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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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—David H. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of clinical programs at Boston University
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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.Read more ›
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I bought this book at my therapist's suggestion and have found it to be quite handy over time. It employs cognitive behavioral therapy methods that work well for a lot of people,... Read morePublished 8 days ago by batgirlie
Just things anybody with any degree of perceptiveness & common sense would be aware of without reading book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by gracie9797
Great, simple, effective approach to overcoming depression!Published 10 months ago by The Happiness Psychologist
I purchased this workbook at my counselor's recommendation. She used copies of some of the activities out of this book in our sessions and I wanted to complete the rest of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lecy P
Helpful step by step guide, but don't count on it as the sole method of depression recovery. Does help you to change some of the errors in your thought processes.Published 19 months ago by Joyce