provide a lifeline to recovery and a better future, as a way to understand and thus resist the downward slide of depression, and as a resource to supplement therapy or medication.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, which treats emotional disorders by changing negative thought-patterns, is now internationally established as a key method for overcoming conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and eating disorders. The principle behind this form of therapy is that
our thoughts have a major impact on our emotions: a person who goes through life thinking “I am unlovable,” or “I’ll never achieve anything,” will find constant evidence to support his or her beliefs. In Overcoming Depression, Gilbert explains the many forms and causes of depression and lays out
clinically proven techniques for dealing with this debilitating condition. This book will help people gain insight into problem areas such as perfectionism, shame, anger, and aggression, and how these areas can become exacerbated by depression.
Overcoming Depression illustrates a systematic program of treatment by which people can monitor their thoughts, learn to recognize negative patterns, and challenge them. With step-by-step suggestions, case examples, thought-monitoring sheets, and practical ideas for gaining control over
depression, Gilbert offers a course of action for those suffering from depression to change the way they think about themselves and their problems.
The Second Edition of Overcoming Depression presents new statistics and findings from the last three years, and offers new chapters on causes for depression including “Biology and Stress,” “How Evolution May Have Shaped Depression,” and “Early Life, Psychological and Social Aspects.” In a new
chapter on guilt Gilbert differentiates between guilt and shame, and examines the relationship between guilt and depression and how to deal with those who make us feel guilty. Finally, a new preface and a new brief discussion of St. John’s Wort complete the text.
“[Paul Gilbert] is a scholar of the first-rank…who weaves together a variety of subject areas, drawing on his vast knowledge…. This is a book that is highly accessible…very readable and extraordinarily useful.”―Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Praise for the previous edition: “This book contains the conventional material that you would expect to find in a self-help guide to cognitive treatment for this condition and also contains some more unusual, and particularly useful, material that stems from Paul Gilbert’s own work on evolutionary aspects of these kinds of disorders (the material on shame and anger in particular). It is therefore likely to be of interest, and I think it is also written in a way that makes this material easily accessible.”―Gillian Butler, Ph.D., Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Warneford Hospital and co-author of Managing Your Mind.
Praise for the previous edition: “I like Paul Gilbert’s book and see this as a useful alternative to some of the other American literature that we use.”―Professor Jan Scott, M.D., Division of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle
Praise for the previous edition: “Overcoming Depression tackles the stigma attached to feeling low and offers step-by-step help programs and encouraging case studies. These guides are eminently practical―but, perhaps more important, they don’t just tell you what to do, they tell you why it is also logical to do it…an ideal place to start finding out about cognitive behavioral therapy.”―Heres Health
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