Alberti, R. E., and M. L. Emmons, Your Perfect Right: A Guide
to Assertive Living. California: Impact, 1990. Paper, $9.95.
Baer, Jean, How to Be an Assertive (Not
Aggressive) Woman in Life, in Love, and on the Job. New York:
NAL-Dutton, 1991. Paper, $5.99.
Barlow, David H., Anxiety and Its Disorders.
New York: Guilford, 1988. Hardback, $67.95. The most comprehensive
professional explication of anxiety causes and treatments.
Barlow, David, and Ronald Rapec, Mastering
Stress: A Lifestyle Approach. New York: American Health Publishers,
1991. Paper, $18.95.
Bass, Ellen, and Laura Davis, The Courage
to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New
York: Harper Perennial, 1993. Paper, $8.
Beattie, Melody, Codependent No More: How
to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. New
York: Harper/Hazelden, 1987. Paper, $10.
Beck, Aaron T., Love is Never Enough: How
Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve
Relationship Problems through Cognitive Therapy. New York: Harper
Collins, 1989. Paper, $12.
Benson, Herbert, The Relaxation Response.
New York, Outlet, 1993. Paper, $7.99. Techniques from meditation applied
to help relax in everyday life.
Black, Claudia, It Will Never Happen to
Me. New York: Ballantine, 1987. Paper, $5.95. One of the first
books to explain codependency, and a classic.
Bloomfield, Harold H., M.D., and Peter McWilliams,
How to Heal Depression. Los Angeles: Prelude, 1994. Hardback,
$14.95. Self-help, directive, very good advice.
Bourne, Edmund J., The Anxiety and Phobia
Workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 1990. Paper, $13.95. Very
detailed, practical information; lots of helpful exercises to practice
alone or use in a group
Bower, S. A., and G. H. Bower, Asserting
Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change. Reading, MA:
Addison-Wesley, 1991. Paper, $10.53.
Briggs, Dorothy, Celebrate Yourself: Enhance
Your Own Self Esteem. New York: Doubleday, 1986. Paper, $9.95.
Briggs, Dorothy, Your Child's Self-Esteem:
the Key to His Life. New York: Doubleday, 1975. Paper, $10.95.
Burka, Jane B., Ph.D., and Lenora M. Yuen,
Ph.D., Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It.
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1990. Paper, $6.95. A very thorough,
thoughtful treatment of this subject.
Burns, David, M.D., Feeling Good. New
York: Avon, 1992. Paper, $5.99. cognitive treatment of depression
in a self-help framework.
Burns, David, M.D., The Feeling Good Handbook:
Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life. New York: NAL-Dutton,
1990. Paper, $14.
Charlesworth, Edward A., and Ronald G. Nathan,
Stress Management. New York: Ballantine, 1985. Paper, $5.99.
Colgrove, Melba, Harold H. Bloomfield, and
Peter McWilliams, How to Survive the Loss of a Love. New York:
Bantam, 1991. Paper, $12.
Copeland, Mary Ellen, The Depression Workbook
(Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1992). This is real
self-help, a long compendium of exercises and advice meant to be used
as an individual workbook. Paper, $17.95.
Coyne, James C., ed., Essential Papers on
Depression. New York: New York University Press, 1986. Hardback,
$25. Professional review of theories.
Cronkite, Kathy, On the Edge of Darkness.:
Conversations about Conquering Depression. New York: Dell Paperback,
1994. $12.95. Celebrities and others describe their experiences. Very
well-written, with good dramatic examples that will lend you courage
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow. New
York: Harper & Row, 1990. $13.95. Psychological research of peak
experiences--how to access a creative state of mind--very readable,
very helpful with depression.
Curran, Dolores, Stress and the Healthy
Family. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. Paper, $5.50.
Davis, Martha, E. R. Eshelman, and M. McKay,
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. New York: New
Harbinger,1988. Paper, $13.95.
Dodson, Fitzhugh, How to Discipline with
Love. New York: NAL-Dutton, 1987. Paper, $5.99. Dodson's books
are minor classics.
Dodson, Fitzhugh, How to Father. New
York: NAL-Dutton, 1992. Paper, $5.99.
Dodson, Fitzhugh, How to Parent. New
York: NAL-Dutton, 1988. Paper, $5.99.
Dowling, Colette, You Mean I Don't Have
to Feel This Way?: New Help for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction.
New York: Bantam, 1991. Paper, $11.95. Very readable, persuasive,
helpful. Describes her own family experience well.
