Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

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The Overcoming self-help guides use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. CBT is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

This fully revised third edition has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the ...

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Overview


The Overcoming self-help guides use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. CBT is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

This fully revised third edition has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling. Overcoming Depression outlines Paul Gilbert’s compassionate approach to a very common disorder. One of the world’s leading psychologists, Gilbert outlines a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based program which contains user-friendly step-by-step suggestions, case studies, and practical ideas to help sufferers of depression take control of their lives. Including two new chapters and guided exercises that counteract negative thoughts and feelings, Overcoming Depression teaches readers how to develop the compassionate attention and behavior needed to conquer their illness.

Accessible and practical, Overcoming Depression is a must-have manual for people who are depressed, and is also a great resource to their friends and families, psychologists, and those working in the medical profession.

  • Explains the causes of depression and why it is such a common disorder
  • Uses a step-by-step approach based on CBT techniques for relief
  • Includes material on all types of depression
  • Describes how the mind and body can interact to provoke depression
  • Considers related issues such as shame, anger, perfectionism, and guilt 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465015085
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 573,806
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit at the Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He is a visiting professor at the University of Fribourg and the University of Coimbra. He is the author of several books including The Compassionate Mind. He lives in Derby, UK.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Preface
Pt. I Understanding Depression 1
1 What is Depression? 3
2 What Causes Depression? 11
3 Negative Thinking and Relationships with Others 32
Pt. II Learning How to Cope 43
4 Initial Steps 45
5 Thoughts and Feelings 59
6 Challenging Negative Thoughts and Feelings 73
7 Styles of Negative Thinking 87
8 Self-bullying and How to Challenge It 104
9 Calling Ourselves Names: How Negative Labels Affect Us 121
10 Further Methods to Challenge Negative Thoughts 135
Pt. III Special Problems Associated with Depression 149
11 Approval, Subordination and Bullying 151
12 Confronting Shame 174
13 Coping with Anger 195
14 From Anger to Assertiveness and Forgiveness 216
15 Dealing with Frustration, Disappointment and Lost Ideals 233
16 Perfectionism and Competitiveness, or How the Secret of Success is the Ability to Fail 251
17 Summing Up 273
Monitoring and Challenging Your Thoughts 279
Quick Guides 284
Antidepressants 291
Useful Books and Addresses 295
Index 300
Extra Monitoring Sheets 317
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