Depression Books

  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs – by Stephen S. Ilardi
    • Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for and what they continue to need.
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – by David D. Burns
    • In this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD) – by Mark Williams and John Teasdale
    • Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience.
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression – by Andrew Solomon
    • He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications and treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations—around the world and throughout history.
  • Healing Anxiety and Depression – by Daniel G. Amen and Lisa C. Routh
    • Healing Anxiety and Depression reveals the major anxiety and depression centers of the brain, offers guidelines and diagnostic tools to determine the specific type of anxiety and depression, and provides a comprehensive program for treating each type.
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel – by Paula Hawkins
    • “The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times
  • Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression: A Comparison of Good and Poor Outcome – by Jeann C. Watson, PhD, Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD, and Leslie S. Greenburg, PhD
    • Authors offer a behind-closed-doors look at brief emotion-focused therapy (EFT) in the treatment of depression, capturing the state of the art of this important and widely used therapy.
  • What To Do When Someone You Love is Depressed - by Mitch Golant, PhD
    • Woven throughout are the personal experiences of Mitch Golant, who spent most of his childhood with a mother who was seriously depressed, an experience that not only catapulted him into his work as a clinical psychologist, but also informs this book with a tone of  compassionate understanding.
  • You Mean I Don’t Have to Feel This Way? New Help for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction – by Colette Dowling
    • This important book includes:
      • Startling new links between eating disorders, addiction, and depression.
      • How to recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.
      • Vital information about new treatments for depressed children and adolescents.
      • A guide to breakthrough drugs for treating mood, anxiety, and eating disorders.
      • The newest research on the use of antidepressants to prevent substance-abuse relapse.
      • How to find expert help and evaluate the treatment you are given.
  • Overcoming Depression: The Definitive Resource for Patients and Families Who Live With Depression and Manic-Depression – by Demitri Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos
    • Since its first publication in 1987, it has become the book most often recommended by doctors to their depressed patients because it clearly and sympathetically presents state-of-the-art medical information and the solid, practical advice that patients and their families need to participate actively in diagnosis and treatment.
  • You Are Not Alone: Words of Experience and Hope for the Journey Through Depression – by Julia Thorne
    • A uniquely compassionate book that provides information, companionship and hope for individuals and families coping with depression.
  • On the Edge of Darkness: America’s Most Celebrated Actors, Journalists and Politicians Chronicle Their Most Arduous Journey – by Kathy Cronkite
    • Cronkite discusses her own depression and interviews well-known people about their depression and that of loved ones. She intersperses the interviews with solid information about depression and its treatment.
  • Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection and the Meanings of Illness – by David A. Karp
    • An important book that pierces through the terrifying isolation of depression to uncover the connections linking the depressed as they undertake their personal journeys through this very private hell.
  • Darkness Visible: A Memory of Madness -by William Styron
    • 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.
  • Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface – by Martha Manning
    • The author, a clinical psychologist, describes her descent into depression, leading eventually to hospitalization and ECT. Her point of view, first as a therapist and then a patient, is unique and often humorous.
  • When Words are Not Enough – by Valerie Raskin, MD
    • Provides the facts and reassurance women need to be in control of their own health.
  • I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression – by Terrence Real
    • Real, a therapist, blends his own experience as the son of a depressed father with patient case studies to examine the causes of male depression and its effect on men and their families.
  • “Help Me, I’m Sad:” Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression – by David G. Fassler
    • This expert, reassuring guide for parents of the the one-and-a-half million children and adolescents whose lives are darkened by depression–and the millions more who are at risk–explains with wisdom and empathy how parents can play a vital role in helping a child overcome, and often prevent, depression.