Popular—and professionally recommended—books.
University and public libraries carry many of these books. Most are available in inexpensive, soft-cover editions.
This list comes from The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health, by John C. Norcross and others (New York: Guilford, 2000).
Alcohol Abuse: Al J. Mooney, Arlene Eisenberg, and Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Book (New York: Workman, 1992).
Anger: Carol Tavris, Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, rev. ed. (New York: Touchstone Books, 1989).
Anxiety: Edmund J. Bourke, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Oakland: New Harbinger, 1995).
Assertiveness: Sharon Anthony Bower and Gordon H. Bower, Asserting Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change (Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1991).
Robert Alberti & Michael Emmons. Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships (9th ed.), Atascadero, CA: Impact, 2009.
Attention-Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity: Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).
Childhood Sexual Abuse, Recovery From: Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal, rev. ed. (New York: Perennial, 1992).
Communication: Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning, How to Communicate: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Personal and Professional Relationships (New York: Fine, 1997).
Death and Grieving: Therese Rando, How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies (New York: Bantam, 1991).
Depression: David Burns, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, rev. ed. (New York: Avon, 1999).
Divorce; Children and Divorce: Richard Gardner, The Boys and Girls Book about Divorce (New York: Bantam, 1985).
Abigail Trafford, Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce (New York: Harper & Row, 1982).
Eating Disorders: Christopher G. Fairburn, Overcoming Binge Eating (New York: Guilford Press, 1995).
Ira M. Sacker and Marc A. Zimmer, Dying to be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia—A Practical, Lifesaving Guide (New York: Warner, 1987).
Fear of Flying: Duane Brown, Flying Without Fear, NY: Barnes & Noble, 1996.
Health and Healing: Andrew Weil, Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself (New York: Knopf, 1995).
Marriage: John Gottman, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).
Men's Issues: Daniel J. Levinson, Seasons of a Man's Life (New York: Ballantine, 1978).
Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors: Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson, S.T.O.P. Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (New York: Bantam, 1991).
Pain & Chronic Pain: Margaret Caudill, Managing Pain Before it Manages You (3rd ed.), NY: Guilford, 2009.
Panic Attacks: Reid Wilson, Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, rev. ed. (New York: Harper & Row, 1996).
David Burns, When Panic Attacks: The New Drug Free Therapy that Can Change Your Life, Morgan Road Books, 2006.
George Clum, Coping with Panic: A Drug Free Approach to Dealing With Anxiety Attacks, Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks Cole, 1990.
Parenting: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, 20th ed. (New York: Avon, 1999).
Pregnancy: Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway, What to Expect When You're Expecting, rev. ed. (New York: Workman, 1996).
Procrastination: Albert Ellis and William Knauss, Overcoming Procrastination (New York: Institute for Rational Living, 1977).
Relationships, Love, and Intimacy: Aaron Beck, Love Is Never Enough (New York: Harper & Row, 1988).
Shyness: Philip Zimbardo, Shyness (Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1987).
Stress Management and Relaxation: James Madders, The Stress and Relaxation Handbook: A Practical Guide to Self-Help Techniques (London: Vermilion, 1987).
Weight Management: Andrew Weil, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health (New York: Knopf, 1997).
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