Books on Prescription: Read Two of These and Call Me In the Morning.

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jan 12, 2014

Doctors in England now have a new therapy to prescribe for patients suffering from mild to moderate depression and you can’t find it inside a bottle. A program recently launched allows doctors to prescribe books to their patients as a way to help them overcome different mental illnesses like depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and phobias.

Boston Globe reports about England’s National Health Service and the Books on Prescription program that was launched in June. Patients can now take home prescriptions from their physicians with different titles like “Overcoming Depression,” “Mind Over Mood,” or “The Feeling Good Handbook.” Giving mental health advice through books is nothing new, but the act of prescribing a book to a patient may impress the importance of being educated about the illness and help them maintain better mental health.

In the past there has been proof that self-help books can actually do a lot of good for some people suffering from various mental health problems. A 2007 literature review found that books could treat anxiety as effectively without a therapist to guide a patient as it did with a therapist.

Wales psychiatrist Dr. Neil Frude understands that Books on Prescription may not be for everyone or be able to treat every case, but he explains how authors who are experienced clinicians can make readers feel like a book is truly about them. And readers who are able to personally connect with the text can use the tools offered to benefit their mental health.

What do you think of the Books on Prescription program to treat depression?

Do you think a program like this can actually help patients improve their mental health?

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RalphSchumm by RalphSchumm | Adona, AZ
Apr 13, 2022

When a friend is going through a difficult time, it can be hard to find the right words to comfort them. A well-chosen book, on the other hand, can say everything you want it to say ? and then some. I found these books on prescription pretty helpful to understand the medical prescriptions. In my library, I added The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present book which I think is the good choice.

RalphSchumm by RalphSchumm | Adona, AZ
Mar 04, 2022

A new program, Books on Prescription, began this month and has been integrated into the National Health Service. Doctors are now allowed to prescribe books and other self-help materials for patients suffering from depression or anxiety. I think this is the best approach so that patient have all the information about the procedure and medications. I found here professional assignment writers for the medical students to write their assignments on time and save time for research.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Jan 14, 2014

Great idea. Anything that can help a patient. You never know what might just connect with a patient and help them. It's something a patient can do each day too. Joel Osteen writes some of the most positive books.