Book Recommendations

 

Anger Management

A Step-by-step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, Ronald T. Potter-Efron. Powerful tools for overcoming extreme anger.

The Anger Control Workbook, Matthew Kelly. A great workbook that focuses on insight and learning new skills.

The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life, Les Carter. Offers insights into the factors that can keep people stuck in unwanted patterns of frustration. Explains how you can change your thinking, your communication, and your behavior as you release yourself from anger.

 

Anxiety and Stress

Learn to Relax, Mike George. Offers many helpful and easy-to-do exercises tailor-made for busy people, this book presents effective ways to ease tension at work, at home, or on the road.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Bruce M. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick. Offers the latest information about the neurobiological causes of OCD, new developments in medication and other treatment options for the disorder, and a new chapter outlining cutting-edge daily coping strategies for sufferers.

Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition, Edmund J. Bourne. Those who have struggled with panic attacks and fears will find this workbook packed with self-help exercises and guidelines for overcoming anxiety and stress. From understanding how to assert oneself to creating a positive recovery strategy, this tool focuses on handling feelings, including plenty of tips on handling life problems.

Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson. A clear and practical self-help book to address OCD symptoms.

Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life, Barbara Markway, Ph.D. Gregory Markway. This book is an excellent resource for those who suffer from this disorder, those who love them, and those who treat them. The authors start with the symptoms and some of the possible causes. They offer methods for treating the disorder, including self-treatment options.

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry, Michelle G. Craske and David H. Barlow. This workbook includes all the information necessary for a client to learn the appropriate skills to combat their excessive worry. When used in conjunction with the corresponding therapist guide, this book provides a complete treatment package.

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth, Glenn Schiraldi. Offers a remarkable range of treatment alternatives and self-management techniques, showing survivors that the other side of pain is recovery and growth.

 

Codependency

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself, Melody Beattie. Recovery has begun for millions of individuals with this straightforward guide. Through personal examples and exercises, readers are shown how controlling others forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness.

The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation, Melody Beattie. Offers a series of activities pertaining to a particular behavior - care taking, controlling, manipulation, denial, repression, etc. -- enabling readers to personalize their own step-by-step guide to wellness. These sections, in conjunction with a series of tests allow readers to assess their level of codependent behavior, demonstrate that while it may not seem possible now, they have the power to take care of themselves, no matter what they are experiencing.

 

Depression

The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression, Mary Ellen Copeland and Matthew McKay. Provides interactive exercises that help readers take responsibility for their own wellness and teach essential coping skills, such as tracking and controlling moods, building a support system, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, avoiding conditions that can exacerbate mood swings, and using relaxation, diet, and exercise to stabilize moods.

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think, Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. Simple but powerful strategies for coping with depressed and anxious moods and interpersonal difficulties.

 

Intimacy and Couples

Getting the Love You Want, Harville Hendrix. An excellent guide for couples who genuinely desire a maturing relationship.

Getting the Love You Want Workbook: The New Couples' Study Guide, Harville Hendrix. A great way to take the next step as a couple and develop a healthy relationship.

Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles, Harville Hendrix. A guide to holding onto love shows readers how to meet the challenges of a new relationship, avoid making the same mistakes, deal with emotional issues, and improve their odds.

Attracting Genuine Love, Dr. G. Hendricks. Look into the unconscious commitments that keep old patterns in place and open up to attracting the love you desire.

The Couples Companion, Mediations and Exercises for Getting the Love you Want, Hendrix. Shows how an enlightened relationship can lead to spiritual growth and personal healing and offers a life-changing program for doing so.

The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved, Matthew Kelly. A highly readable, well-written book that contains deep wisdom and practical guidance about relationships that will be useful to everyone seeking genuine and durable intimacy.

Intimacy Struggle, Janet G. Woititz. The struggle for intimacy is a complex issue, and the key to the happiness of every man and woman. It goes on for all of us as long as we live. To be intimate is to be close, to be vulnerable, qualities that are very different from the survival skills we learned. This book will help clarify the issues for you.