Dreikurs, Rudolf, and Lawrence Zuckerman, Children
the Challenge. New York: NAL-Dutton, 1991. Paper, $10.
Dunne, Edward J., John L. McIntosh, and Karen
Dunne-Maxim, Suicide and Its Aftermath: Understanding and Counseling
the Survivors. New York: Norton, 1987.
Elkin, Michael, Families Under the Influence:
Changing Alcoholic Patterns. New York: Norton, 1990. Paper, $9.95.
Ellis, Albert and Robert Harper, A New Guide
to Rational Living. Los Angeles: Wilshire, 1975. Paper, $7. Ellis's
Rational-Emotive Therapy, a useful forerunner to cognitive therapy
for those who feel ready to face their problems.
Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlich, How to
Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. New York:
Avon, 1982. Paper, $14. Very good concrete advice about communicating
Fieve, Ronald R., M.D. Moodswing.
New York: Morrow, rev. ed. 1989. $22.95. This book has been a standard
since 1975, last updated in 1989, so doesn't refer to Prozac and its
congeners. Emphasis on bipolar disorder.
Fiore, Neil A., The Now Habit: Overcoming
Procrastination Through Quality Work and Guilt-Free Play. New
York: J. P. Tarcher, 1989. Paper, $8.95.
Frankl, Victor, Man's Search for Meaning:
An Introduction to Logotherapy. Boston: Beacon, 1992. Paper, $15.
Frankl, an Auschwitz survivor, addresses the meaning of life in a
very moving book.
Gravitz, Herbert L., and Julie D. Bowden, Recovery:
A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics. New York: Fireside,
1987. Paper, $7.95.
Hyatt, Carole, and Linda Gottlieb, When
Smart People Fail. New York: Penguin, 1993. Paper, $12. An analysis
of self-destructive behavior, and the effects of disappointment on
James, John W., and Frank Cherry, The Grief
Recovery Handbook. New York: Harper Perennial, 1989. Paper, $10.
Jamison, Kay Redfield, An Unquiet Mind.
New York: Knopf, 1995. $22.00. A respected researcher reveals her
own struggle with bipolar disorder. Well written and interesting.
Johnson, Vernon, I'll Quit Tomorrow.
New York: Harper, 1990. Paper, $10.
Karp, David. Speaking of Sadness. New
York: Oxford, 1996. Hardback, $25.00. Karp is a sociologist and a
sufferer from depression. His book is a fascinating analysis about
the social effects and meaning of depression in contemporary American
Klein, Donald F., M.D., and Paul H. Wender,
M.D., Understanding Depression: A Complete Guide to its Diagnosis
and Treatment. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Paper,
$7.95. Klein is a leading researcher in pharmacological treatment
of depression, and presents it here as a brain disease. This is a
comprehensive and useful review, surprisingly readable.
Kramer, Peter, M.D., Listening to Prozac.
New York: Viking Penguin, 1993. Paper, $22.50. A fascinating book
about chemistry and character, also a sensitive and thorough discussion
Kübler-Ross, Elizabeth, Death: The
Final Stage of Growth. New York, Touchstone, 1986. Paper, $9.
The most accessible book from the originator of current understanding
on death and dying.
Kushner, Harold S., When Bad Things Happen
to Good People. New York: Avon, 1983. Paper, $4.99. Very readable
Lerner, Harriet Goldhor, Ph.D., The Dance
of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships.
New York: Harper Collins, 1989. Paper, $12.
LeShan, Eda, Learning to Say Goodby: When
a Child's Parent Dies. New York: Avon, 1988. Paper, $8.
Manning, Martha, Undercurrents. San
Francisco: Harper, 1994. Paper, $12.00. A therapist's diary of two
years' struggle with depression, leading to ECT.
McCoy, Kathleen, Crisis Proof Your Teenager:
How to Recognize, Prevent, and Deal With Risky Adolescent Behavior.
New York: NAL-Dutton, 1991. Paper, $4.99.
McCoy, Kathleen, Understanding Your Teenager's
Depression. New York: NAL-Dutton, 1985. Paper, $4.95.
McGrath, Ellen, Ph.D., When Feeling Bad
is Good. New York, Bantam,1992. $22.50. A feminist view of depression
in women, stressing that it is often a response to an unhealthy society,
and suggesting more adaptive responses. Good concrete advice and clear
Milam, James, and Katherine Ketcham, Under
the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism.
New York: Bantam, 1984. Paper, $5.50.
