Help Yourself to Get On – and Stay On – Track

It has been the major focus of my career to encourage clinicians to make it easier for the people who need help to get it, and to encourage the people who need help to actively obtain it. Seeking out the help of qualified professionals is one avenue, and becoming an expert in learning how to manage your internal atmosphere (i.e., your feelings, moods, reactions) is another. Towards that end, I have written a number of books with a practical approach to depression and its treatment as well as created several audio CD programs. These include:


Keys to Unlocking Depression Help YourselfKeys to Unlocking Depression by Michael D. Yapko. Fallbrook, CA: Yapko Publications
Breaking the Patterns of Depression Help YourselfBreaking the Patterns of Depression by Michael D. Yapko. New York: Random House Doubleday, 1997.
Depression is Contagious Help YourselfDepression is Contagious by Michael D. Yapko. New York: The Free Press, 2009.
Han Me Down Blues Help YourselfHand-Me-Down Blues by Michael D. Yapko. New York: St. Martins Press, 1999.
Sleeping Soundly Help YourselfSleeping Soundly by Michael D. Yapko
Focus on Feeling Good Help YourselfFocusing on Feeling Good by Michael D. Yapko
Calm Down Help YourselfCalm Down by Michael D. Yapko

Beyond the books I have written, there are some other sources to help yourself that I consider valuable to read both for their ideas and data and their practical exercises. These include:


The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky. New York: Penguin Books, 2008.


The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn. New York: Guilford, 2007.


Mind Over Mood, Second edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think,/a>  by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. New York: Guilford, 2015.


Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You and Medication Can’t Give You by Richard O’Connor. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010.

These website pages address the mood disorder known as major depressive disorder, or major depression, in general terms. It is not a substitute for professional diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified mental health professional for any individual. It provides visitors to the site with an expert’s informed perspectives in order to help guide a sensible recovery from the burden of depression.