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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Original edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401921698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401921699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beat the Blues Before They Beat You is a masterful guide by a masterful clinician. It lays out the typical problems of depression and provides clear explanations as to how to solve them. This is a must-read for anyone suffering from depression—and who hasn’t at some point in his or her life?”

— Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Lasker Award in Medicine



“If you are depressed or vulnerable to depression, this book is for you. Written by one of the world’s leading experts in cognitive behavior therapy, it provides a thoughtful and balanced account of depression and how to overcome it using tried and tested strategies.”

— Christopher G. Fairburn, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, author of Overcoming Binge Eating



“Dr. Leahy is unique in the mental health field in his combination of high rigor, accessibility, and readability to consumers and clinicians alike. His new book, Beat the Blues Before They Beat You, is the epitome of these qualities, and will be of genuine help to those who suffer from depression.”

— Thomas Joiner, Distinguished Research Professor and Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology, author of Why People Die from Suicide

 



Beat the Blues gives clear-headed, concise, and practical guidelines for tackling the most common problems in depression. Based on the most current research and clinical work, Leahy once again gives you the tools to help yourself overcome your depression. It’s a book that you can pick up and start using today. Empowering, engaging, and enlightening.”

— Allison Harvey, University of California, Berkeley



“Eminently readable and practical, this state-of-the-art book provides compassionate and user-friendly help for beating depression. I highly recommend it both to practitioners and their patients.”

— G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D., Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 



“This book is sure to provide hope and relief for those suffering from depression. Drawing on well-researched techniques, each chapter is filled with strategies and tools to help conquer a major symptom of depression. The writing is clear and direct, and case examples help illustrate each point. The author also provides tools to monitor whether strategies are helping.  Once again, Dr. Leahy shows his unique knack for translating the best available therapies into effective self-help materials.”

— Sheri Johnson, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley



“Dr Leahy has yet again made the most contemporary and effective approaches within CBT accessible to a popular audience. He engages the reader by tagging a scientifically supported approach with commonly reported thoughts and concerns held by people who are depressed. This book illustrates, in true CBT style, how an understanding of one’s own thoughts and feelings can lead to recovery and regaining a purpose in life.”

— Warren Mansell, University of Manchester, UK, author of Coping with Fears and Phobias



Beat the Blues . . . is an indispensable guide out of the morass for anyone who has ever been depressed.”

— Steven Hollon, Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

 

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the most respected cognitive therapists in the world and is known internationally as a leading writer and speaker in this revolutionary field. He is the Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City; and Past President of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical School. Leahy has written and edited 17 books, including the bestseller The Worry Cure; and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Women’s Health, Self, and USA Today. His media appearances include 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.


More About the Author

I guess I was destined to become a psychologist---given the experiences that I had. My parents were divorced when I was an infant--my father was an alcoholic and he was unable to support us. We moved back to New Haven Connecticut, lived with my Italian grandparents, and then moved to an Irish working-class housing project. We were poor, but we always had kids to play with and we learned the values of honesty, perseverance, fairness, and keeping your eye on the prize. When I wasn't playing basketball, I was reading everything. My mom told me that she couldn't afford to send me to college, but I insisted I would get a scholarship. Fast forward--- I got my undergraduate degree and PhD at Yale. Later I did my postdoctoral training with Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy.
I have been interested in helping people overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and relationship issues. Someone asked me, "Don't you get depressed talking to depressed people?", and I respond, "There's nothing more rewarding than helping people overcome depression". I've written and edited fifteen other books for psychologists-- books on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, etc. I lecture throughout the world and I am excited that several of my books have been adapted as training texts at leading schools. The great appeal of cognitive and behavioral therapy is that it actually works. People get better. There is hope--even if you feel hopeless.
I have also been fortunate to be able to play a role in professional organizations that promote cognitive therapy. I am the President of the International Association of Cognitive Therapy, President-elect of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and I serve on a number of international and national committees, boards, and journals. My colleagues and I are helping to coordinate the training of cognitive therapists in Beijing, China, and at The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy we are training psychiatrists and psychologists in cognitive therapy in the New York area. I began working on the popular audience book, The Worry Cure, a few years ago. I decided to write an "honest" and "informed" book---one that drew on the best work by the top people worldwide. I have identified seven steps to overcome worry-- each step reflecting not only my own ideas but the work of leading experts. I am honored that many of them in USA, Canada and the UK have told me personally how much they appreciate the work reflected in this book. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the leading researchers throughout the world who really made this book possible. The Worry Cure tries to provide you with a serious understanding about the nature of worry--- the intolerance of uncertainty, the over-valuation of thinking, the avoidance of emotion, procrastination, the sense of urgency, and the maladaptive beliefs underlying your worry. I try to provide you with a full-range of self-help tools--- realizing that no one of them will work for everyone. A number of our patients at our clinic use the Worry Cure as part of their self-help--and they find it reassuring to know that they can now understand why their worry has persisted and how they can reverse this detrimental process.
The Worry Cure was named by Self Magazine as one of the top eight self-help books of all time. I was stunned when I read that--- my colleague Rene showed me the story in the magazine. But I have been fortunate to have been able to learn from my patients about the nature of their worry and what helps them--and to be able to write something that can make a difference.
My friend, Bill, said to me when I was writing this, "Bob, if you help one person overcome their anxiety it would be worth it." It's like the wise saying, "You save the world one life at a time".

