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The Prescription Book List

The following books have been reviewed and recommended by a professional Psychotherapist from Think CBT and are part of the national book prescription scheme.


Overcoming Anger And Irritability
William Davies - Robinson
This is a straight forward self-help manual for people who find they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them by becoming irritable and angry.


Overcoming Anxiety
Helen Kennerley - Robinson
This guide explains how to overcome fears and anxieties ranging from panic attacks and phobias to Management "burn out". A step-by-step self-help plan is provided to explain how to regain self-control.
Overcoming Anxiety: A Five Areas Approach
Chris Williams - Hodder Arnold
This small set of workbooks is easy to read and well-structured. The checklists, bullet points and simple language get to the heart of the issue for those experiencing mild to moderate levels of anxiety and panic.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Susan Jeffers - Vermilion
This book Provides the information and tools to significantly improve how one handles being placed into difficult situations, helping to make the shift from pain, paralysis and depression to power, energy and enthusiasm.


Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating
Peter J Cooper - Robinson
This clearly written book explores all aspects of bulimia. It is relevant to those suffering from bulimia as well as those supporting a sufferer and trying to understand the disorder.
Getting Better Bit(e), By Bit(e): A Survival Guide for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders
Ulrike Schmidt & Janet Treasure - Psychology Press
This self-help manual has been proven in clinical trials. It is designed to empower the sufferer to take control of their life and directly tackle their eating problems in their own space.
Overcoming Binge Eating
Christopher Fairburn - Guilford
This extensive text provides all the information needed to understand the problem and develop approaches to bring it under control.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (second edition)
Frankie Campling and Michael Sharpe - Oxford University Press
This well written book provides the sufferer as well as family members / carers with practical advice based on the established scientific evidence. It includes advice on issues such as how to select the right therapy, and how to deal with CFS in children. It also provides an overview of the nature and causes of CFS.
Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
Mary Burgess with Trudie Chalder - Robinson
produced by specialist clinicians from the CFS Research and Treatment Unit at the University of London, this practical guide is primarily based on cognitive behavioural therapy. It is written to help the reader to break the cycle of fatigue. It also provides practical guidance on improving sleep, overcoming hurdles to recovery, establishing approaches for balancing activity and rest, and dealing with background stress.

Chronic Pain

Overcoming Chronic Pain
Cole et al - Robinson
This book details the clinically proven self-help techniques for managing pain. The recommended techniques help the sufferer improve activity, relieve negative feelings, reduce distress and manage pain. It offers guidance on how to become healthier and more active, how to improve sleep and relaxation, as well as providing advice on relevant medication.

Overcoming Depression

Paul Gilbert - Robinson
A CBT self-help guide, this book is packed with step-by-step suggestions, case examples and practical ideas for gaining control over depression and low mood. This book provides an excellent all round resource for sufferers and those looking to support people with depression.
Overcoming Depression and Low Mood: A Five Areas Approach
Chris Williams - Hodder Arnold
This provides a collection of short self-help workbooks for use by people experiencing depression and low mood. The text is accessible, well structured and easy to understand.
Mind Over Mood
Christine Padesky & Dennis Greenberger - Guilford Press
This well known and popular guide draws on the authors' experience as clinicians and teachers of cognitive therapy to help clients successfully understand and improve their moods, alter their behaviour, and improve their relationships.

Health Anxiety

Overcoming Health Anxiety
David Veale & Rob Willson - Robinson
This book uses a step-by-step approach to explain how health anxiety develops, how it is maintained and how to develop effective strategies for dealing with it.
An Introduction to Coping with Health Anxiety
Brenda Hogan and Charles Young - Robinson
This provides a 32-page booklet on health anxiety - what it is, what causes it, and what keeps it going. The booklet includes tried and tested CBT techniques to help you understand your symptoms, spot and challenge thoughts that make you anxious and reduce your focus on illness.

Obsessions and Compulsions

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
David Veale & Rob Willson - Robinson
This book outlines CBT techniques for reducing the distress of intrusive thoughts, dealing with uncertainty and overcoming compulsions.
Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions
Frank Tallis - Sheldon Press
This book explains the key principles of anxiety reduction and outlines treatment instructions in easy-to-understand language.
Break Free from OCD
Fiona Challacombe et al - Vermilion
This is a practical and easy to understand guide for helping the sufferer to make sense of OCD symptoms. It provides a simple plan to help overcome OCD. It Includes detailed information on the numerous manifestations of OCD, real-life case studies and advice for friends and families.


Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia
Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar - Robinson
This is a complete course to help the sufferer beat panic attacks and the anxiety they cause. The authors describe clinically-proven CBT techniques to manage panic.
Panic Attacks
Christine Ingham - HarperCollins
This includes a wide range of topics clearly laid out and covering the causes, symptoms, treatments and support for panic attack sufferers.
An Introduction to Coping with Phobias
Brenda Hogan and Charles Young - Robinson
This provides a starter 32-page booklet which discusses how phobias develop and what keeps them going. It uses CBT to help to set goals and start to face fears, as well as describing how to avoid relapses.

Relationship Problems

Overcoming Relationship Problems
Michael Crowe - Robinson
Written by an internationally respected marital therapist, this book uses tried-and-tested techniques to help explain how conflict arises and how to negotiate a happy, stable and positive relationship., It covers how to develop more effective communication skills, deal with sexual problems, cope with jealousy, and realistically negotiate in the relationship.

Low Self-esteem

Overcoming Low Self Esteem
Melanie Fennell - Robinson
Written by a leading authority on self-esteem, this reassuring and helpful guide provides an insight into how self-esteem develops and what keeps it going. It provides a well structured and easy to understand approach to break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learn the art of self acceptance and alter dysfunctional behaviours.
The Feeling Good Handbook
David Burns - Penguin
This includes techniques and practical exercises to help cope with problems and learn how to make life a happier experience. It includes chapters on anxiety, phobias and panic attacks, overcoming procrastination, improving communication and strengthening relationships.


Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Colin Espie - Robinson
This popular book on improving sleep is based on evidence -based CBT techniques. It provides a comprehensive guide to overcoming sleep problems and living life to the full. It offers the lasting benefits that prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications fail to provide.

Social Phobia

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness
Gillian Butler - Robinson
This widely read and popular self-help book outlines the nature of shyness and social anxiety. It explains the symptoms and possible causes, as well as outlining how to deal with upsetting thoughts, overcoming avoidance and managing anxiety through relaxation, distraction and panic management.


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman & Matthew McKay - New Harbinger Publications
This easy to read workbook has a practical and accessible structure, providing a history of the techniques used, symptom effectiveness, examples, checklist, further reading and "homework".
Manage Your Stress for a Happier Life
Terry Looker and Olga Gregson - Hodder
This practical book explains the causes of tension and illustrates the different strategies for dealing with it. It outlines how better physical health can lead to better mental health and gives practical information on how examples such as decluttering and work-life balance can reduce personal stress.


How to Stop Worrying
Frank Tallis - Sheldon Press
This book examines the causes, maintenance factors and strategies for overcoming short and long term worrying.
The Worry Cure
Robert L. Leahy - Piatkus
This self-help guide provides practical Techniques and advice for managing worry problems. It explains why we worry and how best to overcome unproductive worrying. It presents an easy-to-follow programme which will help you to identify productive and unproductive worry, accept reality and commit to realistic change.