Self-Help Resources for Mental Illness (LIST)
Twitter ❤ Self-Help
If you’re familiar with my story, you may know that self-help books saved my life. I read just a few chapters of David Burns’ Feeling Good, but even those few words were able to help me stop hating myself, hold a job, and save my marriage — and for only about $7. Not a bad deal, right?
Self-help books get a dreadful reputation — and for good reason. They’re often filled with common-sense advice or random fluff you can find on a million inspirational websites. And many personal development resources just don’t apply to people with depression.
Still, I thought if it worked for me, maybe it could work for other people. I reached out on Twitter to see if anyone else had experienced something similar. The result was phenomenal:
You can feel free to browse that Twitter thread and find dozens of testimonials from real people that I’m not affiliated with (except through Twitter). If you can’t afford therapy, the copay to visit your doctor, or medication, try a self-help book. They’ve worked for others, and a few dollars’ investment might make the difference in your life.
(And if you can’t afford a self-help book, contact me. I’ll help you find one.)
The Self-Help List (Updated 1/18/19)
Please note, I may receive a small commission if you purchase a book from this list via Amazon Affiliates; however, this information does not impact whether a book makes it on my list. You do.
- David Burns: Feeling Good. The New Mood Therapy (My pick!)
- David Burns: Ten Days to Self-Esteem
- The Self-Acceptance Project (various authors)
- Lucinda Bassetts: Attacking Anxiety and Depression
- Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace is Every Step
- Sheila Achar Joseph: Helping Your Anxious Teen
- Charles L. Whitfield: Healing the Child Within
- Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo: You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!
- Stephen R. Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Viktor E. Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
- Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness for Dummies
- Patricia Collard: The Little Book of Mindfulness
- Manuel J. Smith: When I Say No, I Feel Guilty
- Allen Carr: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
- John Powell
- Thomas A. Harris: I’m OK–You’re OK
- Virginia M. Axline: Dibs in Search of Self
- Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- John Maxell: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
- Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit
- Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (Audible)
- Olivia Fox Cabane: The Charisma Myth
- James Allen: As A Man Thinketh
- Norman Vincent Peale: The Power of Positive Thinking
- Marti Olsen Laney: The Introvert Advantage
- Jim Collins: Good to Great
- Ruby Payne: A Framework for Understanding Poverty
- Jonathan Haidt: The Righteous Mind
- Esther Perel (Various relationship counseling titles)
- Steve Haines: Trauma is Really Strange
- Steve Haines: Pain is Really Strange
- Babette Rothschild: 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery
- Alex Korb: The Upward Spiral
- Kristen Neff: Self-Compassion
- Mark Williams and Danny Penman: Mindfulness (Audible)
Have More to Add?
If you have read a self-help book that has helped you, whether or not you combined it with therapy, please comment below so that I can update this list. You can also contact me directly, or give me a shout on Twitter. Your advice just might change someone’s life!
Final note: I have not personally reviewed every title on this list, and can make no guarantees about their effectiveness. If there’s a title you think shouldn’t be on this list, please let me know below and I’ll take it into consideration.
Originally published at valarieward.com on January 9, 2019.