The Jacobson Joy Inventory: A New Look at Measuring Depression

This guide makes a serious and compelling case for exploring different ways to measure depression and how a sense of humor can and should be used to enhancement treatments of mental illness. This unique guide not only includes invaluable measurement tools for exploring new ways to measure depression, it is seriously funny.

Meet David M Jacobson

David Jacobson, LCSW, CHP is the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management at Banner University Medical Center South as well as a professional speaker. Prior to this he served as Chief of Social Work for the Veterans Administration supervising 18 programs and over 200 clinicians and other staff. Jacobson is a former board member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) and graduated in the first class of the AATH Humor Academy as a Certified Humor Professional. He is author of “The 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Humorous People” which discussed using humor to cope with chronic pain, arthritis and other conditions. A second edition to this book is in process.

3/2. In search of freedom

Life always told me with its actions “grow up”, but I still remain as a little boy, same naive and dreamy. Although everyone says that everything is changing about me, chaos is happening inside and they also say that I am closed, trying to hide my secrets. Probably, in that case I am very similar to you. What if my story is the history of humanity? At first, I did not know my origin and how I was born just like humans. And we stuffed our heads that this is some kind of miracle. I do not know who will repeat fate after whom, but they are repeated. It seems to me that I stayed in the same train station. I seem to still sit there playing with my past, playing with life and playing with you.

Meet Arnur Zhumabek

I was born in Kazakhstan. I am 20 years old. I like to think about something big. I love looking for truths. This is my story.

Helplessly Hoping

High school sweethearts Mara and Douglas are young and in love, but they’re about to discover that the nightmares of the past have a way of haunting us in the present. Together they will face the demons of Mara’s childhood…but will either of them get out alive? A true and hauntingly candid look into the tragedy of sexual abuse and mental illness, and the struggle to stay afloat when everything seems hopeless.

Meet Douglas Kent

Born in Danbury, CT, Douglas Kent now makes his home in the Dallas, TX area. While he still dabbles in fiction and satire, his published works have focused on personal experiences in the form of memoirs. He is also an avid supporter of independent film and music, and a lifelong animal lover.

F*** The Black Dog: The Gruelling Journey Back from the Darkest Recesses of Depression and the Coaching System It Generated, So Others May Follow

“Coach” Neil Geddes brings decades of personal experience as well as research to the table.

F… the Black Dog communicates hard-won insights from rock-bottom experiences in a direct, no-nonsense voice that will resonate with the reader.

Personal experiences are related vividly in a visceral manner that will help readers connect therapeutic tools to their own lives.

This is a book about adjustments to perception, philosophy, and routine that can be highly effective supplements to therapy in combatting depression. It is aimed squarely at men and women who have had enough of depression ruling their lives and are ready to take on the hard work of managing their mental health.

It will help empower readers to take the necessary steps to treat and manage their depression, especially knowing that others have been where they are, and made it through the darkness…

Belial’s Teachings

Living alone and forgotten by almost all those he loved, life does not seem to have much in store for a depressed writer. That until one day, when a mysterious apparition from outside the physical world decides to show him new ways of thinking through intelligent and sometimes humorous observations that challenge the status quo, which will bring change to his life forever. A change that, as he will soon learn, comes first and foremost from within himself.


Meet Vlad Tudosie

Pharmacist turned corporate slave turned editor, who also happens to have spent one of his studying years writing a book, because pharmaceutical chemistry just wasn’t that interesting.

God is mindful of you

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A lot of people will struggle with their mental health because of recent developments around the globe. Some who profess faith in God may wonder, where is God in all of this mess? Why does God seem so distant when the storms of life rage? In this book, you will discover that no matter the challenges you face, God is mindful of you. Depression is already a major problem that many experience today. But God, who is mindful of His own, can touch the downcast in soul and restore them to wholeness. Expect the presence and truths of God to bring healing to your life as you read God is mindful of you.
Connecting with God when our connectivity seems to have gone awry can appear to be adding pressure to pressure. But here is a book that reminds us that God’s ability to connect with us never wavers.
Dr. Hugh Osgood, President, Churches in Communities

God is mindful of you gently walks readers through a practical understanding of how God holds and guides us in our deepest struggles… Thank you for the opportunity to read yet another powerful book!
Theresa Harvard Johnson, The Scribal Conservatory Arts & Worship Centre, Atlanta

Although mental illness has received diverse attention at higher institutions of learning worldwide, it is concerning that this is rarely the case amongst Christians who are ever expected to walk and live by faith and all kinds of positive confessions. With this work, our brother has proved that the Lord is mighty to save a mind that is afflicted of the devil. From sharing his own instance, as well as expounding experiences of notable 5-Star Biblical characters, Tokunbo has given us all, sufferers and their families, the opportunity to be open, sincere and believe in a God that wipes away every tears.
Dr Ola-Kris Akinola, PhD., Pretoria, South Africa

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The Obscured Journey

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The human condition is one riddled with complexities about the path we yearn for, who we are and what we believe.

We have become so dogmatic in our own beliefs that when they don’t come to fruition or we find them to be a hoax, our journey can come crashing down with doubt, fear, and uncertainty. Many individuals think they know why they are doing what they do, where they will end up, or who they wish to be in 3 to 7 years until a catastrophic event called life occurs.

