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20 Great Books About Depression

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Depression. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

I’ve followed Ed Bullmore’s work on network neuroscience for several years. This little book is a splendid description of Cartesian duality of medicine and psychiatry/psychology and the growing awareness of the (complex) unity of the human condition. An excellent, mid-depth look at the integrated systems that underlie our biology and psychology, with a targeted examination (and enlightenment) of neuro-immunology. Clearly a five-star read. If I were still teaching at university I’d make it required reading in my cognition, psychopathology, and neuroscience courses. A very thought provoking book. I really liked the history about how the drugs for mental illness came about and how the research has stalled

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Harris introduces the concept of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in this book. He discusses how most individuals become unhappy in their pursuit of pleasure, which may be rectified by utilizing this modern psychotherapy based on fresh studies. Learning ACT enables the reader to define their values and learn how to live in the present moment, resulting in life pleasure. If you have a lot of self-doubt and tension, this might be a helpful book for you. It teaches the reader how to properly deal with bad feelings and emotions while moving on healthily. It also teaches how to break bad behaviors that are harmful to one’s health. This book offers the framework for the reader to eventually transform their cognitive patterns, resulting in a better existence.

How Hard It Really Is by J S Park

This product was recommended by Craig Miller from Academia Labs LLC

Depression is something you just hear and it can seem unrealistic until it hits you. And once it’s there, it will seem like you can never get away from it. This short book tackles about depression, the pain it brings, the misconceptions of people, and everything else. It talks about the science behind depression, a little how-to to help you battle it, plus a sharing of thoughts from those who have experienced it and are currently battling it. This book talks about the most real things that people feel when undergoing depression so it is a good read for those currently experiencing it or to the family and loved ones of those suffering in order to understand them better. It is only through understanding them that we can offer the best help we can give.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a must-read for anyone going through a difficult time. The theme of the book is universal to anyone who has suffered a severe loss. Although it is not primarily directed at the bereaved widower, it provides practical sorrow and mourning suggestions that other publications seem to overlook. According to the author, Devine, there is no end to the grief and suffering that comes with the death of a marriage. She claims that there is no such thing as getting over grief. Instead, she discusses how loss follows you for the rest of your life and how the agony only reduces to the point where it is tolerable. In her book, she allows the bereaved to grieve their loss without being made to feel defective or less than for feeling the agony of their loss.

Feeling Good by David D. Burns MD

This product was recommended by Chiara Gomiero from Handy Wine Guide

This book written by David D. Bruns, MD is the closest replacement to a real therapist. Just to be clear, I’m not saying you should use this instead of therapy, what I’m saying is that, if for whatever reason you can’t get therapy, start from here.

Depression-Free, Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson PhD

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

I recommend this book because it provides advice on how to identify emotional and behavioral symptoms and stabilize mood shifts. It can also help individuals choose vitamins and minerals that may reduce depression and anxiety. The author, Dr. Joan Mathews Larson, holds a doctorate in nutrition and is the founder and executive director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis.

The Precipice of Mental Health by Achea Redd

This product was recommended by Jessica Sager from Smith Publicity

The mental health crisis is worse than ever: In an age of increasing isolation, insecurity, and loss, people are suffering, and not everyone is able to afford or access the help that they need. Mental health activist Achea Redd wants to change that, because for her, it’s personal. In her third book, The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space (Forefront Books, May 3, 2022), Redd shares her personal battle with mental illness and helps readers understand that there is a path to help and healing for those who are suffering, struggling, and stressed.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

This product was recommended by Geninna Ariton from Trendhim

What started as theft became a journey of self-discovery as Esther tries to break the curse that’s consumed her family. Together with Jonah, they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.

Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don’t Want to Talk by Ryan Casey Waller

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

Here, the author talks about open talks and healing to overcome depression in life. He emphasizes shame-free conversation to maintain good mental health. He encourages the readers to have some self-knowledge to establish a better connection with God.

Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Mark Manson released The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck in 2016. He demonstrated how technology had made it far too easy to become preoccupied with the wrong things. And that our modern, perplexing desire to always be happy has only served to make us unhappier. In Everything Is F*cked, Charles Manson shifts his focus from the inevitable flaws within each self to the world’s never-ending tragedies. He openly contradicts our notions of faith, happiness, freedom, and even hope. It’s another counterintuitive journey through our hearts’ pain and our soul’s stress.

