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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think [Paperback]

Dennis Greenberger , Christine A. Padesky
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March 15 1995 0898621283 R
Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.

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"Only rarely does a book come along that can truly change your life. Mind Over Mood is such a book....Mind Over Mood will prove to be a significant milestone in the evolution of cognitive therapy. Never before have the nuts and bolts of cognitive therapy been spelled out so explicitly in a step-by-step fashion for the lay public....This is a rare and special book that can easily be used for self-help or as an adjunct to therapy."--from the Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School

"What are you struggling with in your life? What patterns in thinking have held you trapped over the years? How can you develop and automatize a new way of seeing things that helps get you out of ruts you have maintained over the years? Drs. Padesky and Greenberger give you practice in learning how to make sense of your moods, to identify your own irrational thinking and to base your thinking fully on facts. They even give you a means to challenge old thinking patterns that you developed as a child. I saw Dr. Padesky demonstrate these skills at a cognitive therapy conference. I walked away very impressed with her warm, sincere, knowledgeable, creative and rational approach to helping people change. I am delighted to recommend this workbook."--Ellen Kenner, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The RATIONAL Basis of Happiness, a nationally syndicated radio talk show.

"I believe it is already reducing the number of distorted automatic thoughts that I have throughout my day. As a result I'm seeing myself become less afraid and less withdrawn. (The) Thought Records have helped to diffuse my overwhelmingly hot thoughts and have helped me feel a sense of control. Just writing it all down gives me a sense of it being 'emptied out of me' and released. It gave me concrete tools to use to trace my own thinking and arrive at more balanced thinking. It has given me a belief that my past doesn't have to control my present and my future. It's given me a sense of inner healing. All of the worksheets have been the key for me--concrete. They also add to the sense of progress when looking back over them and pointing out blaring themes." --Client

"Cognitive therapy is the wave of the future and Greenberger and Padesky are riding the crest. Mind Over Mood offers deceptively simple but powerful and sophisticated strategies for coping with depressed and anxious moods and interpersonal difficulties. This is a book for hands-on' use; it provides step-by-step descriptions of strategies that have been shown in controlled outcome studies to be effective. Mind Over Mood makes an outstanding contribution; I recommend it without reservation." --Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, California

"My cognitive appraisal of Mind Over Mood is that it is clearly written, solidly grounded in research, and truly helpful. Readers will get more than a pep talk; they will get the information, skills, and practice they need to change self-defeating thoughts into self-enhancing ones." --Carol Tavris, PhD, author of Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion

"Depression left me searching desperately for ways to help myself, calm my anxiety and regain my lost self-esteem. This workbook was a constant companion during the months of recovery, as it empowered me to actively participate in the process, rather than wait passively for my next therapy session with expectations that the doctor alone would 'fix' me up. Especially useful were the activity records, which forced me to track my daily activities, rate their effect on my mood and then analyze thoughts that contributed to my various moods. This workbook served me well as a problem solving tool. I literally didn't leave home without it." --Suzanne S. , client.

"I spent many years in and out of therapy battling depression. When my therapist recommended a workbook, Mind Over Mood, I was, at first, very skeptical but the book was clear and easy to follow. I read it cover to cover. I did the exercises. They gave me the tools I needed to climb out of my black moods. One year later I am still depression free and empowered by the knowledge that I have the tools to defeat it should it return." --K.D., client

"I believe it is already reducing the number of distorted automatic thoughts that I have throughout my day. As a result, I'm seeing myself become less afraid and less withdrawn. Thought Records have helped diffuse my overwhelming hot thoughts and have helped me feel a sense of control. Just writing it all down gives me a sense of it being 'emptied out of me' and release. It have me concrete tools to use to trace my own thinking and arrive at more balanced thinking. It has given me a belief that my past doesn't have to control my present and my future. It's given me a sense of inner healing. All the worksheets have been key for me -- concrete. They all add to the sense of progress when looking back over them and point out blaring themes." --M.P., client

"Prior to using the thought record, I had a lot of free-floating anxiety and panic. Since using the thought record, I have found that the act of writing out my moods and thoughts in a step by step process have given me greater understanding and acceptance. by the end of the process, my moods usually have changed to a more balanced and positive outlook." --G.D., client

