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25 Helpful Books About Depression And Anxiety

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Depression And Anxiety. 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.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan

This product was recommended by Scott Needham from SmartScout

This is for people who are looking for practical tools and interventions to help with specific issues/problems. The primary agent of change isn’t the therapy sessions most go through but what they do during the rest of the week. This helps here.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

This product was recommended by Maria Lewis from My Gre Exam Preparation

This book, in my opinion, is the best instance of how to deal with extreme anxiety and still work and flourish in one’s life. Wilson has struggled with bipolar disorder, binge eating, manic periods, and despair on and off. Anxiety, on the other hand, has always been present. There was a lot of it. And she’s used that to get her where she wants to go. I’ve always maintained that the answer to dealing with worry is not to get rid of it, but rather to channel it into more tremendous possibilities. The very same idea is at the core of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, which is proved by a vibrant life unlike any other I’ve seen before.

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

This product was recommended by Maria Lewis from My Gre Exam Preparation

The Happiness Trap is among the most comprehensible and entertaining psychological books available. The activities are exciting and intriguing, and the language is simple and enjoyable. The catchiest psychology books, in my opinion, add some fun and warmth to the matter, and this is one of those that does so exceptionally well.

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

This product was recommended by Louisa Smith from Epic Book Society

The Art of Thinking Clearly is a self-help guide written by Swiss author and founder of the World Minds Foundation, Rolf Dobelli. Dobelli shares his eye-opening ideas of psychology and reasoning to help other people make better decisions in all aspects of their life. He refers to a way of thinking, that he refers to as “cognitive bias”, which refers to simple errors that we make during our day-to-day thinking. The Art of Thinking Clearly aims to teach you how to spot them and avoid them, which will, in turn, allow you to make better choices. It’s a simple concept, with a huge impact on how you look at life. For those with anxiety and depression who feel they are always making the wrong choices in life, this book may share some enlightenment to you.

When the Smoke Clears by Tenita C. Johnson

This product was recommended by Tenita Johnson from So It Is Written

Greek Mythology refers to the phoenix as a bird that is perpetually regenerated or reborn-but only after going through a fire. Like the rising of the sun symbolizes a new day, a phoenix rising from the ashes represents new life. When the Smoke Clears: A Phoenix Rises addresses the fires of life and techniques to douse the flames, resurrecting you from the ashes into victorious living. Although you may be thrust into the fire, when the smoke clears, you will emerge unscathed! In this book, you will be empowered to: ~ Turn adversity into opportunity ~ Incorporate joy and gratitude into your daily walk with Christ ~ Speak words that propel you to your destiny ~ Live a life of faith and prosperity

The Wisdom of Anxiety by Sheryl Paul

This product was recommended by Josie Proffit from josieproffit_acmhc

The wisdom of anxiety goes way beyond the mind and delves into what anxiety is at a deeper level. The author talks about the importance of dropping down into the body and actually feeling emotions and noticing the metaphors they hold, rather than getting caught up in anxious thoughts that keep us in an anxiety spiral.

Self Therapy by Jay Early

This product was recommended by Josie Proffit from josieproffit_acmhc

Self therapy is an incredible approach about getting to the root of anxiety and depression by addressing trauma. Everyone has trauma, it’s just a part of life; and unprocessed trauma manifests as things like anxiety and depression. The author outlines an easy to understand, step by step process to healing.

Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This product was recommended by Josie Proffit from josieproffit_acmhc

Practicing the Power of Now is what could be considered a spiritual approach to dealing with anxiety and depression. The author explains concepts like non-judgement, acceptance, and surrender in such a simple, yet profound manner – paired with exercises/meditations to practice learning to fully be in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past (depression) or future (anxiety).

Mental Health 101 For Teens by Tom Thelen

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

This book made me cry in a very good way! I wondered if it would be worth the time spent reading it, but it was definitely not a waste. Amazing—how many helpful topics can be covered succinctly and without being a bore in 1 book? They do 26, and make it appropriate for all. I have 5 teens and hope each one of them will read every word. I plan to take some of the advice to heart myself. Mental health concern is for every person who wants a full life.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner

This product was recommended by Burak Ozdemir from Alarm Journal

It’s only through this book that I’ve truly understood that pain is the price we pay for being alive. The ultimate takeaway that you can get after reading this book is that forgiveness is an obligation that we must do for ourselves, not the obligation that we do for the other party. This book has been the source of my solace and hope ever since I read it. If you’re already on the verge of stopping to believe in the Creator, you must read this book. When you’re in a moment of depression, anxiety and despair, reading this book will truly change your perspective. It might not solve your problems but it will change your mindset that will enable you to find the courage to move forward.

Unbreakable by Jay Glazer

This product was recommended by Mo Mulla from Parental Questions

This book is excellent for anyone suffering from depression or anxiety. It provides helpful tactics and strategies for turning these conditions into motivation, and offers a realistic and uplifting perspective on life. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for guidance in managing these issues.

