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The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness / Edition 1

Overview


If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.

See also the authors' Mindful Way Workbook, which provides step-by-step guidance for building your mindfulness practice in 8 weeks. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors' bestselling therapy guide: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"An invaluable resource for patients who suffer with depression. In addition to psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and CBT, it provides another resource to patients and another way of looking at their struggle, a way of trying to understand what's happening and a way to learn a technique of self-help; a way of attempting to break through a cycle of chronic unhappiness. The book is accompanied by a CD with a series of guided meditations, making it a unique and useful package for the clinician to use in a comprehensive treatment program....A book of this sort is invaluable in that it provides a series of take-home exercises for the novice and provides a step-by-step guide to patients or clinicians interested in effective noninvasive therapeutic techniques."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
New Directions

"Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling....A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation."--New Directions
From the Publisher

"Using mindfulness training to prevent and treat depression is a novel strategy in the West, though it is a traditional application of Eastern meditation practice. Whether you struggle with depression or simply want to understand your mind and emotions better, you will find this book accessible and useful. Depression is epidemic in our society, and I would love to see this sensible treatment approach gain ground." –Andrew Weil, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Healthy Aging
 

"A revolutionary treatment approach. For depression sufferers, this is a truly useful guide to achieving emotional balance. For mental health professionals, it should be mandatory reading. I recommend this book and companion CD most highly." –Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence

 

"An invaluable resource not only for those who suffer from depression, but for anyone familiar with the downward spiral of negative thinking and self-doubt. The authors of this book explore the reasons for depression and give us guidance and support, along with useful tools to find a way through it." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
 

"If I could select one group of individuals for people to really pay attention to when grappling with chronic unhappiness, I could not think of a better group than these authors. Not only are they consummate scientists, but they are each personally immersed in the moment-to-moment mindfulness that they teach. This book brings together the practices of both science and insight meditation in an effective fashion that is understandable to the ordinary person--no esoteric practice or mental health background is necessary. Read it and see for yourself!" –Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, University of Washington

Drug and Alcohol Review

"The book is well written and easy to read....People who are prone to depression, dysthymia, or general unhappiness will find this a helpful new way to reframe their thinking about their issues, and practitioners may also find it a useful basis for counseling."--Drug and Alcohol Review
New Directions

"Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling....A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation."--New Directions
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Depression is a common psychological disease with many options for treatment, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Nevertheless, many patients never seek professional treatment. In the growing trend of bibliotherapy, this book provides a self-treatment resource for individuals who suffer from depression or dysthymia.
Purpose: The primary aim of this book is provide a self-help resource for depression sufferers. It does so with an eye towards mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), combining traditional CBT concepts with mindfulness and meditation.
Audience: Persons who have symptoms of depression, dysthymia, or a sense of an unfulfilled life and who are looking for a self-help avenue for treatment are the intended readers. There is no particular expertise or esoteric knowledge required to fully comprehend this book. The authors are outstanding researchers and pioneers in mindfulness-based treatment.
Features: This book takes a narrative approach rather than a lecturing approach. The authors convey the sense of a conversation with the reader and impart an understanding of the difficulties faced in depression. The book progresses from an introduction to mindfulness through exercises designed to facilitate awareness of the therapeutic concepts. Vignettes help readers associate with the problems and techniques that are introduced. Small shaded boxes in the margins highlight important concepts and a CD included with the book provides guided meditations. While there are recognizable components of CBT in the book, much of it is focused on changing the readers' attitudes and ways of interpreting the world around them. It would have been nice to see more of the traditional CBT techniques to at least provide a foundation before leaping into mindfulness.
Assessment: This is a helpful book for readers interested in mindfulness and meditation approaches to treating depression. The CBT underpinnings are well founded, but there are not a lot of concrete examples or step-by-step methods as in traditional CBT. For readers who prefer a more structured approach to treatment, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy , Burns (HarperCollins, 1999), may be easier to follow. Nevertheless, this can be a good resource for individuals wishing to embark on a self-therapy voyage.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2581593851289
  • Manufacturer: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition description: (Book + CD)
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • These items ship to U.S. address only. No APO/FPO.

