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David D Burns
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Dec 30 2008
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs.In FEELING GOOD, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an ALL-NEW CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

- Recognize what causes your mood swings
- Nip negative feelings in the bud
- Deal with guilt
- Handle hostility and criticism
- Overcome addiction to love and approval
- Build self-esteem
- Feel good everyday


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"A book to read and re-read!" -- -- Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David D. Burns, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, received his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian / University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medical School. In 1995 Dr. Burns and his family returned to California. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at his alma mater, the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is actively involved in research and teaching. Dr. Burns is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Burns has received numerous awards including the A. E. Bennett Award from the Society for Biological Society for his research on brain chemistry and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. In 1998 he received the Teacher of the Year award from the graduating residents in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

When he is not crunching statistics he can be found giving lectures to professional groups around the world.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best self-help book you can buy! Sept. 8 2003
By A Customer
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This book was a Godsend for me. I had struggled with depression,
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Walking My Talk... Nov. 9 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...This book is the "IT" book of psychiatry and
psychology. More psychiatrists recommend this book to their clients
than any other. It is also the bestselling book on psychology or
psychiatry that exists! Instead of writing another review on this
book, I decided to "Do It" so to speak. If this review can
help anybody, than it was worth the writing.
In the forward, Burns
talks in detail about a comprehensive study that was made on this
book. This is in the 1999 forward. Eighty people were given this book
to read in twenty-eight days. 70% recovered from a major depressive
episode from just reading this book in that time. The exercises were
optional. Before you order this book, Burns does stipulate that if you
have even had "moderate depression" for several weeks, than
you will need professional help in order to help you get through the
program. Also, any suicidal thoughts or tendencies. I am fortunate. I
took the BDC on page 20 and scored 58. Now, this is "severe
depression". The BDC is the "Burns Depression
Checklist". I have also been diagnosed as having a "Major
Depressive Disorder" by many psychiatrists. But I have help. Both
a therapist and a psychiatrist. So intead of just writing yet one more
review based on my opinions, why not do the program and pass on the
results? I e-mailed a daily report to my friend and follow Amazon.com
reviewer, Edgar Bridges. I began both reading and doing the exercises
on October 12th, 2000. I scored a 55 on the BDC one week after
starting the program. This is still "severe" depression. Two
weeks after starting, I got a 35 on the BDC!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling good: the new mood therapy Sept. 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the book that changed my life! Or I should say that "save my life"! Last year I was sure that I would end up with suicide and it was only a matter of time. My life was hanging with a thread. It was a result of a 10 year long depression. Then I was hospitalized. In the psychiatric hospital, someone told me about this book by Dr. David Burns, I bought it as soon as I checked out of the hospital. I have bought numurous selfhelp book, they were all cliches. None of them offered the powerful techniques and excercises like this book. The 12 mental errors it described in the books are really the reason contributing to depressed mood. This is a must read for anyone who wants to help themselves to get out of the depressed mood. I'm very grateful to Dr. Burns!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *The* self-help book for depression Dec 13 2008
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There are a lot of self-help books around, but this is one of the few (if not the only one) that has actually been subject to multiple clinical trials, and found to be as effective as (or slightly better than) medication for mild-to-severe depression.

The author is a psychiatrist and prominent university researcher who worked together with Aaron Beck, the originator of cognitive therapy. This is not your average B.S. self-help book, even if the cover looks cheesy.

The one caveat is that the book treats only cognitive therapy, not cognitive-behavioural. If you're dealing with anxiety as well as depression, behavioural techniques (like exposure) can also be very helpful. Try Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies for a broader overview of Cognitive and Behavioural techniques on the anxiety side.
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I liked this little book. Written in plain language, it is rich with explanations and practical applications. Read more
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I really felt excited about this book and felt that I need to review this book. I read a lot of self help books, but this one is awesome. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars I never received my book.
I never received my book. I don't often buy things online for this very skeptical reason, and this proves it. Good thing I didn't spend more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars the help you need to change
while the book wasn't written yesterday, it is still the best thing I have read that has changed the way way
Published 1 month ago by Greg Samuelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to feel better
A good book to learn why and how we feel good and not so good. Easy to understand for the every day reader.
Published 2 months ago by YVES
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book has changed my life. The author is very down to earth and explains things in layman's terms adding humour along the way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life - literally
I was prescribed this book by my physician way back in the late 90s after suffering PPD with my three kids for SIX YEARS. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bailey Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medications
Great introduction to the science of CBT but could go a little more in depth
WONDERFUL section on medication. Every patient should read this section and become educated.
Published 8 months ago by Tegan Osmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
It's a useful book which helps to overcome depression and it shows your thoughts are responsible for your mood. I really like reading it.
Published 11 months ago by Caren Alejandra
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda dry ....
I was recommended this book by a psychologist who said it's a good book for persons who have depression noting it was less technical than a lot of books... Read more
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