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20 Inspirational Books That Tell Incredible Stories Of Overcoming Depression

Books that are life changing and tell other people’s journeys through depression and getting out.

Depression casts a physical and emotional shadow over those that store this burden inside of them. A complete feeling of hopelessness about everything is what makes this suffering seem like it will never end.

These books reveal the lies that depression brings with it. Most often, people are comforted that others have gone through the same experience, and these books prove that there is hope amidst what seems like hopelessness.

Definitely worth a try!

#1 Your Mental Health and You by Sandy Pace

Your Mental Health and You by Sandy Pace
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Sandy Pace from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Let’s face it. We live in a very black and white world. Even with all of our technological and medical breakthroughs, we nevertheless have an issue of not being able to look past our own preconceived notions. This stops us from seeing something for how it actually is, instead of just through our own biases.

This book takes a different approach to how you should respond to mental health stigma. It does that through understanding what is within your power to change and how to get the proper medical or psychological support for the rest, through giving you a comprehensive appreciation of the things that you need in order to effectively reach your full potential. Those things involve the medical, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical interventions that are there to help you achieve this and many other things which will help you to reach that full potential.

This book isn’t going to make your life perfect. What it will do, though, is teach you how to handle the bad days and your everyday struggles a little easier and smarter.

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#2 Designed To Be Well by Erin King Younkins

Designed To Be Well by Erin King Younkins
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Erin King Younkins from Austin Macauley Publishers.

The pursuit of wellness isn’t new, but as healthcare continues to evolve, preventative wellness is positioned to become an even greater priority. Following the Human Genome Project, thrilling advancements in personalized medicine and disease prevention are now offering us new and effective tools to achieve greater physical and mental health.

We now have it within our reach to take an honest look at ourselves and to course-correct toward a healthier future. As science masters the ‘what’ in medicine today, this book intends to address the ‘why’ and to encourage readers to seek out health coaching, which is the ‘how.’

Each of us has been designed by a Master Creator, and true wellness requires a harmonious effort among the three components of self: body, mind, and soul. Designed to Be Well will help prepare you to not only achieve wellness, but to use your wellness to fulfil your purpose.

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#3 It’s OK to be Anxious by Hannah Safferman

It's OK to be Anxious by Hannah Safferman
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Hannah Safferman from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Anxiety is not a bad thing! Childhood anxiety is extremely common.. It can be caused by many different things and there are ways for children to cope with their anxiety. It’s Ok to be Anxious explores this topic in a fun and manageable way.

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#4 Mantras Made Easy by Sherianna Boyle

Mantras Made Easy by Sherianna Boyle
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Sherianna Boyle from SheriannaBoyle.

Mantras an ancient practice for healing. Depression is very often due to lack of prana (life force) breath. This books keeps it simple and realistic. Not everyone has time nor the energy to commit to mantras that require deep study, particularly someone with depression. Each page offers a bit of insight into how to incorporate simple mantras into daily life. Use them daily and you will find relief.

I myself suffered from depression. I attended many seminars on mantras. The history is rich and deep. The challenge is I would often walk away not implementing what I learned. So I wrote this this book as a way to keep it simple, easy and practical. Mantras changed my life and I know it can change yours.

– Sherianna Boyle

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#5 I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real

I Don't Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Louis Laves from Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S.

Though obviously written for a male audience, I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression is an excellent read for anyone feeling guilty or responsible for their depression. It will give you tools to accept painful feelings and gain a healthy self-worth.

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#6 Trust Your Intuition by Jill Sylvester

Trust Your Intuition by Jill Sylvester
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Jill Sylvester from JillSylvester.

Packed with tools the author has used for over 30 years of self-development that have also proven effective with clients including adults, adolescents and children, Trust Your Intuition will guide you to elevate your life and align with the wisdom that already exists inside of you.

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#7 The Land of Blue by Jill Sylvester

The Land of Blue by Jill Sylvester
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Jill Sylvester from JillSylvester.

Twelve-year-old Cassie Connor’s father has mysteriously disappeared and her mother and grandparents won’t tell her where he went, or why….