Miller, Alice, The Drama of the Gifted Child
(Prisoners of Childhood). New York: Basic, 1981. Paper. $11.50.
Misleading title: it really concerns the creation of depression in
Miller, Lyle, Alma Dell Smith, The Stress
Solution. New York: Pocket Books, 1993. Paper, $22.
Moore, Thomas, Care of the Soul. New
York: Harper Collins, 1992. $25.00. Coming to terms with the differing
needs of parts of our selves, especially the spiritual side.
Neuman, Frederic, Fighting Fear: The Eight-Week
Program for Treating Your Own Phobias. New York: Bantam, 1986.
Norwood, Robin, Women Who Love Too Much.
New York: Pocket Books, 1989. $6.99.
Osherson, Samuel, Finding Our Fathers: How
a Man's Life is Shaped by His Relationship with His Father. New
York: Fawcett Columbine, 1987. Paper, $10.
Osherson, Samuel, Wrestling with Love: How
a Man Struggles with Intimacy. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1993.
Papolos, Demitri F., and Janice Papolos, Overcoming
Depression. New York, Harper Collins, 1992. Paper, $13. Despite
the title, this book focuses on explaining depression and how to get
help, not on recovery. Good, very practical advice.
Peck, M. Scott., The Road Less Traveled.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978. A wise, classic book, very
helpful for the depressive in recovery.
Peurifoy, Reneau Z., Anxiety, Phobias, and
Panic: Taking Charge and Conquering Fear. New York: Life Skills,
1992. Paper, $12.95.
Pittman, Frank S., M.D., Man Enough: Fathers,
Sons, and the Search for Masculinity. New York: Putnam, 1993.
$22.95. Highly recommended.
Scarf, Maggie, Unfinished Business: Pressure
Points in the Lives of Women. New York: Ballantine, 1980. Paper,
$4.95. Depression through a woman's life cycle. Well written and readable.
Scarf, Maggie, Intimate Partners: Patterns
in Love and Marriage. New York: Ballantine, 1988. Paper, $5.95.
This is a very helpful and accessible book that popularizes much of
what family therapy understands about love and marriage.
Seligman, Martin, Learned Optimism.
New York: Pocket Books, 1992. Paper, $10. An excellent resource, surprisingly
interesting, personal, and readable.
Seligman, Martin, What You Can Change and
What You Can't. New York: Fawcett, 1994. Paper. $12.00. A thorough
review of the state of current knowledge about self-modification,
from alcoholism through sexual dysfunction.
Sholevar, G. Pirooz, and Linda Schwoeri, eds.,
The Transmission of Depression in Families and Children: Assessment
and Intervention. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1994. Hardback.
Smith, Hyrum W., The Ten Natural Laws of
Successful Time and Life Management. New York: Warner, 1994.
Smith, Manual, When I Say No, I Feel Guilty.
New York: Bantam, 1985. Paper, $5.99.
Staudacher, Carol, Beyond Grief: A Guide
for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One. New York: Active
Parenting, 1987. Paper, $10.95.
Styron, William, Darkness Visible: A Memoir
of Madness. New York: Random House, 1990. Paper, $8. Styron's
account of his struggle with depression at the height of his fame.
Tannen, Deborah, Ph.D., You Just Don't Understand:
Women and Men in Conversation. New York: Ballantine, 1991. Paper,
Tavris, Carol, Anger: the Misunderstood Emotion.
New York: Touchstone, 1989. Paper, $11.
Thompson, Tracy, The Beast. New York:
Putnam, 1995. $23.95. Journalist's account of descent into and recovery
from major depression.
Thorne, Julia, and Larry Rothstein, You
Are Not Alone: Words of Experience and Hope for the Journey Through
Depression. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993. Paper, $10. Inspirational
self-help, reflections and meditations.
Wilson, R. Reid, Don't Panic: Taking Control
of Anxiety Attacks. New York: Harper Collins, 1987. Paper, $12.
Winston, Stephanie, Getting Organized: the
Easy Way to Put Your Life in Order. New York: Warner, 1991. Paper,
$10.95. Reducing chaos in your life.
Woititz, Janet Geringer, Adult Children
of Alcoholics. New York, Health Communications,1990. Paper, $8.95.
Wolf, Anthony E., Ph.D., Get Out of My Life,
But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?: A Parent's Guide
to the New Teenager. New York: Noonday Press, 1991. Paper, $10.80.
Zimbardo, Philip, Shyness: What It Is, What
to Do About It. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1977. Paper, $12.00.
A classic of self-modification.