I often recommend books that help patients during or instead of therapy. Some people love self-help books. If you find it hard to concentrate or to make time to read, you may find many of these on audio books or through Audible.com.
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Happiness & depression:
Feeling Good Handbook. Burns.
The Depression Workbook. Copelant.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook for Dummies. Branch, Rhena.
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. Ben-Shahar.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Kabat-Zinn.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology. Seligman.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Csikszentmihalyi.
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.
Spiritual Evolution: A Scientific Defense of Faith. Vaillant.
Stumbling on Happiness. Gilbert.
Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Emmons.
Creating Optimism. Murray.
Positive Options for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Marshall.
Winter Blues. Rosenthal.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know. Miklowitz.
The Bipolar Workbook. Basco.
An Unquiet Mind. Jamison.
Anxiety, panic disorder, or stress:
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Bourne.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Davis.
Mind Your Heart: A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition for Heart Health.
The Relaxation Response. Benson.
Obsessive compulsive disorder:
The OCD Workbook. Hyman & Pedrick.
Stop Obsessing. Foa.
OCD: Getting Control. Baier.
The Hair Pulling “Habit” and You! Golomb & Vavrichek.
Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. Breus.
No More Sleepless Nights. Hauri.
Say Good Night to Insomnia.
The Recovery Book. Eisenberg & Mooney. Published 1992 but still useful.
Seven Weeks to Safe Social Drinking: How to Effectively Moderate Your Alcohol Intake. Cornett.
Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems. Fletcher.
Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps. Carnes.
Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics. Gravitz.
Overcoming Addiction. Harvard Health Report.
Runaway Eating. Bulik.
Life Without Ed. Shaeffer.
The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook. McCabe.
Eat, Drink, & Weigh Less. Katzen et al.
The LEARN Program for Weight Management. Brownell.
The No Sweat Exercise Plan: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, & Live Longer. Simon.
Anger management; borderline personality:
Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified. Friedel
Stop Walking on Eggshells. Mason.
The Angry Heart: Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders. Santoro.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook. McKay et al.
The Anger Workbook. Bilodeau.
The Verbally Abusive Relationship. Evans.
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation. Levenkron.
You Mean I’m Not Stupid, Lazy, or Crazy?! Kelly.
Driven to Distraction. Hallowell. Also try Answers to Distraction, or Delivered from Distraction.
Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD. Matlen
College of the Overwhelmed. The Campus Mental Health Crisis... Kadison.
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years. Coburn. Get this book for mom or dad.
The Accent of Success. Shiraev. For international students.
Life Preservers: Good Advice When You Need It Most. Lerner. Advice to women.
The Dance of Anger, A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Pattern of Intimate Relationships. Lerner.
Self-Nurture: Learning to Care for Yourself as Effectively as You Care for Everyone Else. Domar & Dreher.
The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health. Stewart & Spenser.
Psychiatric Drugs Explained. Healy.
Talk is Not Enough: How Psychotherapy Really Works. Gaylin.
Harvard Health Letters or special reports, as found on www.health.harvard.edu. Great reports and newsletters on many health topics.
Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health. Benson & Proctor.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer’s Disease. Devi. For patients and their caregivers
Heal Your Aching Back. Katz & Parkinson.
The Sensitive Gut, A Harvard Medical School Book. Friedman.
Gastrointestinal Health: A Self-Help Nutritional Program. Peiken.
Facing Cancer: A Complete Guide for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Caregivers. Stern.
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Lynn & Harrold.
Mating in Captivity. Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. Perel.
Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships. Schnarch.
The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. Davis.
Sexuality in Midlife and Beyond. Harvard Health Publications.
100 Questions and Answers About Erectile Dysfunction. Ellsworth & Stanley.
Coping With Erectile Dysfunction: How to Regain Confidence and Enjoy Great Sex. Metz et al.
Outing Yourself. Signorile.
Coming Out to Parents. Borhek.
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. Phelan. An immediate-consequences approach.
35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child. Doughy Center.
Life and relationships:
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. 30 True Things You Need To Know Now. Livingston.
Date Smart. Coleman.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.
The Dance of Intimacy. Lerner.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriages Work. Gottman.
Getting the Love You Want. Hendrix.
Don’t Ask for the Dead Man’s Golf Clubs: What to Do and Say (and What Not to) When a Friend Loses a Loved One. Kelly.
Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas. Wolfelt.
Forgiveness Is A Choice. Enright.
The Language of Letting Go. Beattie.
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