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Depression

Suggested readings about Depression. Return to main Reading List page.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression. (2008) by Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson. Oakland: New Harbinger.

Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this book teaches that depression is a trap that involves "avoidance of painful issues, attachment to unworkable ideas about how to live life, and ignoring the results of some of your coping efforts." The solution involves developing acceptance skills, freeing yourself from thinking traps, and taking action towards valued life goals. In recent years Psychologists have been studying and applying acceptance and awareness concepts referred to as mindfulness. These have been developed in part from Buddhist practices but can be applied within a Christian, secular, or other belief system.

 

The Feeling Good Handbook. (1999) by David Burns. New York: Plume.

Burns takes a solid cognitive therapy approach to depression but also includes sections on anxiety, communication, medication, and challenges in therapy. This book is almost 600 pages and over 3 centimeters thick but don't let that scare you away. It is packed with useful checklists, rating scales, and exercises. Make sure you check out the sections on social anxiety and dealing with difficult people.

 

Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think. (1995) by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. New York: Guilford.

As you can see by the title, Drs. Greenberger and Padesky take a cognitive approach to depression. That is, they help you work on the depression by changing unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs about yourself. Cognitive therapy is well established as an effective treatment method for depression. This book contains many worksheets and exercises. The authors have also written a Clinician's guide for therapists who want to guide you through the program.