Self-help books

We have dedicated a separate article Self-help books in bibliotherapy (Kotrbová, 2022) to the use of self-help books belonging to the genre of non-fiction literature in bibliotherapy, which we also make available in full on these pages and which also contains some recommendations for self-help literature that can be successfully applied in solving various problems within bibliotherapy and how to continue working with it.

Bibliotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of depression have probably been the most thoroughly investigated so far. Self-help books of an educational nature classified in the genre of non-fiction, which we addressed in the mentioned contribution (Kotrbová, 2022), as a recommended integral part of the treatment and management of depression, are dealt with, for example, by the recommended standard of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) – an internationally recognized organization dealing with quality indicators and recommended procedures to ensure the safety and quality level of provided health care and health protection and promotion based in Great Britain. The international standard, which was published on June 29, 2022, states that for people over the age of 18, the use of self-help books, accompanied by a therapist, should be included at the beginning of the therapy process for milder forms of depression, while for more severe forms of depression only at the end (NICE, 2022).

For supplementing this current information, we thank to the reviewer of the site doc. PhDr. Miloš Šlepecký, CSc. and we add that in addition to the list of recommended self-help books mentioned in the cited article on self-help books (Kotrbová, 2022), we also continuously make available other lists of recommended self-help books sorted by individual topics on this page.


Kotrbová, Kvetoslava. 2022. Svojpomocné knihy v biblioterapii. [Self-help books in bibliotherapy.] ss. 95-110. In Studia Scientifica Facultatis Paedagogicae no. 5/2022, Ružomberok: Catholic University, 2022. Available online: Kotrbová, Kvetoslava.

Depression in adults: threat and management. NICE guideline from June 29, 2022. [online] London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 113 p. ISBN 978-1-4731-4622-8. Available at: [cit. 2023-03-31]

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PhDr. Kvetoslava Kotrbová, PhD., MPH, Faculty of Pedagogy, Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Therapeutic Pedagogy
In Bratislava, April 23, 2023.

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Kotrbová Kvetoslava. 2023. Svojpomocné knihy. [Self-help books.] In Kotrbová, K. et al: Bratislava: PRO SKIZP – Association to support the development of the Slovak Chamber of Clinical Physics, Laboratory Diagnosticians, Language Speech Therapists and Therapeutic Pedagogues, 2023.  ISBN 978-80-974667-0-1 Available on:

The contribution was created thanks to support from the European Union Erasmus+ program, Key action 2 – Cooperation between organizations and institutions, KA210 – Small partnerships for cooperation in the field of education and training. Project name “Prototype of online study tool for bibliotherapy”, project number 2022-1-SK01-KA210-VET-000082483. It represents the opinion of the authors and neither the European Commission nor the author is responsible for any use of the information contained therein.