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Here is how this book helped me start the climb out of my funk.
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Beat the Blues once again shows that Dr. Leahy has much to offer both the lay audience and practicing clinicians.
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I will recommend this book to clients as a companion to therapy.
vaughn roche, lcsw

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By gumbyinmind on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been in a funk for a few years, and attributed it to a normal reaction to some significant losses in my life. My depression manifested itself as serious inertia. I have a lot of jobs, hobbies and interests and yet have not been able to work on much of anything in the last few years. I found myself increasingly content to sit alone with my computer on the net and do nothing but read about my former activities/ interests. My daughter was home for the holidays and clued me into the fact that I was likely depressed.. though her suggestion was that I would be happier living somewhere I would spend more time outside.

Something then made me type inertia into google and a reference to the chapter on inertia in this book came up.The words I read spoke to a lack of action on my part. I realized I have been waiting for my inertia / depression to magically lift on its own.

Here is how this book helped me start the climb out of my funk. In the chapter on inertia the doc says that you have to force yourself to get out and get going. ( I paraphrase of course) This is counter to the way I have lived my life - doing what I feel like doing, assuming fate would take care of things. But, I decided to try his advice. I splurged and signed up for a few sessions with a trainer at the gym I belong to - yet never go to. I made the appointments for early morning when I am usually still sleeping in. I also started working with other people during the day instead of staying home alone working on my computer.

I am not saying I did not know that exercise and contact with people can combat depression; I have always known that. I am also aware of the effectiveness of behavior modification techniques.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By vaughn roche, lcsw on September 8, 2010
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I would recommend Dr. Leahy's book not only to clients but to therapists wanting to refine their understanding of depression and their interventions with depressed clients. Each chapter explores a way of thinking common to depressed clients and how that thinking can be changed to relieve distress and make clients more effective in their approach to problems and life in general. I found here, too, some of Dr. Leahy's unique theories on depression. They resonated strongly with my own experience with depressed clients. I had not read of them elsewhere. Dr. Leahy's understanding and ability to articulate clearly and concisely the source and breadth of depression will, I think, help de-stigmatize depression and help the sufferer find self-compassion and belonging. I often cite the World Health Organization's statistics on unipolar depression to help my clients learn that they are not alone, that what they suffer from puts them in the company of good people brought low by a pandemic. Dr. Leahy reassures readers in much the same way. I will recommend this book to clients as a companion to therapy.

Vaughn Roche, LCSW
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Zigman on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Unlike others, Dr. Leahy does not promise "drug-free" treatment or that you will be "depression-free for life." That is because, as an expert in this field, he recognizes that depression is a serious illness that is difficult to treat and causes high levels of suffering and impairment. Medications or psychotherapy alone are often not enough to get people well and prevent relapses.

As a psychiatrist specializing in depression, I have been searching for a CBT self-help book that is easily readable (as most people with depression struggle with concentration problems), engaging (as most people with depression have motivation problems) and practical. This is first book that I have found that fits the bill. Beat the Blues is an excellent self-help book that incorporates up-to-date research about depression, traditional CBT skills, and newer CBT techniques such as mindfulness. However, what really makes this book special is that it is that Dr. Leahy has also made it deeply personal by the addition anecdotes of his own personal struggles and how depression has impacted the lives of those around him.

I have recommended Beat the Blues to a number of my patients over the past few months and the feedback has been uniformly positive. Some, who have struggled with depression for a majority of their lives have told me that they finally feel like they has some control over their negative thinking patterns and have hope for the future.

I highly recommend this book.

Daniel Zigman, MD, FRCPC
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Tirch PhD on August 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Leahy's "Beat The Blues" is a fantastically accessible, kind, and engaging read. Beyond this, the techniques outlined here are exactly what an evidence based approach to treating depression would call for. This book is an excellent resource for people struggling with depression, their families, and for the many clinicians out there who could use a trusted guidebook to help their clients reach their therapy goals. Another truly important book from Bob Leahy has arrived, and I highly recommend it.

Be Well,

Dennis

Dennis Tirch PhD,
Associate Director,
American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor,
Weill Cornell Medical College.
Diplomate and Fellow,
Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
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