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Wellbeing Collection

A collection of health and wellbeing books in RCSI Library at York St and Beaumont Hospital

Healthy Body

The Compassionate Intentions of Illness

Illness, death and dying are part and parcel of human life. Despite amazing advances in medical science there is never going to be a time when we can prevent against ever having the experience of illness. This books seeks to add to the alleviation of the suffering of illness by finding greater understanding of the psychological meaning and purpose of that experience.  Dr Tony Humphreys is a consultant clinical psychologist.  Dr Helen Ruddie is a counselling psychologist and researcher.

Beaumont Library call number 362.19 HUMP


Mindful eating

Food. It should be one of life's great pleasures, yet many of us have such a conflicted relationship with it that we miss out on that most basic of satisfactions. But it is possible - and not really all that difficult - to reclaim the joy of eating, according to Dr. Jan Bays, and mindfulness is the key. Her approach involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating-to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal.  She shows how to -

  • Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
  • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied Identify your habits and patterns with food
  • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
  • Discover what you're really hungry for

York St Library call number 616.8526 BAYS

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

This book describes powerful relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy. In the first chapter, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

York St Library call number 155.9042 DAVI


Cover Up

Cover Up: Understanding Self-Harm is a guide for parents, teachers, therapists or anyone who lives with, supports or provides therapy for people who self-harm. This book blows away the stigma and myths that are attached to this distressing behavior. It explains fully and comprehensively what self-harm is really about and includes a step-by-step section on how people who self-harm should and can be supported and helped.  Joan Freeman set up Pieta House due to a lack of services in the area of self-harm. She is a member of the Irish Association of Suicidology, the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society.

Beaumont Library call number 362.27 FREE

Self Harm

What is self harm? How does it develop? Is full recovery possible? How can I help a sufferer? Research has suggested that rates of self-harm in the UK are higher than anywhere else in Europe. This accessible and practical book demystifies a subject many people find hard to understand, assessing the causes of it and showing ways towards recovery. Throughout the book, the authors draw on case histories and personal stories, as well as statistics and information from up to date research in the field.

York St Library call number 362.27 MIDD


Eating Disorders

The eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity - affect many thousands of people each year, particularly young women. This comprehensive guide considers why eating disorders occur, and then looks at each in turn, describing the eating behaviours, diagnosis, and treatments available. The opening chapters tackle adolescent eating behaviours and the sexual maturation process, and further chapters look at the problems that the family or friends of someone with an eating disorder may face, providing advice on how they can cope and provide support and help for the sufferer. 

York St Library call number 616.8526 ABRA

Overcoming Body Image Problems

Body image problems, including body dysmorphic disorder, occurs when people become fixated on perceived defects in their appearance - defects that are very real to them, but are not apparent to others.  Body image problems can also arise from difficulty dealing with a disfigurement of some kind, or can be linked to other problems such as anorexia and bulimia.  Body image problems not only cause distress but can lead to anxiety or social phobia.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been clinically proven to reduce symptoms associated with body image problems.  With this step-by-step approach, you can learn how to break free from anxiety about your appearance and regain control of your life.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number 616.85206 VEAL


Anorexia Nervosa

The highly respected book offers a unique insight and guidance into the recovery process for those who suffer from an eating disorder, as well as advice and information for their loved ones. Written collaboratively by both an expert in the field and someone with personal experience of eating disorders, this book offers exceptional understanding of the issues surrounding the illness. It includes an outline of anorexia nervosa coping strategies for sufferers; advice and information for families, carers and friends; and guidelines for professionals who are involved in the sufferer's life. Families, friends, carers and professionals such as teachers and GPs are encouraged to read all sections in order to fully understand the illness.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number 616.85262 TREA


Coping with a Relative's Addiction

Written for those who are affected by the addiction of a loved one, this book sets out the complex realities of dependency by looking at how addiction can become the whole family's illness. It is a no-nonsense guide to where your responsibilities lie when when a partner, parent or child is dependent, detailing the emotional and practical dilemmas these situations can demand. Relatives will find knowledge, understanding, reassurance and practical advice throughout this book, regardless of the stage of addiction or recovery their loved one is at.  Through the many years experience of the Northlands Centre, this book shows families what they can do in the midst of this confusing and damaging situation. Above all, it offers hope: families need, and can achieve, their recovery too.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number 362.27 NORT

I'll stop tomorrow : alcoholism: the journey to recovery

One man's journey through alcoholism, and what helped him recover. During his drinking days Paul Campbell let down and hurt many people - his family and loved ones in particular. Alcoholism is known as the family illness and it truly is. Before alcoholism kills, it usually destroys the lives of loved ones, the ones ironically that care about the alcoholic the most. Much of this book is written with these people in mind. To Paul Campbell's mind, family members are usually the silent victims of alcoholism.  This book is written by someone who had everything, who lost everything, who went through the living hell of chronic alcoholism and the tough times of recovery. Ultimately though, he is proof that there is hope for everyone - even the most crazy, out-of-control, self-destructive alcoholic. Paul Campbell discovered that giving up drink was only half the battle. Living and enjoying life is the real challenge. Paul Campbell is an Addiction Counsellor living in Ireland. He writes regular columns on alcoholism for the Irish press.

Beaumont Library call number 616.861 CAMP

Breaking Free of the Co-Dependency Trap

This bestselling book radically challenges the prevailing medical definition of co-dependency as a permanent, progressive, and incurable addiction. Rather, the authors identify it as the result of developmental traumas that interfered with the infant-parent bonding relationship during the first year of life. Drawing on decades of clinical experience, the authors correlate the developmental causes of co-dependency with relationship problems later in life, such as establishing and maintaining boundaries, clinging and dependent behaviors, people pleasing, and difficulty achieving success in the world. Then they focus on healing co-dependency, providing compelling case histories and practical activities to help readers heal early trauma and transform themselves and their primary relationships. Breaking Free of the Co-dependency Trap presents a groundbreaking developmental road map to guide readers away from their co-dependent behaviors and toward a life of wholeness and fulfillment.

York St Library call number 362.291 WEIN