"I've been in Cognitive Therapy for five months now and was introduced to Mind Over Mood after about three and one half months. I didn't really know what to expect from this manual but I knew I'd try anything to make me feel better. I can tell you honestly, after reading the first three chapters my initial thought was I wish I had it from day one...I found myself identifying with each of the people portrayed in the case studies. This made it easier to complete the exercises. My therapy sessions alone didn't always force me to put action plans to the test, but with the help of my therapist and this manual, I'm learning the skills needed to make my life better and more productive." --Q.R., client

"Mind Over Mood is an eye opener! For the first time I understood what I was going through, what caused it and what I could do about it. It was helpful for me and helped my family understand what I was going through and why I responded the way I did." --Client

"Since I have read Mind Over Mood, I find myself identifying and changing my thoughts in different aspects of my life...parenting, marriage and work related situations. I am able to identify my feelings and work out solutions before stress, anxiety or depression occur. I am able to approach conflicts in a methodical manner and get positive resolutions. Mind Over Mood is always with me. I have one copy in the car and one in the house. Mind Over Mood has taught me how to change my mood by changing my mind." --Client

"For me, a person currently working on conquering depression, panic attacks and anxiety, Mind Over Mood has, in simple language, helped me understand their meaning and cause. Through the use of Mind Over Mood I am moving towards healing these disorders." --Client

"I have found the techniques set forth in Mind Over Mood the most effective I have known in reducing and eliminating anxiety." --Client

"Written by two exceptionally skilled therapists, this book can help you change your life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional problems including depression, anxiety, panic, and anger. The careful step-by-step exercises in the book will show you how to use cognitive therapy to understand and overcome your mood problems." --David M. Clark, DPhil, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

About the Author

Dennis Greenberger, PhD, clinical psychologist, is Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center, Newport Beach, California. The Center's website, www.anxietyanddepressioncenter.com, features information on Mind Over Mood. Dr. Greenberger is Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. He is a Founding Fellow and member of the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

 

Christine A. Padesky, PhD, clinical psychologist, is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of their Aaron T. Beck award. Coauthor of six books and an internationally renowned speaker, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. Her Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, hosts MindOverMood.com, a website for the public.


