The best 61 Depression books

Depression is a complex and often misunderstood mental health condition. To help shed light on this important topic, we've compiled a book list that delves into the various aspects of depression, from its causes and symptoms to different treatment approaches.
These insightful books provide valuable information and perspectives to deepen your understanding of depression and its impact. Whether you're personally affected by depression or just want to learn more, this collection is a valuable resource.

The best 61 Depression books
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Depression Books: The Program by Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald

The Program

Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald
Lessons From Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams
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What's The Program about?

The Program (2019) is a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, a renowned team-building and leadership development company. Drawing from the real-life experiences of its instructors, it illustrates how military leadership and team-building concepts can elevate organizational performance and foster accountability and effective communication.

Who should read The Program?

  • Team leaders aiming for excellence and success
  • Coaches aiming to inspire athletes
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to develop a strong culture

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Depression Books: Scars by Cheryl Rainfield, C. A. Rainfield

Scars

Cheryl Rainfield, C. A. Rainfield

What's Scars about?

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield is a powerful and raw novel that delves into the life of 15-year-old Kendra, who copes with the trauma of her past through self-harm. As she navigates through the challenges of her troubled home life and bullying at school, Kendra finds solace in her budding friendship with Meghan. This gripping story sheds light on the importance of healing and finding the strength to overcome adversity.

Who should read Scars?

  • Readers who have experienced trauma and want to feel understood
  • Those who want to gain insight into the struggles of self-harm and recovery
  • Counselors, therapists, and educators interested in understanding and supporting individuals with similar experiences

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Depression Books: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Miguel Angel Garcia-Sanc…, Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Miguel Angel Garcia-Sanc…, Erika L. Sánchez

What's I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter about?

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter takes you on a journey with Julia, a fiercely independent teenager who grapples with cultural expectations, family secrets, and her own dreams. Written by Erika L. Sánchez, this powerful novel challenges stereotypes and explores the complexities of identity and self-discovery.

Who should read I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of cultural identity and family dynamics
  • Individuals who appreciate authentic and relatable characters

What's Everything I Never Told You about?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a gripping novel that unravels the mystery behind a young girl's death and delves deep into the complexities of family dynamics and the weight of unspoken truths. Set in the 1970s, it explores themes of identity, belonging, and the pressure to live up to expectations.

Who should read Everything I Never Told You?

  • Readers who enjoy family dramas and character-driven stories
  • People interested in exploring themes of identity, belonging, and cultural expectations
  • Those who appreciate nuanced and emotionally complex narratives

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Depression Books: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went

Gayle Forman

What's Where She Went about?

Where She Went is a novel by Gayle Forman that delves into the lives of Adam and Mia, two characters who are brought back together three years after the events of If I Stay. Set in New York City, the book explores themes of love, loss, and the power of music as Adam and Mia confront their past and navigate their present.

Who should read Where She Went?

  • Readers who enjoy emotional and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate exploring the complexities of relationships and personal growth
  • People who want to delve into the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters

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Depression Books: The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon

The Noonday Demon

Andrew Solomon

What's The Noonday Demon about?

In this deeply personal and insightful book, Andrew Solomon explores the experience of depression from both a personal and societal perspective. Drawing on interviews, research, and his own journey with depression, The Noonday Demon delves into the complexity of the illness and its impact on individuals and their loved ones. Through compelling storytelling and thoughtful analysis, Solomon offers a profound exploration of this often misunderstood condition.

Who should read The Noonday Demon?

  • Anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of depression
  • Individuals who have personally experienced depression or know someone who has
  • Mental health professionals looking to expand their knowledge and insight

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Depression Books: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

What's The Light Between Oceans about?

The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue a baby adrift in a rowboat and decide to raise her as their own. Set on a remote island off the coast of Australia, the novel explores themes of love, morality, and the consequences of difficult choices. M. L. Stedman's beautiful prose and gripping plot make this a captivating read that will stay with you long after turning the last page.

Who should read The Light Between Oceans?

  • Readers who enjoy emotional and thought-provoking novels
  • Those interested in ethical dilemmas and moral decision-making
  • Individuals who appreciate vivid descriptions of natural landscapes and remote settings

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Depression Books: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

What's A Man Called Ove about?

