Good book on depression?

Since moving into a house on my own 14 months ago and I have gradually found
it harder and harder to be on my own, financial and emotionally. On top of
this 11 weeks ago I decided to quit smoking and my doctor perscribed CHAMPIX
to help me. Yes, the tablets helped me to stop smoking but the side effects
of these tablets are mood swings, deep dark depressions, feelings of being
unable to go on and many more dark feelings. I went back to the doctor today
and said I no longer wanted to take the CHAMPIX that I thought I could stay
away from smoking without them. She has now perscribed PROSIAC for my
depression together with sessions with a counsellor in case I try to commit

I don't want to end my life, I want to improve. I don't think
PROSIAC will help, if anything these tablets may make things worse! I tend
to write my feelings down in a journal when I get really low, do you think
this is the best way to attack my depression rather than to take more drugs!
I am really surprised my doctor has told me to take these pills, surely this
would be a case of 'jumping out of the frying pan into the fire'. I would
love to read a copy of your book but unfortunately am not in a posiiton to
buy this at the moment. Is it available in UK libararies? If so, I will
try to borrow a copy. Thank you for your page on the web site it has really
helped me.

Posted Answers


There are many causes and combination of causes to depression and not just one. These include biological, psychological, emotional, mental, spiritual.

Depression is universal and most of it is situational; ie, failed goals, failed relationships, passing of loved ones, relationship problems, job problems, etc.

One good book is "The Feeling Good Handbook" by Dr David Burns

Product Description
This book helps you: free yourself from fears, phobias and panic attacks; overcome self-defeating attitudes; discover the five secrets of intimate communication; put an end to marital conflict; and, conquer your procrastination and unleash your potential for success. In "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" Dr David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression that has helped millions of people around the world. Now, in this long-awaited sequel, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides practical exercises that will help you cope with problems and learn how to make life a happier, more exhilarating experience.

From the Back Cover
"A wonderful achievement – the best in its class."
—M. Anthony Bates, Clinical Psychologist, Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia

"Clear, systematic, forceful."
—Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Institute for Rational-Emotional Therapy

"This book makes a difference. Anyone who experiences emotional distress (that is, everyone) will find this book invaluable. Dr. Burns represents dozens of helpful exercises in his inimitable, lively, and self-revealing style."
—Jackie Persons, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, and Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy.

"Dr. Burns has done it again. He has provided us with clearly described and practical guidelines for dealing with fears, anxieties, panic attacks, procrastination, and communication problems . . . invaluable."
—Marvin Goldfried, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook

If you are looking for sound, workable advice on how to change your life a little or a lot, this is the book for you."
—Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, New York

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