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There are many excellent books out there about depression. These are a few that I've had the pleasure of reading. If you've submitted a book for me to review which doesn't appear here, this doesn't mean I didn't like it. I'm behind on my reading.
1) Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
Learn to apply the concepts of Cognitive Therapy in your life with this self-help guide. Also recommended for those who already seeing a therapist, but want to understand more about the Cognitive Therapy process. Contains powerful coping strategies that anyone can use to beat negative thoughts.
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2) The Bell Jar
This thinly veiled autobiography of Sylvia Plath's break down, suicide attempt and recovery was published just a scant month before she finally took her own life. Set in 1950's America, it reveals just how lacking treatment for depression and mental illness was at that time. This is book contains a gripping story that will make you glad to be living in a more enlightened era.
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3) Beyond Prozac : Brain-Toxic Lifestyles, Natural Antidotes & New Generation Antidepressants
The title says it all. Fascinating reading.
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4) Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Bob Olson's case was one of those which seemed to not respond to treatment. His persistence and courage, however, paid off and he won the battle against his own illness. He offers a message of hope to others to others that they can do the same.
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5) An Unquiet Mind
What I love about this book is that it shows that none of use are immune to mental illness, even a highly accomplished professional like the author. Her honesty about her illness and the battle to accept it are refreshing.

6) St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster
After using St. John's Wort, I would never go back to Prozac. This book explains the benefits of using St. John's Wort. Highly recommended for those who want to take control of their own treatment using St. John's Wort.

7) Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment
Childhood depression is often overlooked because children don't know how to ask for help. Recommended reading for any parent who suspects their child may be depressed.

8) 5-HTP: Nature's Serotonin Solution
A physician's perspective on 5-HTP. His book thoroughly reviews the published literature on this nutrient, has interviews with experts, along with including a significant number of very interesting anecdotes from patients and personal experiences. It's a must read for anyone who is thinking about taking 5-HTP. The benefits of 5-HTP are discussed along with a thorough evaluation of its side effects and cautions.

9) Help Me, I'm Sad : Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood Depression
Another highly recommended selection for parents.

10) Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants
Covers St. John's wort, kava kava and other herbal alternatives to prescription psychiatric drugs.

11) The Antidepressant Survival Guide: How to Enhance the Benefits and Beat the Side Effects of Your Medication
This book provides a program of nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and hormone supplementation to help patients cope with antidepressant side-effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction and fatigue.

12) Undoing Depression : What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
Some interesting reading for those who want to take a proactive approach to treating their depression.

13) When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Children, Siblings and Partners of the Mentally Ill
Mental illness is trying, not only for those who suffer from it, but also for those who love them. An excellent resource for those struggling to cope.

14) Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications
Provides a guide to help patients and doctors with the process of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

15) Remembering Wholeness: A Guidebook for Thriving in the 21st Century
Have you begun to heal from your depression yet you feel that something is missing in your life? This author offers us the possibility to remember the spiritual side of ourselves as we grow and learn the life lessons of depression.

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