A Man Called Ove tells the story of a grumpy yet endearing widower who finds new purpose in life when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Fredrik Backman's heartwarming novel explores themes of friendship, love, and the impact one person can have on the lives of others.

Who should read A Man Called Ove?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming stories about unlikely friendships
  • People looking for a character-driven novel with a mix of humor and emotional depth
  • Those interested in exploring themes of loneliness, loss, and the power of human connection

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Depression Books: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

What's Bud, Not Buddy about?

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Bud who goes on a journey to find his father during the Great Depression. Filled with humor and heart, this novel explores themes of family, belonging, and self-discovery.

Who should read Bud, Not Buddy?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction set during the Great Depression
  • Children and young adults looking for a relatable and inspiring protagonist
  • Those interested in themes of family, identity, and perseverance

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Depression Books: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool

What's Moon Over Manifest about?

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool is a captivating novel set in the town of Manifest, Kansas during the Great Depression. It tells the story of twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker who is sent to live in Manifest for the summer. As she uncovers hidden secrets and untangles a web of mysteries, she learns about the town's past and the people who shaped it. With beautifully woven narratives and memorable characters, this book explores themes of friendship, family, and the power of storytelling.

Who should read Moon Over Manifest?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction, specifically set during the Great Depression era
  • Young adult readers who appreciate well-developed characters and engaging storytelling
  • Those interested in small-town mysteries and the power of community

What's It's Kind of a Funny Story about?

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini takes you on a journey into the mind of a young boy struggling with mental illness. Through a blend of humor and raw honesty, it sheds light on the complexities of depression and the importance of seeking help. A thought-provoking and heartwarming read.

Who should read It's Kind of a Funny Story?

  • Young adults or teenagers facing mental health challenges
  • Anyone interested in a realistic and insightful depiction of depression and recovery
  • People who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a blend of humor and emotional depth

What's Turtles All the Way Down about?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green delves into the life of 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she navigates friendship, love, and her own thoughts. Set against the backdrop of a mystery, this novel offers a raw and honest portrayal of mental illness and the complexities of the human mind.

Who should read Turtles All the Way Down?

  • Readers who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction
  • Those interested in mental health and its portrayal in literature
  • People looking for a captivating and relatable story about friendship, love, and overcoming personal challenges

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Depression Books: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

What's Me Before You about?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that tells the story of Louisa Clark, a young woman who takes on a job as a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy banker who has become paralyzed. As they form an unlikely bond, the book explores themes of love, choice, and the right to live life on one's own terms. It will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately question what it means to truly live.

Who should read Me Before You?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally charged and thought-provoking stories
  • People looking for a unique and compelling exploration of love and loss
  • Those interested in gaining new perspectives on life and the choices we make

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Depression Books: The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns

What's The Feeling Good Handbook about?

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns is a comprehensive guide to overcoming depression and anxiety. Drawing on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, the book provides practical exercises and strategies to help readers challenge negative thoughts, improve their mood, and take control of their mental health.

Who should read The Feeling Good Handbook?

  • Those struggling with anxiety, depression, or negative thought patterns
  • Individuals interested in cognitive behavioral therapy and self-help techniques
  • People looking to improve their mental well-being and overall quality of life

What's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine about?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a compelling novel that delves into the life of the quirky and solitary Eleanor Oliphant. As Eleanor navigates through everyday life with her unique perspective, her carefully constructed world begins to unravel. This heartwarming and thought-provoking story explores themes of loneliness, the power of human connection, and the possibility of healing.

Who should read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

  • Readers looking for a compelling and heartwarming story with well-developed characters
  • People who are interested in exploring themes of overcoming loneliness and trauma
  • Those who appreciate a mix of humor and poignant moments in a novel

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Depression Books: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

Francesca Zappia

What's Eliza and Her Monsters about?

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a captivating novel that delves into the world of online fandom and the challenges of balancing a secret identity with real-life struggles. It follows the story of Eliza, a talented webcomic artist who prefers the online world to the real one. When her webcomic gains unexpected popularity, Eliza must confront her fears and learn to navigate the complexities of friendship and love.

Who should read Eliza and Her Monsters?

