We are happy to provide a list of resources that our clients have found helpful in dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, relationships, and other problems. Client resources are free and should serve to inform treatment.
The Benefits of Exercise
Exercise has been proposed as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression. Exercise may be particularly beneficial for individuals with depression because it can help lower the risk for poor health outcomes (e.g., heart failure, obesity, stroke) related to unbalanced sleep, eating difficulties, and lack of physical activity (Lopresti et al., 2013). Specifically, research suggests that engaging in supervised aerobic exercise (e.g., running on a treadmill, going on an elliptical, walking outside) at a moderate intensity three times per week for at least nine weeks significantly improves depressive symptoms (Stanton & Rearburn, 2014). Additionally, Dunn et al. (2005) found that the greater the intensity of exercise, the larger the reduction in depressive symptoms. Exercise has also been found to improve mood and functioning (in conjunction with medication) in individuals who have not improved from other treatments (Eyre & Baune, 2012; Mota-Pereira et al., 2011). Exercise may reduce depressive symptoms by decreasing the biological impact of stress on the body and brain (e.g., via reduced inflammation; Eyre & Baune, 2012). Furthermore, research has found that exercise may help prevent depression (Martinsen, 2008).
Low-cost exercise options in NYC:
- Alvin Ailey Extension
- Blink Fitness
- Bread and Yoga
- Brooklyn Road Runners
- Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse and Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse Kayaking
- Lululemon Complimentary Fitness Classes
- New York Road Runners
- Planet Fitness Gyms
- Shape Up NYC
- Yoga at the Socrates Sculpture Park
- Yoga to the People
For Borderline Personality Disorder
- The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything you need to know about living with BPD. by Alex L. Chapman, Kim L. Gratz, and Perry D. Hoffman
- Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families. by John G. Gunderson and Perry D. Hoffman
- Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. by Marsha Linehan
For Challenging Times
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha. by T. Brach
- When Things Fall Apart. by P. Chodron
- Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion. by P. Chodron
- Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. by J. Kabat-Zinn
- When Bad Things Happen to Good People. by H. Kushner
- Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. by S. Salzberg
- Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Whole Lot Happier. by S. Salzberg and R. Thurman
Research shows that mindfulness practice has various positive psychological effects. These include increased subjective well-being, reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, improved regulation of emotions and behavior, and increased positive emotions. Learn more about mindfulness and how to develop your own practice on our Mindfulness Resources page.
A favorite meditation tool of practice director, Dr. Lisa Napolitano, a Koan is a riddle or paradox used by Zen Buddhists during meditation to help them see truths about themselves and the world. Click here to see Koan of the Monh.
- Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness. by J. Braza
- Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life. by J. Kabat-Zinn
- The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation. by T. Nhat Hanh