As someone who has lived with this mental illness for the better part of two decades, let me tell you: depression is the worst. You don't want to do anything because nothing feels good, but the sheer boredom of it all feels worse. That's why I've put together this list of nine books to read when you have a depressive episode. These books won't cure you of your depression, but they will occupy your mind while you work things through.
For those of you who haven't experienced depression firsthand, allow me to explain a few things. First off, you should know that depression isn't mere sadness, and you can't simply hydrate/exercise/laugh/pray your way out of it. There can be no power of positive thinking when your brain chemistry makes it impossible to think positively, and good luck trying to do muster up the strength to get off the couch and shower, let alone exercise or go grocery shopping, when you're completely numb to all feeling. So if you've got a friend who is depressed, stop acting as if they could snap out of it if they wanted to.
If you're going through a spiral of depression right now, I see you. I know that you're doing the best you can with what you've got, and that it's OK if you don't get better right away. While you're recovering, these books will be there to keep you company.
Here are nine book that may make your day a little easier: