Resources for Depression

Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages worldwide. 

This is a huge number, and I am one of those people! Here is a growing list of the organisations, books and resources that I have found useful over the years and a link to some personal stories.

If you are looking for help, please know that you are not alone, even if it feels that way. There is help out there and things usually do change for the better.

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black dog institute

Black Dog Institute

I chose the Black Dog Institute simply because I relate to dogs.  My own real dog, my family who grounds me, anchors me and gives me lots of reasons to get up in the morning.  When I was at my worst, most critical, back at the beginning of the Millenium, it was walking and feeding my dogs that kept me going.
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Now those beloved dogs have gone, my present-day pup is my most faithful companion. Three cheers for dogs!  It’s no coincidence that god spelt backwards is DOG

I had a black dog

I Had a Black Dog – Matthew Johnstone

I found this book in my local bookshop a few years ago.  It says, in pictures, everything that words sometimes cannot express.Sometimes another person will have no idea what depression feels like.
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This book speaks from the heart of a sufferer who can illustrate his day – and communicate what a day in the life of depression can and does feel like.  An excellent resource that is easy to read and comprehend.

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Street Swags

 

Street Swags

My own home is very important to me – it’s a very small house in itself but a whole queendom to me. It’s the first I have ever owned.  I’m the first one in my immediate family to ever own a home.  We never had a family home and we grew up in about 40 rental properties due to my parents’ restlessness.
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But not having a home of any kind must be the worst feeling, not belonging, not feeling safe, nowhere to lay out your things for fear of theft or worse.I wholeheartedly endorse this product because it provides shelter and protection to those presently without a home.  It provides 4 walls.

Dealing with Depression Naturally - Syd Baumel

Dealing with Depression Naturally – Syd Baumel

I like a book that helps us deal with depression naturally because the whole world of antidepressants is quite a minefield.  And I’ve come to realise through harsh experience that doctors don’t really have much of an idea about them.

There is a whole world of forum discussion on the internet about the effects of various drugs on people BY the people themselves.  They discuss pros and cons.  I am convinced in my heart that doctors cannot know everything about all anti-depressant drugs that they recommend – it’s virtually impossible.  For example, Drug “X” has a wide reputation for spiralling takers down to suicidal thoughts.

So a book that provides natural resources to aid depression wins my vote.  But take a look for yourself – make your own judgement.

Quiet The Mind - Matthew Johnstone

Quiet the Mind – Matthew Johnstone

As MJ says at the back of the book, “This book is really meditation for beginners – it’s for those who are curious but have never known where to start.”  And what makes this book so accessible is that he speaks in pictures (as well as words).

All the illustrations are wonderful representations of all the thoughts we have about being depressed, lost, tyrannised by negativity and sleeplessness, amongst others.  The illustrations are universal and compassionate.

He clearly shows us what we go through in the mirror of this book, and then teaches very gently all about how to start meditating immediately.  Such a wonderful treasure chest of bejewelled lessons in cartoon.

Darkness Visible - William Styron

William Styron – Darkness Visible

William Styron wrote Sophie’s Choice, which if you recall, is the appalling choice no mother should ever have to make that was foisted on her by the Nazi regime.

Evidently, William Styron knew about deep despair.  I recommend this book because it is very short, very honest and written from a male perspective.

Whilst I have donated many many books over the years to local libraries (due to moving or decluttering) I have held onto this gem for 20 years.  It is a compelling and visceral account of his descent into deep depression and was published in 1990.  Highly recommended reading.

Fuck You

The Fuck You Page

OK – so maybe swearing isn’t your thing but really, sometimes a good “Eff you, you effing effer!” does wonders!  I know!  This page’s title is a bit confronting but don’t be put off by it.

Venture over to it – follow the prompts – write your anonymous sentence/punch it out/yell as you type – then press enter and watch it join a whole bunch of other people’s protests to the world.  I loved this site.  It was unexpected.  I loved seeing other people’s gripes – I realised “I was not alone” – and I also loved that no-one got hurt by my typing!  Pure Gold.

https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

Mood Gym

I can’t upload the logo but click on the link – IT’S FREE!  It uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help you retrain your mind and also to become aware of “warped thinking” such as overgeneralisation eg “she didn’t speak to me therefore she hates me”.  It’s an excellent FREE resource and you work at your own pace!

Stories of People with Depression

 Everyday people share their experiences with depression

Depression affects so many people, yet much of us feel alone. Here people share their stories and you might find your story shared through someone else’s life…

 Dulcie would rather be volunteering in Africa