7 Books That Will Best Educate You About Your Depression

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Add these to your reading list stat!

Reading is fundamental, especially when it comes to learning about mental health.

There's nothing like a good book to teach you about an illness, such as depression.

Whether you have depression or know someone with the mental health illness, the seven books below perfectly sum up what it's like having depression, how to deal with it, what it is, and everything else you ever wanted to know about depression. So add them to your reading list ASAP!

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1. 'The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs'

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In this book, Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi sheds some light on why depression rates have dramatically increased over the past decade and offers a holistic approach to treat depression. Though it might not work for everyone, there are many positive takeaways from this method.

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2. 'Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger From Your Life'

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Nutrionist Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D. offers her proven methods to better helping one deal with their depression and anxiety in all-natural ways. Again, they may not be for everyone, but there's still something to glean from them.

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3. 'Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things'

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In this New York Times Bestseller, author Jenny Lawson goes into detail about her experience with sever depression and much more. It's an honest and hilarious depiction of what it's like living with the mental illness from day to day, written in a way almost everyone with depression will find relatable.

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4. 'Reasons to Stay Alive'

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Author Matt Haig goes into great detail about his struggles with depression and how he was able to overcome the disease. His story is truly inspiring for those who are in the deepest, darkest moments of their mental health struggles.

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5. 'Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You'

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With this book by Richard O'Connor, Ph.D., one learns how to effectively replace depressive patterns with a new set of skills. It reinforces the idea that you are not your depression and you can always heal from this the effects brought on by the mental illness.

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6. 'Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy'

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There are a variety of ways used to "cure" depression. David D. Burns, M.D. outlines some of the major ways depression symptoms can be cured without drugs, while also providing an in-depth guide on anti-depressant drugs. Just about every question you have about depression treatments is answered in this book.

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7. 'The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking'

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Oliver Burkeman offers an "original approach to self-help" with The Antidote. Self-help doesn't work for everyone, but the methods outlined in this book will lead just about anyone to happiness. It may take some time, but you'll get there.

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