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The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It Paperback – February 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393706291 ISBN-10: 039370629X Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Original edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370629X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706291
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

People suffering from clinical depression and who feel that they are to blame for their debility may take comfort in psychologist Wehrenberg’s deconstruction of the depressed brain. In language that is unavoidably technically complicated on occasion, she explains how the intricate workings of the physical brain affect the emotions, not only causing and sustaining depression, but reinforcing it as well. She also describes how the different types of prescription medications work on the brain’s chemical processes to help alleviate depression’s symptoms. As a practicing psychologist, Wehrenberg additionally promotes the added benefit of talk therapy. But recognizing that not everyone has means to access a licensed therapist, she offers some of her own tried-and-true methods for self-help. Appendixes include additional reading plus a number of charts, questionnaires, and graphs to guide readers in their recovery efforts. In steps that are both clear and scaled for easily attainable victories, Wehrenberg extends a hand to those without the recourse of clinical therapy. --Donna Chavez

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“In steps that are both clear and scaled for easily attainable victories, Wehrenberg extends a hand to those without the recourse of clinical therapy.” (Booklist)

“[A] thoughtful book that provides immediate help for people suffering from depression. I highly recommend it.” (Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life)

“C]hock full of options, techniques, and information to assist a depressed person in understanding every aspect of their disorder. . . . Wehrenberg has successfully linked the world of prescription medications with the world of behavioral psychotherapy so that both are affirmed and everyone is more informed. The more I read of this book, the more I liked it and found it useful, because it stretches the usual ways of thinking to include, rather than exclude, helpful options.” (The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter)

“A well-researched book with clearly-written brain science for the non-scientist. Its life-changing, self-motivating techniques, many of which can be practiced outside the treatment room, will benefit anyone who suffers from depression and everyone who treats them. The appendix of practices alone is worth the price!” (Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression)

“Wehrenberg helps the reader remove self-blame for their condition and get on with the necessary changes they need to implement in order to feel better…[W]ould be useful to both patients and therapists. An uplifting, life-changing read.” (WellBeing Magazine (AU))

More About the Author

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is the author of 5 books: The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and the accompanying workbook, The 10 Best Ever Depression Management Techniques and Anxiety + Depression, all published by W.W. Norton. She earned her M.A. studying psychodrama and bioenergetics, and has years of experience as a certified drug and alcoholism counselor, especially working with adults who were traumatized as children, before earning her Psy.D. and beginning a private psychotherapy practice, in Naperville, IL, focusing on anxiety disorder treatment. She blogs for Psychology Today, contributed a chapter to Clinical Pearls of Wisdom (Ed. M. Kerman), and is a frequent contributor of articles to The Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She speaks internationally on topics of clinical psychotherapy and is noted for her down-to-earth, pragmatic teaching style, winning highest marks on evaluations for her presentations. Visit her at www.margaretwehrenberg.com. 10 best anxiety busters is coming out in January.

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It is thoroughly researched, well written, and very readable.
Alice
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is either suffering from depression or knows someone who is caught in its throes....
ME
I have used Dr. Wehrenberg's techniques from her previous book successfully with my clients.
Claire

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By ESN on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a spiritual person and I have found it hard to reconcile the kinds of advice I have received on depression, which have ranged from the spiritual to the pharmacological. Let me first pay due respect to each of these perspectives because they are held by people with open minds and complex understandings. When I say the "spiritual perspective" I am specifically referring to a perspective that involves lifting oneself out of inertia and towards perfect awareness and love...maybe devotion to God or a higher power. Certainly this is an umbrella term. Each perspective has come with a philosophy of the depressed person--why she is depressed, how she can be made to feel better. In many instances I have told a doctor my problems and that doctor has handed me pills. In the hospital this process is called "stabilization" and its import should not be deemphasized. But medication just isn't enough. On the other side of things, as Wehrenberg points out, depressed people are overly attentive to their perceived faults and think negatively, so when I cannot simply be perfectly mindful, or devoted to God (or anything for that matter) I feel much worse...sometimes for weeks. Furthermore, I see myself as the problem, as at fault, as the one to be blamed for my continued depression.

