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Wellbeing Collection

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

Thoughts and Emotions

Anxiety and Panic

Do you or does someone you love suffer from general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, a phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder? Or are you a health-care worker treating people with these disorders? Then this book is for you. Dr Harry Barry combines a deep knowledge of the inner workings of the mind and brain with a wealth of experience treating patients as a GP to offer a way out of the fear, worry and shame of anxiety. In this wise, supportive book, Dr Barry explains clearly and simply what it is about our minds and brains that generates the symptoms of anxiety. Through a series of case studies based on his real-life experiences treating patients, he explains and demonstrates how to use lifestyle changes, mindfulness, exercise and CBT techniques to cope with these symptoms and ultimately feel better.

York St Library call number 616.8522 BARR

When Panic Attacks

Panic is one of the most crippling psychological disorders of our time.  It dominates the sufferers thoughts, saps motivation, sidelines life purpose and derails their social life.  What triggers a panic attack?  How can you avoid them in the future?  This book answers these questions. It explains the psychology and physiology underlying panic. It makes sense of why a sufferer is radically altered after their first panic attack, and how they come to inhabit a new world full of threats, both external and internal. Dr Aine Tubridy gives an understanding of the innermost thoughts of those who panic. She documents their deep sense of alienation from others, and how they feel split off from a body they can't control. Grounded in years of clinical experience and research, Dr Tubridy shows how you can control panic attacks through a variety of skills. She includes muscle relaxation exercises, thought management, changing avoidance behaviours, exercises targeting the chakra system, homeopathic remedies and psychotherapy.

Beaumont Library call number: 616.85223 TUBR

Overcoming Anxiety

The classic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy guide to managing anxiety. The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. The books in the series outline affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plans, and have provided tens of thousands of readers with the help they need to lead happier lives. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number: 616.8522 KENN

How to Stop Worrying

Worry is a natural warning system. It's your brain's way of warning that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with. But sometimes things get out of hand, and worrying starts to spoil your enjoyment of life and even to affect your health. In this easy-to-read manual, Dr Frank Tallis explains how to understand your fears, and how to control your worry and make it work for you in a positive way.  Dr Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist.

York St Library call number: 152.46 TALL

The Mindful Way Through Depression

If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number: 616.8527 WILL


Depression: An Emotion not a Disease

In this hard-hitting new book, Dr Corry and Dr Tubridy present a revolutionary new perspective in which they assert that depression is an emotion, just like fear, anger or love, that can be consciously influenced, rather than a disease which can only be suffered. This new theory has enormous implications for the traditional treatment of depression. It puts the sufferer back at the centre of a more individual and tailored approach to healing and raises serious questions about the medical communitys focus on medication as a primary treatment. Depression speaks both to those experiencing depression and to their families. Its aim is to: offer hope and understanding; equip sufferers with the resources to buffer them against future setbacks; end the cycle of relapse and remedicate; provide effective ways to create a new identity for the sufferer, rooted in self-acceptance and empowerment.

York St Library call number: 616.8527 CORR 




Depression : the Common Sense Approach

Depression is far more common than we want to believe. There are many forms of depression and varying degrees of severity, but all are serious and debilitating for sufferers and their families. Dr Bates explains depression, outlines the common and not so common signs, looks briefly at some of the theories that have been put forward to explain it, and provides those affected with the necessary tools to help deal with it.  This is a practical and easily accessible book. The prescriptive chapters will provide sufferers with the help they need to deal with self-defeating behaviours and to change patterns of relating to others that keep them vulnerable to depression. The key message is that clear and compassionate thinking helps build self-esteem and gives us back a trust in ourselves that gets lost when we become depressed. Dr Bates also address important issues that are frequently overlooked for partners and families who live with a depressed person.

