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Complete self-help for your nerves / Claire Weekes
Revised edition
Pymble, NSW : HarperCollins, 2008
ISBN: 9780732287078

Clearly written and empathetic, Complete Self-Help canvasses all manner of nervous illness from simple muscular and emotional fatigue to recurring symptoms, guilt and depression, helping people to recognise signs of illness and to combat it.

Coping successfully with chronic illness: your healing plan / Neville Shone
London : Sheldon, 2013
ISBN: 97818747092281

Chronic illness takes many forms such as migraine, epilepsy, diabetes, persisting fatigue, arthritis, cancer and pain. It involves huge stress and uncertainty, especially when you come to the end of what the doctor can offer. This book aims to empower those with chronic illness and to explore the health possibilities open to them.

Explain pain / David S. Butler, G. Lorimer Moseley
Second edition
Adelaide, SA : Noigroup, c2013
ISBN: 9780987342669

In everyday language accompanied by quirky illustrations, Explain Pain Second Edition discusses how pain responses are produced by the brain, how responses to injury from the autonomic motor and immune systems in your body contribute to pain, and why pain can persist after tissues have had plenty of time to heal.

Healing back pain: the mind-body connection / John E. Sarno
First mass market edition
New York : Wellness Central, 2010
ISBN: 9780446557689

With case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, this book describes how patients recognise the emotional roots of their TMS and sever the connections between mental and physical pain and how, just by reading this book, you may start recovering from back pain today.

Living with a black dog: how to take care of someone with depression while looking after yourself / Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone
Sydney, NSW : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008
ISBN: 9780330423717

Millions of people will suffer from depression at some stage in their life. When the Black Dog comes to live with them, it also moves in with their loved ones who may not have the tools to help support the sufferer while looking after their own wellbeing.

Manage your pain: practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain / Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin, Lee Beeston
Third edition
Sydney : HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN: 9780733330247

All too frequently, chronic pain cannot be successfully treated – and drugs are not always the answer. The combination of approaches provided by Manage your pain can help you learn to minimise the impact of pain, and put persisting pain where it belongs – in the background of your life.

Painful yarns: metaphors and stories to help understand the biology of pain / Lorimer Moseley
Canberra : Dancing Giraffe Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780980358803

Dr. Moseley, provides an entertaining and informative way to understand modern pain biology. The stories, some of his travels in outback Australia, some of experiences growing up, are great yarns. At the end of each, there is a section “so what has this got to do with pain?” in which Lorimer uses the story as a metaphor for some aspect of pain biology. The level of the pain education is appropriate for patients and health professionals. The entertainment is good for everyone. You don’t have to be interested in pain to get something from this book and a laugh or two!

The mindfulness solution to pain: step-by-step techniques for chronic pain management / Jackie Garnder-Nix with Lucie Costin-Hall
Oakland, California: New Harbinger, c2009
ISBN: 9781608825370

In The Mindfulness Solution to Pain, pain specialist and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher Jackie Gardner-Nix offers techniques proven to reduce chronic pain and suffering using mindfulness meditation exercises based on the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The happiness trap: stop struggling, start living / Russ Harris
Wollombi, NSW : Exisle Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 9781921966347

In this easy-to-read, practical and empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the ‘The Happiness Trap’, where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills, to help improve relationships and create a rich, full and meaningful life.

The Reality Slap / Russ Harris

London : Robinson, 2012

ISBN: 9781780332024

Based on the scientifically proven mindfulness-based approach called ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ (ACT), this self-help book will teach you how to cope effectively when life hurts and you will learn not only how to survive life’s unexpected curve balls, but also how to thrive, despite them.