After reading Wehrenberg's compassionate yet forthright book I must say that I no longer feel there is conflict amongst the kinds of advice I have been given, as Wehrenberg considers the neurobiology of depression alongside techniques to "use your brain to change your brain" which are prescribed by spiritual teachers. The problem I had encountered was a lack of nuanced and thorough integration of the neurological perspective and the spiritual perspective.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BC on February 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book works in therapy as well as in personal lives for people dealing with depression. The 10 techniques have proven to help heal the brain and to balance the chemicals so that individuals can overcome the depression and allow them to return to life more excited and more positive. This is an excellent book and I recommend all who are dealing with this topic to purchase this book.

I am a professional Therapist and have been using this book in my private practice for some time now. I have found that in overcoming depression to understand the brain and how it is connected to depression is critical in dealing with this diagnosis. She has been able to identify different types of depression which are over looked by many people. I use her concepts in my therapy and have requested each of my clients to get this book in helping them to understand what they are experiencing and how to strengthen themselves in overcoming depression. My clients have reported back that it is a very easy book to understand even as a nonprofessional and that the book has been very helpful for them to be able to make the change.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"As you do things that are intrinsically rewarding, you boost your dopamine level and subsequently feel better." ~ pg. 80

Do you long for peace?
Are you experiencing panic attacks?
Does just living make you tired?
Are you ovewhelmed with negative thoughts?
Do you think your depression will never end?
Are you suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Margaret Wehrenberg provides gentle guidance to those experiencing depression. I've pulled myself out of depression numerous times and her methods do work if you get serious about them. One thing that really helped me was stopping the negative thoughts and deciding that I was going to get over my depression no matter what it took.

Yes, Margaret Wehrenberg does talk a little about medication but she spends much more time discussing methods for using your brain to change your brain. She explains how your brain works and discusses how to prevent yourself from plunging into despair.

From this book it would seem that we are all recovering from our childhood. I had not really thought about it but in this book you will learn how childhood neglect can cause you to be depressed later in life. The author also encourages you to get out of relationships that might be responsible for your depression. I'd agree with her if the relationship is physically abusive but maybe not if you are just having minor arguments that upset you. Sometimes you have to remain in a relationship and work things out. We all change and grow constantly!

I learned quite a bit from reading this book. I never thought eating spinach would help create more serotonin. I also didn't realize that mitral valve prolapse could trigger panic.

So I think reading this book is essential if you are depressed, having panic attacks or are suffering from abuse or trauma. There is however nothing in this book about energy fields and this book is not new age.

~The Rebecca Review
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By givemegrace on March 10, 2012
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I've taken the time to look through quite a few books on depression, and I've been hoping to find one which didn't make me feel like a speck. (It's easy to feel small when you are trudging through a "slough of despond"!) I have to say this is the BEST book I've come across. It's well written, clearly organised (in a way you can dip in and out of if you wish) and I love the tone of it. Addressed to professionals and people seeking help in managing their own thoughts/feelings, there's nothing patronising about it, and the contents of it are useful for ANYONE. Don't wait till you experience a period of depression before you feel tempted to look inside!

This was of great practical use to me recently, when finding myself in a patch of struggling with very low mood and negative thinking, and putting the contents of the book to use really did make a tangible difference to my ability to cope with a difficult phase in my life. It's been like a little tool box, enabling me to make some observations and adjustments to ways of thinking which I thought I could not manage, and that in itself has been encouraging. It really is what it says on the cover. ( Plus I never knew my brain could be such a source of interest to me!)

(I put this review on amazon.co.uk but want to include it here also. I don't normally bother writing reviews on products, but this book does deserve the effort)
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