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Best Books on Depression

Unravel the complexities of the mind with these insightful books on depression, gathered from reputable reading lists and ranked by the number of times they were suggested.

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Best Books on Depression
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The Noonday Demon
An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon - 2002-01-01 (first published in 2000)
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This book delves into the complex and often misunderstood subject of depression, revealing how it can lend a unique wisdom and passion to those who experience it. Author Andrew Solomon goes beyond surface-level explanations, examining the many conflicting views and approaches to depression across science, psychology, history, and more. With personal anecdotes and insightful research, Solomon offers a comprehensive and deeply engrossing study of this pervasive condition. Despite the heavy subject matter, his graceful writing style and empathy make for a compelling and unforgettable read.
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Feeling Good
The New Mood Therapy
David D. Burns - 2008-12-30 (first published in 1980)
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This book delves into the subjects of anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and depression. Using scientifically proven techniques, the author outlines ways to lift your spirits and develop a positive outlook on life. The updated edition also includes a Consumer's Guide to Anti-depressant Drugs, helping readers navigate their options for treating depression. Learn to recognize what triggers mood swings, handle negative feelings, overcome addiction to love and approval, and feel good every day.
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Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig - 2016-02-23 (first published in 2015)
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This inspiring memoir follows Matt Haig's journey with depression and how he triumphed over it, thanks to the love of his family and partner, and his love for writing and reading. Haig's frankness about his experiences is both inspiring and informative, allowing readers to understand and empathize with mental illness. With humor and encouragement, he teaches us to celebrate life's small joys and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
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Lost Connections
Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope
Johann Hari - 2018-01-23
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Discover the real causes of depression and anxiety with this powerful book. Award-winning journalist Johann Hari takes readers on a journey to uncover the truth about mental health, revealing that almost everything we've been told about these conditions is incorrect. From an Amish community in Indiana to an uprising in Berlin, Hari's book presents new insights into the true causes of depression and anxiety, offering radical solutions for ending this epidemic.
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The Mindful Way Through Depression
Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD)
Mark Williams - 2007-06-02
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Gain control over your mental habits and break the cycle of despair with "The Mindful Way Through Depression." This program, designed by four cognitive therapy and mindfulness experts, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, is based on clinically proven methods to reduce chronic unhappiness. Through informative chapters and a guided meditation CD, readers will learn powerful ways to strengthen resilience and regain balance and contentment in their lives.
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The Depression Cure
The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Stephen S. Ilardi - 2009-06-02 (first published in 2010)
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A practical plan for natural ways to treat depression without medication. Dr. Stephen Ilardi's The Depression Cure offers a clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for and what they continue to need with six easy-to-follow components. The book's holistic approach has been met with great success rates, helping even those who have failed to respond to traditional medications. Anyone looking to supplement their treatment can turn to The Depression Cure for hope and a practical path to wellness.
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Darkness Visible
A Memoir of Madness
William Styron - 1992-01-08 (first published in 1990)
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Explore the haunting reality of depression as you journey through one writer's descent into the depths of the illness. Darkness Visible delivers a profound and honest account of the psychological landscape of depression, and the empowering journey towards recovery.
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The Upward Spiral
Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
Alex Korb - 2015-03-01
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Rewire your brain towards a happier, healthier life! The Upward Spiral explores the latest neuroscience research to give you dozens of practical things you can do daily to alleviate depression symptoms. Neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes that cause depression and offers effective solutions for small steps toward positive social interactions and reducing feelings of anxiety. Reshape your brain and find lasting happiness with this book.
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Undoing Depression
What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
Richard O'Connor - 1999-01-01 (first published in 1997)
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This self-help book offers step-by-step guidance and exercises to help readers manage depression and create positive changes in their lives. Learn new skills and apply them to situations in love, work, family, and more. With the author's guidance, readers can rediscover joy and lead a fuller life.
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Furiously Happy
A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Jenny Lawson - 2015-09-22
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This humorous memoir explores the author's experience with severe depression and mental illness, while offering an uplifting message of joy for those struggling with similar conditions. With a witty and relatable tone, the book appeals to a broad audience, from fans of the author to those looking for inspiration in overcoming mental health challenges. The author's candidness and willingness to embrace her own weirdness makes this book a refreshing and unforgettable read.
Feeling Great by David D. Burns
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
How to Be Happy by Lee Crutchley
Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Sally M. Winston
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen
Depression-Free, Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson
Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton
This Is Depression by Diane McIntosh
Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey
Depression, the Mood Disease by Francis Mark Mondimore
This Close to Happy by Daphne Merkin
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Learned Hopefulness by Dan Tomasulo
Your Happiness Toolkit by Carrie M. Wrigley Lcsw
Unlearning Anxiety & Depression by Joseph J. Luciani PhD
101 Ways to Be Less Stressed by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Spark by John J. Ratey
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner
Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams
The Self Confidence Workbook by Barbara Markway
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong
What to Do When You Dread Your Bed by Dawn Huebner
Essential Art Therapy Exercises by Leah Guzman Atr-Bc
What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold by Dawn Huebner
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression by William J. Knaus Edd
Perfectly Hidden Depression by Margaret Robinson Rutherford
Stand Up to Depression by Kathi Fairbend
Worried No More by Aureen Pinto Wagner
The Worry Workbook for Teens by Jamie A. Micco
Parenting Kids With OCD by Bonnie Zucker
Conquer Your Fears and Phobias for Teens by Andrea Umbach Kettling
Take Control of OCD by Bonnie Zucker
Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents by Mary Karapetian Alvord
Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve by Stanley Rosenberg
Control Your Depression, Rev'd Ed by Peter Lewinsohn
Grief Works by Julia Samuel
Everything Begins with Asking for Help by Kevin Braddock
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Happy, Okay? by M. J. Fievre
Depression Hates a Moving Target by Nita Sweeney
The Black Veil. A Memoir with Digressions by Rick Moody
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Healing The Child Within by Charles L. Whitfield
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck by Dawn Huebner
Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger
Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens by Mary Karapetian Alvord
The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon Lmft
The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon Lmft
What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Aureen Pinto Wagner
Up and Down the Worry Hill by Aureen Pinto Wagner
Soothe Your Nerves by Angela Neal-Barnett
Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens by Debra Kissen
Something Bad Happened by Dawn Huebner
Anxiety-Free Kids by Bonnie Zucker
You and Your Anxious Child by Anne Marie Albano
Parenting a Troubled Teen by Patricia E. Zurita Ona
Help for Worried Kids by Cynthia G. Last
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
Mind Easing by Bick Wanck
By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf