Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques Paperback – Sep 8 2009
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I strongly recommend this book as a workbook to accompany therapy or as a first choice for bibliotherapy for depressed patients. Ed Watkins, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Highly accessible to the intelligent layperson, very readable and extraordinarily useful. Robert L Leahy, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, USA --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit at the Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He is a visiting professor at the University of Fribourg and the University of Coimbra. He is the author of several books including The Compassionate Mind. He lives in Derby, UK.
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I think one of the worst parts of depression is the shame associated with admitting that you have something wrong with your thought patterns. Ironically, this kind of thinking spirals in on itself and makes your depression worse. I was grateful to the author for pointing out that animals in captivity can also become depressed for many of the same reasons as humans. He points out the biological and evolutionary causes of depression and offers a very convincing approach to untying the Gordion knot of emotions that come with depression. He mentions self-compassion and a whole body (psycho-bio-social) approach to dealing with your depressive mindset.
Of course not everyone relates to the same author the same way and it could just be that my depression fits his therapy better than other authors. But I can say that I found his writing style to be "highly accessible...very readable and extraordinarily useful" as it says on the jacket cover. Using this book with a good therapist and with or without drugs, I think should help a number of people pull themselves out of the quagmire that is depression.