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Books from Reading Agency's Reading Well list on stress and self-esteemWe’ve been adding some more of the Reading Agency’s Reading Well book list for young people to our collection.

The latest batch gives you advice on how to boost your self-confidence:

Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik

and how to overcome stress in your life:

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp

The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan

The Anxiety Survival Gide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry & Panic by Jennifer Shannon

The stress guides help you handle problems with friends, family, eating, exams, bullying, cyber bullying and social media. As well as issues with drugs, alcohol and self-harming. If you are not a student at Hillcroft College. You can find copies from this collection in your local public library.

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rottweiler-outline-800pxLast week was Depression Awareness Week. To help raise awareness we would like to share information and resources about emotional disorders and mental health.

In an article for The Guardian, Tim Lott describes depression as a curse. Tim recounts what it feels like to be depressed. Depressed people have more persuasive, bleak imagination and a deep-rooted sense of the meaninglessness of modern life.

There is a secret feeling most people enjoy that everything, at a fundamental level, is basically OK. Depressives suffer the withdrawal of that feeling, and it is frightening not only to experience but to witness.

The MIND charity has information online on depression. In addition, we have a number of books that look at depression, its symptoms, causes and treatments.

Freeman and Freeman’s ‘Know Your Mind’ (2009) draws on sound advice from across a great variety of authoritative sources on maintaining and improving psychological health.

They have also written ‘The stressed sex’ (2013) looking at why more women suffer from depression than men.

Johnston’s  ‘Living with a black dog’ (2008) uses a visual expression of depression as a black dog to give an insight into what depression and living with a depressed person feels like and what can be done to improve the situations.

There is a Dawsonera e-book available through the VLE eresouces, Brier’s ‘Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ that looks at boosting self-esteem and grappling with negative thinking.

It’s a changing field of study but the stigma against depressed people is persistent, it will take us all to lift the curse.

CBT + Psychology Review

Last week saw the launch of a World Health Organisation Report on the increasing use of antidepressants in children across the developed world reported by BBC News.

Those under 18 years old are often prescribed anti-depressants and no other forms of treatment are made available. These other treatments can include talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) however, there are long waiting lists.

This prompted a longer look at our current issue of Philip Allen’s ‘Psychology Review’ which has a double page spread on CBT. Don’t forget this resource is available on the VLE under eresources > Dynamic Learning ejournals. The article is written by Dr Judith Beck, daughter of the ‘father’ of CBT, Aaron Beck. She covers the following aspects:

  • What CBT is
  • How did it develop?
  • What is its effectiveness?
  • How does it work?
  • Contents of an average session

At the end of the article, it directs you to Beck Institute audio clips and their blog.  Hodder Education also direct you to a YouTube clip on CBT.

Other LRC resources covering CBT:

Collins Key Concepts in Psychology by Kendall

Psychology: a very short introduction 2nd edn. by Butler & McManus

Introduction to Psychology 16th edn. by Nolen-Hoeksema et al.


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