Short List of Books on Depression & Resources

Here is my short list of books on depression. This format is neither Chicago nor APA style, because I think the title should be first, and I think the number of pages and the cost needs to be in here.  Since this is my website, I get to do whatever style I choose, and this is Suki’s Style. (My nickname in the kitchen at MANNA).) Note: Amazon’s prices are somewhat different, even cheaper, so check out Amazon’s price using the icon below each book. P.S. I also posted this on

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Mood and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison. Vintage Books (A Division of Random House), New York, 1995. 224 pages, $12.95.

The author is a Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who lives with manic-depression. Telling the story of her madness, as she calls it,  is a courageous act on her part. As the back of the cover notes, this book examines manic-depression, renamed bi-polar disorder (which Jamison feels is not descriptive enough), from the perspective of both the healer and the healed. This is an honest, brutal account of her own illness and its impact on her career, her family, and of course, herself. Rating: Excellent

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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron. Random House, New York, 1990, 84 pages, $15.95.  Author of Lie Down in Darkness and Sophie’s Choice (among others) gives a vivid account of his own dive into deep depression starting in 1985. (Styron died in 2007.) As he writes on page 56, Loss in all its manifestations is the touchstone of depression. His description is so vivid that I have underlined passages on every page. If you need a book to give to someone so your own depression is explained, this is the one to give. Rating: Excellent Plus!

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Dealing with Depression Naturally: The Drugless Approach to the Condition that Darkens Millions of Lives by Sid Baumel. Keats Publishing, Connecticut, 1995. 270 pages, $19.95.

The author himself has suffered from depression, so you know this book is written from the mind and the heart. He writes about alternative ways of coping with depression in a logical, easy-to-read format. This book is a helpful reference for anyone willing to look beyond the narrow, strictly medical side of treating depression and open up to the possibilities that supplements, herbs, food, exercise, and other natural remedies, in addition to drug therapy or perhaps instead of drug therapy, may work, with all your doctor’s advice.  Rating: Excellent

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Silencing the Self: Women and Depression by Dana Crowley Jack. Harper Collins, New York, 1991. 256 pages, $10.

This book is written for women from a feminist perspective. It was extremely helpful to me in terms of how women’s defined roles in the 20th century are part of the reason why depression seems to afflict women more than men. The core of the book is about how women can connect with others, namely a spouse or other loved one without losing herself in the process of loving. While the focus is on depression, the book explains a great deal about women in our society and how societal rules and roles, as noted above, seem to be part and parcel of depression.  Rating: Excellent plus.

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When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved Ones Without Losing Yourself by Laura Epstein, Ph.D. and Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D. The Free Press,  a Division of Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996. 262 pages, $22.00.

The approach of this book is from the perspective of the non-depressive person. It is actually for those who live with or care for a loved one who is depressed. Just as the caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients can become stressed with the responsibility, so too can a person caring or living with a depressed person suffer from his or her own anxieties about the problems of the depressed person. The book discusses when your partner, child, or parents are depressed and also delves into suicide, alcohol, and drugs, and what you can and cannot do to help both yourself and the loved one who is depressed. Rating: Very good

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For more information on women’s mental health and depression:

Visit the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus

For information on clinical trials for depression NIMH supported clinical trials

National Library of Medicine Clinical Trials Database:

Clinical trials at NIMH in Bethesda, MD

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National Institute of Mental Health

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