There are many books that can help with depression. Some popular titles include “The Depression Workbook” by Mary Ellen Copeland, “Feeling Good” by David D. Burns, and “The Mindful Way through Depression” by Mark Williams.
These books can provide helpful information and strategies for managing depression. In addition, there are many other titles that can be helpful for specific sub-types of depression or for specific issues related to depression.
13 Best Books To Help With Depression
1. Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety [Book]
The groundbreaking 7-week plan for managing anxiety and depression using cognitive behavioral therapy Research has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective techniques for finding relief from depression and anxiety.
After 15 years of successfully treating patients using cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychologist Dr. Seth Gillihan developed this self-directed 7-week plan that teaches you practical CBT techniques that can help you feel better.
– Benefits of the Retrain Your Brain workbook: IDENTIFY & CHANGE NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS: Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you identify and replace thought patterns and behaviors that aren’t working with new ones that work better.
– WEEKLY ACTIVITIES: The unique weekly structure of this therapy workbook is designed so each activity builds on the previous week’s work as you apply these techniques in your daily life. Relatable, real-life examples make the information and activities more accessible to CBT newcomers.
– GREAT FOR BOTH SPORADIC & CONSTANT ANXIETY: Whether feelings of depression and anxiety occur constantly or sporadically, you can create a CBT tool kit to help you get through those feelings and realize your full potential.
Great for adults, kids, and teens. – Take the first step to finding relief and discovering the power of cognitive behavioral therapy today with help from Retrain Your Brain.
Just write a whole lot of words onto some paper and then staple the pages together. That’ll most probably give you a better understanding of CBT than reading this ‘illustration’. Probably not the best ‘illustration’ to read if you do suffer from a form of anxiety or depression as the narrator can be quite patronising at times.
With his scientific research claims his findings are something along the lines of; ‘when you find yourself feeling depressed, think of a happy thought’. And now, you’re on the pathway to a happier life.
I do, suppose, it may be a good illustration to read for a better idea on the mindsets of certain acclaimed professions in the field.
This book was absolutely excellent! I have struggled with finding a good therapist for a very long time and this book was so great to work through the steps on my own. I’ve recommended it to every friend I can think of!.
From the author of the national bestseller Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy comes a guide to mental wellness that helps you get beyond depression and anxiety and make life an exhilarating experience! With his phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Dr.
David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression. In this bestselling companion, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides step-by-step exercises that help you cope with the full range of everyday problems.
– Free yourself from fears, phobias, and panic attacks. – Overcome self-defeating attitudes. – Discover the five secrets of intimate communication. – Put an end to marital conflict. – Conquer procrastination and unleash your potential for success.
With everything you need to know about commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs and anxiety disorders, such as agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, this remarkable guide can show you how to feel good about yourself and the people you care about.
You will discover that life can be an exhilarating experience. “A wonderful achievement—the best in its class. ”—M. Anthony Bates, clinical psychologist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia “Clear, systematic, forceful.
”—Albert Ellis, PhD, president of the Albert Ellis Institute.
Drawing on thirty years of experience, she presents breakthrough solutions to overcoming depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and other negative emotional states that are diminishing the quality of our lives.
Her comprehensive program is based on the use of four mood-building amino acids and other surprisingly potent nutrient supplements, plus a diet rich in good-mood foods such as protein, healthy fat, and certain key vegetables.
Including an individualized mood-type questionnaire. “–The publisher.
After a search online regarding how to get off anti-depressants, someone had recommended this book as a support aid to help you through it and lessen side affects/withdrawal symptoms. This book goes beyond that – it gives guidance for replacing antidepressants with natural dietary supplements and nutrition, so whether you are over your depression and anxiety or if you are simply over the a abundance of side affects that come with prescribed antidepressants like me, this book will give you great guidance and advice.
What I have enjoyed the most is that the advice is backed up by evidence and scientifically explained. It’s empowering to know how your brain and body works, and how to combat specific symptoms of depression, such as ‘the blahs’, anxiety, stress and sensitivity.
This book goes even further and dives into all the possible reasons behind your depression. My depression came as a result of events but for others it may have appeared to have come out of the blue and for no real reason.
This book will be able help you explore and discover whether your depression is being caused by a lack of nutrition or other reasons such as a thyroid problem. Highly recommended if you suffer from depression – this book will inspire you to take action and say goodbye to depression.
I just wish the clinic the author works at was here in Australia! I would definitely go and visit.
This is a perfect explanation of the brain’s chemistry being out of balance and creating false emotions. These are not personality issues, but rather a lack of neurotransmitters in the brain causing you to be negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, sleepless, tired, stressed, overwhelmed, & overly sensitive.
When you suffer for no justifiable reason and when your heart doesn’t mend like a broken bone, and when rest, psychotherapy, prayer, and meditation make little difference; The author says these are all classic examples of biochemical imbalance.
For the first time, I feel that I understand why I have suffered. I am living and loving life. The amino acid therapy protocol is easy to follow and makes a big difference quickly.
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other black holes of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.
