Several studies have been done on the usefulness of self-help for depression, anxiety, and bipolar conditions. The studies include self-help groups as well as the use of books and workbooks. Generally, the results have been positive. It depends on how serious the condition and the motivation of the person using the aid.
My experience with the people I work with is that good self-help works well. Thick books or workbooks that explain every detail about a condition are not so good. Those become overwhelming. Interestingly enough there are some good self-help books from the business world, the Power of Habit being one I particularly enjoyed. Self-help can’t replace therapy or medicine when those things are needed (spiritual aids are always needed!). However, in some cases it is all that is needed.
I have been reviewing a book for use when I work with people. It is directed to those with bipolar conditions but can be used with anxiety and depression. It comes from the secular world but I have come to the conclusion it is one of the best books out there for managing moods, period. The first edition sold about 3 million copies. This second addition is formatted differently and is much, much better. So if you purchase it, get the second edition.
It is called The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings (second edition) by Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD. You saw the picture above.
I don’t usually do book reviews but this was worth the share. Enjoy!