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Best Books on Depression

Recommendations from 18 articles, David Allen, Jim Kwik, Derek Sivers and 6 others.
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Feeling Good
The New Mood Therapy
David D. Burns - Apr 06, 1999 (first published in 1980)
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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...
The Noonday Demon
An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon - May 19, 2015 (first published in 2000)
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Sometimes, the legacy of depression includes a wisdom beyond one's years, a depth of passion unexperienced by those who haven't traveled to hell and back. Off the charts in its enlightening, comprehensive analysis of this pervasive yet misunderstood condition, The Noonday Demon forges a long, brambly path through the subject of depression--exposing...
Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig - Feb 23, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live."Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day b...
Lost Connections
Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope
Johann Hari - Dec 03, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety.Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was toldlike his entire gen...
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The Upward Spiral
Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
Alex Korb - Mar 01, 2015
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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this audiobook offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.Depression doesn't happen all at once. It star...
The Depression Cure
The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Stephen S. Ilardi - Jun 01, 2010
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Based on the highly effective, proven Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program: a practical plan for natural ways to treat depression -- without medicationIn the past decade, depression rates have skyrocketed, and one in four Americans suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Where have we gone wrong? Dr. Stephen Ilardi sheds li...
The Mindful Way Through Depression
Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD)
Mark Williams - Jun 02, 2007
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The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned cognitive therapy and mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to help you break the mental habits that can lead to despair. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the...
Furiously Happy
A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Jenny Lawson - Feb 07, 2017
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#1 New York Times BestsellerIn Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:"I've often thought that people with severe depression have devel...
How to Be Happy
A Creative Workbook
Lee Crutchley - May 05, 2015
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Author and illustrator Lee Crutchley brings his lively interactive approach to a little-discussed but very common issue: the struggle with depression and anxiety. Through a series of supportive, surprising, and engaging prompts, HOW TO BE HAPPY (OR AT LEAST LESS SAD) helps readers see things in a new light, and rediscover simple pleasures and every...
Darkness Visible
A Memoir of Madness
William Styron - Jan 08, 1992 (first published in 1990)
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A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery....
The Antidote
Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
Oliver Burkeman - Nov 05, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Success through failure, calm through embracing anxiety—a totally original approach to self-helpSelf-help books don't seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth—even if you can get it—doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as j...
Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton
This Close to Happy by Daphne Merkin
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Spark by John J. Ratey MD
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen M.D.
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong
Undoing Depression by Richard O'Connor
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman
Depression-Free, Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson PhD
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey