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Sadness and Depression

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

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Reading List

Burns, David (1980). Feeling Good. New York: Morrow.

Note: A cognitive-behavioral approach to resolving depression

Burns, David (1989). The Feeling Good Handbook. New York: Plume.

Note: A workbook based on Burns Feeling Good book.

Copeland, Mary Ellen (1992). The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Greenspan, Miriam (2003). Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Web Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
This guide helps to indentify symptoms of anxiety, explain the causes, and describe treatments.

National Institute of Mental Health Depression Page
Here is a detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. The entire booklet may be downloaded or read online.

Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
This site provides information on depression and other mental health concerns.

American Psychological Association - Depression Topics
What You Can Do; Getting Help; Books

American Psychiatric Asssociation - Depression FAQ page
How Depression and Sadness are Different; Treatment; Medication

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis of Depression