Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression [NOOK Book]

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Despite the billions spent on prescription anti-depressant drugs and psychotherapy, people everywhere continue to grapple with depression. James Gordon, one of the nation's most respected psychiatrists, now offers a practical and effective way to get unstuck. Drawing on forty years of pioneering work, Unstuck is Gordon's seven-stage program for relief through food and nutritional supplements; Chinese medicine; movement, exercise, and dance; psychotherapy, meditation, and guided imagery; and spiritual practice. ...
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Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

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Overview

Despite the billions spent on prescription anti-depressant drugs and psychotherapy, people everywhere continue to grapple with depression. James Gordon, one of the nation's most respected psychiatrists, now offers a practical and effective way to get unstuck. Drawing on forty years of pioneering work, Unstuck is Gordon's seven-stage program for relief through food and nutritional supplements; Chinese medicine; movement, exercise, and dance; psychotherapy, meditation, and guided imagery; and spiritual practice. The result is a remarkable guide that puts the power to change in the hands of those ready to say "no" to suffering and drugs and "yes" to hope and happiness.


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Editorial Reviews

Dean Ornish
Unstuck is truly remarkable. Dr. James S. Gordon has taken forty years of experience in psychiatry and distilled it down into one brilliant book that can help people suffering from depression or ordinary unhappiness and confusion. In this warm, practical and user-friendly book, Dr. Gordon takes great care to remind us how much power we have to change our own lives. (Dean Ornish, MD, author of The Spectrum)
Andrew Weil
Using an integrative perspective and drawing on traditional wisdom, psychiatrist James Gordon guides you through a whole-person journey out of depression that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the problem, not just a possible chemical imbalance in the brain. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck. (Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Healthy Aging and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health)
Deepak Chopra
In this extraordinary book, Dr. James S. Gordon, a pioneer in integrative medicine, offers practical ways to climb out of the dark psychological dungeon of depression. Both therapist and patient will benefit hugely from reading this book. (Deepak Chopra, author of Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore)
Robert Coles
There is so much offered here to those fortunate enough to make this book's acquaintance. Jim Gordon is a skilled open-hearted writer and observer who brings his readers with him on a healing journey of human understanding. Unstuck is a revelatory, passionately humane and thoroughly knowing guide for those who are troubled. (Robert Coles, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard Medical School, author of the Children of Crisis series)
Mark Hyman
Depression is not what we think it is. Ideas that can change a culture come only a few times in a generation. Unstuck is such an idea, the answer to the one of the major causes of disability that has, until now, had only poor solutions. Dr. James Gordon, a pioneering voice in medicine for 40 years, has provided a practical and transformative guide for the suffering millions with depression. If you want to find out the real causes of depression and how to cure them, read this book. (Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best selling author of UltraMetabolism)
Christiane Northrup
Unstuck is the most exciting book on transforming depression I've ever read. Before you reach for a drug, read this book to feel better. This book is EXACTLY what this over-medicated country needs right now. Unstuck is fabulous. Thank you Jim Gordon for writing it. (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
Mary Pipher
Dr. Gordon offers a fresh, holistic approach for what he calls the journey out of depression. While he is educated in Western medicine and has worked all over the world with victims of trauma, Dr. Gordon is also savvy about Chinese medicine, Indian healing traditions and Buddhist meditation. His treatments involve work with the body, the mind, and the spirit. Unstuck is one of the books that will help us break free from our compartmentalized ideas about mental health and our American tendency to pathologize ordinary life experiences. I recommend this for anyone struggling with darkness. (Dr. Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Letters to a Young Therapist)
Mehmet Oz
A world expert offers a practical proven guide to finding hope and happiness in the ashes of depression. Unstuck is superb. (Mehmet Oz, MD, author of the YOU guides)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440639098
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/12/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 261,003
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

James S. Gordon, M.D., is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction: Is There Some Other Way?     1
The Call: Finding the Right Way     47
Guides on the Journey     108
Surrender to Change     149
Dealing with Demons     185
The Dark Night of the Soul     240
Spirituality: The Blessing     282
The Return     321
Acknowledgments     345
Resources     347
Notes     383
Bibliography     409
Index     419
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    I'm a cliche - this book changed my life.

    I have battled depression and been on and off anti-depressants for 12-13 years. A few years ago I came to the conclusion that I had a disease that runs in my family and would have to be on anti-depressants my whole life. My psychiatrist didn't necessarily agree with me, but didn't force me to accept his view. I think that anti-depressants, along with counseling from my psychiatrist, helped me get out of a major depressive episode. But once I was out, I felt stuck. For two years I have struggled to move on, trying different doses of medication, trying different medications. I picked up this book at the bookstore because it looked interesting. I tapered off my meds, went through a detox program, and started accupuncture. I also started meditation, journal writing, and nutritional supplements. Once I started doing a few of these things I was able to do the other things. It snowballed. I started becoming much more productive. I was even able to say no to unhealthy food - not all the time, but dang, even some of the time was a HUGE improvement. I feel so much better. My brother said the difference in me was like night and day - and that was just two weeks into my change. I still haven't used all of the tools that Dr. Gordon recommends, but for the first time in years I feel like I can plan to do something and I will actually accomplish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    Take your time, and enjoy the ride!!

    This was an excellent book. I highly recommend it. To begin with, it was refreshing to have a doctor trained in allopathic medicine humbly recognize that MDs are not the only providers with medical or health knowledge. The book is thoughtful and deliberate. Dr. Gordon provides diverse and easy to relate to examples. While this book may be in the self-help category, each chapter truly emphasized that overcoming depression is a personal effort, and total reliance on Western medicine or therapists is a disservice. I also like that Dr. Gordon offered readings and teaching from different religions and spiritual beliefs; again, not arrogantly professing that Judeo-Christian portrayals of God are the only way to achieve peace or enlightened spiritual experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Still Stuck.

    James S. Gordon makes it sounds very easy to become "unstuck" and it seems as though he writes to show off how different he is from other doctors rather than to shed light on the journey out of darkness. I found this book pointless and I regret purchasing it.

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