Recommended Reads

Reading has been great in helping me to get a better understanding of anxiety and depression, how to live with them and all the baggage that they bring.

In my quest for knowledge, I have collected books that cover an array of subjects including neuroscience, natural therapies, addiction and stories of individual journeys and experiences.

There are literally millions of ‘self-help’ books, and it can be quite daunting trying to decide which books to read.  My collection grew from a number of sources, including a local bookshop (Bookcase on Chiswick High Road – Brilliant for offering discounted books on all kinds of subjects), recommendations from friends, recommendations from other books, charity shops, and sometimes books just seemed to find me.

I thought I would share the titles of the books I have read and found helpful or interesting so you have a place to start if you need it.

This is by no means a definitive list, so you may find other books that you prefer, or not like one of the books I recommend at all.

Each image is a link to Amazon, so if you are interested in a specific title, you can follow the link to purchase it from the Amazon Website; the only reason I mention this is because by doing this I will receive a very small fee.

This is one way that I am trying to earn some money, and at the moment every penny counts.  If you do purchase a book via one of the links, then thank you, thank you, thank you……

This was the best book I found about dealing with addiction.  I tried some of the recommended supplements and found that my craving for alcohol pretty much disappeared.

One of my favourite books, and the one I have been referencing on my ‘Anxiety and the Brain’ blogs.  This book explained neuroscience in a very simple, easy to understand way.

 Self compassion is one of my big struggles, so I found this quite a tough read, but not because of the content of the writing style, it just really hit me emotionally.

A great insight into one person’s journey and the different types of therapies she explored.

A brilliant book for those who want to explore the mind/body connection and to find the proof that the body can heal itself.

All about the power of gratitude; one of my favourite books and the reason why I sign off all my blogs with Thank you, thank you, thank you…..

A personal account of Rachel Kelly’s journey dealing with depression and how words helped her.  Rachel’s words of choice is poetry, for me, I started devouring fiction and non fiction books.

Some people struggle with this and it is easy to understand why, but it is well worth persevering with, and re-reading because living in the present is key to dealing with anxiety and depression.

Another emotional read for me but well worth it for the insights into depression and how it works.

A really good introduction to mindfulness; it also includes some very easy to follow exercises to get you practising.

Looking for an inspiring read…. This is it.  My best friend who lives in Cape Town knows Chris well, and when I started to struggle with anxiety and depression he had a friend bring this book over from South Africa for me.  Chris is a big wave surfer and adventurer and he has some very wise words to share, such as “when you panic, don’t panic”.

I bought this after watching the movie ‘Patch Adams’, staring Robin Williams because I just had to learn more about this amazing man who challenged the medical system in the US.

This is a really good read with lots of practical advice; it left me wondering why more GPs are not like this…..

An incredible read……

If you’re going to learn about something, why not go to a master…….

A great read for understanding some of the basics of mindfulness.  A bit hard going at the end chapter, A Selection of Buddhist Sutras.

If you love learning about science then this is the book for you.  A great insight into the world of scientific research and how the mind-body connection was discovered and proven.

Exercise is the best thing to help mental health problems, in this book Bella Mackie tells you how she found the joy of running and how it has helped her mental health.

And Breathe reading
Gonna need a bigger bookcase…….

I still have loads of books to read, and I am adding to my collection all the time; I will add new books to this list as I get through them; in the mean time……

Happy reading and learning.