One of the 81 5-Star reviews: “Land of Blue tackles depression and addiction masterfully.”

– Ilana Orloff

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#8 Depression Hates a Moving Target by by Nita Sweeney

Depression Hates a Moving Target by by Nita Sweeney
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Amy Eisenbach of Go Buckeye Fans.

At 49 years of age, grief-stricken, chronically depressed Nita Sweeney takes up running with her dog in an attempt to find a way out of the darkness. Her memoir of pounding the roads with her canine companion will entertain and motivate any reader who has ever fallen into deep despair. Whether or not readers want to follow in her footsteps, they will enjoy reading about her journey.

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#9 Just Because You`re Depressed Doesn`t Mean You Have Depression, Depression Is a Symptom Not a Disease, So Find the Cause

Just Because You`re Depressed Doesn`t Mean You Have Depression, Depression Is a Symptom Not a Disease, So Find the Cause
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary Ann Block from The Block Center.

Dr. Mary Ann Block exposes the truth about the diagnosis of depression and reveals the dangers and risks of current drugs prescribed for it. If you or someone you love is one of the 19 million people diagnosed with or suffering with the symptom of depression, the information in this book could literally save your life. In her clear and easy-to-understand writing style, Dr. Block again takes on the often flawed area of psychiatry to help people understand the real issues surrounding their symptoms.

If you don`t have all the information you can`t make an educated decision. This book gives important information that often is not included in the usual doctor/patient conversation. In her book, Just Because You`re Depressed Doesn`t Mean You Have Depression, Dr. Block explains the six most common causes of the symptom of depression that she sees in her practice. Dr. Block explains how a comprehensive physical examination and proper testing can find these conditions and how they can be treated without dangerous and unnecessary psychiatric drugs.

If you are feeling depressed you could have one of the following conditions:

  1. Thyroid problems
  2. Hormone deficiencies
  3. Magnesium and other nutritional deficiencies
  4. Allergies
  5. Prescription drug side-effects
  6. A personal loss or other normal life cycle experience.

Some of the side effects of antidepressants include: depression, heart failure, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, cerebral embolism, stroke, shock, thrombosis, ventricular arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation, hemorrhage, coma, delusions, abnormal EEG, hypertension, angina pectoris, agitation, sleep disorder, apathy, ataxia, hallucinations, hostility, paranoid reactions, personality disorder, psychosis, vertigo, antisocial behavior, and stupor. DID YOU KNOW:

  1. More than 40% of depressed patients were not helped after taking two trials of antidepressant medications.
  2. Before they first reached the market in the late 1980s, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) were known to cause suicide, aggression and other violent behavior.
  3. According to the FDA, less than 1% of doctors know the side effects of the drugs they prescribe. Antidepressants carry serious potential side-effects
  4. Studies have shown that 32% of patients in psychiatric hospitals registered low levels of Vitamin C.
  5. More than 70% of patients diagnosed with depression had a history of allergy.
  6. Chemicals in the body can change as a result of thyroid or adrenal problems, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, low blood sugar, pain or any other medical problem or from a medicine side effect. Feeling depressed is usually a symptom of one of these medical problems.
  7. Discontinuing use of an antidepressant can cause severe withdrawal side-effects including severe dizziness, nausea, balance problems, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, blurred vision, irritability, tingling sensations, vivid dreams, nervousness and melancholy.

Patients may mistake withdrawal symptoms for a return of the original symptoms they were using the drug to treat. Difficulty stopping the drug can result in needlessly prolonging exposure to it.

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#10 Zenergy Mindfulness by Diane Russell Chrestman

Zenergy Mindfulness by Diane Russell Chrestman
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Diane Russell Chrestman from Zenergy Health.

Zenergy Mindfulness is a one-of-a-kind self-health book that intersects theories and practices of Buddhist psychology and energy psychology to improve mental and emotional health.

The practice of mindfulness is often used in psychotherapy to help clients learn how to calm the mind and cultivate seeds of peace and wisdom. Although the Buddha provided specific teachings on mindfulness and meditation, the actual practice is often difficult to implement in our fast-paced and stressful lives.

