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Recommended Readings and Links for Healthcare Providers

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Anxiety Disorders

McGlynn, T. J. & Metcalf, H. L.  (Eds.)  (1991). Diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders; A physician's handbook.  American Psychiatric Press. This concise volume provides a balanced summary of the diagnosis and treatment of each of the anxiety disorders.  It also includes patient education materials that are formatted so that they can easily be reproduced for distribution to patients.
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The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Bourne, 2015).  This inclusive volume includes a wide range of techniques for dealing with anxiety, phobias, worry, and related problems.  You'll find that it includes many practical ideas that you can use for dealing with anxiety in real life situations.
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Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia (Markway, Carmin, Pollard & Flynn, 1992).  Embarrassment, self-consciousness, and anxiety in social situations are widespread problems that can be quite limiting.  Fortunately, there is much that can be done to overcome these problems. This book provides an up-to-date understanding of social anxiety and presents practical steps towards overcoming these problems.
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Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks
(Wilson, 2009). This is a good book about panic attacks. It provides detailed discussions of panic attacks, related problems, and methods for dealing with panic attacks. If you want detailed explanations, try this book.
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When Once is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive Compulsives (Steketee & White, 1990).  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an illness where repetitive thoughts, ideas, or images intrude into the individual's mind and produce fear and guilt.  Often these negative feelings lead to repetitive behavior which can become quite time-consuming. This book provides a good explanation of OCD and effective steps for coping with it.
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I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors (Matsakis, 1996). Most people have heard about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in soldiers who saw combat in Vietnam but many don't realize that natural disasters, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, crime, and other traumatic experiences normally have lasting impacts which many people find difficult to overcome. This excellent book will help you understand the impact of traumatic experiences and presents practical guidelines for overcoming the effects of trauma.
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Children and Families

How to Discipline Without Feeling Guilty: Assertive Relationships with Children (Silberman & Wheelan, 1981). Children need strong confident adults who can take charge but this doesn't mean that you have to be mean to get your kids to take you seriously. This book is designed to help you acquire the confidence and skill to be an adult who children respect and trust. It covers both general principles and specific techniques.
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Faber & Mazlish, 1999).  The title of the book says it well doesn't it?  Maintaining good communication with your kids has a lot of benefits. This practical book is written by communication experts who also are each mothers of three children.
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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Ferber, 1986).  Have you tried everything you can think of in trying to deal with your child's sleep problems?  This clear, practical book by an expert in childhood sleep problems provides practical guidance in dealing with sleep problems in children between one and six.
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Chronic Pain

Martin, P.R. (1996). Psychological Management of Chronic Headaches. New York: Guilford.   This book provides and excellent discussion about what is known about headaches, summarizes the empirical research on psychological interventions with headaches, and presents a comprehensive approach to managing chronic headaches.  Two detailed case examples illustrate the approach.
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Miller, P.C. (1991). The application of cognitive therapy to chronic pain. In: T.M. Vallis, J.L. Howes & P.C. Miller (Eds.) The Challenge of Cognitive Therapy: Applications to Nontraditional Populations. New York: Plenum. A good chapter on treating chronic pain with cognitive-behavior therapy.
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Salkovskis, P. M. (1989). Somatic problems. In: K. Hawton, P. M. Salkovskis, J. Kirk & D. M. Clark (Eds.) Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide. New York: Oxford University Press. An excellent introduction to understanding and treating somatic problems from a cognitive-behavioral perspective.
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Turk, D.C. & Rudy, T.E. (1986). Assessment of cognitive factors in chronic pain: A worthwhile enterprise? Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 54, 760-768.  Obviously the authors conclude that it is indeed a worthwhile enterprise.  They provide a good summary of the empirical support for this conclusion.

Jamison, R.N. (1996). Mastering chronic pain: A professional's guide to behavioral treatment. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resources Press. A good introduction to behavioral interventions with chronic pain.
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Depression

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Burns, 1999). This self-help book has been quite popular with patients. Based on Cognitive Therapy's contemporary understanding of depression, it presents practical steps one can take to overcome depression.
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The Feeling Good Handbook (Burns, 1999). In this popular self-help book, Burns puts the basic principles of his earlier book Feeling Good into a workbook format and covers a wider range of problems including procrastination, anxiety, and relationship problems.
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Marital Problems

Beck, A. T. (1989).  Love Is Never Enough . Aaron Beck, MD, the originator of Cognitive Therapy has been cited by American Psychologist as one of the most influential psychotherapists alive today. In this volume he presents his perspective on how couples can overcome misunderstandings, resolve conflicts, and solve relationship problems. The book is written at a level which is appropriate both for professionals and for well-educated clients.
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We Can Work It Out: How to Solve Conflicts, Save Your Marriage, & Strengthen Your Love For Each Other (Notarius, 1994). This book, by a well known marital researcher, is based on research focusing on the characteristics of successful relationships. Readers will learn how to pinpoint relationship trouble spots, how to keep dissatisfaction from escalating into destructive conflict, and how to improve communication and problem-solving.
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Spring, J. A. With Spring, M. (2012).  After the Affair . New York: Harper Collins.  Infidelity can be a deathblow for a relationship or it can be a wake-up call challenging couples to build a healthier, stronger relationship.  Here, an experienced therapist explores the many issues that an affair raises and presents concrete strategies and techniques for coping with the aftermath of an affair.
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The Feeling Good Handbook (Burns, 1999). In this popular book, Burns puts the basic principles of his earlier book Feeling Good into a workbook format and covers a wider range of problems including procrastination, anxiety, and relationship problems.
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Noncompliance/Treatment Adherence

Meichenbaum, D. & Turk, D. (1987).  Facilitating patient adherence: A practitioner's guidebook.  New York, Plenum Press.   This is an excellent practical volume which summarizes much of what is known about non-compliance and presents concrete, practical suggestions for increasing treatment adherence.
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Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2012). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior, Second Edition. New York: Guilford.  Lack of motivation for change can be a major problem. This volume presents a practical approach to generating motivation for change which has been supported by extensive research.  While the book focuses on substance abuse, the same approach is applicable with a broad range of other changes.
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Rollnick, S., Heather, N. & Bell, A. (1992). Negotiating behavior change in medical settings: The development of brief motivational interviewing. Journal of Mental Health, 1, 25-37. As is obvious from the title, this article is tailored to medical settings.

Cramer, J. A. & Spilker, B. (Eds. ) (1991). Patient compliance in medical practice and clinical trials. San Diego: Raven Press. A lot can be done to improve patient compliance and thereby improve medical outcomes.
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Todd, W. & Ladon, E.H. (1998). Maximizing treatment adherence and self-management. Disease Management and Health Outcomes, 3,1-10. Maximize patient involvement and treatment compliance.

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Smoking Cessation

Rollnick, S. Butler, C., & Scott, N. (1997). Helping smokers make decisions: The enhancement of brief intervention for general medical practice, Patient Education and Counseling, 31, 191-203. It would be great if telling patients to quit smoking worked. Learn more effective interventions.

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Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has published "Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide." This excellent resource for physicians and mental health professionals is available free on the Web from NIDA's website ( http://www.nida.nih.gov ) or by calling 1-800-729-6686.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has a goal of educating physicians and other health care professionals about chemical dependency.  For information about ASAM, its publications, and its conferences, write to ASAM, 4601 N. Park Ave., Suite 101, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815.

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