Meet the Author

J. Mark G. Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.

John D. Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tired of Feeling So Bad for So Long
I. Mind, Body, and Emotion
1. "Oh, No, Here I Go Again": Why Unhappiness Won't Let Go
2. The Healing Power of Awareness: Making a Shift to Freedom
II. Moment by Moment
3. Cultivating Mindfulness: A First Taste
4. The Breath: Gateway to Awareness
5. A Different Kind of Knowing: Sidestepping the Ruminative Mind
III. Transforming Unhappiness
6. Reconnecting with Our Feelings--Those We Like, Those We Don’t Like, and Those We Don’t Know We Have
7. Befriending our Feelings
8. Seeing Thoughts as Creations of the Mind
9. Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Taking a Breathing Space
IV. Reclaiming Your Life
10. From Being Unhappy to Being Fully Alive
11. The Mindfulness Program and Your Life: Bringing It All Together
*Resources and Further Reading
*Audio CD: Guided Meditation Practices for The Mindful Way through Depression
(Narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn)

1. Introduction (3:01)
2. Body Scan (29:02)
3. Mindful Standing Yoga (10:58)
4. Mindfulness of the Breath (10:38)
5. Mindfulness of the Breath and Body (9:24)
6. Mindfulness of Sounds and Thoughts (10:34)
7. The Breathing Space (3:48)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2009

    Stands out in its class

    This book is not a quick-fix program, and doesn't pretend to be. It outlines the way that depression works, and how it hooks us. Then it offers practical exercises on how to experience life in a new way. How to get out of the "doing mode" and into the "being mode" where we open to each and every moment as it is. I've read many depression books and this is by far the best. It comes with a great CD and guided body scan, that lets the listener detach from her body and mind in a way that is truly liberating and healing.

    24 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    Relevant help for depression sufferers

    This is a beautifully written, accessible book for depression sufferers and those who simply wish to understand more about the nature of depression in common sense terms.
    The authors have masterfully crafted the text which is full of wisdom and represents current research on the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approach. Highly relevant and especially useful for people who have experienced recurring or depression relapses. The accompanying CD, narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is one of the best recordings I've heard from Kabat-Zinn. Both a good read and a good go to book for mindfulness-based practices and instructions on cultivating a more skillful way of relating to depression.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    If you live with someone suffering from chronic depression, this provides insight on the how and why. It also provides some help - for you and your someone!

    A really good book about depression. A really good book about how mindfullness/meditation can be helpful. The CD that accompanies the book is now a favorite of mine. If you suffer, or if you are the spouse/partner of someone who suffers from chronic depression, you will like what you read here. It is useful and thought provoking.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Helping Your Mind to Heal

    I have read through this book once, but want to go back and start working on the exercises after I've had a chance to deal with some of my chronic depression. I do believe the mind can be changed in a more healing and happier way with practice as guided by this book. I will continue to refer to this book and CD for guidance and future happiness.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2009

    A helpful book

    I did find this book helpful, especially the guided meditation CD. I must admit that my depression had other physical aspects to it, since I have already done mindfulness meditation and therapy. But even so, this is helpful material.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Depression Is Anger Turned Inward

    There is so much that you might feel. There is so much that you tend to go through. This book is a good start to working your way out of that sadness and depression. If you don't find the help here, I recommend you find it somewhere. It's okay to be sad sometimes, but not all the time.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. It's on sale here on BN.com.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Excellent explanation and intro to get you started on Mindfulness

    Explains how it works.
    Tells you how to do it.
    And, most importantly, comes with a CD that has guided meditation tracks.

    Excellent. A great first book on Mindfulness. Really helped me a lot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    my experience

    well i started reading it and it hasnt helped me. well first of all i do not have deppression soo thats probably why i dont undrstand it. my parents took me to a psycologist because i have a phobia to needles:/ and he sent me this book:( i dont see the link to it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    Clinical depression is not the same as 'chronic unhappiness'. Y

    Clinical depression is not the same as 'chronic unhappiness'. You can't meditate your way out of a chemical imbalance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    I strongly recommend this book to any patient who is working wit

    I strongly recommend this book to any patient who is working with a CBT or Schema Therapist. Mindfulness adds an entire new level to the field of CBT and has greatly helped my patients. Also, mindfulness has helped my patients with Adult ADHD. This CD that comes with this book helps people get into the habit of practicing mindfulness on a daily basis. Kudos to all three authors. Scott Shapiro, MD, NY, NY, Specializing in CBT and Adult ADHD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Great book with lots of good tips!

    Definitely worth buying, very helpful.

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