Depression

Minimizing the impact on your daily life

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and behave and may cause persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. Here are resources to help you cope on a daily basis.

 
 

Apps

 
 

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
Excel At Life
Android Market (FREE)

The natural management of depression involves understanding depression and the factors that contribute to the symptoms. Learning to manage stress in your life and engage in self-care behaviors can improve your symptoms and your mood.

This app contains a depression severity test, audios, articles, a cognitive diary, and a motivational points system that help you learn how to do this.

 

 

iCounselor: Depression
iCounselor
Apple App Store ($0.99)

You move on to the first set of skills, where you will select one of ten ways to change your thoughts. If you are not sure which skill to select, shake the iPhone or iPod and one will be randomly chosen. Changing your thoughts to change your feelings is the basis of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, the most widely practiced and evidence based form of psychotherapy.

After utilizing one of the thought changers, you proceed to selecting one method for making lifestyle changes that will reduce depression (or again, you may shake the device for a random selection).

 

 

MoodGYM Training Program
A free, interactive self-help program that provides cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) training in order to help users prevent and cope with depression.

 

 

 Books

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness 
Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn
ISBN: 978-1593851286

If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all.

In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.

 

 

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program 
William J. Knaus & Albert Ellis
ISBN: 978-1572244733

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely used treatment for depression for one simple reason: it works. The CBT program in this workbook has helped thousands of readers defeat the depressive thoughts and beliefs that keep them from enjoying life and feeling like themselves. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression delivers evidence-based tools you can confidently use to do better, feel better, and prevent depression from coming back.

Through a series of worksheets and exercises, you’ll evaluate your depression and learn key skills for overcoming it. Once you have your depression symptoms under control, you will appreciate the additional information on preventing relapse that is special to this new edition. This workbook also includes twenty-five bonus tips from depression experts that can jump-start your recovery. Recommended by therapists nationwide, this workbook will help you bounce back from depression, one solid step at a time.

This book has received the prestigious accolade of being included in The Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series—created to honor the life and work of Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT). REBT is one of the most widely-practiced therapies throughout the world and is the foundation for cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based approaches. These books provide proven-effective treatments and tools to improve psychological well-being, while also supporting advancements in psychotherapy for the betterment of humanity.

 

 

The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It 
Margaret Wehrenberg
ISBN: 978-0393706291

Why is depression one of the most pervasive of all mental health complaints? What makes the lethargy, mental rumination, loss of concentration, unassuageable negativity, and feelings of inadequacy so stubbornly resistant to treatment and so hard to shake off? What can you do to alleviate your symptoms and move in the direction of full recovery?

In order to answer these questions, Margaret Wehrenberg explains, you must first understand your brain. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience research presented in a reader-friendly way, Wehrenberg skillfully describes what happens in the brain of a depression sufferer and what specific techniques can be used to alter brain activity and control its range of disabling symptoms. Containing practical, take-charge tips from a seasoned clinician, this book presents the ten most effective strategies for moving from lethargy into action, taking charge of your brain, and breaking free from depression to find hope and happiness.

 

 

Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope
Julie Hersh
ISBN: 978-1608321070

Struck by Living is a story of hope. My book about my personal experience with clinical depression reads like a fast-paced novel, with characters that charm and frustrate. The content is tough, but the story difficult to abandon.

My book also relates my search for identity. After leaving the business world to care for small children and aging grandparents, as well as adapting to a culture far different from that of my upbringing, I evaporated into my surroundings, no longer sure of who I was. What was my purpose? What did I want? These questions cratered me, setting in motion my genetic tendency for depression. Most people answer these questions without a tour of the psychiatric ward, but my road was bumpy—the psych ward was only one of many stops.

Each time I speak about my experience, I find people are often one step removed from the devastation of mental illness or even suicide. Stories about mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, spouses, and children all make me wonder: Could we have stopped those deaths? If we are more aware, can we see the signs earlier and save a life?

I think we can. In that belief, I offer my story. Proceeds from this book will be donated to programs and research to battle mental illness.

 

 

Depression Workbook: A Complete & Quick 10 Steps Program To Beat Depression Now (The Depression And Anxiety Self Help Cure) 
Heather Rose
ASIN: B0077PBX48

For people under the influence of clinical depression, one of the main requirements for getting back to normalcy is a good support system. Family members and friends act as the first level of contact points for the person suffering from depression.

They have to create a suitable environment for the depressed person to take some self assuring steps that would help the person to come out of depression. One such self training tool that can be introduced to the depressed person is the Depression workbook created by Heather Rose. Heather Rose has created this depression workbook in the form of an e-Book that can be accessed using the Kindle e-Book reader.

Titled “The depression cure workbook—A complete and quick 10 steps program to beat depression now”, this e-Book is actually a part of the Ultimate survivor guide series started by Heather Rose. Other workbooks that have been released as part of this series include depression and anxiety workbook and Anxiety and depression workbook for dummies. This particular e-book comes in the form of 10 chapters that are termed as activities by the author. Since it is a work book, the term activity is more apt that the term chapters. Each and every activity contains a sequence of steps that need to be performed by the depressed person.

The series of activities would ultimately lead the depressed person to take affirmative steps needed to come out of it. By doing the activities without fail as laid out in this e-Book, the affected person would start developing a positive frame of mind and get the strength required to lead a normal life.

While doing the activities given in the different sections, the depressed person has to take a print out of all the pages available in this workbook. The total number of pages comes to around 44. After taking the print out, the affected person has to answer some questions.

Some questions would be objective in nature, while some might require some hand written answers. Written answers have to be provided in a short and concise form, so that the person suffering from depression feels less burdened while giving the answers. Though it is difficult for a depressed person to give concise answers, by trying to concentrate on the points that need to be elaborated, it would become easier for the person to start writing.

To start with, it is better to put all the thoughts that the person gets in to written answers. Then, while doing a review, the person can make the required changes to make it more relevant. All the activities that are given in this depression workbook have to be done in the same sequence as provided in the book. By getting in to the online portal of Amazon, one can start downloading a PDF copy of this book for just $2.99.

 

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