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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 2019 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

SEL047000     SELF-HELP / Personal Safety & Self-Defense *

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

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2019, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this list or any attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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