Depression can be of the easiest things to hide, but one of the hardest things to overcome. As someone who has dealt with depression in the past, I understand what you are going through. While depression isn’t a one size fits all illness, anyone suffering can find some sort of comfort or help from any or all of the books listed below.
1. Shoot The Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression by Sally Brampton
On the outside, Sally Brampton was a successful magazine editor and founder of the top fashion magazine Elle, but on the inside she was struggling with both depression and alcoholism. Shoot The Damn Dog covers stories of Sally’s depression and offers practical advice for those also suffering with their own illness.
2. How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying To Kill Me by Susan Rose Blauner
When one hears the word suicide, they immediately link it to depression and vice versa. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and over 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year. Blauner uses her own experience with suicide and depression as a way to help and inspire others. How I Stayed Alive is described as one person’s guide to suicide prevention and offers a message of hope for those who truly need it.
3. Your Depression Map: Find The Source Of Your Depression And Chart Your Own Recovery by Randy J. Paterson
This self-help book helps you figure out the specifics of your depression and how to go about treating it. You will first have to examine your own depression by identifying your symptoms, which you can do by answering a few questions and following step-by-step exercises. Your Depression Map will help you understand why depression takes a hold of your life and how to get on the path to recovery.
4. The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams
Follow the wisdom of four cognitive experts to help break the mental habits that can cause depression. Information found in The Mindful Way is based on clinically proven methods that reduce unhappy, depressive thoughts and the book also comes along with a CD of guided meditations to help you on your journey.
5. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
When you’re feeling depressed, the last thing you want to do is read a book about a depressed character. Someday, Someday Maybe is a laugh out loud novel about a struggling actress in New York City. This charming and humorous novel written by Gilmore Girls star, Lauren Graham is all about finding love, finding yourself, but most of all finding an acting job.
6. Hyperbole And A Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
After spending your time working on overcoming your depression, you’re going to want a break where you can just escape reality for a bit. Hyperbole and A Half is not your average novel. It reads like a graphic novel and is filled with lots of laughable and “that’s totally me!” moments. This book will get you smiling in no time. Check out our review, here!
Always remember that you’re not alone and it will get better. Take care of yourself, friends.
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, please call the Depression Support Hotline at (800) 273- 8255. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please contact the Suicide Hotline at (800) 784-2433.
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