“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, Sr.
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”)
For patients and their families
How to choose a rehab (recommended book for persons with substance use disorders and their families)
Body Dysmorphic disorder
Depressive disorders (“Depression”)
Fear of death
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Substance use — see Addictions
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