Energy psychology is a mind-body approach to healing that utilizes the subtle energies of the body with traditional psychological interventions such as visualization, affirmation, exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy to improve mental health.

Zenergy Mindfulness presents protocols of energy psychology to energetically align an individual with the four foundations of mindfulness and overcome the obstacles of mindfulness as presented in Buddhist teachings.

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#11 The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This one isn’t directly tied to depression but this book helps me to put an end to a depressive state I had a few years back. In this Camus as the ultimate question, if we don’t matter in the greater scheme of things, why bother to leave, why don’t we end it all? Absurdism is a way of living, we live in an absurd world that we need to overcome, we are absurd heroes, we matter and we need to live it this way.

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#12 The Upward Spiral by Korb Ph.D., Alex

The Upward Spiral by Korb Ph.D., Alex
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

Another book that helped me with my depression, here a doctor with a Ph.D. put the steps that people need to make to end their depression, he has years of working with people and studying their behavior and he parameterized the way of leaving depression behind.

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#13 The No-Bullshit Guide to Depression by Steven Skoczen

The No-Bullshit Guide to Depression by Steven Skoczen
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

Here we live behind all the technical aspects, this is more of a funny book with cool anecdotes. Here Skoczen tells how he lived with this serious problem and creates a guide on how to overcome this mental state.

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#14 Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Bryan Bruno from Mid City TMS.

This is a firsthand account of blogger and journalist Jenny Dawson’s experience with depression. Using humor, she recounts how she has learned to find patches of light in the darkness of depression that she shares with her readers.

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#15 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Bryan Bruno from Mid City TMS.

In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin takes readers along on her year-long journey to become a happier version of herself.

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#16 The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Bryan Bruno from Mid City TMS.

This book is one of the most accurate depictions of depression that you can read, examining it from personal, medical, and sociological points of view. Andrew Solomon is able to detail some of the daily struggles of depression in a way that allows people who do not suffer from it to better understand those who do.

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#17 The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Bryan Bruno from Mid City TMS.

Russ Harris understands that bad feelings don’t necessarily go away and that we shouldn’t expect to be happy all the time. Harris shares with us that bad feelings come and go, but having better mental tools to help cope with such feelings is what’s important.

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#18 Reset By David Murray

Reset By David Murray
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Melanie Musson from ExpertInsuranceReviews.

This book offers a Christian perspective in a multi-faceted approach. It talks about when to see a doctor, when medication is appropriate, and natural ways to combat depression (e.g. exercise, sunshine). The author leads the reader through the process of overcoming depression.

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#19 Overcoming Depression – Get Happy Again by Matthew Jack Parker

Overcoming Depression - Get Happy Again by Matthew Jack Parker
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Dane Kolbaba from Dallas Party Ride.

Matthew Jack Parker talks about depression (clinical and non-clinical) — what it is, what it does, and how you can cope with it. He discusses treatments, provides exercises and coping mechanisms for different types of anxiety attacks we may experience in our day-to-day lives. The author does an excellent job of providing coping strategies tailored — as much as they can be — for the individual. Great read for those with depression or think they may have it, or even for someone that knows someone who is depressed.

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#20 30 Days to Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Adam Cumpston

30 Days to Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Adam Cumpston
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Syed from I End Game.

Depression is normal and millions of people are affected by it. The struggle with depression is hard to overcome but author, Adam Cumpston shared with own struggle and how he was able to recover from it. It’s a spiritual guidance for people struggling with depression and it will require only 30 days to break free.

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Contributors to this article
Sandy Pace from Austin Macauley Publishers

Erin King Younkins from Austin Macauley Publishers

Hannah Safferman from Austin Macauley Publishers

Sherianna Boyle from SheriannaBoyle

Louis Laves from Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S

Jill Sylvester from JillSylvester

Nita Sweeney from NitaSweeney

Mary Ann Block from The Block Center

Diane Russell Chrestman from Zenergy Health

Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids

Bryan Bruno from Mid City TMS

Melanie Musson from ExpertInsuranceReviews

Dane Kolbaba from Dallas Party Ride

Syed from I End Game

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Written by Zak Parker

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