Reviews Of The Book

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"Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed is the perfect book for the average male who struggles with symptoms of depression. It offers a concise, an easy to digest, and an evidence-based summary of the nature of depression ("the beast"), as well as the cognitive-behavioral interventions that "starve the beast."   |  Read more at

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"How to Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed is for all the dudes out there looking to feel a little less Eeyore, a little more Tigger. In fact, psychologist Jonas Horwitz has written his No BS Guide specifically for men, and specifically for men hesitant to read a self-help book, figuring they'll just get flooded with jargon and blathering.

Part of Horwitz's No BS approach is to write simply, more like a (surprisingly emotionally mature and open) buddy than a shrink, and to convince men with depression that they should take it seriously, treat it as they would diabetes, cancer, heart disease, the stuff that can kill them. He calls depression The Beast, giving it an identity separate from the reader's own, to explain how it uses trickery and antagonism to attack when its host is most stressed, and make him think and behave in ways that feed The Beast, perpetuate the depression.

Horwitz then shares How to Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed, providing methods for changing your behavior, which can directly change your brain chemistry, and slay The Beast. Or at least debilitate him enough that you can take back your life."   |  Read more at 

Robert N. Golden, MD

Dean at the School of Medicine and Public Health and Processor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"This wonderful book is a treasure trove filled with gems of meaningful, important information and guidance. For those who struggle with "the beast" of depression, it provides valuable advice that is candid and practical. The "no-nonsense" language cuts through the haze of jargon and technical talk, offering an accessible road map to remission and recovery."

Barbara J. Myers, PhD

Associate Professor Emerita and former Director of the Developmental Psychology Division at Virginia Commonwealth University.

"Dr. Horwitz knows just how miserable men with severe depression feel. A clinical psychologist, he tells specific things a man can do to feel much better, without telling the lie that depression is easy to fix. He explains what is going on in the brain that keeps depression alive and how behavioral changes can reduce the depression. His tone is conversational; his message is direct. I plan to buy a stack of these books and hand them to men I know who need to read it"

Julie McIntyre, LCSW, MSW

Clinical social worker for the Department of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.  Past director of the Crisis Stabilization Service.  Retired.

"Dr. Horwitz’s powerful, no-nonsense guide for men experiencing severe depression is written with sincerity and compassion as he navigates a subject too often ignored.  Depression is a serious illness and one of the top risk factors for suicide. Horwitz’s passion for this subject can be seen on each page as he provides practical, solution-based options for those struggling with the 'beast.'  It is, without a doubt, a book to share with your colleagues, clients, and loved-ones.”

David K. Donlon, LCSW

President of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. Psychotherapist in Chapel Hill, NC for 35 years.

“This brilliantly designed book could only have been written by a psychotherapist who has spent thousands of hours talking with men about depression. Dr. Horwitz has achieved remarkable things here. He has distilled the relevant research, and presented it in a straight-forward, short, but comprehensive form. The ideas are sound and easy to understand while never being oversimplified. This book provides a source of hope without ever underestimating the size of the challenge of overcoming depression. I think anyone who works with men in any capacity will want a stack of these to present at the right moments.”

Rev. Dr. Steven A. Ingram, DMin, LPCC, Pastoral Counselor

Practicing Pastoral Counselor in Ohio for more than 28 years.  Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. 

"Depression—we know it’s there but we can’t see it.  Jonas Horwitz gives us a brilliant way to “see” and deal with our depression. Revealing how we unwittingly feed a beast that weighs us down, Dr. Horwitz provides a way into – and through – the shadows of depression. Look through the windows of this book, as I have, and let go of helplessness and get on with meaningful living.”

Dr. Wendy Kliewer, PhD

Professor and former chair in the department of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her current program of research focuses on risk and resilience in youth and families confronting stressful circumstances.

“This book, How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed: The No BS Guide for Men, by Dr. Jonas A. Horwitz, is just that: a common-sense, direct, honest, easy-to-read guide for men suffering from severe, debilitating, chronic depression.

From the opening paragraph Dr. Horwitz communicates directly to the men he is writing for in a way that makes it clear he is all about teaching men specific strategies they can use to gain control over their depression, which he calls “The Beast.” His guide is creative, personal, educational, practical, and guided by research and years of experience as a therapist.

Peppered throughout the guide are small tips on what men can do to upset the Beast. Horwitz’ guide touches on every aspect of depression and uses real world examples, which brings the material alive.

This is a very practical guide, but it also is balanced because Horwitz realizes that reading the guide is not enough for the severely depressed man. The guide closes with a discussion of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.

I highly recommend this delightful and practical work – for both men and women – who are suffering with severe depression.”