Down in the Dumps

gettin up when you are feeling down

Getting up when you’re feeling down
A woman’s guide to overcoming and preventing depression

Okay, I think we can agree that a book on depression from 1988 is not going to be a helpful choice for a patron in 2020. Like many books from this time, the term depression was used in a less clinical way. Words like the “baby blues” or “feeling down” softened what could be a major depressive disorder. The feminist in me says of course women are depressed; they have no help and no matter what choice they make with respect to food preparation, child rearing, work in the home, work out of the home, etc. it will be criticized. Of course the result is depression and/or wanting to kick someone’s ass. Add in extra helpings of racism and sexism, and it is a miracle that most women get up and go to work. (Rant over, thank you for listening.)

These types of books were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. We have featured so many of these types of titles. Suggestions run from “have an affair” to lose weight and keep your man. It’s important that we treat depression as the medical condition it is.



  1. Having an affair would make the woman more depressed when she acquires AIDS/gets pregnant by her boyfriend/is caught by her husband – or all of the above.

    1. And thus Lifetime Movies were born… at least the ones that weren’t about the women murdering their no-good men.

      Which might end a lot of the things that caused the “low moods”!

  2. I think if I had read this book, it would have convinced me that I ought to be depressed. Weed it!

  3. Jacket flap says this is the “universal complaint of women in the 80s” -> dated, for sure superseded. Discard and replace with a more current and sound & ground book.

  4. Dearest Mary: Word! as the kids said about the time this was published.

    Which shows you how old this is.

    None of this is going to work with actual diagnosed depressive disorder. And we didn’t have nearly as many good drugs then.

    That little questionnaire they have you fill out every time you see a shrink would be a better diagnostic tool than this book.

    And telling some of your stressors to F off would possibly lift your mood, but I bet she doesn’t mention that.

  5. My sister actually got the “have an affair” variety of advice from her modern, feminist, female psychologist.

    It actually worked out OK for both her and the father of my nephew. She got pregnant young and thought the grass was greener on the side of the party girls, he got a lesson about being there and having fun with his family instead of being WORK WORK WORK rest WORK WORK WORK rest.

    They are now happily separated.

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