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Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time: The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back Paperback – October 1, 2004

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“Addis and Martell are on the cutting edge of research on psychological treatments for depression. Now they have adapted one of the most powerful new psychological treatments for depression into an easy-to-use and convenient workbook that will be of enormous benefit to both individuals suffering from depression and therapists conducting treatment. The authors are the first to make this program generally available to clinicians and the public and, in its straightforward easy to understand format, millions of people should benefit.”
—David H. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of clinical programs at Boston University

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Behavioral activation-a fast-acting, effective therapy for overcoming depression-focuses on reengaging with life; for the first time, this book brings these powerful techniques directly to the self-help reader.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Medication and therapy got me less depressed, but I still couldn't get anything done. This book was essential to get me moving again. It requires some work - record keeping is key - but it really helped me become productive. And that was key to improving my self-esteem.
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This book and the exercises it offers may be the most effective way out of depression that I know. I am a therapist in a hospital and I work with people who have been truly overwhelmed by life and whose depression has come to dominate their world. This workbook gives a path out of the cycle of behavior and thinking that keep depressed individuals stuck. When I share the simple perspective that this book offers, my patients are so grateful to understand their depression and to get a sense that there is a manageable set of skills that they can use to make a positive impact on their lives.
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I found this workbook extremely helpful. It's very straightforward. The ideas about depression are different than your typical self-help book and I found them very powerful in helping me to feel better. The fact that this new approach is based in solid research is one reason for its effectiveness. The other is the authors' knowledgeable guidance through the process.
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I had to write a review for this book to encourage others to give it a try. I have ordered other depression workbooks and for me this one is the most effective. Why? Because the steps you have to take aren't buried in a lot of fluff and filler, and they are very clear and actionable. It helped me to get out of my depressed state and I find myself going back to these techniques with success whenever I feel my mood starting to go down again. A definite keeper. I only wish it was available in a Kindle version, too!
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I've found this workbook absolutely fantastic. It's written in plain English, is easy to follow, and makes real sense. Has helped me realise just how unhelpful some of the things I was doing really were, and given me a new perspective on depression and how to overcome it. Much more practically helpful than other workbooks I have looked at!
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Michael Addis and Christopher Martell's "Overcoming Depression One Step At A Time" offers a behavioral approach to managing life with depression with an emphasis on guided activity that replaces ineffective coping strategies with more effective new behaviors.
Part of coping with depression involves getting to know yourself, but for Addis and Martell, getting to know yourself means focusing on certain key behavior patterns: how you act around friends and coworkers, how you spend your free time, how you approach tedious tasks, etc. Behaviors that, when changed, can have a direct effect on how you feel.
You take control by experimenting with new behaviors and seeing how they affect your mood, then practicing new behaviors until they become part of your behavioral repertoire.
Their "self-activation" method takes an "outside-in" approach, based on the theory that behavior influences mood and even brain chemistry, rather than the more commonly held opposite view that mood and brain chemistry cause behavior.
They recommend maintaining an activity monitoring chart to record the particular behaviors or activities you engage in for each hour of the day and the moods that went with each. These daily activities are the "fabric through which depression habits are woven." An activity monitoring chart can make us much more conscious of the links between our behavior and our moods and can make it easier to experiment with new behaviors and judge their iimpact on our mental state.
For every behavior that makes you feel bad, Addis and Martell write, "there is some alternative behavior that can either make you feel better or improve your life situation.
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The book is very well written, very friendly and practical. Behavioural patterns are well explained one I had no difficulty applying different techniques. I think it is good for professionals as well.
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Was recommened to me! Has to be one of the best tools I've ever used in dealing with depression. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about depression.
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