I had a black dog, his name was depression – Good Video from the World Health Organization

YouTube Icon

About-Face means a reversal of direction, attitude, or point of view. We equip women & girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image.

ADD Facts, resources, links & support

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD) in children and adults. This website provides free, scientifically based information about ADD in children and adults including some of Dr. Barkley’s most recent publications, fact sheets, links to helpful websites and information about a bimonthly newsletter.

Adios Barbie

The body image site for every body

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate the public about mental health disorders and help people who live with them. The website offers statistics, facts, and articles related to anxiety. The website also offers information about how anxiety relates to other disorders like depression and eating and sleeping disorders.

APA Help Center
APA Help Center’s website is sponsored by the American Psychological Association The website provides information on mental health issues such as anxiety, ADD, autism, depression and PTSD among others. The website also provides articles on coping with school, work, family, relationships, and dealing with health insurance.

BiNet Usa

As America’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and all other of us “somewhere in between” people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, “straight but not narrow” and questioning friends and allies, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual, pansexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distribute educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual and pansexual and allied communities.

BiSexual Network of Austin

Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.

EMDR Institute
The EMDR Institute was founded to develop the work of Francine Shapiro in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This website provides significant research references, FAQ, efficacy in a variety of diagnosis, information for counseling consumers, links to find therapists.

EMDR International Association
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public.

Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center
The Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center is a 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, and rape crisis center for battered women, their children, and survivors of sexual assault. The Center’s philosophy is based on the belief that all people have the right to live without abuse, sexual violence, or oppression. Staff and volunteers work together to help survivors by providing safety, respect, support, information, and resources so that survivors are empowered to make the best possible choices for themselves and their futures. The following services are confidential, free of charge, and completely voluntary.

Highland Lakes Health Partnership
The mission of the Highland Lakes Health Partnership is to act as a catalyst to improve the health of residents of the Texas Highland Lakes area by identifying health related issues that affect area residents, facilitating solution focused action planning, educating area residents on health issues and coordinating community response to gaps in health services.

International OCD Foundation
Not-for-profit organization of people with OCD and related disorders, their families, and mental health professionals, providing support and assistance.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Americans live mentally healthier lives and to promoting mental wellness across the nation. Mental Health America is made up of advocates, mental health care professionals, researchers, and public officials. Users can browse mental health information by audience, issues, and disorders. The website also offers FAQ sheets on medications, paying for prescriptions, and insurance issues. The website features a section on getting help, such as support groups, treatment, and help with insurance problems.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization dedicated to research, treatment and promotion of mental health issues. The NIMH website offers information on clinical trials, research and statistics. The website also offers information and articles on specific mental health issues. NIMH also offers links to news articles related to mental health issues, research and concerns.

Parenting – Dr. Thomas Phelan’s Magic 1-2-3- Parenting
Dr. Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic website is home to the bestselling parenting books and programs that have delivered effective parenting solutions to millions of families worldwide. This simple, yet powerful approach to disciplining kids has won rave reviews from parents, educators and professionals alike.

Post Partum Support International
Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and health care providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.

Protective Orders
The law, rights, safety Information, forms and procedures.

SAMHSA National Mental Health Information Center
The National Mental Health Information Center, is a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The website allows users to browse articles related to mental health by topic. The website also offers resources on mental health programs. Additionally the website offers a mental health FAQ, a mental health dictionary, and a section devoted to helping children with mental health.

Susan’s Place Transgender Resources

10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change.

Texas Council on Family Violence
The Texas Council on Family Violence promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.

Texas Young Lawyers Association
TYLA’s programs often offer information to members of the general public about a legal topic and others are directed toward underserved members of our community, including the homeless, the elderly, and members of our military. Legal Forms and instructions for family law matters and good information about personal and legal protection.

Transgender Education Network of Texas

Recommended Reading

Adult’s Books

Personal Development and Mental Health
The Bipolar Survival Guide – What you and Your Family Need to Know
by David J. Miklowitz, PhD
The book offers a wealth of material that can help demystify the disorder. Miklowitz methodically explains the disease, its symptoms and diagnosis, moves on to cogent explanations of its possible causes (“genetics, biology and stress”), then spends most of the book offering advice on how to manage it. He even offers worksheets and logs to help people come to a better understanding of and approach to bipolar illness. This book is peppered with real-life experiences of people with the illness. This book is informative, interesting, and compassionate, “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” is a valuable resource for people with the illness, and their family and friends.

He’s just not that into you: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
It’s a classic single-woman scenario: you really like this guy, but he’s giving mixed messages. You make excuses, decide he’s confused, afraid of commitment. Behrendt, a former executive story editor for Sex and the City-and a formerly single (now happily married) guy who knows all the excuses-provides a simple answer: he’s just not that into you. Stop kidding yourself, let go and look for someone else who will be. Behrendt says, “if a (sane) guy really likes you, there ain’t nothing that’s going to get in his way.” This book includes q’s and a’s covering every excuse woman has ever made to avoid admitting to herself that a man just wasn’t that smitten with her.

The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this book is for anyone making an elementary change in life. Ruiz is refreshingly clear in the presentation of his ideas. It’s the how and why one should make the four agreements with themselves that makes The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.

Learning to Love Yourself: Finding Your Self-Worth
by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
Learning to love yourself is a journey to self worth. According to the author, it is necessary for us to get rid of our toxic self-defeating messages, and choose positive changes. The author shows you new perspectives and guides you to a higher self-worth so that finally you can learn to love yourself.