Beaumont Library call number: 616.8527 BATE

Overcoming Anger and Irritability

Constant irritability or flashes of bad temper can cause difficulties in relationships with friends, family or colleagues and leave us feeling unhappy and exhausted. This bestselling title is for anyone struggling to control their rage and regretting inappropriate reactions.  It explains clearly what provokes anger and what we can do to prevent it. Techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offer a positive approach with long-term goals in mind and show how you can stay cool and successfully handle situations that would tax even the most easy-going person.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number: 152.47 DAVI

Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Emotional, physical and sexual abuse in childhood can result in a range of problems that lead to long-term difficulties that make life a struggle.  This book will help you understand the links between past trauma and present difficulties.  It offers you the means to gain control over your life and your feelings, enabling you to deal with intrusive memories and mood problems, and develop healthy, better relationships in adulthood.  It is recommended that you work with a psychotherapist or psychologist when dealing with the impact of difficult childhood trauma.

Beaumont and York St Libraries call number: 616.8582239 KENN

Breaking Free

This classic book has helped many thousands of people to manage the impact that childhood sexual abuse has had on their lives. The positive and optimistic approach continues to empower survivors to break free from the past.  Clinical psychologists Kay Toon and Carolyn Ainscough also refer to types of abuse that have come to light more recently, such as street exploitation, and abuse by celebrities, politicians and football coaches, as well as the use of digital technology to groom children and young people.  There is a workbook available to accompany this book, and it is recommended that you do this work with the support of a psychotherapist or psychologist.

York St Library call number: 362.76 AINS

The Drama of Being a Child

Alice Miller's startling insights into child development are shared with us as she explains her conviction that violence and cruelty in society have their roots in conventional child rearing and in education.  She shows how many children, adapted from birth to the needs and ambitions of their parents, lose the ability to experience and express their true feelings, eventually to become estranged from their real selves.  In sublimating their full potential in order to fulfil the desires of their parents, they impede the creativity, vitality and integrity that is authentically their own.

"Every parent should read Alice Miller's The Drama of Being A Child.  It might make for fewer casualties in that primal battlefield - the homestead."  Edna O'Brien, Observer.   (Book cover image copyright Virago Press)

Beaumont Library call number: 155.4 MILL



Myself, My Partner

The couple relationship can offer the most wonderful and enriching bond for two individuals. Research has shown that people who are part of a couple live longer, the support of the relationship acting as a buffer against many of the pressures and demands that life throws up. However, whilst being in a relationship can be a tremendous boon, it can also be the root of disharmony between the partners or in the individual themselves. Tony Humphreys believes that in order to have a contented and fulfilling relationship, each partner must first look honestly at themselves, learn to love themselves and from that, love and respond to their partner. Myself, My Partner, explores the whole area of self, of choosing a partner and the issue of togetherness. It provides guidance and groundwork for personal healing, growth, development and resolving conflict within relationships.

York St Library call number: 158.2 HUMP

The forgiveness formula : why letting go is good for you and how to make it happen

Whether it's a parent or a lover, a friend or a stranger, we all have someone in our past who has done us real wrong. They may be long dead or very much alive, but until we learn to forgive them, the deep pain they caused can sit heavily on our hearts. In The Forgiveness Formula, author Kathleen Griffin offers a practical and innovative approach to confronting and letting go of the pain and anger caused by trauma and betrayal in our lives. Griffin walks readers step-by-step through her highly effective forgiveness process, helping them find the freedom to move on and answering all the questions they will struggle with along the way, including: How are we affected when we don't forgive? Is everything forgivable? Is there a time when it's too late to apologize? And perhaps most importantly, how do we forgive ourselves? Filled with down-to-earth wisdom, the author's personal experience, and gentle encouragement, The Forgiveness Formula helps readers create a more fulfilling, liberated, and empowered way to live and shows them that their past does not have to define their future.

York St Library 158.2 GRIF

Use Your Head

The chances are that we are only using about 1% of the power of our brain. Just imagine the amazing results if we could unlock just a fraction of the power of the remaining 99%. With this definitive, classic operations manual for the brain, you can discover how to revolutionise the way you think and learn, wake up your senses and unleash the hidden power of your mind.

With this book, you will learn how to:

  • Improve your problem-solving capabilities.
  • Become more creative in your approach to work and life.
  • Understand, retain and more readily recall information.
  • Improve your memory beyond recognition.
  • Be more open to change and new ideas.
  • Think, learn and react faster and more efficiently

York St Library 153.1 BUZA