Below are some resources for depression and anxiety that we find have been helpful, both for our own journey’s and for our clients’. Feel free to peruse and discuss with your therapist in session!
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Noonday Demon is definitely a long read, but absolutely worth it. Andrew Solomon’s book is a very comprehensive view of depression that incorporates science, philosophy, law, psychology, literature, art and history to shed light on the most prevalent diagnosis in field of mental health. This book is work of art, rolling in poetry and quotes that highlight what it feels like to struggle with depression. As depression knows no social boundaries, Solomon provides powerful lessons to guide us towards eradicating depression in our own lives.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D.
Dr. Burns shows us that the “black holes” that contribute to depression (e.g., procrastination, anxiety, guilt, pessimism, low self-esteem) can all be cured without drugs and medication. Utilizing his strategies and positive psychology, readers can work to develop a more positive outlook and improve your mood. Major sections of the book include how to handle criticism and hositility, how to deal with guilt, and how to let go of the need for approval and attention to finally put yourself first and build self-esteem.