Reading Well Books On Prescription


Reading Well Books on Prescription

Wakefield Libraries have a wealth of self-help books available for loan.

There’s good evidence from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help books can help people understand and manage common conditions. The books have all been recommended by experts and they have been tried and tested and found to be useful.

The books are aimed at adults who may be experiencing common conditions including depression and anxiety. They provide helpful information and step-by –step self-help techniques for managing a variety of conditions. You can find full descriptions of the books here.

If you find the book you are reading is not helping, you should contact your GP or other health professional.

Anger         davies

  Overcoming Anger and Irritability by William Davies

Anxiety      Kennerley   Williams   Jeffers

Overcoming Anxiety by Helen Kennerley

Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic: a Five Areas Approach by Chris Williams

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Binge eating/Bulimia Nervosa  Fairburn   Schmidt   Cooper

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher G. Fairburn

Getting Better Bit(e) by Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders by Ulrike Schmidt and Janet Treasure

Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating by Peter Cooper
Chronic fatigue CamplingBurgess

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Frankie Campling and Michael Sharpe

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue by Mary Burgess and Trudie Chalder

Chronic pain   Cole

Overcoming Chronic Pain by Frances Cole, Catherine Carus, Hazel Howden-Leach and Helen Macdonald

Depression      Williams2    Greenburger   Gilbert

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood: A Five Areas Approach by Chris Williams

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

Overcoming Depression by Paul Gilbert

Health anxiety   Veale   Hogan

Overcoming Health Anxiety by David Veale and Rob Willson

An Introduction to Coping with Health Anxiety by Brenda Hogan and Charles Young

Obsessions and compulsions   Veale 2   Tallis   Challacombe

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by David Veale and Rob Willson

Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions by Frank Tallis

Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis

Panic   Silove   Ingham

Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar, published by Constable & Robinson

Panic Attacks: What They Are, Why They Happen and What You Can Do About Them by Christine Ingham

Phobias    Hogan 2

An Introduction to Coping with Phobias by Brenda Hogan, published by Constable & Robinson

Relationship problems   Crowe

Overcoming Relationship Problems by Michael Crowe
Self-esteem   Fennell   Burns

Overcoming Low Self-esteem by Melanie Fennell

The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns

Sleep problems   Espie

Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems by Colin A. Espie

Social phobia   Butler

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness by Gillian Butler

Stress   Davis  Looker

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis

Manage Your Stress for a Happier Life by Terry Looker and Olga Gregson

Worry   Leahy   Tallis 2

The Worry Cure: Stop Worrying and Start Living by Robert L. Leahy

How to Stop Worrying by Frank Tallis
Your GP can help you to talk over alternatives to self-help books. These might include taking medication, or referral to a CBT therapist.

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) can help you to find a CBT therapist. (

The NHS Choices and NHS Direct websites give a lot of information about different conditions and what help is available. ( and

If you are feeling desperate, then the Samaritans organisation will provide you with emotional support. They can be emailed at, or phoned on 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or 1850 60 90 (Republic of Ireland)

  1. Very nice compilation of book to overcome any personal problems. Overcoming low self esteem is a daunting task but with these book, there’s a chance you can overcome it.

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