Learning To Say No: Establishing Healthy Boundaries
by Carla Willis and Twerski, M.D.
Do you have difficulty saying “No!” to the demands of others? If so, this book is for you. Learn how to set boundaries and limits with your partner, children, family, friends and even the boss. Dr. Wills-Brandon will show you how to care for yourself in your relationships.

Life Without Ed (Eating Disorders) Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge
This groundbreaking book illustrates Rutledge’s technique. As in the author’s case, readers are encouraged to think of an eating disorder as if it were a distinct being with a personality of its own. Further, they are encouraged to treat the disorder as a relationship rather than as a condition. Schaefer named her eating disorder Ed; her recovery involved “breaking up” with Ed, Shares the points of view of both patient and therapist in this approach to treatment, Helps people see the disease as a relationship from which they can distance themselves, Techniques to defeat negative thoughts that plague eating disorder patients

Recovery Issues
Addictive Thinking Second Edition: Understanding Self-Deception
Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.
Abnormal thinking in addiction was originally recognized by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who coined the term “stinking thinking.” Addictive thinking often appears rational, but only on a superficial level. Addicts, as well as their family members, are easily seduced by the attendant and erroneous reasoning process it can foster.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
by Janet G. Woititz, Ed.D
This book provides wisdom and information for all Adult Children of dysfunctional families.

Drop The Rock: Removing Character Defects, Steps Six and Seven, Second Edition
by Todd W., Bill P and Sara S.
Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. This cast of character defects will undermine the best-laid plans for recovery from addiction. It’s not uncommon for individuals in recovery to hang on to negative, self-defeating behaviors after they’ve given up their addiction. These are the “rocks” that can sink recovery – or, at the least, block further progress. With more than 100,000 copies sold, Drop the Rock is the definitive guide to removing character defects that can prevent gratifying, longstanding recovery. Based on the Twelve Step program, particularly the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories, a reference section, and information about starting a Drop the Rock study group.

It will Never Happen to Me
by Claudia Black, Ph.D.
This “little green book,” as it has come to be known to hundreds of thousands of C.O.A.’s (Children of Alcoholics) and A.C.O.A.’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics), is meant to help the reader understand the roles children in alcoholic families adopt, the problems they face in adulthood as a result, and what they can do to break the pattern of destruction. Whatever the circumstances, when you come from a history of loss, it is like being a first cousin to the person raised with addiction. Therefore, if this information can benefit others raised in troubled families, this is an added gift.

Just for Today: Daily Meditations for Recovering Addicts
Author Unknown
Reviews: This is one of the most important books to any recovering addict. Inside we find hope and courage, and the knowledge that we are not alone. Simple messages for people who like to complicate life. I’ve lost track of how many times, the daily meditation has been exactly what I need to hear. I read it every morning, and every night, it really helps me deal with “stinking thinking”.

Of Course You’re Angry: A Guide to Dealing with the Emotions of Substance Abuse
by Gayle Rosellini & Mark Worden
Packed with real-life examples and down to earth advice on the nature and resolution of anger, this bestseller shows readers how to make anger work in a positive and effective way that can ease the challenges of early recovery.

Say Yes to Life: Daily Meditations for addicts, family and friends
by Leo Booth
This popular and exciting book brings spirituality to life via daily meditations for recovering addicts. Keeping his focus on the positive and creative, Father Leo Booth draws inspiration from artists, philosophers, and popular writers to deliver a message of hope to people in recovery. As a recovering alcoholic and certified addictions counselor, Father Leo shares the gifts of his personal and professional experience on the pages herein.

Straight Talk from Claudia Black: What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
by Claudia Black
Dr. Black introduces five very different families and reveals how the parents in each family talked to their kids about recovery, relapse and the child’s own vulnerability to drug and alcohol addiction. Discussion tips and easy-to-understand facts are shared in boxed sections to help parents focus in on key issues. Topics addressed include:The basic healing messages that young children need to hear if parents who have recently sobered up are raising them. How to talk to adolescents, teens and grown children about the basic characteristics of addiction, including denial, preoccupation, loss of control, change in tolerance and withdrawal. How to discuss genetic and environmental influences that can contribute to becoming chemically dependent, including the latest brain chemistry research. How parents in early recovery can begin making amends and building sober relationships with their children, whether the children are young or grown. Age-appropriate strategies to reduce a child’s risks for experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

Stage II Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction
by Earnie Larsen
Sustained abstinence from an addiction is only the first stage of recovery; real recovery begins with Stage II – the rebuilding of the life that was saved in Stage I.

Stage II Relationships: Love Beyond Addiction
by Earnie Larsen
Offers clear and practical techniques for couples and families who have faced the issue of addiction and are now striving to bring health and vitality to their relationships.

Children’s Books

How I Was Adopted
by Joanna Cole

Dinosaurs Divorce – A Guide for Changing Families
by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A Terrible Thing Happened
by Margaret M. Holmes

My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease” – A Child’s View: Living With Addiction
by Claudia Black

606 Avenue J
Marble Falls, TX 78654
(830) 693-0530

Got Questions?
Send a Message!

By submitting this form via this web portal, you acknowledge and accept the risks of communicating your health information via this unencrypted email and electronic messaging and wish to continue despite those risks. By clicking "Yes, I want to submit this form" you agree to hold Brighter Vision harmless for unauthorized use, disclosure, or access of your protected health information sent via this electronic means.