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Managing Depression with CBT For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-35718-7
216 pages
December 2012
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Rise above depression with CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a hugely popular self-help technique, which teaches you to break free from destructive or negative behaviours and make positive changes to both your thoughts and your actions. This practical guide to managing depression with CBT will help you understand your depression, identify solutions to your problems, and maintain your gains and avoid relapse.

Managing Depression with CBT For Dummies is a practical guide to using CBT to demolish depression by identifying and correcting negative thought patterns, recognizing the destructive power of ruminative thinking, confronting problems, and finding positive solutions.

  • Helps you understand depression and how it develops
  • Shows you how to correct negative thought patterns
  • Gives you tried-and-true CBT techniques to combat your depression

If you're struggling with depression, Managing Depression with CBT For Dummies gives you the tools you need to break down the barriers that prevent happiness from taking hold, and allowing you to build a positive future.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Understanding Depression and How It Develops  7

Chapter 1: Introducing Moods and Depression  9

Chapter 2: Introducing the Basic Principles of CBT  29

Part II: Putting What You Discover into Action  45

Chapter 3: Thinking about Thinking  47

Chapter 4: Changing Your Thinking to Change Your Life  61

Chapter 5: Facing Your Feelings to Tackle Depression  75

Chapter 6: Changing Your Attitudes to Combat Depression  97

Chapter 7: Raising Self-Esteem to Increase Your Motivation  113

Chapter 8: Developing Abilities that Challenge Depression  125

Chapter 9: Being Mindful, not Mind-full: Developing Your Awareness 143

Part III: Maintaining Momentum  155

Chapter 10: Discovering the New, Healthy You  157

Chapter 11: Reducing the Risk of Relapse  163

Part IV: The Part of Tens  169

Chapter 12: Ten Tips for Tackling Depression  171

Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Challenge Distorted Thinking  177

Appendix  183

Index  191

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Author Information

Brian Thomson is a Senior Lecturer on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MSc course at the University of Hertfordshire. He has 25 years' experience as a CBT therapist and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Matt Broadway-Horner is a CBT therapist who works in the Central London office of CBT in the City. He specialises in treating depression, anxiety and trauma problems.

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