DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows
Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign
DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows + TAKE ONE STEP: Caring for Depression, with Jane Pauley  

"Producer's Picks" Suggested Reading
< Resources for Understanding Depression

Producer Larkin McPhee suggests the following titles about depression:

Emmons, Dr. Henry
The Chemistry of Joy
Emmons combines the most effective Western science with time-honored Eastern philosophy to create a natural approach to relieving, and living with, depression. The Chemistry of Joy addresses everything from neurological chemistry to Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist philosophy to diet and exercise, offering a flexible, integrated approach toward improved mental health.

Gilmartin, Kevin M.
Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families
Gilmartin, a clinical psychologist, shares his twenty years of working in a sheriff's department in Emotional Survival, offering keen insight into the life stages and emotions commonly experienced by law enforcement professionals. Recommended for both personal and family reading, Gilmartin's suggestions help cops (and their loved ones) cope.

Guest, Judith
Ordinary People
This bestselling novel follows an upper-middle class American family's response to an extraordinary loss. Guest paints a portrait of the Jarrets' struggle with grief and depression after a freak boating accident claims the life of the family's oldest son. Ordinary People is the story of how everyday people cope—or fail to cope—with tragedy.

Head, John
Standing In the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men
The award-winning reporter Head illustrates the complex problems faced by today's African American men, and asks vital questions about the availability and quality of mental health care for this population.

Kramer, Peter
Against Depression
What if van Gogh had taken antidepressants? This question is at the heart of Against Depression, which explores the widely accepted (and often damaging) belief that artistic genius cannot flourish without severe emotional distress. Kramer argues in favor of treating depression (as one would treat other chronic diseases), rather than ignoring it for the sake of one's creativity.

Kramer, Peter
Listening to Prozac
This landmark book, released in 1993, offers a comprehensive look at the revolutionary drug Prozac, as well as other "new generation" antidepressants. Kramer illuminates the wide range of benefits Prozac and other medications can offer, and also explores ethical concerns surrounding these therapies.

Morris, DaShaun "Jiwe"
War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier's March Toward Redemption
Morris' memoir focuses on his life as an East Coast member of the notorious Bloods gang, and about the journey through his subsequent mental illness. He writes of his parents' abandonment and his childhood desire for belonging, which resulted in pledging his very life to unspeakable violence. Later diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jiwe walks the perilous line between remaining faithful to his old "family" of Bloods, while striving to become a healthy, whole man.

Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan
Women Who Think Too Much
Nolen-Hoeksema posits that our fast-paced culture encourages women to spend fruitless—and possibly even harmful—hours "over-thinking" things. Women can discover why they dwell on foreboding possibilities, unhappy feelings, and other negative experiences, and can discover techniques to stop ruminating and start living.

Pipher, Mary
The Shelter of Each Other
Psychologist Pipher argues that America's popular culture is steadfastly "anti-family," glamorizing sex and violence while actively devaluing the connections we once relied upon to feel safe, valued, and healthy. The author of Reviving Ophelia suggests that by encouraging independence for adolescents who should instead rely upon adult guidance, our society is shortchanging its youngest members. Pipher also offers suggestions for strengthening families and communities.

Jamison, Kay Redfield
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
This autobiographical work is told from Jamison's dual viewpoint as a psychiatric expert and a person afflicted with depression.

Jamison, Kay Redfield
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Psychiatrist Jamison explores suicide's complex landscape, focusing on its cause and prevention. She also highlights the psychology of suicide in people under forty, suicide in different cultures and eras, and its devastating aftermath in the lives of survivors.

Sapolsky, Robert
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping
Biologist Robert Sapolsky examines the science of stress, theorizing that it may lead to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Sapolsky posits that our bodies are designed better for short-term, prehistoric stressors (such as outrunning a predator) than they are for chronic modern pressures (like waiting in traffic or coping with financial uncertainty).

Shields, Brooke
Down Came the Rain: My Journey through Postpartum Depression
After numerous fertility treatments and a miscarriage, actor Brooke Shields joyfully welcomed her first child in 2003. After her daughter's delivery, Shields suffered a devastating and wholly unanticipated descent into postpartum depression. This memoir reflects the depth and desperation of the disorder, and also serves as a blueprint for other women to seek help for a serious illness that often goes unmentioned.

Solomon, Andrew
Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Award-winning author Andrew Solomon's seminal work on depression explores the disease in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Solomon describes his own battle with depression, and taps leading physicians and researchers, policymakers, pharmaceutical experts, and everyday people to offer their insights, debate ethical issues, and give help and hope for sufferers and their loved ones.

Styron, William
Darkness Visible
The bestselling author of Sophie's Choice illuminates his struggle with a suicidal depression, hospitalization, and the healing process.

Williams, Terrie
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting
After years of struggling, public relations superstar Williams learned her crushing sadness had a name: depression. As she healed, she decided she would help lift depression's stigma by sharing her experience with the African American community. William speaks up, reaches out, and acknowledges the everyday traumas that are part of the black experience. Most of all, William underscores that no one needs to suffer alone; help is available.

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