New women are warmly invited to come along to this ongoing Wellington support group
for discussion, support and weekly topics relating to depression.


Resources collected by members of the support group

Websites to visit: (to help people improve their home management skills) (to help women in managing their health) (to get the latest information for your health management)

Books to read:

Feeling Good. The New Mood Therapy. David D Burns (Morrow, 1999).
A well known, and effective self help book for depression based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. Outlines techniques to combat anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination and other “black holes” of depression. Includes consumer’s guide to antidepressant drugs.

Beating the Blues. S Tanner & J. Ball (Doubleday: Sydney, 1989).
A popular book written by two Sydney psychologists. Clearly set out and easy to understand, the book is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Control your depression. PM Lewinsohn, RF Munoz, R.F., MA Youngren, & AM Zeiss. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prenice-Hall, 1986; 2nd edition)
Breaking the Cycle of Depression by Joseph Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell

Ending the Depression Cycle by Peter J. Bieling and Martin M. Antony, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2003
A Step-by step guide for preventing relapse. Map your depression cycle, cope during stressful times, overcome day-to-day obstacles, understand your medication options, enjoy lasting results

Back from the Brink by Graham Cowen

Taming the Black Dog by Bev Aisbett (cartoon) by Susan Forward and Craig Buck

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
“Life is difficult.” In this guide to confronting and resolving problems we learn that we can reach a higher level of self-knowledge.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

Toxic Parents by Susan Forward & Craig Buck

The Woman's Comfort Book, a self nurturing guide for restoring balance in your life by Jennifer Louden

Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (connects myth and fairy tales with women's growth and healing

Courage to Heal by Laura Davies & Ellen Bass (excellent re childhood sexual abuse)

Warriors of Truth by Kim McGregor (excellent NZ book re sexual abuse)

Please Understand Me by Keirsey & Bates (re Myers Briggs personality typing)

Invisible Wounds by Kay Douglas (excellent NZ book re damage from verbal/emotional abuse in relationships)

Fat is a Feminist Issue (and others), by Susie Orbach (Food issues)

From Beginning to End, Robert Fulghum (making meaning of life through personal rituals)

Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler (feminist analysis of women's life pleasures)

Artist's Way, Vein of Gold, by Julia Cameron (creativity workbook for all women, especially those who think they aren't artistic)

Gyn-Ecology by Mary Daly (fairly scholarly look at the history of womanhood, by notable early feminist)

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers

Personal experience:

Darkness Visible. W. Styron. (Vintage: NY, 1992).
Author William Styron's beautifully written and moving account of his experience of depression. Chosen by the US Board of the Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the 20th Century.

Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression. L. Wolpert. (Faber & Faber: London, 1999).
Professor Wolpert is a Professor of biology. In this book he describes his personal experience with depression and summarises what is known about the condition.