  • Individuals who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction
  • Readers who are interested in exploring themes of identity, creativity, and mental health
  • Those who have a passion for online communities, webcomics, and fandom culture

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Depression Books: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

Kathleen Glasgow

What's Girl in Pieces about?

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a powerful and heartbreaking novel that follows the story of Charlie, a young girl who is struggling with self-harm and the trauma of her past. As she navigates through the challenges of life in a psychiatric hospital and later on the streets, Charlie slowly begins to piece herself back together. This raw and honest book sheds light on the importance of mental health and the journey towards healing.

Who should read Girl in Pieces?

  • Teenagers and young adults struggling with mental health issues
  • Readers who appreciate raw and honest portrayals of personal struggles
  • Individuals looking for a story of resilience, redemption, and finding hope in the midst of darkness

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Depression Books: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven

What's All the Bright Places about?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a powerful and heartbreaking novel that explores mental illness, love, and the impact we have on each other. It tells the story of two teenagers, Violet and Finch, who meet on the ledge of a bell tower and develop an unlikely friendship as they embark on a journey to discover the beauty and meaning in their lives.

Who should read All the Bright Places?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult fiction
  • Those looking for a heartfelt and emotional story
  • People interested in mental health and the impact it has on individuals

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Depression Books: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus

What's One of Us Is Lying about?

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a gripping and suspenseful young adult mystery novel. When five high school students walk into detention but only four make it out alive, the remaining four become prime suspects in the suspicious death of their classmate. As secrets are uncovered and tensions rise, the truth behind what really happened that day begins to unravel. It's a thrilling page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read One of Us Is Lying?

  • Readers who enjoy thrilling mysteries with a high school setting
  • People who like stories with diverse and complex characters
  • Those who appreciate unexpected plot twists and fast-paced storytelling

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Depression Books: Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Prozac Nation

Elizabeth Wurtzel

What's Prozac Nation about?

'Prozac Nation' by Elizabeth Wurtzel is a raw and honest account of the author's battle with depression. Through her personal experiences and insightful analysis, Wurtzel shines a light on the complexities of mental illness and the impact of medication. This book offers a compelling look at an often stigmatized topic and provides hope for those who may be going through similar struggles.

Who should read Prozac Nation?

  • Individuals dealing with depression or mental illness
  • People interested in personal memoirs and stories of overcoming adversity
  • Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the effects and challenges of using medication for mental health

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Depression Books: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

What's Thirteen Reasons Why about?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a compelling novel that delves into the delicate issues of teenage suicide, bullying, and the ripple effects of our actions. Told through cassette tapes left by a girl named Hannah Baker, it follows the thirteen reasons why she decided to take her own life. This thought-provoking book challenges us to reconsider how we treat others and the impact it can have.

Who should read Thirteen Reasons Why?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of teenage mental health and bullying
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking narratives and multiple perspectives
  • People who want to gain insight into the impact of small actions on others

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Depression Books: Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

Living with a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

What's Living with a Black Dog about?

Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone is a heartfelt and insightful book that explores the author's personal experience with depression. Through beautiful illustrations and honest storytelling, Johnstone offers practical advice and encouragement for anyone living with or supporting a loved one with mental illness. This book provides a unique perspective on the challenges of mental health and the importance of seeking help.

Who should read Living with a Black Dog?

  • Anyone who has experienced or is currently living with depression
  • People who want to understand and support loved ones who are dealing with depression
  • Caregivers, friends, or family members of someone struggling with mental health issues

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Depression Books: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Impulse

Ellen Hopkins

What's Impulse about?

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins delves into the lives of three troubled teenagers who end up in a psychiatric facility after attempting suicide. Through poetic verse, Hopkins explores their inner struggles, their bond with one another, and their journey towards healing and self-discovery. A raw and powerful read that sheds light on mental health and the importance of seeking help.

Who should read Impulse?

  • Teenagers and young adults dealing with mental health issues
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of suicide and self-harm
  • Readers who enjoy emotionally raw and thought-provoking novels

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Depression Books: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here

Gayle Forman

What's I Was Here about?