D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumers Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
Recognise what causes your mood swings. Nip negative feelings in the bud. Deal with guilt. Handle hostility and criticism. Overcome addiction to love and approval. Build self-esteem. Feel good everyday.
This book about Cognitive Behavior Therapy contains a strategy for monitoring your negative thoughts and gradually eliminating it. In two weeks I’ve already received a good deal of comfort from it. Its well written and has lots of real life examples.
I am finding a bit of sexist stuff, but I’m able to read past it as I find the book valuable overall.
An easy-to-use self-help program that is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, this work guides readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair.
From the ten-time New York Times bestselling author of Ultrametabolism, The Blood Sugar Solution, and Eat Fat, Get Thin comes The UltraMind Solution. —Do you find it next to impossible to focus or concentrate? —Have you ever experienced instant clarity after exercise? Alertness after drinking coffee? —Does your brain inexplicably slow down during stress, while multitasking, or when meeting a deadline? —Do you get anxious, worried, or stressed-out frequently? Mark Hyman explains that to fix your broken brain, you must heal your body first.
Through his simple six-week plan, Dr. Hyman shows us how to correct imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies, allergens, infections, toxins, and stress, restoring our health and gaining an UltraMind—one that’s highly focused, able to pay attention at will, has a strong memory, and leaves us feeling calm, confident, in control, and in good spirits.
A no-nonsense and helpful guide on how to cope with a slew of mental-health issues that are hellbent on ruining the lives of millions of people worldwide. Your brain knows it’s not good to do these things, but it can’t help it sometimes–especially if it’s obsessing about trauma it can’t overcome.
That’s where this life-changing book comes in. With humor, patience, science, and lots of good-ole swearing, Dr. Faith explains what’s going on in your skull, and talks you through the process of retraining your brain to respond appropriately to the non-emergencies of everyday life, and to deal effectively with old, or newly acquired, traumas (particularly post-traumatic stress disorder).
A pastor and licensed psychotherapist himself suffering from depression and anxiety takes on the relationship of mental health and faith while addressing the role of self-care, compassion, and restoration.
Beat depression now – and for life Based on extensive research with an amazing success rate, The Depression Cure outlines a step-by-step plan for recovery from depression, which focuses on six key lifestyle elements that have largely disappeared in healthy doses from modern life: – physical exercise – omega-3 fatty acids – natural sunlight exposure – restorative sleep – social connectedness – meaningful, engaging activity With his six-step programme, Dr Ilardi not only makes sense of depression but offers a practical and straightforward plan for recovery.
The Depression Cure is an essential guide for anyone seeking an alternative approach to depression treatment.
Lays it out well. Perhaps too much detail but for someone not familiar with depression, plenty of good information. The cure plan sounds logical. Similar to some other suggestions I’ve heard before but much more complete and with specific suggestions for getting started.
A pastor and licensed psychotherapist himself suffering from depression and anxiety takes on the relationship of mental health and faith while addressing the role of self-care, compassion, and restoration.
Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom. – Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress.
But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy. – According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential.
– In this groundbreaking, science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr.
Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root.
– A Mind of Your Own offers an achievable, step-by-step 30-day action plan—including powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques—women can use to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and feel like themselves again without a single prescription.
– Bold, brave, and revolutionary, A Mind of Your Own takes readers on a journey of self-empowerment for radical transformation that goes far beyond symptom relief.
Dr Kelly Brogan. I can not thank you enough. You helped confirm what my intuition was already telling me. Big pharma is not working to help us. They do not care about us. And their drugs are not good for us.
I read your book in two days! I could not put it down! Your sincerity and your evidence to support every aspect of what you are helping the world to see resonated every step of the way for me. I am off antidepressants now and I feel the best I have felt in so long! I have three young children who I will empower with the knowledge I now have.
You gave me the strength, information, power and belief in myself to do this. You have changed so many lives and from the bottom of my heart I thank you!! Shame on all platforms trying so hard to discredit you and bring you down.
God forbid that the truth get out there! You are an amazing woman. God bless you. XO.
For women, anti-depressant drugs are prescribed for problems ranging from depression to anxiety to PMS to insomnia. This book explores a very different approach. According to the author, the assertion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that is easily fixed by a drug like Prozac is total nonsense.
Rarely do such drugs help at all. In fact, they may make things worse by permanently disabling the body’s self-healing mechanism. Depression, and other such mental and emotional problems, are not separate diseases.
They are symptoms of physical problems elsewhere in the body. There is a well-known physical connection between the gut and the brain, as an example. A digestive or intestinal problem could easily manifest itself in the brain.
Inflammation seems to be the cause of of most physical problems that are common today. Some inflammation is quite normal, then it goes away. When the inflammation is “on” all the time, that can be a serious problem, and needs to be addressed.
The author’s prescription starts with getting rid of all processed food and going organic. The cause may be those unpronounceable chemicals that are listed in the ingredients. Next, get rid of your artificial cleaning products with more unpronounceable chemicals.
There are household cleaners available that are a lot less harmful. The author also talks about what blood tests should be performed at the next doctor’s visit. Get a good night’s sleep, every night, and start exercising; they will help a lot.
