13 best mental health books, per Healthline

Mental health books can be used as a resource and an introduction to psychology and the way the brain affects mood, behavior and thoughts, Healthline reports. 

The books selected cover a variety of mental health issues, some written by physicians and mental health professionals, while others were recommended by mental health professionals who incorporate books into their treatment process. Some were written by people who have dealt with mental health issues and have received high ratings. 

Below is a roundup of the 13 best mental health books, per Healthline.

  • Best for people battling trauma: The Body Keeps the Score — Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • Best for science lovers: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life — Daniel Amen, MD
  • Best for anxiety: Hope and Help for Your Nerves: End Anxiety Now — Claire Weekes, MD
  • Best for recovery from addiction: Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions — Russell Brand
  • Best for female survivors of relationship abuse: Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women's Workbook — Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, and Maxine Harris, PhD
  • Best for understanding a therapist's perspective: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone — Lori Gottlieb
  • Best for battling burnout: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle — Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski, PhD
  • Best for healing from emotional pain: Emotional First Aid — Guy Winch, PhD
  • Best for understanding family trauma: It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle — Mark Wolynn
  • Best for navigating relationships: Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love — Amir Levine, MD and Rachel Heller
  • Best for highly sensitive people: The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You — Elaine Aron, PhD
  • Best for practicing self—love: Loving Bravely — Alexandra Soloman, PhD
  • Best for finding order in life: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey

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