Re: Has Anyone Found Any Books That Helped Them With Their Depression And Anxiety?
Regarding "Depression is a Choice"- which is actually pretty scary. She posted an article by Dr. Daniel Goleman and appears to misrepresent Dr. Goleman and the Dalai Lama as being as anti-medication as she is, when that's not necessarily so.
But speaking of books, that book by Daniel Goleman with the Dalai Lama is, if nothing else, a good read, and may be of some help to some people, at least as far as insight into the process of depression is concerned. The name of the book is "Destructive Emotions- How Can We Overcome Them?". It talks about the differences in brain activity in Tibetan Buddhist monks, normals, and people with "destructive emotions" like anger and so forth, and how positive brain activity can be cultivated. There's another one that the Dalai Lama did with the psychiatrist Howard Cutler called "The Art of Happiness". They're both good reading, and the content may be of help to some people. The most important point in "Destructive Emotions", for those of you who might not otherwise read it, is that it talks a lot about the concept of "neural plasticity", which theorizes (with a lot of good data to back it up) that adults actually do grow new brain cells, which would mean that we're not all stuck with damaged brains from having been depressed. There apparently are ways to "reprogram" our brain circuity for better moods, and new brain cells grow in the areas that have to do with depression. They are both just plain good reading, too, to sort of take a break from being depessed.
And yes, I've spent this depressed period reading and surfing the net for information about depression.
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