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to CBT April 16 2003
Format:Paperback
I've used this workbook successfully as a therapist at a community mental health clinic serving poorer clients in Tucson AZ. I've used it in individual and group therapy. Frankly, I've found "Mind Over Mood" much more user-friendly than the more popular "Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns, which contains similar cognitive therapy methods. The "thought record" chart, in particular--the heart of CBT--is more straightforward in Mind Over Mood. They've set up seven intuitive columns, from left to right. Burns's version of this chart, where each situation and emotion is listed separately at the top of the page, tends to confuse people, in my experience.
I really like the way Greenberger and Padesky put in little hint questions in small type at the bottom of the columns, to remind you what you're supposed to be doing without having to go back and read the text. And the book is full of terrific hint boxes which give you questions to ask yourself if you're having trouble understanding the exercises. I have not seen this anywhere else.
Defects? 1) This book doesn't contain the richness of material of the Burns or other CBT workbooks. The chapters on specific conditions at the end are pretty paltry. It's really just a very large book on how to do a thought record. 2) The authors limit evaluating automatic thoughts to "evidence for", "evidence against", and a "reasonable alternative". This rigid empirical model is not suited to everyone or every situation. Surprisingly, there is no discussion of or columns for "cognitive distortions" (Burns) or "disputes" (Ellis). This is a major defect, but one can work around it by expanding what is allowed in the "evidence against" columns.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pearl June 25 2001
Format:Paperback
Authors Greenberger and Padesky in their Prologue use the analogy of an oyster creating a pearl out of a grain of sand. In response to an irritation, the oyster encases the particle in a smooth, protective coating, thus providing itself both relief and a thing of value. So too this book will assist anyone with a mood disorder to create relief and their own emotional pearl.
This cognitive workbook helps the anxiety sufferer alleviate mood problems as well as reduce stress, solve problems, and improve self-esteem. It does this by helping the reader identify thoughts, moods, behaviors, and physiological reactions; test usefulness of those responses; and change thinking patterns which are ineffective or dysfunctional.
However, because there is less information on how cognitions, emotions, behaviors, and physiological reactions relate to anxiety or depression than might be useful for greater self-understanding, I think this good book is, in many instances, better as an adjunct to psychotherapy than as a strictly self-help vehicle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
In my opinion this is a truly excellent WORKBOOK. The couple of negative reviews seem to be missing the point that workbooks are, by their nature, supplements -- either supplements to therapy or to a text-rich psychology book that is not done in workbook form. OK? I think that is the key issue. I use this workbook as a supplement to working through the chapters of my favorite book on cognitive self-help psychology, which is The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie Norem. For me, it is a very helpful, insightful, and practical workbook. If you are looking for a cognitive therapy supplemental workbook, I can recommend Mind Over Mood without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book came recommeded by a counselor I hold in high regard. It has been beneficial to me and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to actively work at having a healthier outlook on life and bettering their relationship with others, the workplace and, above all, themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind over mood Feb. 18 2012
By dominik
Format:Paperback
This book is very good for everybody who is looking for psychotherapy, and who has problems with stress-related disorders, depression, panic disorder...
There is everything I wanted to know about cognitive therapy.
Hardly recommended for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It turned my life around ! June 26 2001
Format:Paperback
"Mind Over Mood" is rather easy to ready and has many helpful tools. While the tools are somewhat easy to understand it is the implimenting of them, initially,and the practice of using them that is the challenge...and yet via using and working the "mind" tools IS what makes the good and helpful differences.
I used this in conjunction with a therapist AND a group. It's been over a year that I left the group, but I still ocassionally use these "mental tools"
This IS a keeper ! Good luck to you readers in helping improve and turn around your life or the life of a loved one.
- Greg in Minneapolis, MN
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking clearly, feeling better -- it works! July 17 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Depression descends like a veil separating the person from the processes of life and creating a dark closet where videotapes of pain experienced and hope lost play continuously. Turning off the mind videos, transitioning from sad to ok, sleeping and eating on a regular schedule, moving from self-criticism to self-acceptance can be difficult on the best of days. Mind Over Mood provides insightful narratives relating the experiences of others to the experiences I was feeling - I could begin to see the authors' cast of characters in my own mirror and begin healing with them. But more than that, Mind Over Mood contributes hands on tools that have started a process of discovery about how I think, what I'm feeling, how I react and how to chart a balanced life course.
Drs. Greenberger and Padesky are acclaimed in the book's foreword by Aaron T. Beck, the pioneer of cognitive therapy, for their "vision and innovation" as well as their abilities to teach what they practice. It is probable, however, that their contributions to the lives of their readers will be documented as their greatest success. Acknowledging that "emotions generally enrich our lives, (but) too much emotion can be disruptive", the authors provide a framework to sort automatic thoughts and core beliefs about ourselves, others and the world. Mind Over Mood's worksheets prompt insights in the first chapter at the first reading and guide the reader to developing introspective and comprehensive perspectives about seemingly modest predicaments as well as significant events. Their approach is empathetic and their tools are practical as they help all of us enhance our mental flexibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Inexpensive compared to in stores and totally worth a read. It is helpful, practical and easy to write in. I recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind over Mood
This book was recommended to me by my MD. It is an excellent workbook for anyone suffering with mood swings or depression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for helping with ANTS
Nice big type. Easy to read and understand. Can work through it in manageable portions. I'm into chapter one. The book involves serious application. Read more
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This is a very good book, it's an exercises book with a lot of good tricks. The book is clear and easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Dubois-McKinnon
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Information on CBT
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they've sold millions of copies for good reasons. If you're not a very self-motivated individual (especially when suffering from depression/anxiety)... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cynthia Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A great resource for Behaviour Modification Practitioners and for those who've been through therapy and need a refresher. Well worth the price.
Published 7 months ago by P.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to begin changing thought processes
I have struggled with depression since I was a teen. This was suggested by my psychologist and it is proving to be a handy tool. She also suggested the Feeling Good Handbook. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shelby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for people with anxiety and lack of self esteem
It was for my daughter to help her
and is working as long as she continues working with it
Helps her understand better

She is using it with every day life... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars CBT made simple!
This is a very easy-read for those who want to learn and employ CBT skills in their lives and yet lack the technical vocabulary commonly found in other psychology and some... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than your average Mood / Anxiety related self help book
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