3 Minutes Positivity Journal, by Kristen Butler

This product was recommended by Daniel Boyer from Farr Institute

This book is more like an app, providing a 3 minute daily quote (in the Morning and evening) that equips you with the knowledge you need to stay positive by providing lifestyle hacks beneficial for your health, minds and goals.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

This product was recommended by Rebecca Phillips from Mend Modern Therapy

Disconnection plays a role in depression. In Lost Connections, Hari provides a map for reconnecting to what fills our lives with meaning and purpose. Hari argues that community and connection are the antidote to despair. This book is full of practical steps toward healing and hope. I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t benefit from this book. I read this book upon the recommendation of a patient who found it helpful. After reading it myself, I regularly recommend it to my other patients.

The Noonday Demon by Andrew Soloman

This product was recommended by Rebecca Phillips from Mend Modern Therapy

I read this book many years ago, and it has always stuck with me. I still pick it up from time to time, and I recommend it to patients who struggle with depression. It’s a beautifully written book that looks at depression from many different levels. The book is eloquent, clear, and moving. Books on depression can be, well, depressing for the reader. Fortunately, this book doesn’t leave the reader feeling more depressed. I recommend this one for literature lovers, as it’s not as easily digestible as other books on the subject.

Copeology by Dr. Joanne Frederick

This product was recommended by Alycia Welsh from KMR Communications

Dr. Joanne Frederick’s *Copeology* is an anthology that discusses how to cope with life’s struggles and find a stronger support system using spirituality as a tool. The book specifically deals with overcoming hardships that may occur with grief and loss, being a black man in the world today, disabilities, surviving Covid-19, infidelity, anxiety and fears, trauma, and single parenting.

The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

This book provides a fascinating and educational look at the neuroscience behind our emotions, ideas, and behaviours, whether you suffer from depression or simply desire a better knowledge of the brain. Although there is no single cure for depression, there are a number of basic measures you may take to change your brain’s activity and chemistry. Some are as simple as relaxing specific muscles to lessen anxiety or increasing your exposure to sunlight to boost your mood. Small moves in the right direction can have a big impact, allowing you to become your greatest self by literally reshaping your brain one small adjustment at a time.

Perfectly Hidden Depression by Margaret Robinson Rutherford

This product was recommended by Tara Orcutt from Veggieslicious

You’ll start the process of understanding your perfectionism, identifying toxic ideas, and reconnecting with emotions that have been buried for far too long with this caring guide. You’ll also learn practical techniques for quieting that critical inner voice and effective coping strategies for dealing with challenging emotions. Most significantly, you’ll discover that asking for aid is a show of strength, not weakness. This innovative book will assist you every imperfect step of the way if you’re ready to stop hiding and start healing.

Snap Out Of It? by Judson Rothschild

This product was recommended by Judson A. Rothschild from Rothschild Productions, Inc.

Panic and Anxiety are interlinked with Depression. During the pandemic we are all feeling anxious, panicked and depressed. The one positive part of this is we are hearing from politicians, athletes, entertainers, doctors, etc., who are discussing their issues with depression, panic and anxiety which is such a positive step in reminding everyone that they are not alone in their plight. The more we share our stories the more we feel less “Alone” in our depression. This book can be read in less than two hours, gives the readers immediate tools, and most importantly reminds everyone that we are not alone.

Everything Begins with Asking for Help by Kevin Braddock

This product was recommended by Jim Powell from My Speech Class

This book teaches readers how to ask for help, what to expect during recovery, and how to protect your mental health. Written from a first-person account with research and expert insights, this book is an excellent resource.

Learned Hopefulness by Dan Tomasulo PhD

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Learned Hopefulness comes from positive psychology, gaining popularity in talk therapy. Restoring one’s sense of future hope is a key component of depression management and recovery. He helps people identify their strengths, start practicing from a place of hope and challenge the self-deprecating self-defeating voice of depression that lives in depressing thoughts.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: CBT is a popular talk therapy technique designed to identify irrational and negative thoughts and replace them with rational and motivating ones. To achieve their desired goals in both work and family life, Dr. Gillihan uses a holistic approach to help readers identify thought patterns that are holding them back.

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