Depression is a pervasive mental health issue affecting people worldwide. Over the last decade, it has proven to be a significant problem not just for mental health but for overall well-being. Awareness about depression is now widespread, thanks to advocates ranging from celebrities across different fields to healthcare professionals and even our friends and family. So how can one address depression before it becomes debilitating? One can practice meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, engage in physical activities, and participate in programs that range from a few weeks to months, depending on the severity of the depression.
The ‘8 Week Depression Relief Workbook’, by Cynthia V Catchings, offers evidence-based strategies to help lessen symptoms of depression. It aims to help readers embrace new ways of thinking, find happiness, and take positive, practical steps toward well-being. The book enables readers to gain a deeper understanding of what depression is, track their progress throughout the eight-week program, and discover practical coping strategies. Reviewers praise the book as a handy and practical guide filled with interactive exercises based on various evidence-based therapies (EBT). The book provides step-by-step guidance through each module, making it especially useful for individuals who feel overwhelmed or unmotivated due to depressive symptoms.