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Get It Done When You're Depressed

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  35 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 Getting Th
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Alpha (first published April 5th 2005)
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Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
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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
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of this was helpful some of it not. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way was that this book acted as if the advice inside should be seen and treated as a general, blanket cure-all, when it absolutely is not. Some of these things (depending on the person) may exacerbate the symptoms and make it worse. Again, it depends on the person. There isn't a blanket cure-all as this book likes to claim. With that said, there are things in here worth giving some thought or an honest effort. Howev ...more
May 25, 2009 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
Christine Dyar
Mar 03, 2015 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
Mar 11, 2008 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.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-brain
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, and fat people aren't doomed to a life of sadness. She also harps time and again against whining too much, which is a great way to perpetuate silence in a society that ...more
Karen Floyd
Sep 02, 2009 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.
Joanne Prysunka
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Practical and succinct. More than conceptual and written from the depressed person's point of view.
Emma Frost
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book offered a different take on depression. It believes you can work through it even if you don't feel like it. I like how she divided the book in short chapters, about 3 pages each. It makes it easier to read and apply the information. I think she realizes the urgency for people with depression to get quick advice because she didn't dilly dally in this book. She got to the point.

Some other reviewers said that this book was too simple and had things everyone knows.
I think those who though
Jan 18, 2012 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
Jul 03, 2011 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 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
Dec 10, 2009 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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This is an excellent book of broken-down tips to deal with depression. Depression makes it hard to get things done, and just as hard to notice the obvious. Fast clearly outlines things that would have been obvious to me before I became depressed, but that the depression makes me miss. She also gives good strategies, like breaking things down into small pieces and accepting that your energy levels aren’t what you feel they should be. My favorite strategies, and the ones that helped me the most, w ...more
Aug 15, 2010 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.
Mercedes Yardley
May 06, 2011 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.
Jul 01, 2013 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.
Rocky & Laura Ellis
May 18, 2013 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...
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are repetitions but this is a good collection of 'tools' which can be useful not only for the depressed but everyone looking for improving productivity.
Cheryl Bentley
Dec 29, 2009 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
I'm not sure if my rating has any value, I just realized I'm facing a different kind of issue. I feel like I'm mostly over the depression part, I just have a hard time getting things done. It's like my brain learned the depression habit and now I don't know how to change the habit anymore. I do know how to plan, I know how to break up my tasks, I just have a problem with getting started on things.

Anyway, what I do like about the book is, that it gives concrete advice. Things you can do. I felt
Stephanie A. Weeks
Sep 08, 2015 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 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
Jun 23, 2016 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.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Helpful for those of us whose anxiety disorders can often *cause* depression too.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book to have around for days when you're depressed and need to work.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
hardly finished it.
just can't.
reading this make me more depressed.
Lou Fillari
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable. I should try some of these strategies.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good read. Very useful strategies.
Rebekah Palmer
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Practical advice when it's your brain that's depressed not your circumstances.
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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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