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BISAC Subject Headings List, Self-Help

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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2018 Edition.


Use subjects in this section for works on personal growth, or works aimed at helping people deal with personal problems, including mental illnesses and dependencies.  For works written to help people deal with issues involving child rearing or relationships, use subjects in the FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS section.  For scholarly works, serious lay studies, or works aimed at psychology professionals, use subjects in the PSYCHOLOGY section.

SEL000000 SELF-HELP / General

SEL001000 SELF-HELP / Abuse


SELF-HELP / Addiction see headings under Substance Abuse & Addictions


SEL003000 SELF-HELP / Adult Children of Substance Abusers


SEL004000 SELF-HELP / Affirmations


SEL005000 SELF-HELP / Aging


SEL036000 SELF-HELP / Anxieties & Phobias


SELF-HELP / Bereavement see Death, Grief, Bereavement


 SELF-HELP / Chemical Dependence see headings under Substance Abuse & Addictions


SEL008000 SELF-HELP / Codependency


SEL040000 SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills


SEL041000 SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / General


SEL041010 SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / Gambling


SEL041020 SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / Hoarding


SEL041030 SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


SEL041040 SELF-HELP / Compulsive Behavior / Sex & Pornography Addiction


SEL009000 SELF-HELP / Creativity


SEL010000 SELF-HELP / Death, Grief, Bereavement


SEL012000 SELF-HELP / Dreams


SEL014000 SELF-HELP / Eating Disorders & Body Image


SEL042000 SELF-HELP / Emotions


SEL038000 SELF-HELP / Fashion & Style


SEL046000 SELF-HELP / Gender & Sexuality *


SEL039000 SELF-HELP / Green Lifestyle


SELF-HELP / Grief see Death, Grief, Bereavement


SEL015000 SELF-HELP / Handwriting Analysis


  SELF-HELP / Hypnotism see Self-Hypnosis


SEL045000 SELF-HELP / Journaling


SEL019000 SELF-HELP / Meditations


SELF-HELP / Memory Improvement see Personal Growth / Memory Improvement


SEL020000 SELF-HELP / Mood Disorders / General


SEL020010 SELF-HELP / Mood Disorders / Bipolar Disorder


SEL011000 SELF-HELP / Mood Disorders / Depression


SEL021000 SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational


SEL037000 SELF-HELP / Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)


SEL031000 SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General


SEL016000 SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness


SEL030000 SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Memory Improvement


SEL023000 SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem


SEL027000 SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Success


SEL043000 SELF-HELP / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


SELF-HELP / Recovery see specific headings in this section


  SELF-HELP / Relaxation see Self-Management / Stress Management


SEL017000 SELF-HELP / Self-Hypnosis


SEL044000 SELF-HELP / Self-Management / General


SEL033000 SELF-HELP / Self-Management / Anger Management (see also FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Anger)


SEL024000 SELF-HELP / Self-Management / Stress Management


SEL035000 SELF-HELP / Self-Management / Time Management


SEL034000 SELF-HELP / Sexual Instruction


SEL032000 SELF-HELP / Spiritual


SEL026000 SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / General


SEL006000 SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcohol


SEL013000 SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drugs


SEL026010 SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Tobacco


SEL029000 SELF-HELP / Twelve-Step Programs


If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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