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#21 talene

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:54 PM

Hello. I am also working through The Feeling Good Handbook, by David Burns It has been very helpful so far.

Here are some other books I've been through on my road to(ward) recovery:

Goodbye to Shy, by Leil Lowndes Having a social network is very necessary sometimes and this book has practical exercises designed as a gradual exposure therapy for those with social phobia, but the baby steps approach is also good just for getting someone who is seriously depressed to start visiting the land of the living again

Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb -- the title kind of sounds new agey and weird, but this book also has practical exercises for developing goal-setting skills and learning to believe in your own possibilities

Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jeff Bell -- Even though this isn't about depression, It's a fabulous book about dealing with mental illness, and recovery. It is very inspirational to read about someone who has overcome his mental illness enough to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, and some of the ways he deals are similar to the ways people with depression can learn to deal.

7 habits of Highly effective People. Not a depression book, but I went through a phase where I thought that productivity and time management books would help me. This was the only one that had any value for me because of the framework he lays out for choosing behaviors and activities based on their importance/urgency, basically it's a how-to book for developing your own values system. I wasn't able to act on it at the time, because I was too depressed. :) But it laid a foundation for later when I was a bit less foggy.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama I haven't actually finished it, but it's also sort of a guide to developing a healthy values system and it's also very uplifting.


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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:54 PM

Have read a lot of the books already posted. This isn't technically a depression self-help book. But :?? already some of the others posted aren't either, so I will add it anyway....

Getting through the day - Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children - Nancy Napier

Someone else suggested it to me.... It has a lot on dissociation...explaining it all and ways to help overcome it. Just... thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 03:24 AM

Thanks for sharing that - up my alley.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:40 PM

i have found a great book in a chemist, (like you do :lol: ) though i dont know if its avaible over seas i am affraid

its by the british medical association and its called understanding depression by a Dr Kwame Mckenzie. (family doctor books)

its a good book for people who need to explain depression to others and also to make you feel like you arent going loopy and so forth. It has medical ideas, self help and other guidelines.
I got it in a chemist and i know they do other understand different illness sort of books, there is also one about phobias which i am also going to get.

i am sure if i or others looked i could find it online somewhere.

i would tell anyone to get it for explaining to others, which i know is a big step for everyone.

hugs xxxxxxxx

edited because i found a link to it :D http://www.familydoc...depression.html

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 10:59 PM


Am definately going to be sourcing some of the above and having a read.

I've only really read one so far but did find it useful in parts and an interesting account;

Shoot The Damn Dog by Sally Brampton

It certainly made me cry lots but shows great courage the last page just absolutely made it for me and gave great hope!


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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:03 PM

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have picked up some of these books since reading your recs for them around BTB! My favorite so far is Invisible Heroes. There's a section of self-affirmations and as silly as I feel reading them outloud to myself, they really do make me feel good! After a while, you start to take them to heart and it's very uplifting!

It also has imagery practices that seem to do wonders for me!

I highly recommend it to everyone!

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 01:06 AM

I just finally read "A New Earth: by Eckhart Tolle :blush: - - - not my usual thing, but it's doing WONDERS for me. I've always been attracted to the sort of Buddhist/Awakening theories and this book ended up (to my complete surprise!) to be very much in that thread. It's really helping me. I've been practicing Presence daily (feeling myself in a moment as well as breaking the disconnect between body/mind to slow down my inner monologue) and I love it.

Just thought I'd recommend it to you guys!

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 03:23 PM

what are Dr. Claire Weeks books about if you would be so kind as to write a short review I would love to read it.


I'm currently reading 'Essential Help for your nerves' by Dr Claire Weekes and am finding it incredibly helpful.....just reading and understanding more of what's going on is a comfort.

I've known about her books for years but never read them as I found the use of the word 'nerves' a little dated - but it all fits in with now and I would say she is an early pioneer of modern understanding of depression and anxiety.

Here's the blurb from the books cover

Dr Claire Weekes is acclaimed throughout the world for her work on nervous illness. Together for the first time in one volume, 'more help for your nerves' and 'peace from nervous suffering' cover all forms of nervous illness including - Agoraphobia, Phobias, Nervous fatigue, Tension, fear & Anxiety, Obsessions, Depression, Coping with setbacks.

This book offers hope and understanding as Dr Claire Weekes explores the common and inevitable patterns of nervous illness. A better understanding of the causes of nervous problems will help you to break the cycle of suffering, so you can move forward and enjoy life again.

