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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447546342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447546344
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lori Traver-Solomon on December 31, 2011
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The approach in this book is based on "Human Givens" approach to mental health. It is not fully accepted in the field because of a lack of objective research, but relies on primarily anecdotal evidence. It is likely a fine approach if you are a little blue or get nervous, but for true depression and anxiety, the oversimplification of the disorders can have a very dangerous effect. The author dismisses serious biological causes of major depression, and treats it as if it were simply the blues caused because you worry and don't get enough sleep. In depression with suicidal ideations, this can be a deadly mistake. Mental illnesses are not as simple as the author portrays them, and he does a disservice to people with more than minor problems by minimizing the seriousness of the condition for many.
The one size fits all approach to addiction might help you quit smoking, but for most addicts, the addiction is a symptom, not the illness. If serious work does not occur to address the underlying cause, you are basically applying a band-aid to a serious wound. The approach is better than AA, which replaces one addiction with another, but it does not recognize it as a maladaptive coping mechanism.
The book itself is an easy read, however the use of commas is a bit random which can make the occasional sentence difficult to parse at first glance. Unless you have experience with serious mental illness- and most people don't- it offers some useful tips and tricks to try. If you are down in the dumps, the cognitive behavioral approach used in some parts of the book can be very effective. However, a book focusing on a cognitive behavioral approach might address this more in depth. I would strongly recommend REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy) as the most effective at problem solving.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2011
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Daniel Jones has been helping people deal with their problems for over twenty years. In this book he explains the basic emotional needs every human has and explains how if these needs are not being met life can get difficult. I could also appreciate the section on the skills we need to navigate life's rocky terrain. This book will help you gain control over your emotions and gives many coping strategies for common problems. I learned quite a few new things like how worry actually makes you dream more therefore making you exhausted the next day. I really felt this book explained the root causes of emotional problems. I've tried some of the techniques in this book and they do work. You may especially love the technique used to create new memories of old things that happened that were not pleasant. A friend and I worked on this recently and they turned a very bad memory of a car accident into something more manageable. I now remember the incident in a different way and it causes me less stress. This book deals with many topics including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, ADHD, PTSD, addictions, sleep problems, OCD, stress, low self-esteem, pain management, fear of public speaking, pain management and how to quit smoking. To top it all off the author also discusses how to be more successful. You may think of daydreaming in a new way after reading this especially helpful book. This book was super quick to read and has many invaluable tips and tricks.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OpinionNinja on September 21, 2012
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I keep this book on my Kindle and my PC Kindle app, and read it often.

I don't think this book was meant to replace "Managing Severe Depression," "The Migraine Brain," "When Darkness Comes," or any of the other books that delve into the dark recesses of the suffering experienced by those of us who have been through divorce, loss of children, had life-threatening diseases and surgeries, been hospitalized on suicide watch, and otherwise have hit rock bottom more than once.

I went from being young (didn't we all?), relatively healthy most of the time, hardworking, happily married, raising great kids, having a social life, and feeling good about my life and myself to being housebound most of the time, being unable to do even basic household chores, losing many of my friends, getting divorced, losing my career due to illness, and otherwise feeling miserable about myself and my life.

Therapy has rarely worked for me or anyone I've known. My daughter became a marriage and family counselor, only to learn it made her sick when her patients didn't get better. (She changed her life by opening a bakery.) Most self-help books claim to know it all, but fail to deliver. Friends (and people who read reviews) don't want to hear anything negative because they're looking for that magic book that's going to solve their problem of the week and want to believe the one they're checking out will save them from (fill in the blank).

This book really helps me. Over and over. I keep it on my Kindle and on my PC Kindle app. When things start to get really bad, I read through it. It reminds me of what I might need at the moment. It lets me know I'm not alone. It always brings me back to something closer to "normal," even though society no longer sees me that way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jami Lee Tocco on January 4, 2013
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This book was Useful and informative, but I wish it was longer. Many good techniques for dealing with anxiety and depression.
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