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  1. There is good evidence that self-help and other motivational books can support and educate people about many common emotional and mental health difficulties. Reading around the subject can broaden understanding of the problem or condition. Different books and different approaches suit different people. Reading a bibliotherapy book may be a starting point in identifying or dealing with a problem or it may prompt the reader to seek further, professional support from their GP or the Counselling service. 

    Remember that no one changes without making an effort: Many of the books in our list will offer a structured programme of activity, perhaps even require some homework. As with other self-help methods, the effectiveness of these books will largely depend on a reader who wants to make changes and who is prepared to take time to try out the advice.

    Counselling and Wellbeing Service

    counselling@reading.ac.uk  0118 378 4216

  2. Addictions 3 items
    1. Alchohol 2 items
      1. First steps out of problem drinking - John McMahon 2010

        Book 

      2. Kick the drink-- easily! - Jason Vale 2011

        Book 

    2. Gambling 1 item
      1. First steps out of problem gambling - Joanna Hughes, Lisa Ustok 2011

        Book 

  3. Anger 1 item
  4. Autism/Asperger Syndrome 5 items
    1. The essential difference - Simon Baron-Cohen 2004

      Book 

    2. Asperger syndrome and anxiety - Nick Dubin 2009

      Book 

  5. Bereavement 3 items
    1. First steps through bereavement - Sue Mayfield 2011

      Book 

    2. Bereavement: studies of grief in adult life - Colin Murray Parkes 1996

      Book 

    3. On death and dying - Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross 1969

      Book 

  6. Depression 8 items
    1. I had a black dog: his name was depression - Matthew Johnstone 2007

      Book 

    2. The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness - J. Mark G. Williams c2007

      Book 

    3. First steps out of depression - Sue Atkinson 2010

      Book 

    4. Break the bipolar cycle: a day-by-day guide to living with bipolar disorder - Elizabeth Brondolo, Xavier Francisco Amador c2008

      Book 

  7. Eating Distress 3 items
    1. First steps out of eating disorders - Kate Middleton, Jane Smith 2010

      Book 

  8. Happiness 2 items
  9. Insomnia and sleep problems 1 item
    1. Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems - Colin A. Espie January 26, 2006 (Paperback)

      Book 

  10. Mindfulness 4 items
    1. The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness - J. Mark G. Williams c2007

      Book 

  11. Motivation 4 items
    1. Introducing Positive Psychology A Practical Guide - Bridget Grenvill-Cleave 2012

      Book 

  12. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 1 item
  13. Perfectionism 2 items
    1. Overcoming perfectionism: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan, Tracey Wade 2010

      Book 

  14. Personalisty Disorders 1 item
  15. Psychological thinking 3 items
    1. The brain that changes itself - Norman Doidge 2008

      Book 

  16. Relationships 1 item
    1. Families and how to survive them - A. C. Robin Skynner, John Cleese 1997

      Book 

  17. Self-confidence 1 item
  18. Self-harm/self-injury 1 item
  19. Specific Learning Difficulties 1 item
  20. Stress/Panic Disorders 4 items
    1. Total stress relief: practical solutions that really work - Vera Peiffer 2003

      Book 

  21. Wellbeing 1 item
  22. Want a PDF/Print copy of this list? 1 item
    1. Guides on positive mental health from A-Z

      Webpage  Go to the foot of this webpage to find links to Bibliotherapy guides 1 and 2 produced by the University of Reading Counselling and Wellbeing Service, on which this online reading is based.

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