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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195126882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195126884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,507,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I strongly recommend this book as a workbook to accompany therapy or as a first choice for bibliotherapy for depressed patients. Ed Watkins, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Highly accessible to the intelligent layperson, very readable and extraordinarily useful. Robert L Leahy, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Paul Gilbert has over twenty years of experience treating depressed people. He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Head of Specialty, Adult Mental Health for the Southern Derbyshire Mental Health Trust.

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Paul Gilbert, PhD, is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame, and self-criticism. He is head of the mental health research unit at the University of Derby and author of The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression.

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This a great comprehensive book on CBT skills.
Gracie
Books are great, though I do believe that talking to a specialist is imperative.
Edyta Brzeczkowska
The examples in the book are great and helped me through hard times.
Jakob Eriksson

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2009
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I am surprised that this fantastic book has only 1 review. I just found it when I was wandering among the bookshelves in a local book store. As a patient living with depression I am not unfamiliar with cognitive behavioral therapy. I tried it for a while to deal with my anxiety but the book I was using back then was a bit too academic, although Overcoming Depression does use some of the same terminology and techniques.

I think one of the worst parts of depression is the shame associated with admitting that you have something wrong with your thought patterns. Ironically, this kind of thinking spirals in on itself and makes your depression worse. I was grateful to the author for pointing out that animals in captivity can also become depressed for many of the same reasons as humans. He points out the biological and evolutionary causes of depression and offers a very convincing approach to untying the Gordion knot of emotions that come with depression. He mentions self-compassion and a whole body (psycho-bio-social) approach to dealing with your depressive mindset.

Of course not everyone relates to the same author the same way and it could just be that my depression fits his therapy better than other authors. But I can say that I found his writing style to be "highly accessible...very readable and extraordinarily useful" as it says on the jacket cover. Using this book with a good therapist and with or without drugs, I think should help a number of people pull themselves out of the quagmire that is depression.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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I must have looked through dozens of books when I was first diagnosed with depression. This one is absolutely the best. Insightful and caring without being swarmy or condescending (why do so many authors treat people with depression like they are children?). You'll see yourself in this book--I know I did.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. SHAVIT on July 20, 2012
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I had suffered minor depression all my life, and wasn't aware of that. When I have discovered this about myself, I first used medication to pull myself out. But I wanted to learn more and then I run into this book. It is devided to 3 parts: The first, exteremely interesting, gives comprehensive information about depression: what it is (physiological and mental symptoms), and how evolution may have shaped it. The 2nd part teaches you all the techniques you need to pull yourself out of it. you can actually start with this practical part and skip the 1st. The third part deals with special problems associated with depresssion. The 1st great thing about the book, is that a person who is depressed, can use it as a sels-help guide to overcome it, without spending his money on treatments from therpysts, that might be in some cases, useless (especially if they don't practice CBT - the technique this book is about, and as Gilbert says, the only scientificly proven effective). I used it on myself, and can happily say it helped me! It gives you all the information you need to understad your condition, it is easy to understand and the bottom line - very helpful. It still amazes me how CBT can transform your state of mind from hoplessness, and all other symptoms of depression, to a healthy and aware situation, quickly and efficiently.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peruser. on April 3, 2013
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Tired of wasting your life trapped inside your anxieties. Look no further than this excellent programme to restart your life. It will be difficult in parts but be courageous & you will be rewarded. A book to be read & re-read as needed to hard wire the healing principles, clearly & easily accessible. Say goodbye to depression & welcome in the light.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jakob Eriksson on October 30, 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone. "Healthy" or "unhealthy". Great exercises, well-written and comforting. The examples in the book are great and helped me through hard times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gracie on June 14, 2013
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This a great comprehensive book on CBT skills. I've read many book on CBT and depression but this one has been the most helpful so far.
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