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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 3rd ed. edition (Sept. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465015085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465015085
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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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An incredibly valuable book that made a huge impact with my recovery over the past year. It's very easy to read and is written in a way that's friendly and understanding. The book does an amazing job with explaining depression and describing the importance of understanding it. This was useful to remove the self-blame, shame and frustrations that usually accompanies depression. I approached this book as if I was getting the most important lessons in my life and I've walked away with a lot of life changing knowledge. The book is full of scientific references that back up what was written which was helpful when I was skeptical. Reading through this book you will learn many ways of helping yourself and being compassionate to who needs it the most: You. For those who are struggling I hope this book will help you as much as it did for me.
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A GP in London, England recommended this book to me when I hit rock bottom. I couldn't stop crying. I was burnt out and depressed and a total mess. This book helped me immensely! I read it while depressed, so I read it slowly as reading was difficult. I found the style approachable and manageable. The techniques suggested in this book helped me a lot, and I still use the journaling recommendations to this day whenever I'm in a fit of anxiety. I recommend this book to everybody struggling with depression. It doesn't replace the need/benefit of a dedicated therapist to help weed out all the causes of our depression, but for me it was a sure tool to helping me work my way out of depression.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2006
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This is not a self-help book for anyone in the depths of depression. Written in a British clinical manner, the book gives an overview for the layman of different types of depression. There are basic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy recommendations for journalling and intervention techniques and of course for seeking professional help. One comes away with a sense that the book is more useful for people who are on the outside of depression, such as friends and family.
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HASH(0xa8730e88) out of 5 stars Don't just complain in your diary. Use it to help you recover! Sept. 30 2009
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I am surprised that this fantastic book has only 1 review. I just found it when I was wandering among the bookshelves in a local book store. As a patient living with depression I am not unfamiliar with cognitive behavioral therapy. I tried it for a while to deal with my anxiety but the book I was using back then was a bit too academic, although Overcoming Depression does use some of the same terminology and techniques.

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.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa873b0f0) out of 5 stars compassionate and intelligent July 15 1999
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I must have looked through dozens of books when I was first diagnosed with depression. This one is absolutely the best. Insightful and caring without being swarmy or condescending (why do so many authors treat people with depression like they are children?). You'll see yourself in this book--I know I did.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa873b480) out of 5 stars Escape from the rut April 3 2013
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Tired of wasting your life trapped inside your anxieties. Look no further than this excellent programme to restart your life. It will be difficult in parts but be courageous & you will be rewarded. A book to be read & re-read as needed to hard wire the healing principles, clearly & easily accessible. Say goodbye to depression & welcome in the light.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa873b474) out of 5 stars An outstandig and helpful book July 20 2012
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I had suffered minor depression all my life, and wasn't aware of that. When I have discovered this about myself, I first used medication to pull myself out. But I wanted to learn more and then I run into this book. It is devided to 3 parts: The first, exteremely interesting, gives comprehensive information about depression: what it is (physiological and mental symptoms), and how evolution may have shaped it. The 2nd part teaches you all the techniques you need to pull yourself out of it. you can actually start with this practical part and skip the 1st. The third part deals with special problems associated with depresssion. The 1st great thing about the book, is that a person who is depressed, can use it as a sels-help guide to overcome it, without spending his money on treatments from therpysts, that might be in some cases, useless (especially if they don't practice CBT - the technique this book is about, and as Gilbert says, the only scientificly proven effective). I used it on myself, and can happily say it helped me! It gives you all the information you need to understad your condition, it is easy to understand and the bottom line - very helpful. It still amazes me how CBT can transform your state of mind from hoplessness, and all other symptoms of depression, to a healthy and aware situation, quickly and efficiently.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa873b7f8) out of 5 stars Valuable book Aug. 13 2014
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First, I read the book by Dr. Kolts and I loved it. It was about treating oneself with kindess and forgiving others and myself. I needed that since I was very angry and upset after losing my mom. I was angry at the whole world and i was getting sick. I read the book and it helped me a lot. Dr. Kolts was a studen of Dr. Gilbert, so I thought I would also read his book. I prefer Dr. Kolts' book, but this one is equally informative and very helpful. I think it is important to learn how a person can lead a peaceful and fulfilled life dealing with depression, anger, sensitivity and all issues that we deal in our lives. It is really so simple, but actually very difficult to be kind to onself. I started training my brain that was more inclined towards being negative and upset. I started changing that and my thoughts, so the positive would win over negative. Books are great, though I do believe that talking to a specialist is imperative. If lucky, the counselor will catch what is really bothering us and start working with us.