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Self help book recommendations on depression/anxiety please

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Ruminating2020 Mon 31-Aug-20 20:49:37

I have not been feeling myself over the last 4 weeks or so and have been ruminating over my past behaviour. I have gone through feelings of guilt, shame, regret and self loathing over things which I did as a teenager and even in my 20s, and can't help feeling and telling myself what a terrible person I am.

My sleep has been affected as a result of this and I usually wake up in the middle of the night with heart palpitations and reminders of past events. I have already been to the GP for blood tests to see whether there is a medical reason for the palpitations but still don't have the results.

I have a feeling that the waiting list to see a therapist or receive any sort of treatment for anxiety will be long, so I am hoping someone on here may know some good books on the topic or strategies for coping, please. DH has been amazing in supporting and reassuring me but it's not fair on him to keep burdening him like this.

Please help. I am feeling worse everyday, even though I keep thinking it will pass once I'm away or once I'm back at work with human interaction.

Thank you in advance.

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Msbouffet Tue 01-Sep-20 13:14:24

There is quite a good series called Overcoming. I think there is one Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Its like a big workbook.

I also really really recommend mindfulness practise with an App like Calm or Head Space. Comes at the problem from another angle so to speak.

Also just try to keep busy doing small things and give it time. This is far from a normal situation.

Ruminating2020 Tue 01-Sep-20 13:51:07

Thank you @Msbouffet. I shall have a look at the titles and try the apps. How does the app contents work?

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Odile13 Tue 01-Sep-20 13:56:01

Hi OP, I’m sorry you’re feeling like this. I think a really good self help book to read when feeling low is Things Get Better by Katie Piper. It’s a step by step practical guide to build yourself up from rock bottom.

Hope it might be of use to you flowers

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