Overcoming Depression: A Cognitive Therapy Approach Workbook / Edition 2

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This workbook is designed to help you as you work together with a qualified mental health professional to overcome your depression. The program described will help you develop a set of coping strategies and skills so that you can proactively deal with depression and prevent it from compromising your quality of life.

Based on the idea that depression is a "beast" to be tamed, the treatment utilizes an acronym to help you understand the goals of treatment. You will work with your therapist to understand the biology of depression, as well as how your emotions, your activity level, the situations you find yourself in, and the thoughts you have all contribute to your depression (the BEAST). This treatment is scientifically proven and can be used in conjunction with medication.
Filled with worksheets and forms for completing in-session exercises, as well as at-home assignments, this workbook provides all the tools you need to successfully overcome your depression and prevent future relapse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195371024
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Series: Treatments That Work Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 260,342
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Gilson, PhD, is the founder of the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a founding fellow for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Arthur (Art) Freeman, PhD is Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Governors State University. In addition, he is Clinical Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
M. Jane Yates, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and one of the founding members of the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Sharon Morgillo Freeman, PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, is CEO for the Center for Brief Therapy, PC, and Faculty in the Health Sciences Department at Indiana/Purdue University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 2 Beginning Questions and Answers
Chapter 3 The Theory and Practice of Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 4 Understanding Your Body: The B of the BEAST
Chapter 5 Understanding the Impact of Emotion: The E of the BEAST
Chapter 6 Taking Action: The A of the BEAST
Chapter 7 Life Situations and Vulnerability: The S of the BEAST
Chapter 8 Thoughts and Depression: The T of the BEAST
Chapter 9 Relapse Prevention
Chatper 10 Final Words of Hope
Appendix of Forms

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    In this treatment Guide for Therapists and workbook for clients (patient), these authors present a scholarly, clear and comprehensive explanation of the cognitive approach to treating depression and a variety of mood disorders. Gilson et al., 2009 provide a systematic procedure to assess "target behaviors "or problems that are specific to the individual client. The authors clearly show by using case examples that clients with the symptoms of depression may have many different
    factors that are contributing to their depression that need to be targeted for work by the therapist and client. The treatment is individualized for each client, yet the approach is systematic and looks at key components of depression. They devised a neat memory and explanation devise called "Taming the BEAST' to outline the assessment and treatment process. Each letter of BEAST covers an aspect of mood disorders that needs to be addressed with each client. BEAST stands for the effects of body, emotion, action, situation and thoughts on the experience of depression. Using the "taming the beast" metaphor, the authors present specific theory, research, exercises and techniques to these five aspects of depression. Gilson et al. make it very clear that the cognitive therapy approach is much more complex than just changing negative thinking. I found their chapter on socialization of the patient to be excellent. They present interesting procedures for the therapist to educate the client on what to expect from the therapy sessions, on what cognitive therapy is and how to deal with client questions. They have developed a client consent form which encourages an active buy-in of the client for the treatment. I think their socialization ideas are important and innovative and can be useful to a therapist regardless of his/her orientation. I found Chapter 7 on life situations and vulnerability to be an excellent aid to help the therapist and client discover patterns of difficulty. Also, chapter 8 showed clearly with great examples how thoughts could be changed to deal with depression.
    There is a concise descriptive summary of significant reviews of
    empirical research studies that showed that cognitive therapy is very effective in successfully treating depression. The authors do acknowledge that some other approaches may work, yet make a strong case for cognitive therapy. Some of the most interesting discussion, based on recent research, is reviewing brain research that suggests that cognitive behavior therapy may change brain chemistry and affect brain processes. Their discussion of neurophysiology and depression is very readable and effectively looks at mind-body complexities in depression in a way that helped me in my thinking about the issues. The use of drugs in treatment is handled well and provides thoughtful consideration of the pros and cons of the adjunctive use of medications.In each chapter, the authors provide many questionnaires, forms and lists that help the therapist keep ongoing track of what is changing or
    not as the client proceeds with the therapy. For therapists who use the cognitive approach and those who do not these books bring together in a very readable form the current thinking about this approach to depression which is definitely an important contribution
    for therapists and clients.

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