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Self-help that helps

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

There are thousands of Self help resources in the market. So how does one know which one works?




We looked at a national study done to identify resources that actually have helped people. We want to point you to the tried tested resources that can help you help yourself or someone near you. Following are the categories and list of resources you can use for self help:


  • Career Development

  • Self Enhancement

    • Book: Get Out of your Mind & Into your Life by Steven C. Hayes, Ph. D.

    • Websites: psychcentral.com

  • Aging

    • Book: Healthy Aging - A lifelong guide to your physical and Spiritual Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D.

    • Movies: On Golden Pond and About Schmidt

  • Anxiety

    • Book: The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph. D.

  • Depression

    • Book:

      • Feeling Good - The Good Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D.,

      • Mind Over Mood - Change How you feel by changing the way you think by Dennis Greenberger, Ph. D. and Christine A. Padesky, Ph. D.

      • The Mindful Way Through Depression - Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Jinn

    • Movie: A Woman Under the Influence

  • Suicide

    • Book:

      • Night Falls East - Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison

      • No Time To Say Goodbye - Surviving the suicide of a loved one by Carla Fine

  • Death and Grieving

    • Book: How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Harold H. Bloomfield, M. D., Melba Colgrove, Ph. D., Peter Williams

    • Movies: Ordinary People (1980) and Corrina (1994)

  • Marriage

    • Book:

      • Why Marriages Succeed and Fail and how you can make yours last by John Gottman, Ph. D.

      • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Ph. D.

  • Emotional Support for Mesothelioma:

  • Divorce

    • Book:

      • Dinosaurs Divorce - A guide for changing families by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

      • Crazy Time - Surviving Divorce and Building New Life by Abigail Trafford

  • Addiction

  • Addiction

    • Book:

      • Alchohol Anonymous

      • Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradition

    • Websites: samhsa.com

The list is long and will be completed in the next post. I wish you a happy reading and resurrecting the broken links in your life.

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