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Health Conditions

The Mississauga Library System has many resources for answering questions about diseases and disorders (books, DVDs, electronic resources and websites). There is also number of Library programs for all ages and needs. If you have any health-related questions about what the Library can do for you, please contact us.

Alzheimer's Disease

o The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces
649.80846 CAL
This book contains information about Alzheimer's including the stages of the disease as well as wisdom, stories and coping strategies from experienced caregivers.

o Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: The Caregiver's Complete Survival Guide
362.19683 RUB
Provides information for the caregiver on how to manage caring for individuals with memory loss including handling difficult behaviours and making your home safer. Also covered is how to work with health care agencies, how to arrange home care assistance and evaluate and choose long-term care options when needed.

o The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
616.831 SMA
A whole body, whole mind regimen for preventing Alzheimer’s including assessment tests, memory exercises, nutrition recommendations, stress reduction techniques and aerobic and strength exercises.

o Exercises for Brain Health
616.83 SMI
Features progressive physical and mental exercises to challenge and strengthen the mind and body with the aim of preventing cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

o A Loving Approach to Dementia Care : Making Meaningful Connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss
616.83 WAY
Illustrated with true life stories, this book advises caregivers how to cultivate meaningful relationships with loved ones suffering through memory loss. Her program promotes communication and affirmative response as a way to maintain connections with individuals with dementia as well as encouraging caregivers to take care of themselves through the journey.

o Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows : A Couple's Journey through Alzheimer's
362.19683 HOBLI
This book tells the inspiring story of a couple who embraces their Buddhist beliefs as the husband, a former professor, progresses through the stages of Alzheimer’s, as a way of meeting the challenges and changes consciously and lovingly.

Anxiety Disorder

o The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. 5th ed.
616.8522 BOU
Learn what causes anxiety disorders, what health-related conditions can contribute to anxiety and how it can be controlled with medications and complementary treatments such as meditation, exercise and nutritional supplements.

o The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: Using Compassionate-Focused Therapy to Calm Worry, Panic and Fear Anxiety.
152.46 TIR
This guide explains how to use compassionate-focused therapy as a way to control anxious thoughts.

o Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias and Obsessions.
616.8522 TOL
A psychologist explains the causes of debilitating fears and how you can use gradual exposure techniques to conquer fears.

o Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents. 2nd ed.
616.85223 RAP
This title guides parents through the process of helping children overcome the problem of anxiety.  The author explains how anxiety occurs, the most common types of anxiety as well as treatment options including a self-help program with strategies and techniques.

o My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind.
616.8522 STO
The author provides both a personal and historical view of anxiety including medical, cultural and philosophical perspectives.


o Arthritis: Reverse Underlying Causes of Arthritis with Clinically Proven Alternative Therapies.
616.72206 KAM
From the creators of Alternative Medicine magazine, a comprehensive reference to the latest alternative approaches to diagnosing, treating and preventing arthritis. 

o Arthritis : Your Questions Answered
616.722 ART
Learn about the different types of arthritis, how it is diagnosed and treated using both complementary and conventional medicine including surgical options.  Also covered are methods to improve day-to-day living including diet, exercise, assistive devices and assembling a healthcare team.

o The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook:  Includes 125 Recipes for Managing Inflammation and Arthritis Pain.
616.722 ARR
This book focusses on nutrition as a way to reduce inflammation in the joints to help manage arthritis. 

o The Complete Guide to Healing Arthritis.
616.722 MIT
This guide provides a comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of arthritis, as well as strategies for coping with arthritis.
o Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide
616.72206 FIS
A comprehensive yoga program designed for management and prevention of arthritis.
Broken down into chapters focusing on each major joint, there are 100 classical yoga poses with step-by-step instructions.


o Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families. 3rd ed.
616.895 MON
This book describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder covering both its manic and depressive phases.  The author also explains variations, causes and contributing factors for this disorder as well as how to cope with the challenges it presents.  

o Breaking Free from Depression:  Pathways to Wellness.
616.8527 WRI
This book provides different strategies for overcoming depression including drug therapy, building strong relationships, fighting negative thoughts and using the practice of mindfulness.

o Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
618.92852 SER
This book details the causes, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric depression.  It also advises how to parent a depressed child, common myths about depression and planning for the future.

o The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs
616.8527 ILA
This book offers a treatment plan which does not involve drugs but instead suggests lifestyle changes based on what the body needs to heal such as improved nutrition, exercise, sleep and social connection.

o The Family Guide to Mental Health Care.
616.89 SED
This book provides a step-by-step guide for family members to support loved ones facing mental health problems.  Chapters include how to recognize signs of mental illness, how to diagnose specific disorders, treatment options and how to help the patient and family cope with the situation.
o If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents
618. 92852 EVA
Designed for parents, this guide helps you recognize and handle signs of mental health issues in your teenager.  It identifies the signs and symptoms of depression and what to expect, available treatments, how to help your teen cope with depression and ways you can limit the chances of depression appearing.

o Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
362.25 MIN
This popular title uses mindfulness training as a way to treat depression and regain emotional balance.  It comes with a CD containing guided meditations to help readers to develop mindfulness.

o Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression. 2nd ed.
616.8527 LUC
This title combines training exercises for overcoming negative thoughts with cognitive behaviour therapy techniques as a method to control depression and is an alternative or complement to other treatment options such as psychotherapy and medication.


o The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes.
616.46206 GRE
This book provides a three phase approach for controlling diabetes through diet, exercise and medications.  The disease and its effects on the body are explained including diagnoses, types, and complications.  Included are flexible meal plans and recipes.

o Canada’s Complete Diabetes Guide for Type 2 Diabetes.
616.462 GRA
This primer discusses all aspects of diabetes management including lifestyle changes, health issues, nutrition, medications, exercise and recipes.

o Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies. 3rd ed.
616.462 BLU
This Canadian guide provides the straight facts on treating diabetes successfully and living a full and active life.  This book includes symptoms and causes of diabetes, monitoring blood glucose levels, taking insulin and proper nutrition and exercise.

o The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen: 125 Recipes for Creating Healthy Meals.
641.56314 STA
These recipes by the Culinary Institute of America were created to help manage blood glucose levels but still be tasty.   Also provided are nutritional guidelines and healthy cooking techniques for diabetics.

o Diabetes Prevention & Management Cookbook: Your 10-Step Plan for Nutrition & Lifestyle
641.56314 BUR
Provides a 10-step lifestyle change plan to prevent or control diabetes and, includes 150 recipes to support the plan.

o Mayo Clinic the Essential Diabetes Book: How to Prevent Control and Live Well with Diabetes.  2nd ed.
616.462 MAY
This comprehensive guide covers types of diabetes, taking charge to prevent diabetes, symptoms and risk factors, treatments and strategies for managing blood sugar, and advances in insulin delivery and recipes.