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Get It Done When You're Depressed

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Shake the blues away.

Everyone knows that depression can lead to guilt, sadness, frustration, and in the case of 15-20% of people with depression, suicide. Because we live in a culture that rewards (and often worships) productivity, when a depressed person can't meet the expectations of society, the depression becomes worse and a vicious cycle begins. The goal of Gettin
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Alpha (first published April 5th 2005)
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I'll save you the trouble of reading it. Highly structure your day, regulate your sleep, exercise, break projects into steps, avoid isolation, accept limits, expect to cry, expect to have trouble thinking, and explore medication. Really? Wow, soooo groundbreaking- duh
I thought that this book provided a lot of useful strategies on how to be productive even when you're depressed. Getting stuff done is essential or else one falls deeper into depression. I especially liked the advice about starting projects even if you feel like you have no motivation to start because the motivation will usually come in the middle of the task and push you through to the end. And afterwards, the sense of validation will propel you to further complete other tasks. I also thought t ...more
Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
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3/5 stars.
ebook, 270 pages.
Read from August 26 to October 07, 2014.

As I usually do with most of the self-help books I read, I took my time. What was refreshing with this book is that it helped me to realize that some of my thoughts and even behaviors are not actually who I am. That when I wake up in the morning and that cloud is lingering over me, I know that I may have difficulties with what I expected to get done that day, that my ne
First, I have to say thank you to Julie Fast for writing a book without the confusing medical jargon and giving us strategies that can be truly applied to everyday situations and circumstances. There are too many books out there that just give you big words, no help and just a bunch of fluff. Julie's writing is honest, eye opening, and to the point. You don't have to read 100 pages to start applying her guidance to productivity while dealing with anxiety and depression. There are 50 chapters and ...more
This book is written by Julie A. Fast, an author who has struggled with depression most of her life. She teams up with licensed physician John, D. Preston to deliver a book of 50 ideas for getting tasks completed when you are bogged down by the symptoms of depression. My regular readers know that I am diagnosed bipolar and have had my share of difficulties struggling with depression, and this book came at a time when I was starting to feel a little down and seeing the lack of productivity that c ...more
I really want to say this book is a load of crap. Some of these "methods" will push a depressed person over the edge. But I can't give it a total wipe. Different people have different coping methods. For some people this "get yourself moving" idea is probably complementary to their ways of coping.

To me, it would be a cause for worse feelings about myself and my situation. If it wasn't a library book I'd flush it.
Julie Fast offers effective strategies to be productive when you're depressed. Her writing is clear and concise and I like the fact that she doesn't spend much time discussing why you're depressed-- I find that knowing the cause of depression doesn't really decrease the depression (sometimes it even makes it worse), but getting something done makes me feel better immediately. A lot of the things in this book will be hard for a depressed person to hear (or read), but I found it extremely helpful. ...more
Cheryl Bentley
I was fortunate enough to win Julie Fast's newest book in a Goodreads drawing. It was especially fortuitous, since several family members and I had read Julie's "Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder" three years ago when my daughter was diagonosed with that illness. I did a lot of reading and research before coming to Julie's book and still think it's the best thing I've read on bipolar disorder. "Get It Done When You're Depressed" is written very much in the same vein.

In "Get It Done," Julie combin
Some of the strategies in this book are ones that I would definitely NOT recommend to a depressed person. At one point, the author suggests that we should "fight" off our negative thoughts - a strategy which has been condemned by certified psychologists. You shouldn't even try to fight back with your thoughts, as Russ Harris puts it, your thoughts will always win. Better to just let it come and let it go!

Well, I do give kudos to Ms. Fast and her frank, personal anecdotes detailing her own strugg
I am a Mental health advocate and a person with depression. I have spent a lifetime reading self help books and talking with others who share this issue. I now give workshops on coping skills. This book takes all of my ideas and a few more, and puts them into easy to read language that is hopeful and encouraging and respectful. I went out and bought copies for my kids who also have depression, and have grown up being taught many of these skills.
Mercedes Yardley
There's a well-documented correlation between creatives and their struggles with depression. This book is easy to read and breaks things down into bite-sized steps for those days when even the little things seem insurmountable. The advice is basically, "Get up and get it done", but it's explained in a practical, caring way that I found to be inspirational. I've given this book out as gifts to friends who struggle with being overwhelmed.
Rocky & Laura Ellis
A good but difficult book to read for anyone who has suffered chronic depression. Good because of the useful survival tips, but difficult because the author makes it sound too easy. It's simply NOT so easy to "just do" these things. Yes, I speak from experience...
Karen Floyd
Common sense suggestions to help you get on with life in the midst of depression. I find myself saying, Well, duh! Why didn't I think of that?! But when you're depressed your brain doesn't function properly, especially in a commonsensical way.
Helpful for those of us whose anxiety disorders can often *cause* depression too.
Good book to have around for days when you're depressed and need to work.
hardly finished it.
just can't.
reading this make me more depressed.
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