Great Books About Living and Coping With Depression

These works let people living with depression know they're not alone

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There are many great books about living and coping with depression. Reading the notable works that follow lets people living with mental illness know they're not alone. Such books also give survivors of depression tips on coping skills and the wide array of resources available to help. 

"Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy"

Learn to apply the concepts of cognitive therapy in your life with this self-help guide.

Also recommended for those who are already seeing a therapist but want to understand more about the cognitive therapy process. Contains powerful coping strategies that anyone can use to beat negative thoughts.

"The Bell Jar"

This thinly veiled autobiography of Sylvia Plath's breakdown, suicide attempt and recovery was published just a scant month before she finally took her own life. Set in 1950's America, it reveals just how lacking treatment for depression and mental illness was at that time. This book contains a gripping story that will make you glad to be living in a more enlightened era.

"Beyond Prozac: Antidotes for Modern Times"

The title says it all. Fascinating reading about alternatives to prescription drugs to treat depression. The views touted in this book are controversial, however. Speak with your doctor before making any life changes based on what you read here.

"Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder"

Bob Olson's case was one of those that seemed not to respond to treatment.

His persistence and courage, however, paid off and he won the battle against his own illness. He offers a message of hope to others that they can do the same.

"An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness"

This book shows that none of us are immune to mental illness, even a highly accomplished professional like the author.

Her honesty about her illness and the battle to accept it are refreshing.

"St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster"

This book explains the benefits of using St. John's Wort for depression. Highly recommended for those who want to take control of their own treatment using herbal therapy.

"Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment"

Childhood depression is often overlooked because children don't know how to ask for help. Recommended reading for all parents who suspect their child may be depressed.

"Help Me, I'm Sad : Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood Depression"

Another highly recommended selection for parents who suspect their child may be depressed or is vulnerable to developing the condition.

"5-HTP: Nature's Serotonin Solution"

A physician's perspective on 5-HTP. His book thoroughly reviews the published literature on this nutrient, has interviews with experts, including a significant number of very interesting anecdotes from patients and personal experiences. It's a must read for anyone who is thinking about taking 5-HTP. The benefits of 5-HTP are discussed along with a thorough evaluation of its side effects and cautions.

"Undoing Depression : What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You"

Some interesting reading for those who want to take a proactive approach to treating their depression.

"When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Children, Siblings and Partners of the Mentally Ill"

Mental illness is trying, not only for those who suffer from it, but also for those who love them. An excellent resource for those struggling to cope.

"Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications" 

Provides a guide to help patients and doctors with the process of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

"Remembering Wholeness"

Have you begun to heal from your depression. yet you feel that something is missing in your life? This author offers urges us to remember the spiritual side of ourselves as we grow and learn the life lessons of depression.

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