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The suggested reading list describes a number of books that you may find of interest. Some are written by people who have experienced depression themselves and can provide helpful insight on coping and recovery.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

Advances in Research and Practice

by Richard G. Heimberg, Cynthia L. Turk, Douglas S. Mennin

The Guilford Press (2004)

In the last decade, a good deal of progress has been made in understanding and addressing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a prevalent yet long-neglected syndrome associated with substantial functional impairment and reduced life satisfaction. This comprehensive, empirically based volume brings together leading authorities to review the breadth of current knowledge on the phenomenology, etiology, pathological mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of GAD.

Provided are psychological and neurobiological models of the disorder that combine cutting-edge research and clinical expertise. Assessment strategies are detailed and promising intervention approaches described in depth, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and pharmacological therapies.

I Don't Want to Talk About It:

Overcoming the Secret of Male Depression

by Terrence Real

Scribner; Reprint edition (1998)

Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men. He has found that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression's "un-manliness." He believes that problems that we think of as typically male, such as difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage, are really attempts to escape depression. And these escape attempts only hurt the people men love and pass their condition on to their children.

This groundbreaking book is the "pathway out of darkness" that these men and their families seek. Real reveals how men can unearth their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.

If You Think You Have Depression

(A Dell Mental Health Guide)

by Roger Granet, MD, Robin Levinson

Dell (1998)

How do you know when what you are experiencing is just a bad day or something more serious? We all have our ups and downs depending on how our day or week is going. The transition from bad day to rut to clinical depression can be gradual and leave even the strongest person thinking, "What is wrong with me? I just have to try harder! Why am I so lazy? Why can't I get out of bed?"

Clinical depression is a medical illness similar to pneumonia that even the strongest person cannot overcome without treatment. Clinical depression is similar to heart disease and cancer in that all of us are susceptible. If we have a family history of one of these illnesses, our susceptibility increases. This explains how some develop a clinical depression only after extraordinary stressors and others develop clinical depression seemingly out of the blue. Clinical depression is a very common illness that affects approximately 3-5% of the population at any one time. There is a 20% chance of having an episode of clinical depression at some point in one's life.

Robin Levinson and Roger Granet explore the latest information about depression, including symptoms and treatments in their easy-to-use and comprehensive If You Think You Have Depression: A Dell Guide to Mental Health.

The Depression Sourcebook

by Brian P. Quinn, PhD

McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (2000)

The Depression Sourcebook is a complete guide to understanding mood disorders, including what can be done to lessen symptoms and alleviate suspected causes. This revised second edition provides new information on psychotherapy, bipolar disorders, depression in children and elderly people, medicines, and treatment options such as exercise and nutrition.

The Depression Workbook:

A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression

by Mary Ellen Copeland, Matthew McKay PhD.

New Harbinger Publications; 2nd edition (2002)

This bestselling workbook provides interactive exercises that help readers take responsibility for their own wellness and teach essential coping skills, such as tracking and controlling moods, building a support system, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, avoiding conditions that can exacerbate mood swings, and using relaxation, diet, and exercise to stabilize moods.

A major feature of the second edition is a new chapter that details a step-by-step process to help readers develop their own plan for managing symptoms and staying well. The second edition also contains an updated list of resources, including an extensive list of helpful Web resources, as well as expanded material on specific treatment strategies and updated resources for mental health professionals.

The Peace of Mind Prescription:

An Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

by Dennis Charney, Charles Nemeroff, Stephen R. Braun

Houghton Mifflin (2004)

Inspired by their work with patients and patient-advocacy groups, the psychiatrists Dennis S. Charney and Charles B. Nemeroff are on a mission to help everyone get the best treatment available. Stressing that any treatment must be tailored to the individual, The Peace of Mind Prescription details the full array of medically approved drugs and therapies, highlights the latest breakthroughs, and explores future possibilities. It advocates treating most adults with a combination of psychotherapy and medicine and confirms the link between serious anxiety and depression and physical diseases.

The authors examine the controversial question of treating children with medicine, and they provide vital information specific to both sexes and all ages. The Peace of Mind Prescription arms readers with resources to assess claims made for both mainstream and alternative treatments. It features inspiring stories of patients who have overcome their anxiety and depression disorders. Fresh, authoritative, and empowering, this book is a prescription that can aid everyone in need.

Telling Is Risky Business:

The Experience of Mental Illness Stigma

by Otto F. Wahl

Rutgers University Press (1999)

In this book, Wahl (psychology, George Mason University) examines and summarizes what mental health patients have to say about their experiences of stigma, with the goal of increasing public and professional understanding.

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Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

Evidence-Based Strategies, Tools, and Techniques

by Jayne L. Rygh, William C. Sanderson

The Guilford Press (2004)

This highly practical manual provides evidence-based tools and techniques for assessing and treating clients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Proven cognitive-behavioral interventions are described in rich, step-by-step detail, together with illustrative case examples.

With an emphasis on both accountability and flexibility, the clinician is guided to select from available options, weave them into individualized treatment plans, and troubleshoot problems that may arise.

For those clients who do not respond well to CBT alone, the book also offers a chapter on cutting-edge supplementary interventions that have shown promise in preliminary clinical trials. Special features include a wealth of reproducible materials—over 25 client handouts and forms, assessment tools, and more—presented in a convenient large-size format.

Willow Weep for Me:

A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression

by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

One World/Ballantine (1999)

This moving memoir of an African-American woman's lifelong fight to identify and overcome depression offers an inspirational story of healing and emergence. Wrapped within Danquah's engaging account of this universal affliction is rare and insightful testimony about what it means to be black, female, and battling depression in a society that often idealizes black women as strong, nurturing caregivers. A startlingly honest, elegantly rendered depiction of depression, Willow Weep for Me calls out to all women who suffer in silence with a life-affirming message of recovery. Meri Danquah rises from the pages, a true survivor, departing a world of darkness and reclaiming her life.

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