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Get It Done When You're Depressed

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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 Getting Th
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Alpha (first published April 5th 2005)
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Sep 05, 2011 Liesel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine Dyar
Mar 03, 2015 Christine Dyar rated it it was amazing
Getting It Done When You're Depressed was a wonderful read for me. I have read a number of reviews of the book, and many say the opposite. I've seen reviews that state that the book is just common sense, that it doesn't tell us anything we don't already know. I don't believe that the fact that it contains common sense makes it any less worthy a read. The long and short of it is this: when you are in the thick of depression, you aren't thinking clearly. It takes common sense solutions, and hard w ...more
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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
May 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2016 Olivia rated it it was ok
This book is painfully repetitive, and contains some misguided advice. For example, in a chapter devoted to the benefit of exercise, Julie A. Fast mentions offhand that we might be less depressed if we weren't so fat. That's not how it works, Julie. Skinny people don't have some magical quality that saves them from mood disorders. She also harps time and again against whining too much, which is a great way to perpetuate silence in a society that stigmatizes mental illness. I'll also say the idea ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Riki rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2009 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Mar 11, 2008 Anne rated it did not like it
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.
Rebekah Palmer
Jan 10, 2017 Rebekah Palmer rated it it was amazing
Practical advice when it's your brain that's depressed not your circumstances.
Cheryl Bentley
Dec 29, 2009 Cheryl Bentley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 03, 2011 ayanami rated it really liked 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
Hui Fang
Jul 15, 2015 Hui Fang rated it it was ok
I find the book to be quite repeatitive, pretty much the same point in 50 short chapters.
Basically the whole point is that acknowledge your depression and get to work anyway; you can choose your actions instead of letting your emotions dictate/hinder them. People who were/are depressed may relate with the series of negative self-talk and self-demeaning, the author went into a lot of details about that - probably to emphasise that she knows it feels to be depressed but look at her achievements, i
Stephanie Weeks
Sep 08, 2015 Stephanie Weeks rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, I picked it up from Amazon at the start of my super senior year of undergrad. I was excited to start reading it, and a lot of these strategies really helped me. I employed a lot of these strategies and I know some people have said that these strategies are common sense, but that doesn't take away from the fact that hearing it written by an author who truly suffers from severe chronic depression DOES help. Easy to read, and the chapters are pretty short. After failing a sem ...more
May 20, 2013 mkh96 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
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
Oct 24, 2016 Marina rated it it was ok
I disagree with a lot of the advice given in this book. Being productive while depressed should be about minimizing and shortening the depressive episode and not, like the author suggests, trying to get things done even if you're literally in tears. The book has a lot of focus on being productive at all costs, no matter how much you want to die, and that just doesn't work for me personally. But if you are currently desperate to get things done, I recommend giving the book a try if you can get it ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Staci rated it liked it
A good book with a number of strategies that can actually help you with depression IF you actually do them. These strategies are accompanied by stories from both the author and others as well as a sort of short-answer doctor-reasoning for why that strategy would work on depression; this may not be for some people but each of those things has a clear header on it so you can just skip to the next strategy if you want.
Mercedes Yardley
May 06, 2011 Mercedes Yardley rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 15, 2010 Miriam rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2016 Taryn rated it did not like it
I got about 100 pages into this and just saw no point in continuing. There's no groundbreaking information here. Structure your day, get enough sleep, do things even when you don't feel like it... I've been depressed for a decade, I know all that. I was very disappointed with how surface level this information was.
Rocky & Laura Ellis
May 18, 2013 Rocky & Laura Ellis rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2009 Karen Floyd rated it really liked it
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.
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Julie A. Fast is a critically acclaimed six-time author, radio host, national speaker, and sought after expert in the field of mental health management. Since starting her website where she offers a treatment plan and advice for those affected by bipolar disorder, Julie has written three traditionally published books on the topic of mood disorders:

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“When you think of your options—getting things done versus quitting jobs, rarely finishing projects, always feeling guilty and sad, and in general not believing in your own abilities—the choice is clear. You want to get things done.” 4 likes
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