I Was Here by Gayle Forman is a gripping novel that delves into themes of grief, friendship, and the search for answers. When Cody's best friend, Meg, takes her own life, Cody is left devastated and bewildered. Determined to understand why Meg made this choice, Cody begins her own investigation, uncovering painful truths along the way. This poignant story explores the impact of suicide and the importance of reaching out for help.

Who should read I Was Here?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally intense and thought-provoking narratives
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of friendship, grief, and personal growth
  • Individuals who appreciate realistic and relatable portrayals of young adults facing life's challenges

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Depression Books: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Carry the Ocean

Heidi Cullinan

What's Carry the Ocean about?

Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan is a moving and heartfelt novel that tells the story of two young men with different challenges who find solace and love in each other's company. Emmet is a brilliant but socially challenged man with autism, while Jeremey battles severe anxiety and depression. Together, they navigate their way through life at an assisted living facility, facing obstacles and embracing moments of joy. The book beautifully portrays the importance of acceptance, understanding, and the power of love.

Who should read Carry the Ocean?

  • Individuals interested in learning more about autism and mental health
  • People who enjoy reading about diverse and complex characters
  • Those who appreciate well-researched and authentic representation of marginalized communities

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What's My Year of Rest and Relaxation about?

'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh is a darkly comedic novel that follows a young woman's attempt to escape the world by embarking on a year-long hibernation. Set in New York City in the year 2000, the book delves into themes of alienation, self-destructive behavior, and the pursuit of inner peace. With sharp wit and a unique narrative voice, Moshfegh challenges societal expectations and offers a thought-provoking exploration of mental health and the quest for happiness.

Who should read My Year of Rest and Relaxation?

  • Readers who enjoy dark humor and irreverent narratives
  • Individuals looking for a thought-provoking exploration of modern-day alienation and disconnection
  • Those interested in complex and flawed characters who challenge societal norms

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Depression Books: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson

What's Speak about?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a powerful novel that tells the story of Melinda, a high school freshman who becomes an outcast after a traumatic event. Unable to speak about what happened, she struggles with depression and isolation. Through her journey, she finds her voice and ultimately learns to speak up and confront the truth.

Who should read Speak?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally impactful novels
  • Young adults and teenagers dealing with issues such as bullying, depression, and finding their voice
  • Parents, teachers, and professionals looking to understand the challenges and experiences of adolescents

What's Depression & Other Magic Tricks about?

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is a collection of poetry and prose that delves into the raw and honest exploration of mental illness, love, and self-discovery. Written by Sabrina Benaim, this book offers a unique perspective on the complexities of depression and the ways in which we navigate through life's challenges. Through her powerful words, Benaim invites readers to find solace and understanding in their own struggles.

Who should read Depression & Other Magic Tricks?

  • Loved ones of individuals struggling with depression
  • People seeking to better understand mental health issues
  • Those looking for poetry that explores raw and honest emotions

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Depression Books: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

What's The Girl on the Train about?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of Rachel, an alcoholic who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple she sees from the train every day. When the woman goes missing, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation and uncovers dark secrets about the people involved. Filled with twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Girl on the Train?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators
  • Those looking for a captivating and suspenseful story with unexpected twists
  • People who are interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of obsession

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Depression Books: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

What's Looking for Alaska about?

Looking for Alaska (2005) is a compelling coming-of-age novel by John Green. It follows the story of a young boy named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school and meets the enigmatic Alaska Young. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, taking readers on an emotional journey that challenges their perspectives on life and death.

Who should read Looking for Alaska?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful coming-of-age story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of friendship, love, loss, and personal growth
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of adolescence and the search for meaning in life

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What's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock about?

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the mind of a troubled teenager named Leonard Peacock. On his 18th birthday, Leonard plans to shoot his former best friend and then himself. The book takes us through Leonard's day as he says his goodbyes and reflects on the events that led him to this decision. It explores themes of friendship, mental illness, and the impact of our actions on others.

Who should read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally charged stories
  • Those interested in exploring topics such as mental health, friendship, and forgiveness
  • Individuals who appreciate well-developed and complex characters

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What's The Silver Linings Playbook about?

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick is a heartwarming and uplifting novel about a man named Pat who is trying to piece his life back together after a stint in a mental health facility. As he navigates his new reality, he forms an unlikely bond with a mysterious woman named Tiffany and discovers that sometimes the silver lining is found in the most unexpected places.

