Helpful Depression Recovery Resources

These include some of my favorite books and resources I used in healing my depression. Do you have some helpful resource suggestions of your own? Drop me a note using “contact” from the main menu.

Books I Reference in From the Shadows:

The Power of Self-Forgiveness: Treating Yourself with the Love & Respect That You Might Not Know You Deserve by Thom Rutledge (New Harbinger Publications, 2012).

Knowing Your Shadow:   Becoming Intimate with All that You Are by Robert Augustus Masters (Sounds True, 2012) audiobook

Codependent No More:  How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie (Hazelden Foundation, 1986, 1992)

Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want by Melody Beattie (Simon and Schuster, 2010)

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (Tarcher Books, 1992)

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time by Alex Korb, Ph.D. (New Harbinger Publications, 2015)


Websites: (International Association for Suicide Prevention: Extensive listing of help hotlines and resources in various countries)  (Lost All Hope: Despite its name, this site provides hope, resources, and facts) (Black Dog Institute: Offers free self-assessments for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, short online learning modules, and a mood tracking component) (Karpman Drama Triangle: Explanation of all the dysfunctional games we play with ourselves and each other synthesized into a single, straight-forward model) (World Health Organization: information about mental illness prevalence and support resources)


Additional Reading:

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision and Anger into Power, Action and Love by Susan Jeffers, PhD (Jeffers Press, 2007)

Feel the Fear and Beyond: Mastering the Techniques for Doing It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, PhD (Ballantine Books, 1998)

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman (Bantam, 2012)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (Free Press: A Division of Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004)

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (Beacon Press, 2006).

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Basic Books, 2007)

The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, A new Interpretation by Sharon Lebell (Harper One, 2004; first published in year 125)

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills (Amber-Allen Publishing, 2011)

My Author Friends

For other reading enjoyment, check out books from my best-selling author friends.

Sharon Cassano Lochman: Spiritual Verse Today Volumes I, II, and II, offer inspiration, comfort, and hope to thousands through poetic verse.  Her novel, Stranded on Thin Ice packs a thrilling adventure of two unlikely teen friends and placed first for Middle Grade novel in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Her mystery thriller, Man With the Sand Dollar Face, features an unlikely heroine in New Orleans.

Ernestine Colombo: The fictional story of a woman who embarks on the journey of a lifetime after a near-death experience, Returning Souls shows how she discovers a second chance at life.


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