Anti-Depressant Book

Greetings.  I am excited to announce that
 The Anti-Depressant Book is now available!  

The book is available in Paperback as well as Kindle and can be purchased here:

Here is a great article about the book from the Palo Alto Weekly: Practical Help for Teens

Praise for The Anti-Depressant Book


“Dr. Jacob Towery has been a great friend and colleague of mine for many years.  In this, his first book, he offers a radically new perspective on the treatment of depression in teens and young adults.  Whereas many ‘self-help’ books focus exclusively on one or a few approaches to recovery, Dr. Towery recognizes that individuals are unique and there's no such thing as a ‘magic bullet’ or panacea that works for every person.  Mood is influenced by many independent factors, and this book offers insights into finding the right combination of approaches to achieve sustained recovery from depression.  These approaches include cognitive, motivational, interpersonal, behavioral, spiritual, and meditative practices, along with healthy exercise habits.  I wish more child therapists and psychiatrists followed this approach to treating their patients with depression!”

—Matthew May, MD

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford Department of Psychiatry


“In this book, Dr. Towery combines his unparalleled experience with treating adolescents using the most cutting-edge psychological treatments for depression together with a direct, no-nonsense yet compassionate style of teaching and writing.  His respectful, practical, and goal-oriented guidance in this book makes depressed teens accountable for the work needed to overcome depression.  His treatment approach is systematic, clear, and wise, making this book easy to follow and extremely useful.  I would want my teen struggling with depression to read this book.” 

—Maor Katz, MD

Director of the Feeling Good Institute


“Jacob Towery is my favorite adolescent psychiatrist.  He is a seasoned clinician with a knack for simplifying the complex.  In this book, he has created an owner’s manual for the teenage brain, as well as a troubleshooting guide for those suffering with mood and anxiety difficulties.  I am grateful that he has taken the time to disseminate his most effective strategies in a compilation of self-help techniques.”

—Kim Bullock, MD          

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Stanford Neurobehavioral Clinic


"Dr. Towery has an approachable, honest, and witty style that allows readers to connect to the life-changing messages in this book.  He consistently addresses the lack of motivation experienced by many youth with depression and supports them in making changes.  Dr. Towery compassionately pushes readers toward turning their lives around."

—Angela Krumm, Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford Department of Psychiatry


“The Anti-Depressant Book is a great book (and workbook) for teens suffering from depression.  It is also an excellent guide for their parents who just want to help and wonder, ‘What can I do?’  The book makes working with cognitive behavioral therapy easy and approachable.  It really focuses on ways to help people feel better in real time.  It is a wonderful addition to my library and a great resource for my patients and their families.”

—Alexander Strauss, MD, DFAACAP, FAPA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


“The Anti-Depressant Book is a fantastic resource for teens struggling with depression and the parents who support them.  Dr. Towery highlights the active ingredients that will help your teen fully recover from depression, including: increasing sleep and exercise, mindfulness, cognitive therapy techniques, and gratitude exercises.  Dr. Towery balances the need for self-compassion with careful accountability in this must-read, practical self-help book for teens with depression.  If your son or daughter is struggling with depression, I highly recommend that you hurry up and get this book for themit just might save their life!”

—Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford Department of Psychiatry