We dream to live adventurously but the fear of change confines us to only existing, which is to survive in the fog of society thus creating a disoriented/invisible sensation. The unknown causes our thoughts to imprison us as we ponder if we will ever be content or if we will forever be in debt paying bills. We work hard to be accepted instead of acknowledged. We wonder about our next occupation or what comes after retirement. We worry about things we can’t control then suffer from anxiety. Our breath is limited by our determination and imagination yet those things we can take hold of.

We exclaim at times to be lost, but to be lost is to know where X marks the spot yet unclear on how to get there. So the question is:

What’s the Journey Toward X?

This book is meant to help you not only choose your path, but how to choose it wisely and magnanimously.

A Life Singular (Volume One, Part One)

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Everyone has a life singular. One…Unique…Extraordinary.

One true Love for Life…One act of fate changes a Life forever…

Jeff Diamond built a life of influence and wealth by making choices for all the right reasons. He lived by the law of reciprocity; a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for it. 

And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others. Yet when Jeff’s dream girl, Lynn, is taken from him by an act of a jealous misfit from his home town; the millionaire realises how he had succeeded in many ways and many like him were destined to fail?  The secret, he discovers, lay in the pursuit of love and wisdom; life’s two magic ingredients. 

Lynn was gone; his remaining days now only to account for their life together to inspire young people to make his type of choices, and not that of the desperate misfit named García.

Part One of Volume One – an amazing journey of discovery for life’s experiences through this fourteen-part series of love, passion and hope…

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Silent Retribution Man

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“Instead of Due Process, I give the Process that is Due”

Lionel Seaver has had it with the indecent, arrogant, rude, mean-spirited and for lack of more negative adjectives, pricks in today’s society. Its about time these people get what’s coming to them. And its not just about people who break the law either. It is not always against the law to be a prick, on the contrary, it is often rewarded. The jerks, bullies and greedy don’t go to jail. They use their power and possession to abuse people. Decency and kindness are often viewed a sign of weakness, a trait that can be taken advantage of . Where conscience and law fail to direct people to do the “right” thing, Seaver decides to step in and secretly and violently set them on a different course.

Seaver lost his family, job and identity in society. He embarks on a course to nevertheless create what he deems is a positive existence for himself as Silent Retribution Man. He accomplishes this by systematically stalking and beating people up who do anything from being rude to waiters, to scamming people out of money, to sexually harassing subordinates, to molesting children. Nothing too big or small, whoever has it coming is going to get it.

Lester Burnham in American Beauty was “an ordinary guy with nothing to lose,” Tyler Durden in Fight Club, once he lost “everything was free to do anything,” Seaver is all of the above, and wants to become the guy in the conclusion of the news story that beat the jerk up because he had it coming. The journey is long and Seaver is forced to confront his own conscience, sanity, and ultimately his mortality.

Adulting 101: How to Get Your Sh*t Straight so You Can Succeed

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A self-help book for those who wouldn’t read a self-help book. This book goes down the back alleys of self-help that most writers tend to avoid and makes you confront the scary monsters that live there. With in-your-face writing that verbally slaps you around a bit, Adulting 101 pulls no punches, makes no apologies and completely expects you to get your sh*t straight after reading it.

This isn’t the kind of book you can pretend to read because you want to feel good about other people seeing you holding it. F that. Adulting 101 expects you to do the work. Adulting 101 expects that you’ll think about all the screw ups and have an a-ha moment of “So that’s where I f***ed this up” and then fix it. It is not enough to know you f***ed up, you have to know why and then fix it. Adulting 101 will show you how. All the profanity you grew to love from How Not to be an Asshole is back in full force with very few asterisks to make the language more palatable. Using anecdotes from the author’s life to illustrate the lessons, Adulting 101 will be the go-to guide to determine beforehand if you are f***ing it up. Use now as a handbook for fixing the problems then in the future as a reference guide to keep from making the same stupid mistakes again and again.

This is a powerful book, not for the faint of heart, but for anyone who keeps wondering why their life sucks so much and has an earnest desire to change it for the better. Success is not guaranteed after reading this book but it could help make the path more visible. Adulting 101 could help lift the fog of your ignorance and stupidity and shine a bright light on the way to something better.

Note from the Author: Adulting 101 offers support and acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of everyday life in America but it also expects that you really want to do something about your depression, anxiety, negative self-talk, procrastination. This book is a basic primer on how the Law of Attraction works. You are already using the Law of Attraction if your life sucks. Adulting 101 will give you the basics of where the errors are happening if you keep attracting bad stuff into your life. Sometimes our parents don’t teach us all we need to know. Sometimes it takes years to learn these lessons, like it did for me. My hope is that you will read this and hear me when I say that I don’t want you to suffer like I did. I spent many years wondering why nothing was going right, why I kept ending up in the same spots even when I tried something that I thought was new, how deep seated experiences and beliefs shaped how I viewed my life. How even your random thoughts that you think don’t matter, REALLY matter! I wrote this book to help. I am currently redoing this book in a less profane way for those that want the message without all the nasty language. I know that is not everyone’s cup of tea. I hope you enjoy the message and if you like it, share it.