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In overwritten, overlong text, Curtiss (Time of the Wild), a cognitive behavioral therapist, author of children's books and contributing writer to the New York Times, etc., explains how to overcome depression without drugs. The suggestions herein stem chiefly from her personal experience: her periods of deep depression, followed by manic incidents that led her, for example, to launch poorly conceived business ventures that lost money. She also, somewhat capriciously, left her husband and children for a year to live in an ashram. She explains how she freed herself from years of ups and downs by following her own program of "directed thinking." According to Curtiss, as soon as one becomes aware of depressed or manic feelings, one must "as an act of will, replace the accidental, unchosen thoughts that have caused the problem with new, positive, neutral or commonsense thoughts or actions." Even in cases resulting from chemical imbalances in the brain, contends Curtiss, it's simply a question of learning how to employ the mind. She feels strongly that prescription drugs coupled with "psychologized thinking" (i.e. the Freudian premise that "the mind and the self... are one and the same") will only mask, not help with depression. Curtiss also emphasizes the importance of traditional family values versus the current pursuit of individual happiness. However one feels about Curtiss's ideas, "directed thought" comes off as a murky offshoot of standard therapy; wading through the author's convoluted thought processes may cause rather than cure depression. Radio interviews.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
A number of recent self-help titles enable sufferers to try cognitive behavioral techniques, including Joseph Luciani's Self-Coaching: How To Heal Anxiety and Depression (LJ 4/15/01). Kaplan and Turkington's Making the Antidepressant Decision is a new edition of their Making the Prozac Decision (Lowell House, 1994). The name change accurately reflects the work's coverage of all current antidepressant medications as well as indications for taking them and their side effects. While most of this edition isn't new, a few very important additions make it worth the low price, including a discussion of the newest Prozac-like drug, Celexa, and a chapter on St. John's Wort. Recommended for public libraries. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Great book! I use it in my work and when I read sections of it and ask for my clients' input the discussion is often rich.Published 28 days ago by Linda Kuriloff
Incredible, thought provoking piece that helps you come out of the darkness. More people should view this illness as a part of our own creation - and therefore as something we can... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Larry Caouette
Lots of good ideas. As with everything you take what you can use, and don't get bogged down in the things that you feel won't work for you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Denise Taylor
I am disappointed that this book is out of stock. I believe A B Curtiss did an excellent job of providing a currently unpopular view of dealing with depression and bipolar... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mandy oaks
Her research and pointers have shifted my thinking into a totally different and brilliant way of dealing with so called "depression."Published 23 months ago by salgal
This book is written from the author's personal experience so provides credibility. It is also open and honest, without an overdose of too much personal drama. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by ANNE TURKINGTON
Back in 2005, I was severely depressed. I had suffered with occasional bouts of depression and social anxiety for about 15 years. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Philosopher
Basically Curtiss's thesis is this: Depression IS a weakness and a character flaw, caused by self-pity and unproductive living. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Bibliofiend
The author's theory is not a total cure. She makes a case for treating depression without drugs or therapy, and this is a dangerous path for some folks. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer