“The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.
On this page, are links to the BEST books on different topics–for mental health clinicians and their patients.
We should *routinely* recommend to patients (and their loved ones) very *specific* book(s) about their illness because this allows patients to educate themselves. Two rules about this that I follow are:
1) Only one or two of the best books for that purpose, NOT a list of twenty. Listing twenty usually guarantees that the person will read none.
2) Only books that will be USEFUL, not those that are just “interesting.” Some of the best ones are listed on this website under the different conditions — depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD.
If you have other books that you would highly recommend, please share them at the bottom of this page (under “Leave a Reply”)
BEST books on psychiatric interviewing
BEST books on managing side effects (adverse effects) of psychotropic medications
BEST books on suicide risk assessment and management
BEST books on adult ADHD: For clinicians
BEST books on geriatric psychiatry for clinicians
BEST books on learning psychotherapy
BEST books for clinicians: Learning motivational interviewing
BEST books for clinicians about evaluating and treating personality disorders
Best books on mindfulness and mindfulness meditation
BEST books on Adult Asperger’s Syndrome: For clinicians
BEST books about doing presentations
BEST Books on Statistics: For Clinicians
BEST books on Evidence-Based Medicine
BEST books on inpatient psychiatry
BEST books on body dysmorphic disorder: For clinicians
BEST books about eating disorders: For clinicians
BEST books on time management
BEST books on psychological factors in effectively prescribing medications
For patients and their families
How to choose a rehab (recommended book for persons with substance use disorders and their families)
BEST books on adult ADHD: For patients and families
Book review: ADHD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
Book review: Mindfulness prescription for Adult ADHD
BEST books for patients with “anxiety”
BEST books for patients with panic disorder
BEST books on bipolar disorder: For patients and families
Body Dysmorphic disorder
BEST books on body dysmorphic disorder: For patients and families
BEST books on dementia
Depressive disorders (“Depression”)
BEST books on depressive disorders: For patients and families
Best books about eating disorders: For patients and their families
Fear of death
BEST books on overcoming fear of death
BEST books on dealing with grief: For patients and their families
Best Book on Mindfulness Meditation
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Best books on OCD: For patients and families
BEST books on schizophrenia: For patients and families
BEST books about improving social skills
Substance use — see Addictions
BEST book on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
BEST books on how to change habits
BEST books about how to get to and maintain a healthy weight
BEST books on time management
BEST books on yoga
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Julie Fitzwilliam says
The Medication Interest Model by Dr. Shawn Christopher Shea is a must-read for all prescribing providers
SABA MANSOOR says
Looking for a book for an 83 year old female patient. First episode of depression precipitated by fear of death. Is physically very healthy and has a great life. Thanks
Rajnish Mago, MD says
In response to your request, Dr. Mansoor, we have added a page that addresses this need. Please see https://simpleandpractical.com/recommended-best-books-fear-of-death/
So glad the second edition is now available. Along with this site “Simple and Practical” I look forward to another very useful reference
Dr. Chris Cotner says
Excellent news about the upcoming interview and the new 2nd edition! Agreed, this book is a very useful resource and I use it on a regular basis.
Giuseppe Guaiana says
A great book is: “Managing the side effects of psychotropic medications” by Joseph Goldberg and Carrie Ernst. A second edition will be released in July 2018. This book is complete and very helpful.
Rajnish Mago, MD says
Absolutely agree! It is a terrific book. I am waiting for the second edition to add it to this page. I will also interview Dr. Goldberg on video about the book. As you know, Dr. Goldberg is on the Editorial Board of Simple and Practical Mental Health.