A Depression Information and Treatment Guide

Psychcentral′s guide to depression, featuring a wealth of articles detailing information about this disorder, the symptoms commonly associated with it, and the treatments currently available. They offer informative articles, a depression quiz, and a support forum where you can anonymously read and contribute in a caring community. Depression affects millions of Americans each year, yet many people still do not recognize it as a treatable disorder. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical medications. You can learn more about depression by starting here.

All About Depression

A comprehensive site about depression, it′s causes, diagnosis, treatment, and more. This site is newly updated with additional features including a discussion board, newsletter, news and research, online assessments and workshops, and book recommendations.

The Depression Center

The Depression Center offers personalized, interactive tools that have helped thousands of people challenge and overcome their depression.  They also offer the Depression Program, an interactive, 18-session cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) course. Read more about the program and tools, or if you are ready, go straight to the free registration. Registering also gives you posting privileges in our anonymous online Support Group.

If you think you might have depression,  read more about the symptoms and begin to think about questions you can ask your doctor. You can also take the Depression Test for a confidential, detailed assessment of your symptoms.

Blue Pages

A new, large information site for consumers detailing everything you′d ever want to know about depression. Includes evidence-based information about medical, psychological & alternative treatments, symptoms, online quiz, resources and a very powerful depression-only multi-site search engine. Compiled by Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU.

Depressed Like Me

This thoughtful website provides in-depth articles and information on depression and related disorders (such as chronic depression and manic depression). The articles are well-written and easy to read. It also links to other depression resources online, support groups, and includes the latest depression news and research.

How to be Happy

A free, easy-to-understand self-help guide to rational-emotive therapy as a means of alleviating depression. A brief introduction to better emotional adjustment based on the writings and practice of Albert Ellis, Ph.D., Maxie Maultsby, M.D., Jane Higbee, M.D., and Thomas R. Scott, Ph.D

Recommended Books


Active Treatment of Depression by Richard O′Connor

Addressing his fellow professionals in the mental health field, O’Connor argues that the current state of understanding of the causes and treatments for depression are woefully inadequate and quite often counterproductive. He argues that no single theory can adequately explain the causes and no single treatment plan can successfully be applied universally to depressed patients. He also calls upon his colleagues to recognize that although incidents of depression may sometimes be successfully treated, all too often depression is a chronic disease that is not improved by one-time interventions of pharmaceuticals or other therapies. O’Connor advocates for an “active” treatment that holistically explores multiple causes of depression and looks to all treatment modalities to find the proper combination of methods that can be applied to each unique case.

The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns

Depression is a crippling and often misunderstood disorder in today’s society. While many people advocate a purely medical model of this problem (and label it a “disease,” like cancer), others find it more helpful to explore the depths of depression and other possible causes. Since medication isn’t right for everyone with this disorder, and not everyone can afford to attend weekly therapy sessions, David Burns has written a book for those people looking to help themselves through this disorder.

This excellent how-to manual leads people who are depressed on a journey of understanding and self-discovery. Beginning with an easy to read and understand overview of the cognitive theory of what causes people to become depressed, it goes on to discuss the multitude of methods and techniques used to help treat depression. You don’t have to believe in everything the cognitive theory of depression tells us about this disorder to attain a great deal of benefit from the techniques found throughout the book. The daily homework assignments coupled with the elaboration of the kinds of cognitive mistakes everyone makes everyday (for instance, overgeneralizing one bad thing which happens to you to mean that you are a bad person) are especially helpful. It is really chock full of useful and down-to-earth explanations and things which people can do everyday to try and help themselves. Based upon Aaron Beck’s cognitive work in researching depression.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

"Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who despair," begins Solomon′s expansive and astutely observed examination of the experience, origins, and cultural manifestations of depression. While placing his study in a broad social contex-- according to recent research, some 19 million Americans suffer from chronic depression--he also chronicles his own battle with the disease. Beginning just after his senior year in college, Solomon began experiencing crippling episodes of depression. They became so bad that after losing his mother to cancer and his therapist to retirement he attempted (unsuccessfully) to contract HIV so that he would have a reason to kill himself. Attempting to put depression and its treatments in a cross-cultural context, he draws effectively and skillfully on medical studies, historical and sociological literature, and anecdotal evidence, analyzing studies of depression in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Inuit life in Greenland, the use of electroshock therapy and the connections between depression and suicide in the U.S. and other cultures. In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his "atlas" of the condition. Smart, empathetic, and exhibiting a wide and resonant knowledge of the topic, Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression. -Publisher′s Weekly Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.