Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health by Kati Morton, LMFT
Non-Fiction | Self Help | Mental Wellness
Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books
Released December 11th, 2018
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Are u ok? is a non-fiction book written by licensed marriage and family therapist Kati Morton, also known for her YouTube channel where she discusses therapy and mental wellness.
This book covers a lot of important territory. Everything from how to choose a therapist and knowing if they’re a good fit for you, to explaining how different types of therapies work, to recognizing signs of toxic or abusive relationships – this book is an overview of all of it.
Morton’s book will be the perfect choice for people with little to no prior knowledge of how to find a therapist or of how therapy works. However, for people with experience using mental healthcare, you can safely skip this book. The information contained within is very basic and doesn’t go into a lot of detail. Also, the primary point of this book is to aid you in finding a good therapist, so if you’re already experienced in going to therapy, you more than likely won’t learn anything new.
The reason I’m giving this book only three stars is that I found the conversational tone to be too flat, and I wish there had been more information contained within the book, especially on topics such as caring for your mental health at home. The subtitle to the book is A Guide for Caring for Your Mental Health, which constitutes so much more than just finding a therapist (although having a good therapist is incredibly important!).
The best part of this book for me were her chapters on on toxic relationships. I know so many people who have been or are currently in toxic or mentally abusive relationships, and it’s important to be able to identify such behavior.
Another thing I really appreciated was Morton’s discussion of the stigma surrounding abusive relationships, particularly toward the person being abused. This is something that I’ll admit to not considering before. From the book,
The stigma I am talking about is any of those automatic thoughts you have about abuse. Like I stated above, any of my friends proudly declare they would never find themselves in that situation. So what does that say to someone who was or is in a relationship like that? That they are weaker? Or more stupid?
As I said before, Are u ok? is a wonderful book for people new to caring for their mental health, or people who have never been to therapy and want to know what to expect. Otherwise, feel free to skip this book.