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The following list of books provides helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety. The books have all been recommended by health professionals and can be used by individuals working alone or with the support of their GP or well-being practitioner.​

These books are part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription core reading list available for use as part of The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.

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  1. An introduction to coping with phobia book cover An introduction to coping with phobias
    Written by an experienced practitioner, this introductory booklet explains what phobias are and how they make you feel. It will help the reader to understand their phobias and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.
  2. Break free from OCD book cover Break free from OCD
    Are you plagued by obsessive thoughts, rituals or routines? This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD
  3. Chronic fatigue syndrome book cover Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/SME)
    A compassionate guide to chronic fatigue syndrome, this book provides sufferers and their families with practical advice based solely on scientific evidence. Included in the book is a detailed guide to self-help, written from a patient's perspective.
  4. How to stop worrying book cover How to stop worrying
    A guide to making worry work for you, helping you to avoid stress and anxiety. The author sets out to teach how to understand fear and face the possibilities of life calmly.
  5. Managing your stress for a happier life book cover Manage your stress for a happier life
    Free yourself from stress and learn how to regain calm and be in control with this new and updated edition of a practical, popular and easy-to-follow guide.
  6. Overcoming anger and irritability book cover Overcoming anger and irritability: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
    This self-help manual is for those who find that they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them with their irritability and bad temper. It helps sufferers understand why bouts of anger occur and how to overcome them.
  7. Overcomign anxiety book cover Overcoming anxiety: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
    A whole range of anxieties and fears are explained, from panic attacks and phobias to 'burn out' and executive stress. Contains an easy-to-follow self-help program and check sheets. Is based on successful, clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.
  8. Overcoming binge eating Overcoming binge eating
    Do you have a binge eating problem or know someone who does? This work provides all the information needed to understand binge eating and bring it under control.
  9. Overcoming chronic pain Overcoming chronic pain: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques
    Helping readers to overcome longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical, this work provides a clinically proven self-help approach to pain management based on the authors' work with sufferers at Bradford Hospital.
  10. Overcoming depression and low mood Overcoming depression and low mood: a five areas approach
    Building on the success of previous editions, 'Overcoming Depression and Low Mood' presents a series of self-help workbooks for use in self-assessing and managing depression and periods of low mood, with support from a health care professional.
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