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Self-Help in Mental Health


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to the Field of Self-help in Mental Health.- What Constitutes Self-Help in Mental Health and What Can Be Done to Improve It?.- The Self-Help Movement in Mental Health: From Passivity to Interactivity.- Self-Support Methods: Initiated, Administered, Guided, Maintained, and Monitored by Professionals.- Distance Writing: Helping without Seeing Participants.- Bibliotherapy.- Online Support Groups and Therapy.- Manuals for Practitioners.- Self-help and Self-change Approaches for Specific Conditions Initiated, Administered, Guided, Maintained, and Monitored by Professionals.- Anxiety Disorders.- Mood Disorders.- Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity.- Addictive Behaviors.- Personality Disorders.- Severe Psychopathology.- Medical Conditions.- Conclusions and Prospects.- Who Benefits by Self-Help and Why?.


"Harwood and L'Abate's Self-Help in Mental Health is an information-packed reference volume for the mental health practitioner that provides a wealth of material on self-help resources and the research-based strengths and weaknesses of each as applied to just about all of the common mental health diagnoses, with a few of the more common medical diagnoses thrown in. As a bonus, the authors develop a theory of relational competence for self-help, along with 16 models...Self-Help in Mental Health provides bibliotherapy sources, manualized treatments, support group formats, and Internet/website links to assist the practitioner in offering guided self-help to consumers. It is a quality reference..."

- Robert A. Bischoff, PsycCRITIQUES, July 28, 2010, Vol. 55, Release 30, Article 7

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