Do self help books really help?

Do self help books really help?

The Best You

It’s a provocative question, but recent research shows what people in the self help world have known for some time: Making the effort to invest in yourself really can have a positive effect. Recent research by the Scottish NHS shows that prescribing books really can make a difference.

Focussing specifically on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the study revealed that those patients given self-help books, as well as the normal standard treatment for depression had lower levels of depression a year later. The study, performed with more than 200 people also included three sessions with a guide, who helped the patient to engage with the book, and aid them with the design of their care plan.

Although it’s not for everyone, the ramifications for the health service and for patients is massive. For the taxpayer it saves money, being a cheap and efficient way of helping to treat depression. But perhaps more importantly for the


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