Depression is a complicated disease. Its causes are varied and treatments can be unsuccessful. The toll on the sufferer and the caregiver(s) is lasting. The following library resources provide a glimpse into the world of a depressed individual, and their caregiver’s struggle. If you or a loved one are suffering, or you are caring for someone who is suffering, know that there is hope and that you are not alone! For a list of organizations that support caregivers for depressed loved ones, read on.

Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD by Jason Kande – Adult non-fiction, e-book, downloadable audiobook

Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Graeme Cowan– e-book

Helping Others with Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do by Susan J. Noonan-Adult non-fiction

The Scar: a Personal History of Depression and Recovery by Mary Cregan-Adult non-fiction

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong-Adult biography, e-book, downloadable audiobook

Calming the Bipolar Storm: a Guide for Patients and Their Families by Robert G. Fawcett-Adult non-fiction

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David J. Miklowitz-Adult non-fiction

Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson-Adult non-fiction, audiobook, e-book, downloadable audiobook

Hello I want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person by Anna Mehler Paperny-Adult non-fiction, e-book, downloadable audiobook

Organizations and that Support Caregivers of the Mentally Ill
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
SAMHSA- Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Caregiver Support Network
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County-Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services

Online Support Groups
NAMI Greater Cleveland-Peer-led support groups
Postpartum Support International-Support groups and for those suffering from postpartum depression
Peer Support Space-Online support groups for those suffering (located in Central Florida) an online support group on a variety of mental health issues

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988

Victoria Vogel

Adult Services Associate