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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243668
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A life shaken by depression is also a life open to the possibility of deep transformation," write John McQuaid, Ph.D., and Paula Carmona, R.N., M.S.N., experts in treating depression. They recommend a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and meditation. CBT teaches you to track your thoughts, observe behaviors, and notice how these affect depression. By changing thoughts and behaviors, you learn to change your emotions and mood. Meditation trains you to observe your life and thoughts. Both can help you identify, then change, core beliefs that influence depression, resulting in new core beliefs based on your values. Peaceful Mind doesn't have the snappy sentences, pep talks, or quick-read paragraphs common to self-help books. The style is calm, the content detailed, much as a therapist might explain things to you. Sometimes the style seems gloomy (e.g. "feeling desiccated, like a dried bag of bones"), but the overall feeling is optimistic. The authors hold out hope and contentment, and a conviction that this can help you get there. Psychologist John R. McQuaid, Ph.D., heads the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Program at the Veterans Administration. Paula E. Carmona, R.N., M.S.N., is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with special training in Zen meditation. --Joan Price

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The details of the approach are laid out in a very accessible, descriptive manner, without ambiguity.
David H. Peterzell PhD PhD
Above all, this book is clear and practical; it provides very specific techniques to help alleviate depression.
Ezra Bayda
I also am an art therapist and will recommend this book to my clients, many of whom suffer with depression.
Ellen Speert MEd, ATR-BC, REAT

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD on July 15, 2006
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You might think that this is yet another book on mindfulness. Or, if you are into mindfulness based therapies, you may assume that this is yet another book that covers the "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" (MBSR, a la Kabat-Zinn) or "Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy" (MBCT, a la Segal, Williams and Teasdale).

In fact this book is unique, and doesn't really fit in the same mold as MBSR and MBCT.

Here's what I believe are the key elements:

1) EXCELLENT INTRO TO COGNITIVE THERAPY. I believe that this book contains an excellent introduction to cognitive therapy, and it can probably be used even if you aren't interested in mindfulness per se. McQuaid is a master instructor when it comes to cognitive therapy, and it shows in this book. He has an approach that is similar to Beck and others, but he has his own unique, helpful style. So I think this is an excellent resource for clients and clinicians. (Carmona is a well-established therapist in her own right, so I imagine that she contributed to the cognitive component of the book, too).

2) CONCISE, PRACTICAL INTRO TO MINDFULNESS. The introduction to mindfulness is simple and elegant, and (if I understand correctly) informed primarily by Carmona's long-standing mindfulness practice. The style here differs noticably from the writing styles of Kabat-Zinn, Santorelli, Segal and many others. The details of the approach are laid out in a very accessible, descriptive manner, without ambiguity. (I'm a fan of these other authors and their approaches, too. I'm simply pointing out that this book's style and feel is unique.)

3) SOME INTEGRATION OF THE COGNITIVE AND MINDFULNESS-BASED APPROACHES. If you are looking for a seamless integration of the two approaches, you might be a little disappointed.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ezra Bayda on May 3, 2004
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Above all, this book is clear and practical; it provides very specific techniques to help alleviate depression. I especially like the suggestions for uncovering and clarifying our most deep-seated beliefs (core beliefs)---the beliefs which are an integral part of depression. I also think the emphasis on the need to enter into the physical reality of our experience, via mindfulness techniques, is a welcome addition to the psychological approach of cognitive therapy. By giving equal emphasis to the mindfulness and cognitive therapy approaches, the authors offer powerful tools for living more awake and free.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Blue Ink on August 28, 2005
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I am finding this book quite helpful to getting to know myself better and to have greater control over my emotional responses, or mood. The authors guide you through several approaches of specific steps you should take to get to know some of your core beliefs, which they say may be causing depression. You are free to choose the approach that works best for you, but you do need to try them all to see what works. It is quite time consuming. One of the approaches requires you to record your activities and asses your mood every hour. The instructions are clear and concice and examples provided are helpful, however it does take a true commitment. I suppose it may be fair to say that true change most often does take real work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Speert MEd, ATR-BC, REAT on April 5, 2004
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I have been meditating for a number of years but had never conceptualized my practice in the context of my moods. I am finding Peaceful Mind's simple and direct writing useful in helping me understand how I can integrate mindfulness with understanding my inner patterns. I also am an art therapist and will recommend this book to my clients, many of whom suffer with depression. The authors have provided us with a down-to-earth tool that is accessible and easy to use.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dean hill on April 5, 2004
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Unlike so many other books of this type, this one resonates with the voice of experience and the sharing of fruitful inquiry. Not smarmy, not New Age, these authors have obviously spent decades researching and testing treatments for debilitating psychological problems; they have transformed their life work into a book which reflects this. It is a relief to read a book on this topic which does not require the suspension of disbelief or any exhausting exercises to achieve the goal of greater peace of mind.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By oppie on October 15, 2006
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I have to say upfront that I have read and practiced numerous methods/variations of mindfulness meditation. However, none have struck just the right chord with me.

Peaceful Mind opened up a new door for me and allowed me to deal with my obsessive thoughts with the ultimately practical tools of CBT and Mindfulness.

I can honestly say that that marriage changed my life.

Peace,

Brett
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Bollier on April 5, 2004
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Peaceful Mind is a wonderful new sourcebook for people struggling with depression. McQuaid and Carmona present mindfulness techniques with cognitive behavioral strategies in a coherent, easy-to-use guide. Their approach is as valuable in the acute phase of depression as in the recovery period. I will recommend this book to my depressed clients.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Davide Bondoni on October 26, 2006
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I'm not a psychologist, so my background in issue is very narrow. I've appreciated very much this volume, as it explain in a very clear manner the inner meaning of CBT and mindfulness. I owned yet the seminal work of Beck and al. on depression. In 'Peaceful Mind' you find the same concepst introduced in a delightful way. It's not an handbook for therapist, so there are no much references or footnotes. It gives as granted the acceptance of the Beck's paradigm (not in Kuhn's sense, of course...) and on it the authors envisage a well made self-therapy. It any case, for everyone interested in CBT and mindfulness is a good starting point.
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