For Mild Depression, British Doctors Prescribe Books
When some British doctors see a patient with mild to moderate depression or anxiety, they pull out their pads and prescribe a self-help book.
Under a new program in more than a dozen counties across the United Kingdom, patients take the prescription to their local library, where they check out reserved titles such as "Overcoming Depression" and "The Feeling Good Handbook."
Doctors say they began prescribing books out of concern that too many depressed people were either being medicated too hastily with antidepressant drugs like Prozac or going untreated. link