WHO? Bibliotherapy is easy. Anyone of any age from infants to the elderly can reap the benefits of reading.

WHAT? Bibliotherapy is different books prescribed by psychiatrists to help you cope and aid with mental disorders or just trying to solve one’s problems. People that have anxiety, PTSD, and depression can especially benefit with this type of therapy.

WHEN?  Bibliotherapy has existed since approximately 1272. In 1272, the bible was prescribed in Cairo for medical treatment. In the 1970s bibliotherapy was institutionalized in mental institution. Since then, many people have been helped managing their illness with the use of a wide genre variety of books.

WHY? Using bibliotherapy can help treat many thing including stress, anxiety, and self esteem. People can also learn to solve their own problems and coping with stress. Relating to fictional characters can be a great way to develop character and learning problem solving skills. Not only can it relieve stress, but it can help people fall asleep, improves concentration and some scientific studies have shown that it can prevent Alzheimer’s.


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