Can books make you feel well?

In Miscellaneous on May 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

A new prescription for health and well being is to read a good book. Doctors usually send patients to the pharmacy to get medication, but GPs in Brent will be sending people off to the library with prescriptions for self-help books as part of a new scheme.

If you or a family member has symptoms of depression, anxiety or eating disorders as well as being referred for counselling it is likely that you will be prescribed books to read alongside support sessions.

We’ve just stocked up on lots of books to help with a range of commonly experienced mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and stress. They have been chosen by specialist health professionals, counsellers and academics.

The books are for anyone to borrow, not only people who have been given a prescription. Some of the books contain exercises, self-assessments and treatment programmes to work through as you read them.

These are designed to raise your self-awareness and then suggest courses of action to help, often simple behavioural or thought strategies. You will need to commit a certain amount of time to reading the books and doing the exercises, but we think it is worth it.


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