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9 Great Books to Deal With Anxiety and Depression

Edited By: Jake Ramirez
 It’s no secret that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, and get in the way of being able to lead a normal life. Things can get so bad for the individuals suffering from them that even getting out of bed in the morning can become really hard work. With that being said, they can be dealt with effectively if the right tools are used. Here are the 10 best books for dealing with depression and anxiety:
 

1. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
By David D. Burns, M.D.

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In this book, Stanford psychiatrist David Burns details how cognitive behavioral techniques can be used to shift how a person feels in a given moment. He contends that cognitive distortions are a source of much suffering for those suffering from depression and/or anxiety, but they can be overcome when negative thinking is challenged and different thoughts are chosen. In other words, we can actually learn to “feel good”.

2. Healing the Child Within
By Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.

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Physician and psychotherapist Charles Whitfield believes that our inner child is alive and well within all of us, however, a dysfunctional childhood, and the shame that often comes with that, can result in it becoming lost. This book was first published more than 30 years ago and has helped countless people to heal the pain of their past and rediscover their inner child once again.

3. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
By Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.

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This book has become a go-to for anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It teaches you how to use breathing, food, exercise and meditation, and positive self-talk to ease your fears.
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Written by one of the founders of positive psychology, this book contends that having an optimistic attitude is a key factor in overcoming depression. What’s more is that it shows how optimism can be learned, and how thinking can be reset.

5. The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution
By David A. Clark, Ph.D., and Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy founder Aaron Beck and psychiatrist David Clark offer strategies to identify anxiety triggers in this book. It teaches you how to challenge thoughts and muster the courage to take small steps toward facing fearful situations.
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You’re more likely to suffer from anxiety if you second-guess yourself or are hard on yourself in general. You can break the cycle by acquiring new coping skills and understanding how your thought patterns can make you feel anxious. Furthermore, this book will help you become more resilient and level-headed when things in your life don’t go to plan.
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The author of this book suffered from panic attacks and a diagnosed anxiety disorder ever since she was at college. As a result, it’s both a memoir and a detailed look at the history and understanding of anxiety. If you’ve just started experiencing anxiety, this book will make you feel as if you’re not alone.
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This research-based book examines depression from an intellectual, historical and personal perspective. Author Andrew Solomon is a long-time depression sufferer himself. He depicts what the depths of despair are really like, but he also offers glimmers of hope in this beautifully-written work.
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Avoidance of problems causes pain and suffering, according to this book. It isn’t strictly about depression or anxiety, but it has helped millions of people to grapple with the difficulties of life. It argues that we can only grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually when we accept that life is difficult. That’s how we transcend the problems that hold us back.
 
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