Literature on Self-help and Patient Education Materials

Information published by the federal government's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is available at no cost by writing:

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Phillips, K.A. (1996) The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press.


Compulsive Buying

  • Damon, J.E. (1998) Shopaholics: Serious Help for Addicted Spenders. Los Angeles: Price Stein Sloan.
  • Wesson, C. (1990) Women who Shop too Much: Overcoming the Urge to Splurge. New York: St. Martin's Press.


Compulsive Gambling

  • Berman, L. and Siegel, M. (1992) Behind the 8-ball: A guide for Families of Gamblers. New York: Fireside/Parkside.



  • Cantor, C. and Fallon, B.A. (1996) Phantom Illness: Shattering the Myth of Hypochondria. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.


Mood Disorders

  • Burns, D.D. (1989) The Feeling Food Handbook. New York: Plume (Penguin).
  • Greist, H.H. and Jefferson, J.W. (1992) Depression and Its Treatment. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  • Papalos, D. (1996) Overcoming Depression. 3rd Edition. New York: Harper Collins.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Aboujaoude, E. (2008) Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession. Berkeley, CA: UC Press.

  • Baer, L. (1991) Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions. New York: Plume (Penguin).
  • Ciarrocchi, J.W. (1995) The Doubting Disease: Help for Scrupulosity and Religious Compulsions. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
  • Foa, E.B. and Wilson R. (1991) Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions. New York: Bantam Books.
  • Koran, L.M. (1999) Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in Adults: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
    Dr. Koran's book can be purchased online through, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Cambridge University Press or OCFoundation.
  • Schwartz, J.M. (1996) Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Steketee, G. and White, K. (1990) When Once Is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive Compulsives. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Panic Disorder

  • Sheehan, D.V. (1986) The Anxiety Disease. New York: Bantam Books.



  • Burka, J. and Yuen, L. (1983) Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.


Social Phobia

  • Schneier, F. and Welkowitz, L. (1996) The Hidden Face of Shyness: Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety. New York: Avon Books (Hearst Corporation Press).
  • Zimbardo, P.G. (1997 Shyness, What It Is, What To Do About It. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.



  • Salazar, C. (1996) You Are Not Alone: Compulsive Hair Pulling. The Enemy Within. Carmichael, CA: Rophe Press.