Dr Claire Weekes, M.B.E., M.D., DSc., F.R.A.C.P., is also the author of the international best seller 'Self Help for your Nerves

I really do recommend everyone read this book - it seriously has got me through the last week!
It's so easy to read, and believe me my mind wouldn't have allowed me to read anything complicated lately (been in a bad way). Nice short sections and you can dip in and out at different parts of it.
with love to all
from Nell xxxxxxxxxx

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 04:07 PM

Sorry you have been in a bad way Nell :co:

Really glad you found a book you can read at such a time, which is not easy by any means, and that it helped you. Thanks for sharing I will check this book out, and thanks for educating me, forgot I asked for that.


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 02:56 PM


I started reading self help books fifty years ago and found lots of useful ideas that have helped me to survive when the going got almost impossible for me. I learned to adapt concepts I learned in books to meet my situations and use them to come up with new ideas as well.

I think the time spent reading self help books teaches us to take personal responsibility for our welbeing and not to become passive and over dependent on others to help out. Sure professional help is important and sometimes essential but we are often our own first and last line of defence in a emergency.

BTB works because it teaches us to help ourselves and to help other BTBers as well. It is a Powerful weapon to fight off the BEAST with.


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Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:30 AM

I haven't been in this thread for a while and now I wanted to put out there a couple sources that really have done wonders for me and share a bit about the clinic/treatment institute associated with the authors and introduce the authors. I highly highly recommend anything from either authors and their associates.

The idea to post this I hope is okay, I am not working for these people, they worked for me and the money I spent on the book and the CD's was the best investment I ever made, not that I am a wild investor, being cautious and poor.
Oh, my idea....well folks are feeling down and struggling at the moment, this season of the year of little light, and the holidays and gift cards and requests for helpful gifts are in order for anyone who really wants to make a valuable investment in themselves and their mental health. I speak not just of the two authors I am "promoting," rather, the many many good suggestions and descriptions of resources in this thread. Also, self-esteem seems to be an issue of many of our posts lately and I found these very helpful with that for someone with my circumstances.

SECOND............ I would like to take a moment to say how much I miss Uncle Ed, especially after reading his spot on wisdom in the above post and the way BtB works for all of us as we go about fending for ourselves in the world. Uncle Ed said he just about has his computer fixed and will be here for the S & S Beachside Bar Forum Family Celebration and says keep those apple pies and vanilla ice cream around he is dying for one.

Back to First......

Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way (book)

This is a completely updated edition of the 1983 classic that introduced a powerful method for gaining inner freedom from self-defeating behaviors and beliefs. Rick Carson, creator of the renowned Gremlin-Taming Method, has revised the book to include fresh interactive activities, real-life vignettes we can all identify with, and new loathsome gremlins ripe for taming. Carson blends his laid-back style, Taoist wisdom, the Zen Theory of Change, and sound psychology in an easy-to-understand, unique, and practical system for banishing the nemesis within.


Permission to be Precious - CD by Pia Mellody

Pia describes in detail the nature of codependence, how codependence manifests itself in our adult lives, and how to recover. [ By “codependence” Pia means our relationship with others in an environment of dysfunction, not the traditional definition she or other’s use in intimate adult partner relationships. It is about growing up in an abusive dysfunctional environment and the resulting negative thoughts, negative behaviors, mental illness and self-esteem issues.]

Contains six audio CDs:

1. An Introduction to Child Abuse and Codependence Issues
2. What is Child Abuse?
3. Dynamics of Shame and Experience of Carried Feelings
4. Symptoms of Child Abuse or Codependence Issues
5. What Are Boundaries and How They Work For Us
6. Recovery
For therapists and recovering adult children from alcoholic and/or dysfunctional family systems. Complete with booklet.

The people and places behind and involved in making these resources that are in my opinion so valuable, but in the least instance worth a look:

The Gremlin Taming Institute,™ was founded by Rick Carson in Dallas, Texas. The ideas that emanate from the Institute, however, know no geographic boundaries. Or cultural boundaries. Or societal, religious or historical boundaries.

Gremlin-Taming™ is, in a phrase or three, the process of choosing light over darkness, good over evil (and boy those concepts are loaded for people), or better yet - the love that sustains you over the fear that can destroy you. It's a meaty subject, but one that is germane to a satisfying inner life and to a peaceful coexistence with others.
Gremlin-Taming™ is more than a philosophy. It is a living process, boundless in its potential. For thirty years, we have coached our clients, not merely to cognitively grasp the principles of Gremlin-Taming™, but to master the skills and processes on which they are based. Our clients learn not just in their intellects, but in their bones, from the inside out. They acquire a life-long gift, a method that they can use, step by step, with every breath, and with ever-increasing artistry and competence, for as long as they are on the planet. And the benefits are ever expanding.

And because we know no two people and no two organizations are the same, we begin with you where you are, helping you apply the Gremlin-Taming Method™ to your unique inner struggles, relationship challenges, life transitions, and organizational snafus.

