Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Paperback – Apr 6 1999
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"A BOOK TO READ AND RE-READ!" -- Los Angeles Times
"A book to read and re-read!" -- "Los Angeles Times ""I would personally evaluate David Burns' "Feeling Good as one of the most significant books to come out of the last third of the Twentieth Century."-- Dr. David F. Maas, Professor of English, Ambassador University
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FEELING GOOD FEELS WONDERFUL
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:
-- 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
-- Beat "do-nothingism"
-- Avoid the painful downward spiral of depression
-- Build self-esteem
-- Feel good every day
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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.
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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I'm not sure what i was expecting but this book overwhelmed me with the amount of content it had. I like an easy read. The contents may have been great, I never got far.Published 16 days ago by Tony Hall
Basically this book is simply Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Difficult read with old news.Published 1 month ago by Penny Osborne
Therapy is good, however don't deny medical needs, medicine is truly necessary.Published 2 months ago by Maple Girl
I purchased this book by suggestion of my therapist. I suffer generalized anxiety disorder that can get quite severe at times and I wanted try whatever I could to lessen the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natasha
Good content and a helpful read. Honestly took me forever to get from start to finish, but it offers some interesting insight.Published 3 months ago by Brigitte P