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Books to help mental health

This Autumn marks the publication of four new editions of bestselling Overcoming titles and the launch of our new Overcoming app. Overcoming self-help guides use clinically proven techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the Overcoming series are recommended under the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.


Overcoming Low Self-esteem 2nd Edition:

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Low self-esteem can make life difficult in all sorts of ways. It can make you anxious and unhappy, tormented by doubts and self-critical thoughts. It can get in the way of feeling at ease with other people and stop you from leading the life you want to lead. It makes it hard to value and appreciate yourself in the same way you would another person you care about.


Melanie Fennell’s acclaimed and bestselling self-help guide will help you to understand your low self-esteem and break out of the vicious circle of distress, unhelpful behaviour and self-destructive thinking.


Overcoming Anger and Irritability 2nd Edition:

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 fully updated and revised edition of William Davies’ 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.


Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts 2nd Edition:

Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts

Do you feel as if others are out to get you? Research shows that 20-30 percent of people frequently have paranoid or suspicious thoughts about other people. These feelings can make life a misery.


This timely new edition by expert authors shows how CBT techniques can be used to treat this disorder by changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thought.


Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness 2nd Edition:

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness

Everyone feels foolish, embarrassed, judged or criticised at times, but this becomes a problem when it undermines your confidence and prevents you from doing what you want to do. Extreme social anxiety and shyness can be crippling but they are readily treated using CBT.


In this fully revised and updated edition, Gillian Butler provides a practical, easy-to-use self-help course which will be invaluable for those suffering from all degrees of social anxiety.


The Overcoming app:

Overcoming app


Our new Overcoming app is now available for download from;


The iTunes App Store for iOS here.

Google Play Store for Android here.


It provides self-assessment and CBT homework tools, and a library of eBooks to download to your mobile device.