Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression

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Recent reports indicate that depression is the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting as many as 17 million Americans. This book integrates the spiritual practice of mindfulness with psychological techniques for changing negative thoughts and behaviors into a powerful and proven-effective program for coping with this serious and distressing condition. The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts ...

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Overview

Recent reports indicate that depression is the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting as many as 17 million Americans. This book integrates the spiritual practice of mindfulness with psychological techniques for changing negative thoughts and behaviors into a powerful and proven-effective program for coping with this serious and distressing condition. The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts that lead to depression. They learn how to find the motivation to confront depressive feelings. By "sitting" with painful emotions and allowing them to pass, readers find that they can reduce the frequency of depressive episodes. The book is co-written by a leading specialist in the treatment of depression and a clinical nurse who, as a Zen practitioner trained with Charlotte Joko Beck and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572243668
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 531,806
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula E. Carmona RN, MSN, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Yale University with a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing in 1986. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and implemented a mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the VA in San Diego. She has been a student of Zen since the 1970's and has been practicing with Charlotte Joko Beck, author of Everyday Zen and Nothing Special, since 1984. She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in San Diego.

John McQuaid, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of stress and depression. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1995, he joined the University of California, San Diego, Psychiatry Department and became a staff psychologist at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. He is currently associate professor of clinical psychiatry at UCSD, and director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions Program at the VA in San Diego, CA.

Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and The Mindful Way through Depression.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to peaceful mind vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 from depression to hope 7
Chapter 2 The combo plate 19
Chapter 3 CBT and mindfulness meditation: first steps 29
Chapter 4 Core belief framework 49
Chapter 5 Understanding and changing depressed thinking 71
Chapter 6 Activities and mood 89
Chapter 7 People and your mood 99
Chapter 8 People skills 111
Chapter 9 Depression and exercise 125
Chapter 10 Acceptance is not defeat 141
Chapter 11 Stages of change 155
Appendix 171
Resources 175
References 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Gentle Advice without being clincally cold

    I run a psychotherapy practice in Hawaii which focuses on the benefits of mindful awareness. I have recommended this book to several clients who are struggling to 'sit with their anxiety'. This book offers practical exercises to follow as well as a great reframe for those emotions which can be overwhelming or frightening. I'm not a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist like the author (I'm more Jungian based) but there is enough cross over in the book's concepts to make it a worthy purchase for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety, no matter what their therapeutic bent. They also do a nice job defining 'mindfulness' for those unfamiliar with the concept - although I suspect a 'newbie' would need to reread some of the definitions. Without a personal guide or therapist, being 'nonjudgementally observant' is a difficult task.

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