Who should read The Silver Linings Playbook?

  • Readers who enjoy quirky and offbeat characters
  • Those looking for a novel that explores mental illness with empathy and humor
  • People interested in stories of personal growth and finding joy in unexpected places

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Depression Books: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Giver of Stars

Jojo Moyes

What's The Giver of Stars about?

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a captivating historical fiction novel set in Depression-era America. It tells the story of a group of extraordinary women who join a traveling library and embark on a journey to bring books to people in remote areas of Kentucky. Filled with friendship, adventure, and the power of literacy, this book celebrates the courage and resilience of women in the face of adversity.

Who should read The Giver of Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction with strong female characters
  • Book clubs looking for thought-provoking discussions about friendship, empowerment, and the love of books
  • Those who appreciate a blend of heartwarming and poignant storytelling

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Depression Books: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

Laurie Halse Anderson

What's The Impossible Knife of Memory about?

'The Impossible Knife of Memory' by Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of a teenage girl named Hayley whose father suffers from PTSD. As they try to build a new life, Hayley grapples with her own personal challenges while trying to help her father confront his past. This powerful novel sheds light on the impact of war on families and the struggle to find healing and closure.

Who should read The Impossible Knife of Memory?

  • Young adult readers who enjoy realistic, thought-provoking novels
  • Those who are interested in exploring the impact of war on military families
  • Readers who appreciate complex and flawed characters

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Depression Books: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List

Jennifer Brown

What's Hate List about?

Hate List (2009) by Jennifer Brown is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the aftermath of a school shooting. When high school student Valerie is implicated in a tragedy that she never intended to happen, she grapples with grief, guilt, and the complexities of her relationship with the shooter. As she navigates the repercussions of the event, Valerie learns about forgiveness, healing, and the power of empathy.

Who should read Hate List?

  • Readers interested in exploring the complex issues of school violence and its aftermath
  • Those who appreciate thought-provoking and emotionally impactful stories
  • Individuals who want to gain empathy and understanding for the experiences of others

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Depression Books: Marbles by Ellen Forney

Marbles

Ellen Forney

What's Marbles about?

Marbles by Ellen Forney is a poignant graphic memoir that delves into the author's experience with bipolar disorder. Through beautiful illustrations and candid storytelling, Forney takes us on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and the search for stability. It offers a unique perspective on mental illness and the creative mind.

Who should read Marbles?

  • Readers who are interested in personal memoirs about mental health
  • People who want to gain a better understanding of bipolar disorder and its impact on creativity
  • Individuals who appreciate graphic novels and visual storytelling

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Depression Books: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the Ants

Shaun David Hutchinson

What's We Are the Ants about?

'We Are the Ants' by Shaun David Hutchinson delves into the complexities of life, love, and the universe. The story follows a teenage boy named Henry who is given the chance to prevent the end of the world. As he navigates through his own personal struggles and relationships, the book raises thought-provoking questions about existence and the choices we make.

Who should read We Are the Ants?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and introspective young adult novels
  • Those interested in exploring themes of mental health, grief, and identity
  • Individuals who appreciate a blend of science fiction and realistic fiction

What's By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead about?

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that delves into the mind of a teenage girl who is determined to end her own life. Through raw and honest storytelling, the book explores themes of bullying, self-harm, and the search for acceptance. It offers a unique perspective on the struggles that many young people face and the importance of finding hope and support.

Who should read By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead?

  • Teenagers struggling with thoughts of suicide
  • Individuals who want to gain insight into the inner world of someone contemplating ending their life
  • Parents, friends, and loved ones of those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts

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Depression Books: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson

What's Wintergirls about?

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a gripping novel that delves into the world of eating disorders and the damaging effects they have on the lives of two teenage girls. Through haunting prose and raw emotion, the book explores themes of mental illness, friendship, and self-destruction. It offers a poignant and thought-provoking portrayal of the inner turmoil experienced by those fighting to break free from the grip of anorexia.

Who should read Wintergirls?

  • For individuals struggling with eating disorders or body image issues
  • Professionals in the mental health and counseling fields
  • People looking to gain insight into the complexities of mental illness and its impact on relationships

What's Darius the Great Is Not Okay about?

