Paradigm Change: British Docs Turn to Prescribing Books for Depression

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If you’re a reader, you know how a book can transport you to another world or make you think about things in ways you hadn’t before. But depending on the content, books can be far more than a form of escapism—they can truly change your life. Bibiliotherapy, or the use of books as a form of treatment, is becoming more widely embraced in Britain and is being used by doctors who hope their patients will find relief from depression in the pages of popular volumes.

According to a Boston Globe article, the program was launched by Britain’s National Health Service and allows primary care doctors to prescribe self-help books to patients suffering from mild to moderate depression, depression that may otherwise be treated with potentially-damaging anti-depressant drugs.

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