What if depression weren’t a disorder occurring on its own but was rather a kind of signpost pointing at tangible things you needed to change in your life? This would radically alter not only the way you think about depression but also the strategies you’d use to overcome it.
Behavioral activation therapy is built on this powerful, insightful assumption. Its techniques offer fast, effective relief from depression by guiding you to make positive and rewarding changes in your life. This simple, profound process reconnects you to the naturally occurring rewards of a well-lived life, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression.
The workbook’s engaging exercises create a structured framework in which you are encouraged to focus on those activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your list, and learn how to tackle them one by one.
This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
About the Author
Michael E. Addis PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1995. He has published over forty scientific articles and books on topics including depression, the relationship between research and practice in clinical psychology, and men's mental health. In 1997, he received the President's New Researcher Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. In 2003, he received the researcher of the year award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, and the American Psychological Association's David Shakow Award for early career contributions to the science and practice of clinical psychology.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||Understanding Depression|
|Chapter 1||How Depression Works||7|
|Chapter 2||Learn Your Patterns and Start to Change Them||23|
|Part 2||Ending Depression|
|Chapter 3||Getting Out of "TRAPs" and Back on "TRAC"||47|
|Chapter 4||Take ACTION: First Steps toward Change||69|
|Chapter 5||Stop Worrying about Your Inner Child and Develop Your Outer Adult||85|
|Part 3||Activation as an Approach to Your Daily Life|
|Chapter 6||Make Changes One Step at a Time||103|
|Chapter 7||Free Yourself from Mood Dependence||125|
|Chapter 8||Build the Life You Want||143|
|Chapter 9||Tying It All Together||159|
|Appendix||Copies of Monitoring Forms||169|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read many books since being diagnosed with depression in 1983. Some books were okay, some were good, some were a waste of time. THIS book is a GREAT book. It is interactive in nature, got me really thinking, using my head again. I had been stuck in a depression for the better part of a year before reading this book, but when I picked it up and actually did what it said, and worked my way through the pages, I found myself starting to FEEL BETTER for the first time in a year! Finally! Then I found myself doing the exercises more often than once a day, and feeling even better. I can't say my depression has completely gone away, but it is remarkably better, and I can see the sunshine at the end of the cloudy day. If you are like me and have been depressed for like...forever, give this book a try--it works!