Untangle Your Anxiety by Joshua Fletcher

This product was recommended by Steven Duncan from Ball Are Life

While many depression and anxiety books are written with good-intentions, too often, they fail to discuss the neurological reasonings behind the symptoms. Enter Untangle Your Anxiety: A Guide to Overcoming an Anxiety Disorder by Two People Who Have Been Through It. This book is written by Joshua Fletcher and Dean Stott, they provide meaningful, honest, real advice for others who struggle with anxiety and depression. Written in an easy-to-read, understanding manner, Untangle Your Anxiety does away with the cliches and whataboutism’s. Rather, as two. individuals who have suffered through anxiety, they are able to provide deep, personal experiences and back their writings with the latest scientific evidence and findings. An absolute must-read, this book has not only helped us overcome our own anxiety, but makes a great gift for others going through similar experiences.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

This book by Seth offers ten strategies for dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, panic, and worry. After reading this book, you will be able to identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive and motivating feelings. This accessible, easy-to-understand cognitive behavioral therapy book contains everything you need to get started on the road to recovery. It will help you learn how to grow as a person, overcome obstacles, and improve your overall health and well-being.

Depression-Free, Naturally by Dr. Joan Mathews Larson

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

The book provides advice on how to recognize emotional and behavioral symptoms and stabilize mood swings. It has steps that will help you select vitamins and minerals that may help you cope with depression and anxiety. It includes the Seven Weeks to Emotional Healing that will help get back to the emotional well-being you’ve been missing. It will help you learn how to use essential fatty acids to stabilize your mood swings and protect your overall health. It also has advice on how to eat the right foods for mental fitness and rejuvenate your body by consuming key natural hormones.

Mental Health Workbook by Emily Attached

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

The mental health workbook is written by one of the infamous authors Emily Attached which helps you to come out from the depression and anxiety that have affected your mind and is debilitating your mental health. The book is specially written for those who are patients of trauma, addiction, etc. The relationship between adults that have broken and the one who got affected and going the depression must read this book as it covers all those possible aspects that can affect any human.

Social Anxiety Relief for Teens by Bridget Flynn Walker

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

The book is specially written by Bridget Flynn Walker for those teens who are in the phase of depression and want to get out of the state. The book covers almost all the aspects of depression and anxiety that can force an individual or a teen to get into the mode of depression and anxiety. There is an instant solution series written by the author in the book that guides the teens to come out of the depressing state.

You’re Not Alone by Zachary David Westerbeck

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

Self-titled as the only book you need to overcome anxiety and depression, this book provides a step-by-step guide to overcoming the two. The author recognizes the massive disruption caused by anxiety and depression and the shame and guilt they sometimes carry. He explains how to counter these feelings and regain confidence through this book. He also indicates the most effective treatment options for anxiety and depression.

Retrain Your Brain by Seth J. Gillihan

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This book illustrates how to handle anxiety and depression using cognitive-behavioral therapy. Research has proven that this therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage anxiety and depression. The author, a psychologist doctor with over 15 years of experience, teaches this practical therapy through the book. He explains, amongst other things, how cognitive behavioral therapy can help to identify and suppress destructive thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.

A Manual For Being Human by Dr Sophie Mort

This product was recommended by Hannah Ray from TAKE Coaching

One of the most debilitating things about anxiety and depression is that it creates the belief that you are alone in your suffering. It dissolves your sense of personal power, squashes the belief that you have a say in how you experience life, and makes you feel like you are wrong and a burden to others because of it. Although not strictly about depression, ‘A Manual For Being Human’ is one of the most relieving, relatable and reassuring reminders that you are, in fact, very human. It shines a light down in to the dark hole and extends a warm hand to invite you to shuffle out, bit by bit. It feeds you with compassion, disarmours depressive and anxious feelings, and reminds you that you are normal, you are worthy, and you are, undoubtably, enough.

How Hard It Really is by J S Park

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

How Hard It Really Is delves into the following topics: The science of depression, The helpful conversation surrounding mental illness, The dispute over whether mental illness is a choice or a disease, Survivor stories, A hidden culture of suicide worship, An conversation with a depressed doctor, The difficulty of finding a cure. It can be difficult to put into words the sentiments and emotions that accompany depression. It can be really lonely, and you may find yourself continually questioning your own intellect and thoughts. This book makes a huge difference in one’s life suffering or have suffered from depression because it is good to be understood by someone who has gone through it and described it so effectively.

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 Hates a Moving Target by Nita Sweeney

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Sweeney had given up hope at 49 years old, constantly unhappy, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds at once. Nita discovered an inner strength she didn’t realize she had via running, and with the support of her canine companion, she was on her way to running her first marathon. Sweeney recounts how she overcame emotional and physical obstacles to finish the race and return from the edge in her biography. With the power of running, you can transform yourself.

It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn

This product was recommended by Joseph DeVasto from The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center

I really like this book because It talks about the role of traumatic legacies passed down in families for generations and about how these traumatic experiences cause depression and anxiety. I really like the fact that the book has both scientific studies as well as personal experiences.

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.

Super Intense by Marisa Imon

This product was recommended by Chelsie Skowyra from Chakra Chelsie, LLC

Super Intense smashes the stigma of mental illness with its authentic story-telling while simultaneously providing loving guidance that truly helps. I recommend this book to my loved ones and clients who are struggling with their emotions because it is relatable rather than clinical and also honors the spiritual journey they find themselves on. Many people think that there is only one way to treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression and feel lost when that one way doesn’t work for them. This book opens up the doors to new ways of healing and thinking that you have been seeking.

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