If more people read today’s excerpt, reading may become the new prescription for depression. See for yourself.

Bibliotherapy uses books to address a variety of psychological problems. There is a clear initial distinction to be made between the bibliotherapy that uses self-help type books, and the one that tries to heal more indirectly by having people read other types of fiction and non-fiction books, the content of which is expected instigate transformation. Many scientific studies have been carried out since the late seventies which bear testimony to the positive effects of bibliotherapy for mental health.

Books against international students’ depression

A 2010 study targeting Japanese students at American universities showed significant improvements for depression and stress related to living and studying away from Japan after reading an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy self-help book. Scientists concluded that bibliotherapy was responsible for an overall improvement of mental health and psychological flexibility, in the case of Japanese international students.

Bibliotherapy for kids

As early as 1983, Robert Douglas Ray and Donavon D. Lumpkin presented an influential study relating the use of bibliotherapy for kindergarteners. The procedure involved reading by teachers, retelling of stories by the children, and a number of follow-up activities. Researchers measured the effects of bibliotherapy on children’s self-concept and reading readiness, and their conclusion was that it had an extremely positive impact on pupil perceptions and achievement.

Source: “Bibliotherapy – The Healing Power of Books.” Veronica Pamoukaghlian. http://brainblogger.com