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is a powerful coming-of-age novel that explores themes of identity, friendship, and mental health. Set in both the US and Iran, it follows the story of Darius, a teenage boy who feels like an outsider in his own life. When he travels to Iran to visit his grandparents, he forms an unexpected bond with a boy named Sohrab, which helps him discover his own strength and belonging.

Who should read Darius the Great Is Not Okay?

  • Readers who enjoy diverse and authentic coming-of-age stories
  • Individuals dealing with mental health issues or wanting to gain a better understanding of it
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of identity and belonging

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Depression Books: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green, David Levithan

What's Will Grayson, Will Grayson about?

Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows the intersecting lives of two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson. Written by John Green and David Levithan, this captivating novel explores themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery as the two characters navigate the complexities of high school and relationships. With poignant storytelling and unique perspectives, it offers a thought-provoking and heartwarming read.

Who should read Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult fiction with LGBTQ+ characters and themes
  • People who appreciate unique storytelling formats, such as dual narratives
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking exploration of identity, friendship, and self-acceptance

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Depression Books: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen,

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen,

What's Water for Elephants about?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a captivating novel set in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young man who runs away from his life and finds himself joining a traveling circus. There, he meets Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star, and Rosie, the amazing elephant. The book explores themes of love, trust, and the struggle for survival in a mesmerizing and unforgettable way. A truly remarkable read!

Who should read Water for Elephants?

  • Readers who enjoy immersive historical fiction
  • Those with a fascination for circus culture and behind-the-scenes dynamics
  • Individuals who appreciate rich character development and nuanced relationships

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Depression Books: Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

Suicide Notes

Michael Thomas Ford

What's Suicide Notes about?

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the mind of a teenage boy named Jeff after his suicide attempt. Through a series of poignant and darkly humorous letters, Jeff explores his inner turmoil, struggles with his sexuality, and ultimately finds hope for the future. This raw and honest book offers a unique perspective on mental health and the importance of seeking help.

Who should read Suicide Notes?

  • Individuals struggling with mental health challenges, especially adolescents
  • People who want to gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of someone contemplating suicide
  • Those interested in realistic and thought-provoking stories that address difficult topics

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Depression Books: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay

Nina LaCour

What's We Are Okay about?

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour delves into the theme of grief and the complexity of human emotions. It follows Marin, a college student who has isolated herself from her past and her best friend, Mabel. The novel unwinds with vulnerability and raw honesty as Marin confronts her pain and allows herself to heal. It is a beautifully poignant tale of friendship, love, and self-discovery.

Who should read We Are Okay?

  • Anyone experiencing loneliness or grief
  • Young adults navigating through complex emotions
  • Readers who appreciate introspective and character-driven narratives

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Depression Books: The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Hours

Michael Cunningham

What's The Hours about?

The Hours by Michael Cunningham is a novel that weaves together the lives of three women from different time periods. It explores themes of identity, freedom, and the choices we make in life. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, the book delves into the inner thoughts and struggles of its characters, ultimately revealing the interconnectedness of their lives.

Who should read The Hours?

  • Readers who enjoy literary fiction and character-driven narratives
  • Those interested in exploring themes of identity, time, and the human experience
  • People who appreciate intricate storytelling and non-linear narratives

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Depression Books: Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton

Shoot the Damn Dog

Sally Brampton

What's Shoot the Damn Dog about?

Shoot the Damn Dog is a powerful memoir by Sally Brampton that delves into her personal battle with severe depression. The title comes from a quote by Virginia Woolf, describing the relentless and overwhelming nature of the illness. Brampton shares her raw and honest experiences, shedding light on the stigma surrounding mental health and the journey towards recovery. It is a poignant and enlightening read that offers hope and understanding to those who have faced similar struggles.

Who should read Shoot the Damn Dog?

  • Individuals who have experienced or are currently dealing with depression
  • People who want to gain a deeper understanding of mental illness and its impact
  • Those who are looking for personal stories and insights on overcoming challenges

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Depression Books: The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi

The Depression Cure

Stephen S. Ilardi

What's The Depression Cure about?

