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Want to learn more about emotional and mental health? Consider these books.

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Anger management
Anxiety and panic disorder
Managing stress
Managing low mood
Resilience and optimism
Changing yourself

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Anger management

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Anger-free: Ten Basic Steps to Managing Your Anger by W. Doyle Gentry, Ph.D. ISBN: 0688175872

Provides ten easy steps on how to deal with toxic anger that can destroy your job, relationships, and health. Offers a simple mind/body approach to eliminating anger.

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Anger Kills: Seventeen Strategies for Controlling the Hostility That Can Harm Your Health by Redford B. Williams, M.D. and Virginia Williams. ISBN: 0061097535

Offers strategies to reduce destructive emotions and behavior, and presents research results in the field of anger management. Provides readers with innovative anger-control techniques, combining meditation, exercise, logic, and humor.

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The Angry Book by Theodore Isaac Rubin. ISBN: 0684842017

Discusses anger as a natural emotion that must be understood and released, rather than suppressed. Shows that ignoring or rejecting your anger can lead to such problems as anxiety, depression, insomnia, psychosis, alcoholism, impotence, and unhappiness. Provides techniques for accepting and dealing with feelings of anger.

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The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet G. Lerner. ISBN: 006091565X

Describes the causes and patterns of anger and offers strategies for making positive changes in dealing with anger. Addresses the difficulties women have in feeling and expressing anger. Suggests new options for managing anger and changing behavior.

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When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough: Managing Your Anger in an Increasingly Angry World by Bradley Barris, Ph.D. ISBN: 0971120501

Presents a better understanding of anger and how to manage it. Discusses the role anger plays in our relationships with loved ones, career, and parenting. Provides tools and teaches the skills necessary to manage anger.

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Anxiety and panic disorder

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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. ISBN: 157224223X

Self-help exercises and guidelines for coping with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social fears, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety disorders.

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The Relaxation and stress reduction workbook by M. Davis, et al. ISBN: 1572242140

Although the sheer size of this dense workbook might cause initial hyperventilation--280 full-size sheets of text--take heart (and a deep breath!): the many self-assessment tools and calming techniques presented in this fifth edition can help overcome anxiety and promote physical and emotional well-being.

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Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic: A Step-By-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life by Reneau Z. Peurifoy. ISBN: 0446670537

Offers a clear and concise look at the physical and mental aspects of anxiety. Uses the cognitive/behavioral model to help people overcome their fears.

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Managing stress

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Stress by Jeffrey P. Davidson and Robin S. Sharma. ISBN: 0028629558

Provides quick and easy techniques to help you handle stress in your daily life. A well-written and easy-to-follow guide.

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Good Stress, Bad Stress: An Indispensable Guide to Identifying and Managing Your Stress, by Barry Lenson. (Marlowe & Co. 2002). ISBN: 1569245290
Describes the differences between the two types of stress and offers action plans for getting rid of bad stress and focusing on making the most of good stress.

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Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan Borysenko. ISBN: 0553345567

How to use the mind to overcome chronic pain, stress, and stress-related illnesses. Includes mental and physical exercises and practical tips on taking an active role in self-healing.

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Instant calm by P. Wilson. ISBN: 0452274338

Available in a serene new package, Instant Calm is the busy person's guide to finding peace and contentment in a restless world. These ingenious shortcuts to calm, are written in entertaining, easy-to-follow language and are gleaned from sources as divergent as the wisdom of ancient civilizations and the discoveries of modern science. Paul Wilson's solutions are based on meditation, acupressure, self-hypnosis, psychotherapy, aromatherapy, exercise, diet, and much more.

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A Guide to rational living by A. Ellis & Harper, R. A. ISBN: 0879800429

The book starts by briefly summarizing the results of Ellis' ground-breaking work on what we do that causes us to feel and behave differently than we want. The author then teaches his general cognitive system...which includes very specific instructions...on how to change these feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. Ellis terms this system the "A, B, C, D" method of "disputing" irrational thoughts that are "irrational" because they (i) are not true and (ii) produce results that we don't want. The book then moves beyond this general system and shows you how to easily use cognitive, emotive, and behavioral tools to effectively stop your unwanted patterns.

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Managing low mood

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Breaking the patterns of depression by M. Yapko. ISBN: 0879800429

Clinical psychologist and depression expert Yapko provides the latest evidence that depression is more a product of learning than a biological reaction, and his book helps sufferers systematically diffuse patterns which contribute to and encourage depression. Over a hundred easy self-help exercises place the knowledge and ability to control depressions squarely in the sufferers' hands, exploring the problem-solving skills necessary to achieve control.

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On the edge of darkness: Conversations about conquering depression by K. Cronkite. ISBN: 042516679

Uplifting, strongly researched but accessible book by Kathy Cronkite, Walter's daughter, following her studiously serious On the Edge of the Spotlight (1981). Herself a victim of what Winston Churchill called ``the black dog,'' and here offering hope and courage, Cronkite attacks the stigma of depression, describes the disease as it's known through the latest research, and interviews well-known medical researchers and famed victims--including Mike Wallace, Joan Rivers, Dick Clark, Kitty Dukakis,...

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Undoing depression: What therapy can't teach you and medication can't give you by R. O'Connor. ISBN: 042516679

For some people, depression has been a part of their experience for so long that they've begun to believe it's what they are. They become experts at "doing" depression--hiding it, working around it, even achieving great things (but at the price of great struggle, and little satisfaction). In this book, psychotherapist Richard O'Conner shows us how to "undo" depression, by replacing depressive patterns of thinking, relating, and behaving with a new and more effective set of skills. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Conner offers new hope--and new life--for depressives.