Seven Principals for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman, PhD. Quizzes, exercises and checklists to provide the framework for dealing with differences and strengthening your marriage.

 

Medication

Medicines for Mental Health: The Ultimate Guide to Psychiatric Medication, Kevin Thompson. A straightforward guide to mental disorders and the drugs that treat them.

Consumer's Guide to Psychiatric Drugs: Straight Talk for Patients and Their Families, John D. Preston. This is an accessible and comprehensive book which is easy-to-understand and packed with straightforward information about psychiatric disorders and the options available to treat them.

 

Personal Growth

Boundaries and Relationships: Knowing, Protecting and Enjoying the Self, Charles Whitfield. An exploration of healthy and unhealthy relationships and personal boundaries, with self-assessment tests and descriptions of ten types of interactions. Very helpful for those who have struggled in dysfunctional families and relationships.

Boundaries, Anne Kathrine. Boundaries separate us from others physically and emotionally. In fact, they are essential for our mental and physical health as well as for developing healthy relationships. Yet every day, people's boundaries are violated by friends, family, or coworkers. Despite the importance of personal boundaries many people are unaware of how or when these very important lines are crossed.

Please Understand Me II, Keirsey and Bates. This book is excellent for understanding your own character, as well as others. It contains a personality type test and can be very helpful in accepting and understanding the differences between different "types". Great book for couples who can't seem to understand one another and tend to try to change each other.

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, Karyl McBride. Presents specific steps toward recovery that daughters of any age can use as they grieve for the love and support they didn't receive, set healthy boundaries with their mothers and access an internal mother as a source of self-comforting. The author provides parenting tips as well as advice on maintaining healthy love relationships and friendships - all of which tend to be weak points of the daughters of narcissistic mothers.

Evolve Your Brain, Joe Dispenza. Explains how thoughts can create chemical reations that keep you addicted to patterns and feelings, how bad habits are created and how to change them.

Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry, Albert Berstein, PhD. This is a book about interactions with people who seem to sap energy and how to protect yourself from them.

The Drama of the Gifted Child, Alice Miller. This profound book about childhood trauma has provided thousands of readers with guidance and hope. It is essential reading for those interested in psychology, psychotherapy, and more.

The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck. An inspiring work, justifiably a bestseller in the USA, which presents a no-nonsense guide to life, the universe and everything from an inner perspective. It's written by a practicing psychiatrist who does not shirk painful facts yet remains sympathetic to human frailty and the everyday dilemmas of life.

How to Find the Work you Love, Laurence G. Boldt. Provides a thoughtful context for reflecting on the deeper meaning and purpose of work.

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and about Adults Abused as Children, Eliana Gil. An excellent book to help survivors cope and understand.

 

Self-Esteem

The Self-Esteem Workbook, Glenn R. Schiraldi. Presents a course in self-esteem based on new research and sound principles. Checklists, fill-ins, and exercises show readers how thoughts, emotions, physical health, and behavior impact their self-esteem.

Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem, Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning. A valuable source of tactics and strategies for constructing (or renovating) the foundation of self-esteem.

The Self-esteem Companion: Simple Exercises to Help You Challenge Your Inner Critic; Celebrate Your Personal Strengths, Patrick Fanning, Carole Honeychurch, Catharine Sutker, and Matthew McKay. Sixty easy-to-learn and fun-to-do exercises that build and maintain a healthy self-image.

 

Substance Abuse

Overcoming Your Alcohol or Drug Problem: Effective Recovery Strategies Workbook (Treatments That Work), Dennis C. Daley and G. Alan Marlatt. Practical information and skills to help understand and change a drug or alcohol problem. Designed to be used in conjunction with therapy, it focuses on special issues involved in stopping substance use and in changing behaviors or aspects of one's lifestyle that keep the substance use problem active.

 

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