Self Help Books

Anyone ever have success with self help books? I haven’t had much experience, and never believed in it. My attitude changed as I benefited from talk therapy. Maybe these books aren’t that different?

I ran into what would be my first self help book at the town’s public library. “The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It” by Margaret Wehrenburg.

The book sounds kinda cheesy and cliche. But what made me interested in reading the book is the author’s thorough explanation of the biology associated with depression. I didn’t end up reading the section thoroughly, but she went into much more detail than what I’ve heard/read previously. I have had trouble accepting that depression happened TO me, despite what everyone told me. I think a thorough understanding of how the brain and depression works would have helped me a lot, especially when I started treatment. I might have blamed myself less, and guilt was the biggest problem I had then. I like how the author gives importance to this, and feel like whomever gets this must be a good therapist.

I learned later from my therapist that she’s a big name in the field. So, I hope that she’s really good and this book will really help me. I read several chapters of the book, and it seems fine so far. It wasn’t much help for me because I already went through a lot of therapy and addressed the issues presented. The book seems to be a step-by-step guide, so anyone without prior therapy can benefit from it. I believe the book will be more and more help to me as I get further into it.

My therapist also suggested several books to go on my  to-read list:

1. “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes and Missed Opportunities” by Arthur Freeman

2. “Feel the Fear… and Do it Anyway” by Susan Jeffers

3. “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn

4. The Mindful Way Through Depression” by Mark Williams

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