Whether you're interested in Gremlin-Taming™ for yourself and your friends and family, for your business or organization, to enhance your Professional Coaching skills, to increase your skills as a psychotherapist, addictions specialist, corrections professional, health care provider or educator or all of these - we hope you'll enjoy your time here and come visit often.
www.tamingyourgremlin.com for more information.

When it comes to Taming Your Gremlin®,Rick Carson wrote the book.For over thirty-five years Rick Carson has been a counselor, personal and executive coach, and trainer for mental health professionals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. His work is used in the training of psychotherapists, personal and executive coaches, substance abuse specialists, corrections personnel, teachers, corporate executives, clergy, and others. He is a former faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Rick is the founder of The Gremlin Taming Institute.
His seminal work, Taming Your Gremlin®, has had a remarkable track record. Translated into several languages, Taming Your Gremlin has been a consistent seller since 1984. For thousands in a cross-section of cultures and circumstances, the Gremlin-Taming Method serves as a foundation for responding to everyday challenges and for living a satisfying life. Rick’s latest book, A Master Class in Gremlin Taming: The Absolutely Indispensable Next Step for Freeing Yourself from the Monster of the Mind, brings longtime gremlin-tamers to a deeper understanding of the elegantly simple processes taught in the first book. And the accessible, practical, and immediately applicable content seamlessly introduces new readers to the art of gremlin-taming.


The Meadows - Pia Melody founded this treatment center and it is a multi-disorder facility specializing in the treatment of trauma and addictions. The Meadows' clinical experts reach beyond single-level treatment of addictions, behavioral disorders and psychological conditions to diagnose and treat the underlying problems. Intensive treatment focuses on:

- Addiction to alcohol and drugs.
- Compulsive behaviors such as eating, gambling, work, sex, love addiction/avoidance and codeprendence. [this term "codependence" includes the dysfunctional abusive family experience and the resulting negative thoughts and self-esteem issues]
- Mood disorders including bipolar disorder and depression.
- Anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder.

The Meadows is licensed as a Level I Psychiatric Acute Hospital by the Arizona Department of Health Services through the Office of Behavioral Health Licensing. We are licensed to provide psychiatric, detoxification, and substance abuse services. The Meadows is accredited through The Joint Commission with full standards compliance.

The Meadows' comprehensive treatment program was created by Pia Mellody, a pioneer in the field of recovery. The Meadows is located in Wickenburg, Arizona, approximately an hour north of Phoenix in the high Sonoran Desert, with mountain views and clear skies.
For more information about The Meadows, call 800-MEADOWS (800-632-3697) or email us at info@themeadows.org. or www.themeadows.org

Pia Mellody,

Senior Clinical Adviser for The Meadows and Clinical Consultant for Mellody House and Dakota, is known and respected as a preeminent authority, lecturer and educator in the fields of addictions and relationships. Her work in codependence, boundaries, and the effects of childhood trauma on emotional development has profoundly influenced the treatment of addictions and issues around forming and maintaining relationships. She is the author of several extraordinary books, including Facing Codependence, Facing Love Addiction and her latest book, The Intimacy Factor.

As one of the pioneers in the field of recovery, she developed theories on the effects of childhood trauma that became the foundation for The Meadows’ programs and are, in large measure, the reason for its success.

Much of her work at The Meadows includes counseling with staff and individual patients. A highly acclaimed lecturer, she maintains a schedule of speaking engagements and training workshops throughout the world.

I couldn't copy their piccies in here but they are on the websites :)

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 02:57 PM

I have suffered from depression my whole life. The past few years have been hard trying to come out of a real low period. A book I just read really helped me to not feel alone. It's called Cracked Teacups by B.E. Moore. Even though fiction, I'm sure the author has experienced depression herself. She seems to know just how low we can get and makes our experiences somewhat humorous. The main character wakes up from an unsuccessful suicide attempt and from there, navigates her way through the mental health system looking for relief. Just Google Cracked Teacups or type in the author's website. www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/crackedteacups.html
I really, really recommend everyone read it.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:43 PM

Just thought I would list some books that have helped me understand the bipolar spectrum a little better-

Why am I still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder by James R Phelps

Break the Bipolar Cycle- A Day by Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder by Elizabeth Broldolo and Xavier Amador

Another book I have enjoyed is

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression by Nell Casey
This one isn't a self help book but is a collection of shorts by authors who suffer from depression or BD. They do a wonderful job of describing how the illnesses have affected them. It may be a little triggery for some, but it really reminded me that I am not alone.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:35 PM

Hi everyone,

I recently visited the link I posted before and discovered that the book is now available! I ordered it from Amazon, it's a fantastic book!

You need to check this out.

Go to www.iwanttochangemylife.org

It has info for anxiety, depression, cognitive therapy, addiction. It's really handy.


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Posted 20 November 2011 - 02:19 PM

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.