Self-help books for depression

Reading self-help books, combined with guidance from a help professional, can help you get better if you have mild depression.

The books below offer advice and strategies to help you get on top of your depression.

For people with depression

  • Feeling good: the new mood therapy, by David D. Burns. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
  • Beating the blues: a self-help approach to overcoming depression, by Susan Tanner and Jillian Ball. Sydney: Susan Tanner and Jillian Ball, 1998.
  • Change your thinking: overcome stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve your life with CBT, by Sarah Edelman. San Francisco: Marlow and Company, 2007.
  • Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think, by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. New York: The Guilford Press, 1995.
  • Control your depression, by Peter Lewinsohn, Ricardo Muñoz, Mary Ann Youngren and Antoinette Zeiss. New York: Fireside, 1992.
  • Dealing with depression, by Gordon Parker. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2004.

For carers

  • Living with a black dog, by Matthew Johnstone and Ainsley Johnstone. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008.

For more information

  • National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Depression: the NICE guideline on the treatment and management of depression in adults (updated edition). London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2010. (accessed 9 February 2012).