The Depression Cure by Stephen S. Ilardi offers a groundbreaking approach to treating and preventing depression. Through extensive research and real-life examples, the book explores the connection between our modern lifestyle and the rise of depression, and provides practical strategies for making lifestyle changes that can lead to lasting relief from symptoms of depression.

Who should read The Depression Cure?

  • Anyone struggling with depression or looking for natural alternatives to medication
  • People interested in lifestyle changes and holistic approaches to mental health
  • Those who want to understand the connection between diet, exercise, and mood

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Depression Books: Darkness Visible by William Styron

Darkness Visible

William Styron

What's Darkness Visible about?

Darkness Visible is a memoir by William Styron that delves into his personal experience with depression. Through powerful and introspective prose, Styron offers a raw and honest account of the debilitating effects of mental illness, while also shedding light on the complexities of the human mind. It is a poignant exploration of a topic often shrouded in secrecy and stigma.

Who should read Darkness Visible?

  • Readers who are interested in understanding the experience of living with depression
  • Individuals who want to gain insight into the complexities of mental illness
  • Those who are seeking hope and understanding in the face of darkness

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Depression Books: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon

Stephenie Meyer

What's New Moon about?

New Moon (2006) is the second novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. It explores the aftermath of Bella Swan's breakup with Edward Cullen and her deepening friendship with Jacob Black. The book delves into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery, as Bella navigates the challenges of her supernatural world.

Who should read New Moon?

  • Readers who enjoy supernatural romance and fantasy
  • Fans of the Twilight series and Stephenie Meyer's writing
  • Those looking for a captivating and emotional story with compelling characters

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Depression Books: Feeling Good by David D. Burns

Feeling Good

David D. Burns

What's Feeling Good about?

Feeling Good by David D. Burns is a self-help book that provides practical techniques to overcome depression and achieve a greater sense of well-being. Through cognitive behavioral therapy methods and real-life examples, the book offers a step-by-step guide to challenge and change negative thought patterns, leading to a more positive outlook on life.

Who should read Feeling Good?

  • Individuals seeking practical strategies to overcome depression and anxiety
  • Those interested in learning about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and its effectiveness
  • People looking to improve their mental and emotional well-being

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What's Veronika Decides to Die about?

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of mental illness and the pursuit of true happiness. When Veronika attempts suicide and wakes up in a mental institution, she is forced to confront her own mortality and reevaluate her life. Through Coelho's lyrical prose, the book challenges societal norms and encourages readers to live authentically.

Who should read Veronika Decides to Die?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of mental illness and societal norms
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and introspective novels
  • Individuals looking for inspiration and a fresh perspective on life's challenges

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Depression Books: The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Nicola Winstanley, John Green

What's The Fault in Our Stars about?

The Fault in Our Stars is actually written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. As they bond over their favorite books and share their fears and dreams, they embark on a journey that challenges their perspectives on life and love. It is a poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of living with illness and the power of human connection.

Who should read The Fault in Our Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate authentic and relatable characters
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of love, loss, and the meaning of life

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Depression Books: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

She's Come Undone

Wally Lamb

What's She's Come Undone about?

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb is a compelling and poignant novel that follows the life of Dolores Price. We witness her struggles with traumatic experiences, mental illness, and self-discovery as she navigates through the challenges of growing up. It's a deeply emotional and beautifully written story about resilience and the power of healing.

Who should read She's Come Undone?

  • Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with a strong female protagonist
  • Those interested in exploring themes of resilience, self-discovery, and personal growth
  • Individuals who appreciate emotionally powerful narratives that delve into the complexities of human experience

What's The Perks of Being a Wallflower about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, a shy and introspective teenager. Through a series of letters, Charlie shares his experiences as he navigates high school, friendship, love, and loss. The book delves into themes of mental health, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Who should read The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  • Teenagers and young adults navigating the ups and downs of adolescence
  • Individuals who appreciate introspective and emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age narratives with complex and relatable characters

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Depression Books: An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

Kay Redfield Jamison

What's An Unquiet Mind about?

An Unquiet Mind (1995) is a memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison that offers a personal account of living with bipolar disorder. Jamison, a clinical psychologist, provides a raw and honest portrayal of her own experiences with mania and depression, while also delving into the broader challenges and stigma surrounding mental illness.

