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Good Books for Anxiety/Depression.

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HPFA Tue 15-Mar-16 08:50:17

I thought it might be helpful if people could recommend good books for helping with Anxiety - our own Mumsnet library! To start things off I really like:
a) Dr Claire Weekes - Self-Help for your nerves. Written in the sixties so a bit dated in places but nobody has come close to matching her understanding of how it feels and her empathy with the sufferer. She even makes you laugh at yourself sometimes as she gently points out the absurdity of some of what you are thinking. Imagine if your best friend knew exactly how you felt and the best things to say to you and that's how this book seems to talk to you. I checked the reviews on Amazon to see if other people agreed and vast majority say pretty much the same. Lucky people who had this lady as their doctor.

b) Padraig O'Moran - Mindfulness for worriers. Loads of practical exercises and tips for stopping the fear/worry cycle. Some of them sound too simple to work but are proving surprisingly effective. Probably not much help for severe depression but for putting a brake on endless "What If" worries it's been very very helpful.

What other recommendations do people have?

centigrade451 Tue 15-Mar-16 17:24:36

The book of Psalms in the Bible - is my go to and some of them really really help.

NiteFlights Fri 18-Mar-16 12:24:00

The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy. although when one is super-anxious it seems a bit long and wordy, it is a very helpful book and backs up CBT really well.

Depressive Illness: the curse of the strong by Tim Cantopher is a helpful book.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson is good too.

LionsLedge Fri 18-Mar-16 12:34:30

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beansonbread Fri 18-Mar-16 12:41:22

Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig! I absolutely loved reading and it's such a simple read but with lots of powerful messages!

hefzi Sat 19-Mar-16 15:50:25

centigrade are you the OH doctor from my work?! That's precisely what he recommended to me!

I'm another vote for Tim Cantopher - both Depressive Illness and Stress-Related Illness

Overcoming Depression isn't bad (Paul Gilbert) and nor is the Self Esteem book from the same series (Melanie Fennell)

The Mood Cure (Julia Ross) is brilliant for supplements that can help also - just remember you can't take St John's Wort or 5HTP if you're on ADs! Not all those recommended are available easily in the UK, but the majority can be got from Holland and Barrett (and the rest from Amazon) - personally, L-Tyrosine is really helpful to me when I'm struggling.

stumblymonkey Sat 19-Mar-16 15:56:52

A third vote for Depressive Illness: the curse of the strong by Tim Cantopher.

Dr. Cantopher was one of the psychiatrists when I stayed at The Priory and I can also vouch for him being a very good psych (he retired last year).

HPFA Sun 20-Mar-16 17:36:35

Sounds like the Cantopher book is the way to go!

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