Depression/Suicide/Mood/General Happiness

Bloomfield, H. H., & McWilliams, P. (1994). How to Heal Depression. An easy-to-read, educational book about depression: chapters are 1-2 pages long, written in an outline format on the right-hand sides of the page only; the left-hand pages consist of quotes from famous people about depression.

Burns, D. D. (1989). The Feeling Good Handbook. A sequel to the book below, provides guidelines for coping with everyday problems; addresses building self-esteem, feeling confident, and strengthening relationships.

Burns, D. D. (1980). Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Based on Beck’s Cognitive Therapy for Depression, provides practical explanations of how to alter your negative cognitions in order to improve your mood.

Copeland, M. E. (1994). Living Without Depression and Manic Depression: A Workbook for
Maintaining Stability. Contains information on creating a support network, resolving trauma and past issues, raising self-esteem, taking medication safely, and using counseling effectively.

Edelman, S. (2002). Change Your Thinking: Overcome Stress, Anxiety & Depression, and Improve Your Live with CBT. An excellent review of the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a means to address negative thinking patterns for positive outcomes; very readable and accessible.

Espradlin, S. (2003). Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control. A workbook which teaches use of dialectical behavioral therapy to cope with extreme emotional reactions and to reduce anger, depression, anxiety, and stress.

Grayson, P.A., & Meilman, P. W. (1992). Beating the College Blues (2nd Edition). A guide to coping with issues such as fitting in, roommates, relationships, family, stress, depression, alcohol, and more.

Ingerman, S. (2007). How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation.
Although the author is a self-described Shaman practitioner, this book offers mainly simple, practical strategies for letting go of stress and negativity, from basic breathing exercises to visualization techniques.

Lukas, C. & Seiden, H.M. (2007). Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide (revised edition). Written together by a suicide survivor (Lukas) and a psychologist, this book addresses the common grief experiences shared by suicide survivors and talks about ways to overcome the stigma of suicide.

Marra, T. (2004). Depressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for
Overcoming Depression & Anxiety. This workbook helps to identify symptoms of depression and anxiety, to cope with painful emotions, to regulate mood shifts, and to learn how to calm and soothe oneself.

Matthews, A. (1990). Being Happy: A Handbook to Greater Confidence & Security. Filled silly
illustrations by the author, this book focuses on providing short, encouraging words of wisdom on topics such as self-image, depression, forgiveness, and gratitude. Offers brief strategies and interventions.

McWilliams, P., & John-Roger. You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought. (1988, 1989). Provides educational information and teaches how to accentuate the positive while eliminating the negative; easy-to-read format utilizes brief chapters, humor, and quotes.

Melemis, S. (2008). Make Room for Happiness: 12 Ways to Improve Your Life by Letting Go of
Tension. Focuses on the technique of "mindbody relaxation," a specific form of meditation which emphasizes relaxing the body.

O’Hanlon, B. (2000). Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. Sensible, simple solutions to life’s persistent problems; easy-to-read format.

Preston, J.D. & Kirk, M. (2010). Depression 101: A Practical Guide to Treatments, Self-Help
Strategies, and Preventing Relapse. An action-oriented book which helps the reader make positive changes.

Richo, D. (2005). The Five Things We Cannot Change…and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them. Talks about the five “givens” in life, asserting that we must embrace these givens head-on in order to attain happiness; offers insight and recommendations which stem from Buddhist traditions.

Seligman, M. (2002). Authentic Happiness. Focuses on helping the reader to identify positive traits or “signature strengths”; provides strategies for incorporating these qualities in order to attain a happier, more meaningful life.

Seligman, M. (1990). Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. Focuses on how the way in which one thinks changes the way one feels and describes specific strategies for changing negative thought patterns. An easy read presenting diverse research in areas such as sports, medicine, and politics.

Trautman, K., & Connors, R. (1994). Understanding Self-Injury: A Workbook for Adults. This
comprehensive workbook helps users further explore their own self-injury (AKA cutting) through exercises such as identifying patterns; also focuses on developing alternatives.

Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The Mindful Way Through Depression:Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. Focuses on the concept of mindfulness, or awareness of the current moment. Includes various exercises as well as a CD with meditation practices.