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Anxiety

when anxiety attacks

When Anxiety Attacks

Terian Koskic

Terian Koscik describes in graphic form her grapples with anxiety, and how seeking help through a therapist allowed her to come to terms with her anxious feelings. Funny and daringly honest, it will strike a chord with anyone who has been affected by anxiety.

overcoming anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

Helen Kennerley

This ever-popular guide offers a self-help programme, written by one of the UK’s leading authorities on anxiety and based on CBT, for those suffering from anxiety problems. A whole range of anxieties and fears are explained, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalised anxiety. It includes an introduction to the nature of anxiety and stress and a complete self-help programme with monitoring sheets based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


Autism

thats life with autism

That’s Life with Autism – Tales and Tips for Families with Autism.

Edited by Donna Satterlee Ross and Kelly Ann Jolly

This book is full of advice and inspiration, written by parents for other parents and professionals caring for children on the autism spectrum. Chapter topics range from the effect of autism in the family on couple or sibling relationships and intervention options to educational issues, diet, and the role of friends and relatives.

mind reading emotions library

Mind Reading Emotions Library

Simon Baron-Cohen

Mind Reading Emotions Library has been designed with awareness of the needs of children and adults who want to improve their ability to recognize emotions in others. It is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, those involved in social skills training, people on the autistic spectrum and people working in the dramatic arts.

Bereavement

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Attending to the Fact – Staying with Dying

Hilary Elfick and David Head

This inspiring poetry collection explores one of the most painful subjects to make sense of in writing – caring for the dying and the dead. Drawing on the authors’ work in hospices, these poems explore the experience of either supporting, or being, someone going through the physical changes and complex emotions that accompany ill-health and death.

love and grief

Love and Grief – The Dilemma of Facing Love After Death

Catherine O’Neill and Lisa Keane

Love and Grief offers sympathetic support to adults who have lost a partner, helping them to explore the difficult and often painful process of forming new relationships. Through personal accounts and poems, the authors show how the challenges of grief are experienced and dealt with by the bereaved and all around them.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

Rhena Branch

Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, manage anger, beat an addiction, lose weight or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, this bestselling guide helps you apply the principles of CBT in your everyday life-allowing you to spot errors in your thinking; tackle toxic thoughts; refocus and retrain your awareness; and finally, stand up to and become free of the fear, depression, anger, and obsessions that have been plaguing you.


Depression

surviving post natal depression

Surviving Post-Natal Depression
At Home, No One Hears You Scream

Cara Aiken

Research indicates that at least one in ten new mothers experience post-natal depression, yet there is little help available to sufferers. The book raises awareness of the illness and the destructive effect it can have on individuals and families. It offers positive suggestions and practical advice, based on personal and professional experience.

the mindful way through depression

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD)

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “”think”” our way out of a bad mood or just “”snap out of it”” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being

the mindful way workbook

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

John Teasdale, J. Mark G. Williams, Zindel Segal

Imagine an 8-week program that can help you overcome depression, anxiety, and stress–by simply learning new ways to respond to your own thoughts and feelings. That program is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and it has been tested and proven effective in clinical trials throughout the world. Now you can get the benefits of MBCT any time, any place, by working through this carefully constructed book. The expert authors introduce specific mindfulness practices to try each week, plus reflection questions, tools for keeping track of progress, and helpful comments from others going through the program. Like a trusted map, this book guides you step by step along the path of change.

mind over mood

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think

Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; happiness rating scales; gratitude journals; innovative exercises focused on mindfulness, acceptance, and forgiveness; new worksheets; and much more.


Mindfulness

mindfulness in eight weeks

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

Michael Chaskalson

Find your way into Mindfulness with this engaging and practical step-by-step guide that you can follow in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Mindfulness training can change your life: recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Excellence and prescribed by the NHS, it helps you to experience less stress and anxiety, and to discover more joy and deeper sense of being in each moment. In just eight weeks, people who have learnt these simple and easy-to-follow methods describe how it gives them new zest for life and an increased courage to face whatever obstacles they come across.

the mindful way through depression

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD)

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “”think”” our way out of a bad mood or just “”snap out of it”” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being

the mindful way workbook

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

John Teasdale, J. Mark G. Williams, Zindel Segal

Imagine an 8-week program that can help you overcome depression, anxiety, and stress–by simply learning new ways to respond to your own thoughts and feelings. That program is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and it has been tested and proven effective in clinical trials throughout the world. Now you can get the benefits of MBCT any time, any place, by working through this carefully constructed book. The expert authors introduce specific mindfulness practices to try each week, plus reflection questions, tools for keeping track of progress, and helpful comments from others going through the program. Like a trusted map, this book guides you step by step along the path of change.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Touch and Go Joe: An Adolescent’s Experience of OCD

Joe Wells

As many as 2 in every 100 people suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and 16-year-old Joe Wells is one of them. Here, he tells the story of his battle with OCD from its insidious beginnings at age 9 and increasingly intrusive symptoms, to diagnosis at age 12. This book is packed with advice and coping strategies.

washing my life away

Washing My Life Away – Surviving Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Ruth Deane

OCD affects one in fifty people and one of them was Ruth Deane. In this frank and personal account she shares her own experience as an OCD sufferer, taking the reader on a moving, honest and at times light-hearted journey, from washing her hands until they cracked and bled, to hospital admission and eventual management and recovery from OCD.

Panic Attacks

stop panic attacks in 10 easy steps

Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps – Using Functional Medicine to Calm Your Mind and Body with Drug-Free Techniques

Sandra Scheinbaum

Written from a functional medicine perspective, ten simple steps to prevent panic attacks without the need for medication are clearly explained in this book. It includes behavioural strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy, breathing techniques, nutritional interventions and physical activity to overcome panic in the long-term.

Self Esteem

banish your self-esteem thief

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief
A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People

Kate Collins-Donnelly

Part of the Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks series

Build up your confidence and self-esteem by learning how to banish your Self-Esteem Thief with this fun and imaginative workbook. Full of tips and strategies based on cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles, it helps you banish negative thoughts and build healthy self-esteem. Suitable for young people aged 10+.