme disease book that looks inside the history of the epidemic.
Lyme Disease Survival Guide and Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment were great books to read for Lyme. The books offer insights into Lyme disease and show different treatments and perspectives of the disease from 13 different practitioners.
Additional books I found helpful:
Victoria Bowmann, Ph.D.: You Gotta Have GUTS: The Natural Approach to G.I. Health is a great book. She is a pioneer in pro-biotic research and this book offers the wisdom of her many years of clinical experience. It is written in a lighthearted, easy-to-read way.
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