This book is better than excellent. It is highly recommended for everyone. It is especially recommended for those whose anti-depressant does not seem to be working. Your problem may be somewhere else than in your head.
After 50+ Years of Suffering from Depression, taking dozens of medications, seeing many Psychiatrists/Therapists, Hospitalizations, Participating in Clinical Trials etc. etc. , all to no avail, I read this book; I heard the REAL Story.
WHY arent Folks shouting the Praises Of Dr. Brogan and Spreading Her Message?! This Book touches on soo many pertanent medical issues not just depression, and it reveals the shocking & sad truth about The Pharmaceutical and Medical Industries.
This Book offers Hope. and all claims are substantiated in complete/concise footnotes.
Imagine an 8-week program that can help you overcome depression, anxiety, and stress–by simply learning new ways to respond to your own thoughts and feelings. That program is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and it has been tested and proven effective in clinical trials throughout the world.
Now you can get the benefits of MBCT any time, any place, by working through this carefully constructed book. The expert authors introduce specific mindfulness practices to try each week, plus reflection questions, tools for keeping track of progress, and helpful comments from others going through the program.
Like a trusted map, this book guides you step by step along the path of change. Guided meditations are provided on the accompanying MP3 CD and are also available as audio downloads. Note: The MP3 CD can be played on CD players (only those marked “MP3-enabled”) as well as on most computers.
See also the authors’ The Mindful Way through Depression, which demonstrates these proven strategies with in-depth stories and examples. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors’ bestselling therapy guide: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition.
Winner (Second Place)–American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category.
Well, I suppose I have depression, but not as a result of blaming myself for everything – so it’s a pleasant relief to find a book about depression that doesn’t automatically adopt that approach. I haven’t been through the whole thing yet, but an initial look suggests that it is intelligently written and potentially quite helpful.
This workbook is a practical set of approaches/exercises to exploring and deepening your mindfulness experience and practice. As a chronic pain sufferer mindfulness (and this workbook) helps me manage and accept my situation.
The workbook can be used almost casually or as part of a longer, potentially supervised, program of exploration & learning.
Learn five of the most effective, evidence-based tools for managing depression. – Made by expert therapists, this journal helps you implement five distinct strategies for managing depression. These are the most-trusted tools by therapists for improving motivation, internal dialogue, and relationships, to help you cope with and manage the symptoms of depression.
The Depression Guidebook provides structured exercises for each of the five evidence-based tools that you’ll learn: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Behavioral Activation – Growth Mindset – Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – What you’ll love about this journal: MADE BY THERAPISTS to equip you with tried-and-true tools for depression – STRUCTURED EXERCISES WITH 80+ JOURNAL ENTRIES to address your lowest, most difficult moments – THERAPIST NOTES AND SCIENCE-FOCUSED OVERVIEWS to learn the tools and be equipped for whenever you need them – ADDITIONAL RESOURCES to take care of all aspects of life-including your mental health – PREMIUM-QUALITY AESTHETIC JOURNAL with a thread-sewn hardcover and smooth cream paper for a fluid writing experience.
I got the Depression Guidebook and although it has some good information in it I find it hard to use because the type is so small. The purple and gray ink on cream-colored paper makes it extra hard to read because of the low contrast.
I’m over 50 and had poor eyesight to begin with. Using this notebook is a chore both emotionally and physically. Like, I do not need one more obstacle to overcome. But it’s as if the design brief was “we want a book that will be as difficult as possible for a low-vision person to use.
” I open this book up and my first thought is “ugh. ” Then I have to get a bright light and a magnifier. On days where I can barely manage to get dressed and comb my hair, this book is too hard to deal with.
I first bought the Depression Workbook after being released from the emergency room for suicidal ideation and being placed on a waiting list to receive psychotherapy. For the first 30 days after my release, I used the Depression Workbook daily and was able to shift my mood through the cognitive behavior exercises.
Later, I bought the Trauma and Written Exposure Workbook to process the secondary traumatic stress I endured from work. I’m on week three of the five-week program. I’ve just received my first in-person psychotherapy appointment and I’m bringing both workbooks to my appointment to discuss with the therapist.
If I didn’t have the workbooks during the first 45 days after my emergency room release, I would probably be dead. These workbooks literally saved my life.
Highly recommend this notebook! It’s hard to know what to look for in a therapist if you’re unfamiliar with the different clinical techniques that can be used to address depression. This journal is a fantastic introduction to the main evidence-based types of therapy techniques.
I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to better understand how therapy “works” or as a gift for someone who is considering therapy and doesn’t know where to start. This book (and the anxiety notebook) helped me have a lot of “aha” moments where I finally understood how my therapist was trying to help me – and really accelerated my progress.
I loved the anxiety notebook and am so glad to they released this guide for depression.
There are many different types of books that can help with depression. Some focus on helping the reader understand and cope with their depression, while others focus on providing tips and tricks for managing depression.
Still others focus on helping the reader to find hope and meaning in their life, even in the midst of depression. No matter what type of book you choose, reading can be a helpful way to manage your depression.
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