Who should read An Unquiet Mind?

  • Individuals who want a deep understanding of bipolar disorder and mental illness
  • Anyone looking for personal insights and experiences with managing mental health challenges
  • People who are interested in the intersection of creativity and mental illness

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Depression Books: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

What's Furiously Happy about?

Furiously Happy (2015) is a hilarious and heartfelt memoir by Jenny Lawson. Through her witty and unapologetic writing, Lawson shares her experiences with mental illness and shows that it's possible to find joy and purpose in life, even in the darkest moments. With laugh-out-loud anecdotes and raw honesty, this book challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and celebrates the power of being furiously happy.

Who should read Furiously Happy?

  • Those dealing with mental health challenges
  • People who want to gain a better understanding of mental illness
  • Individuals looking for a humorous and relatable account of living with mental health issues

What's I Don't Want to Talk About It about?

I Don't Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real explores the hidden epidemic of depression in men. Through compelling case studies and insightful analysis, Real delves into the societal expectations and gender stereotypes that often prevent men from seeking help. This eye-opening book offers a new perspective on male depression and provides valuable insights for both men and those who care about them.

Who should read I Don't Want to Talk About It?

  • Men who struggle with unexpressed emotions and internalized shame
  • Individuals seeking to understand the impact of societal expectations on male mental health
  • People who want to support male friends or family members dealing with depression

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Depression Books: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

What's Hyperbole and a Half about?

Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious and heartfelt collection of comics and essays that delves into the author's own experiences with depression and anxiety. Allie Brosh uses her unique blend of humor and honesty to explore the complexities of mental health, making it a must-read for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on the subject.

Who should read Hyperbole and a Half?

  • Readers who enjoy humorous and relatable stories
  • Those interested in exploring mental health and personal struggles through a humorous lens
  • People who appreciate insightful and candid reflections on everyday life

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Depression Books: Smoke Signals by Ashley Dun

Smoke Signals

Ashley Dun

What's Smoke Signals about?

Smoke Signals is a gripping novel that delves into the lives of three interconnected characters as they navigate love, loss, and redemption in the aftermath of a devastating wildfire. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, the story explores the power of human connection and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. With beautifully crafted prose and a compelling narrative, Ashley Dun takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and the healing power of nature.

Who should read Smoke Signals?

  • Those interested in understanding the role of communication in building strong relationships and resolving conflicts
  • Individuals looking to improve their interpersonal skills and become more effective communicators
  • Professionals working in fields that require strong communication skills, such as counseling or customer service

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Depression Books: Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Scars

Cheryl Rainfield

What's Scars about?

Scars is a powerful and raw novel by Cheryl Rainfield that delves into the difficult topic of self-harm. Through the protagonist, Kendra, the book explores the emotional and physical scars left by abuse, and the journey towards healing and self-acceptance. It is a compelling and important read that sheds light on the struggles faced by many young people.

Who should read Scars?

  • Readers who have experienced trauma and want to feel understood

  • Individuals who struggle with self-harm and want to explore healing

  • People who want to gain insight into the impact of abuse and the journey to recovery


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Depression Books: The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program

Suzanne Young

What's The Program about?

The Program by Suzanne Young is a thought-provoking novel set in a world where teen suicide has reached epidemic proportions. In an effort to "cure" depression and prevent further loss of life, a government-run program erases the memories of troubled teenagers. The story follows 17-year-old Sloane who, along with her boyfriend James, must navigate the dark and manipulative world of The Program while fighting to hold on to their true selves.

Who should read The Program?

  • Readers who enjoy dystopian young adult fiction with a focus on mental health

  • Individuals interested in exploring the consequences of a society that suppresses emotions

  • Those looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful story


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What's the best Depression book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The Program as the ultimate read on Depression.

What are the Top 10 Depression books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Program by Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald
  • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield, C. A. Rainfield
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Miguel Angel Garcia-Sanc…, Erika L. Sánchez
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Who are the top Depression book authors?

When it comes to Depression, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald
  • Cheryl Rainfield, C. A. Rainfield
  • Miguel Angel Garcia-Sanc…, Erika L. Sánchez
  • Celeste Ng
  • Gayle Forman