Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Mass Market Paperback – Dec 30 2008
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"A book to read and re-read!""-Los Angeles Times"
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David D. Burns, M.D., a clinical psychiatrist, conveys his ideas with warmth, compassion, understanding, and humor unmatched by any other writer in the self-help field. His bestselling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy has sold more than three million copies to date. In a recent national survey of mental health professionals, Feeling Good was rated number one—from a list of more than one thousand—as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. His Feeling Good Handbook was rated number two in the same survey.
Dr. Burns's entertaining teaching style has made him a popular lecturer for general audiences and mental health professionals throughout the country as well as a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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anxiety,inferiority feelings,etc. for 23 years before I read this book. I had previously read a little bit of it, but that didn't do much good. I intellectually understand the principles of cognitive psychology, but it wasn't until I read the entire book, and read it with an open mind, that I felt some relief.
I've been to a lot of different psychiatrists,psychologists, etc. but nothing had ever done much for me. I've been on just about every Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), such as Prozac,Paxil,Zoloft, and Luvox, plus other types of psychiatric meds, but nothing ever did much, and a lot of them caused serious side effects.
It really helped me to read the introduction to the book. Why? Because Dr. Burns details all the scientific research that has been done that confirms the effectiveness of cognitive therapy, also known as cognitive behavioral therapy and rational-emotive behavior therapy.
The essence of cognitive psychology is that the painful emotions we feel are the result of our thoughts and attitudes about the events in our life. It's not that life events don't have any effect on us, but they don't have to overwhelm us or cause us to feel miserable. Some people will say, "But what about the biochemical aspect of emotions?" Dr. Burns devotes over 200 pages to psychiatric medication; after all, he is a psychiatrist, and he does prescribe medication for some of his patients, but he never gives them medication alone. People who are treated only with medication are more likely to relapse if they go off their medication.
This book was selected by mental health professionals as the number one self-help book, out of 1000 books.Read more ›
I forced myself to take a walk and saw "Feeling Good" in a nearby bookstore. "What the hell," I thought, "for less than $10 this is worth a try." Back in my hotel room I took the depression test and scored 64 - severe depression. I read much of the book that night, took the self-test again the next day and scored in the 40s. With a 20 point drop in less than 24 hours, I again had hope. I got home, got counseling, got medication.
Although I was still depressed, it was less severe and I wasn't as suicidal. In July of 2001 I bought "Ten Days to Self Esteem" and went from a depression score of 25 to 17 in ten days of doing the written exercises everyday. It took about 9 months but with exercise, meds, counseling, support from friends and family, and the perspective offered by the events of that September 11, I started getting scores showing very little depression, much less anxiety and better relationships. Burns' approach has been an important part of that process for me.
She tried Prozac (the drug of choice at that time) but it did nothing for me and I quit it after only 5 wks. She also prescribed this book.
The book saved my life. I read it and put all my limited energy into following it step by step (some steps taking much longer than others) and taking charge of my mental well being.
What I got was a life. One I liked. One that helps me still now when things start slipping. Everything I learned from this book, I still use today and I am grateful. Beyond grateful.
I recommend it all the time. You have the power to change your life, and it's not some voodoo magic. It's discipline, hard work, and repetition, but just like when you work out your body at the gym, the hard work returns results and creates good lifestyle habits.
Well worth every penny.
Depression Survivor turned Depression Ass-kicker.
After this test, he shows you some basic concepts on how your depression starts. To answer, the depression starts because you have irrational beliefs that cause you to interpret events as being bad without really thinking about what you are thinking. For example, if lets say your teacher screams at you, you might get depressed because you think you're a worthless, horrible, person who doesn't deserve to live. This belief causes you to feel depressed instead of just disappointed or frustrated.
So, CBT(Cognitve-Behavior Therapy, this books type of therapy)attmepts to make you realized how back your beliefs are by making you draw columns where you state your irrational belief then describe what kind of an irrational belief it is and then write what kind of belief you should have instead. The book has many charts and pictures of techniques of taking away your irrational thoughts such as overgeneralizing things and all-or-nothing thinking.
This book was voted best book on self-help depression a person can buy by over 100 psychologists in the"authoritve guide to self-help books"( I recommend you read it.)
My problem with the book is that it was too long. It was just to long. The book is about 665 pages long. For goddsake, make it atleast 200 pages. I couldn't finish the book, I just skimmed and got a lot of information from that skimming. The book, if short could have been better in the sense that it wouldn't sometimes be so confusing on what means what. Basically, the book needed to be shorter but the content was very good.
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A pyschiatrist recommended this book for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety and social conflict. A good book to review over and over again.Published 20 days ago by Debbie But
This book centers around re-adjusting negative, faulty thinking habits that go on for many years and eventually cause distorted thinking and poor moods. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book the identify what get you depress, amazing tools to improve your line of thoughts and to
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A brilliant, life changing book for those with depression. If you have the self control to sit down and do the exercises then I really can't see who you would not benefit from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan Swanson
Great book that discusses how your mood ties in with your thoughts and this book helps with people who are challenged by today's barriers with people of life in general and tries... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Choko
this book was recommended by my therapist-it is a book for a therapist to a therapist not to a patientPublished 3 months ago by Mr. Rick Baker
A classic that belongs on every therapist's bookshelf and for those who struggle with depression and anxiety, a must have.Published 3 months ago by Margay
I hate hate hated this book. It was recommended by a psychiatrist I was seeing, it is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) so if you love CBT I guess go for it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chihuahua Mom
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