St Vincent's Hospital, Fairview

Useful Information

Self-help Materials

Self-help Books, Bibliotherapy and Library resources:

There is good evidence that the best self-help books can be very effective in helping people during stressful times. The aim of the Healthy Reading Scheme is to make high quality self-help books more accessible to families and adults experiencing mild to moderate emotional problems. The scheme involves GPs recommending specific books to their clients from a list compiled by psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. A recommendation form is issued by the health professional. This can be exchanged for the book at your local library. For further information, search the internet for: (search for library service)
Dublin, Fingal, Meath Healthy Reading Schemes

Some Top Rated Self-Help Books:

Self-help books are designed to help a person work through a problem or a difficulty in a systematic way. It is also recognised that reading autobiographies can be helpful in gaining insight and understanding into psychological and interpersonal difficulties.

Following are a list of books that people have found helpful:

  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction by Martha Davis et al. (relaxation skills)
  • Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan (borderline personality disorder)
  • Becoming Orgasmic by Julia Heiman and Joseph Piccolo (sexual dysfunction)
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne (anxiety)
  • The 36-hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins (Alzheimerís)
  • The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (abuse and recovery)
  • Mastery of your Anxiety and Panic III by Michele Craske and David Barlow (anxiety)
  • Feeling Good by David Burns (depression)
  • Wherever you go there you are by John Kabat-Zinn (meditation and relaxation)
  • Mind Over Body by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky (depression)
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman (trauma and PTSD)
  • Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley (ADHD)
  • How to Survive a Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove et al. (grief)
  • Mind over mood by Padesky and Greenberger
  • Manage your mood by David Veale and Rob Willson
  • Overcoming depression by Paul Gilbert
  • Overcoming social anxiety and shyness by Gillian Butler
  • Overcoming low self-esteem by Melanie Fennell
  • Overcoming mood swings by Jan Scott
  • Overcoming panic by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar
  • Overcoming bulimia nervosa and binge-eating by Peter J Cooper
  • Overcoming anorexia nervosa' by Christopher Freeman


  • Letting Go by Morrie Swartz (terminal illness and dying)
  • Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating by Geneen Roth (compulsive eating)
  • A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis (grieving)
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (aging and death)
  • Elegy for Iris by John Bayley (a spouseís Alzheimerís)
  • Night Falls Fast by Kay Jamison (suicide)
  • Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther (a parentís loss of an adolescent)
  • A Man named Dave by Dave Pelzer (childhood abuse)
  • Broken Cord by Michael Dorris (fetal alcohol syndrome)
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay R. Jamison (bipolar disorder)
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron (depression)
  • Motherless Daughter by Hope Edelman (loss of a parent)
  • Feeding the Hungry Heart by Geneen Roth (weight management)
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg (schizophrenia)
  • The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon (depression)
  • Out of the Depths by Anton Boisen (schizophrenia)
  • Girl, Interrupted y Susanna Kaysen (borderline personality)
  • ADHD Handbook for Families by Paul Weingartner (ADHD)
  • Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears by Janet Gotkin and Paul Gotkin (schizophrenia)