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Becoming Okay (When You're Not Okay)

Adult; Self-Help; (Publish)

Pain is often part of living; yet, humans naturally resist pain and – in the process of resisting – create more pain for themselves and those they love. Demonstrating acceptance, in contrast, means approaching the pain of living in a way that gives pain less control, and, therefore, less ability to produce suffering. Acceptance lessens our struggle with pain and increases our ability to live fully. Acceptance helps us become okay – even when we really, really aren’t okay. While many self-help books emphasize the importance of acceptance, how is it developed? Psychotherapist and neuropsychologist, Bryan Bushman provides a step-by-step roadmap for anyone interested in learning how to transcend emotional or physical pain. Combining the best of both eastern- and western-religious insights with the latest neuropsychological research, Dr. Bushman provides several, easy-to-remember steps that summarize a vast amount of information so people can live richer, more-balanced lives. Universal in its application, there is something here for everyone. Whether you’re experience chronic physical illness, ongoing depression, severe anxiety, relationship problems, or addictive behaviors, your pain doesn’t have to define you. Using playful humor and powerful case examples, Becoming Okay (When You’re Not Okay) provides readers with scientifically-grounded, yet soul-expanding, exercises and insights that allow them to build a life of vitality and action – even while experiencing some of life’s greatest trials.


Bryan Bushman received his PhD in Clinical Psychology. He completed advanced and post-doctoral training in pain management, neuropsychological assessment, and anxiety/ trauma. Dr. Bushman has published in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. He has worked for the last decade as a psychotherapist and neuropsychologist at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Amazon (Brandi Perry)

"This year has been on of the most difficult years of my life. I love reading self-help books because I can always take a little piece from each to apply to my life. But, when I saw Becoming Okay When You’re Not Okay, I knew I had to give it a chance. I didn’t realize how not okay I was until I read it. Bryan Bushman had to have had a lot of pain in his life to be able to write such a compelling, emotional, and direct book. The book is easily broken down into two section. Part I focuses on Buddhism's three paths of suffering and how to use each of these steps to become better than you currently are. Part II of the book focuses entirely on scientific ways to overcome and accept. This is a book that I will gladly lend to anyone that needs it. Regardless of what you’ve ever been through, this book has something for you."

Kirkus Book Reviews

“The author packs a great deal of information into his pages, and he delivers all of it with the smooth skill of an expert teacher… He also includes many illustrations, including graphs and charts designed to convey multiple steps at a glance.” 

South Davis Psychological (Dr. Jon Ahern)

"A very useful resource for clinicians and non-clinicians alike."