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What to do when someone you love is depressed by M. Golant & S.K. Golant. ISBN: 080505829X

This book is directed toward the caregiver or "strengthened ally" of any of the more than seventeen million Americans who suffer from this common but often misunderstood affliction. Woven throughout are the personal experiences of Mitch Golant, who spent most of his childhood with a mother who was seriously depressed, an experience that not only catapulted him into his work as a clinical psychologist, but also informs this book with a tone of compassionate understanding.

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The Depression workbook by M. A. Copeland et al. ISBN: 157224268X

It may be difficult for those suffering from depression to add a little work into their day; simply getting out of bed can seem like plenty of work. But if you are newly diagnosed or experiencing moderate problems with depression or bipolar disorder, The Depression Workbook might be a literal lifesaver.

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Feeling good: The New mood therapy by D. Burns. ISBN: 0380810336

Dr. David Burns is one of the prime developers of cognitive therapy, a fast-acting, drug-free treatment for designed to help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, guilt, inferiority, etc.

Los Angeles Times: "A book to read and re-read!"

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The Feeling good handbook by D. Burns. ISBN: 0452281326

Filled with charts, quizzes, weekly self-assessment tests, and a daily mood log, The Feeling Good Handbook actively engages its readers in their own recovery. With a new section on the latest prescription drugs for treating depression and anxiety disorders, The Feeling Good Handbook is an indispensable guide to help change thinking, control mood swings, deal with disasters, and feel better about yourself and those around you.

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Mind over mood by D. Greenberger & C. Padesky. ISBN: 0898621283

A hands-on workbook for therapy clients suffering from depression, panic attacks, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems, using case examples and written exercises to help clients understand and use cognitive therapy methods. Includes sample worksheets and blank worksheets for reproduction. Can be used as a framework for treatment, an adjunct to treatment, or to pinpoint specific skills development.

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Resilience and optimism

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How High Can You Bounce? Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks by Roger Crawford. ISBN: 0553378562

Shows that your ability to thrive under stress and bounce back from hardship is a skill that can be developed and maintained. Advice on how to examine your attitudes and motivations, take inventory of personal strengths and resources, build a positive attitude, and develop resilience and leadership skills.

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Resilience: The Power to Bounce Back When the Going Gets Tough by Frederic F. Flach, M.D. ISBN: 1886330956

Offers simple and practical suggestions for ways to survive and grow in the face of the inevitable stress and change we all face constantly.

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The Survivor Personality: Why Some People Are Stronger, Smarter and More Skillful at Handling Life's Difficulties. . . and How You Can Be, Too by Al Siebert, Ph.D. and Bernie S. Siegel. ISBN: 0399522301

Offers comprehensive and insightful information to help you successfully live through traumas and catastrophes. Includes stories of survivors who have recovered from agonizing events and how they did it.

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. Seligman. 0671019112

Explains how a person takes credit for his failures and discounts his successes, which leads to more negative experiences. Provides good, sane, common-sense advice and techniques to help you lead a more positive life.

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Working with emotional intelligence by D. Goleman. ISBN: 0553378589

This book explains what emotional intelligence is and why it counts more than IQ or expertise for excelling on the job. It details 12 personal competencies based on self-mastery (such as accurate self-assessment, self-control, initiative, and optimism) and 13 key relationship skills (such as service orientation, developing others, conflict management, and building bonds).

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Changing yourself

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Changing for Good by James O. Prochaska, John C. Norcross, and Carlos Diclemente. ISBN: 038072572X

A step-by-step program designed by psychologists to help you make changes in your life -- whether you'd like to quit smoking or achieve your ideal weight. It focuses on behavior modification techniques that can help you reach your goals without psychotherapy and deal with relapses or backsliding.

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Change Your Life and Everyone in It: How to: Transform Difficult Relationships, Overcome Anxiety and Depression by Michele Weiner-Davis. ISBN: 0684824698

Focuses on what is working in your life and how to build on it. Offers a step-by-step program for discovering and implementing practical solutions to obstacles.

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Feel the fear and do it anyway by S. Jeffers. ISBN: 0449902927

Based on a course taught at the New School for Social Research, this book offers readers a clear-cut plan for action that, when followed, should help them unlearn their misconceptions about of fear and replace them with attitudes of strength and conviction. By mixing positive thinking with situational exercises that examine basic fear responses, psychologist Jeffers shows that fear is what you make of it and that in most cases it is unfounded.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reinventing Yourself by Jeffrey P. Davidson and Marcia Wieder. ISBN: 0028640055

A comprehensive guide to assessing your personal circumstances and changing them to get what you want, no matter what your circumstances are.

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Self-Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out by Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D. ISBN: 074322423X

A forward-thinking work on self-concept and self-esteem. Provides a step-by-step plan for identifying and changing yourself into a person who lives life to the fullest.

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What you can change and what you can't by M. Seligman. ISBN: 0449909719

Psychologist Seligman here examines common psychological disorders according to their biological and societal, or learned, components. Most enlightening are his analyses of the effectiveness of relaxation, meditation, psychoanalysis and cognitive therapies in the treatment of anxiety, which, along with depression and anger, he claims, can largely be controlled by disciplined effort. Tables demonstrating the success rates of various approaches to given problems, evaluative questionnaires and mostly jargon-free prose complement Seligman's comprehensive, unformulaic discussion.

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