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Beat The Blues Before They Beat You: How to Overcome Depression Paperback – November 1, 2011
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“Beat the Blues Before They Beat You is a masterful guide by a masterful clinician. It lays out the typical problems of depression and provides clear explanations as to how to solve them. This is a must-read for anyone suffering from depression—and who hasn’t at some point in his or her life?”
— Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Lasker Award in Medicine
“If you are depressed or vulnerable to depression, this book is for you. Written by one of the world’s leading experts in cognitive behavior therapy, it provides a thoughtful and balanced account of depression and how to overcome it using tried and tested strategies.”
— Christopher G. Fairburn, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, author of Overcoming Binge Eating
“Dr. Leahy is unique in the mental health field in his combination of high rigor, accessibility, and readability to consumers and clinicians alike. His new book, Beat the Blues Before They Beat You, is the epitome of these qualities, and will be of genuine help to those who suffer from depression.”
— Thomas Joiner, Distinguished Research Professor and Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology, author of Why People Die from Suicide
“Beat the Blues gives clear-headed, concise, and practical guidelines for tackling the most common problems in depression. Based on the most current research and clinical work, Leahy once again gives you the tools to help yourself overcome your depression. It’s a book that you can pick up and start using today. Empowering, engaging, and enlightening.”
— Allison Harvey, University of California, Berkeley
“Eminently readable and practical, this state-of-the-art book provides compassionate and user-friendly help for beating depression. I highly recommend it both to practitioners and their patients.”
— G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D., Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“This book is sure to provide hope and relief for those suffering from depression. Drawing on well-researched techniques, each chapter is filled with strategies and tools to help conquer a major symptom of depression. The writing is clear and direct, and case examples help illustrate each point. The author also provides tools to monitor whether strategies are helping. Once again, Dr. Leahy shows his unique knack for translating the best available therapies into effective self-help materials.”
— Sheri Johnson, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
“Dr Leahy has yet again made the most contemporary and effective approaches within CBT accessible to a popular audience. He engages the reader by tagging a scientifically supported approach with commonly reported thoughts and concerns held by people who are depressed. This book illustrates, in true CBT style, how an understanding of one’s own thoughts and feelings can lead to recovery and regaining a purpose in life.”
— Warren Mansell, University of Manchester, UK, author of Coping with Fears and Phobias
“Beat the Blues . . . is an indispensable guide out of the morass for anyone who has ever been depressed.”
— Steven Hollon, Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University
About the Author
Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., is recognized as one of the most respected cognitive therapists in the world and is known internationally as a leading writer and speaker in this revolutionary field. He is the Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City; and Past President of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical School. Leahy has written and edited 17 books, including the bestseller The Worry Cure; and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Women’s Health, Self, and USA Today. His media appearances include 20/20, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.
Top Customer Reviews
Something then made me type inertia into google and a reference to the chapter on inertia in this book came up.The words I read spoke to a lack of action on my part. I realized I have been waiting for my inertia / depression to magically lift on its own.
Here is how this book helped me start the climb out of my funk. In the chapter on inertia the doc says that you have to force yourself to get out and get going. ( I paraphrase of course) This is counter to the way I have lived my life - doing what I feel like doing, assuming fate would take care of things. But, I decided to try his advice. I splurged and signed up for a few sessions with a trainer at the gym I belong to - yet never go to. I made the appointments for early morning when I am usually still sleeping in. I also started working with other people during the day instead of staying home alone working on my computer.
I am not saying I did not know that exercise and contact with people can combat depression; I have always known that. I am also aware of the effectiveness of behavior modification techniques.Read more ›
Vaughn Roche, LCSW
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
I bought the Kindle version and read a chapter at a time. For many books, I read for whatever length of time I have available -- sometimes it's only 30 seconds while waiting in line, other times it's 15 minutes or more. But, for this book, I found it best to read a chapter at a time. That helped me soak in the material and keep the flow of thought.
Leahy really hit home for me in several chapters. I've gone back and re-read several of those chapters. Like "I Just Can't Decide" (how to overcome your indecision) and "I Keep Thinking Over and Over" (how to overcome your rumination). I'll probably go back to this book many times in the future. That fact alone, that I actually re-read some of the book, is a good indicator to me that it's a must-read.
Try to read all the chapters, even if a couple are a bit slow, perhaps abrupt, or just don't apply to you. You may still glean some insights from them.
Wishing you the best! And this book will help get you pointed in that direction.
As a psychiatrist specializing in depression, I have been searching for a CBT self-help book that is easily readable (as most people with depression struggle with concentration problems), engaging (as most people with depression have motivation problems) and practical. This is first book that I have found that fits the bill. Beat the Blues is an excellent self-help book that incorporates up-to-date research about depression, traditional CBT skills, and newer CBT techniques such as mindfulness. However, what really makes this book special is that it is that Dr. Leahy has also made it deeply personal by the addition anecdotes of his own personal struggles and how depression has impacted the lives of those around him.
I have recommended Beat the Blues to a number of my patients over the past few months and the feedback has been uniformly positive. Some, who have struggled with depression for a majority of their lives have told me that they finally feel like they has some control over their negative thinking patterns and have hope for the future.
I highly recommend this book.
Daniel Zigman, MD, FRCPC
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great easy reading and common sense written for the lay person who does'nt understand the medical terminology. Very helpful.Published 14 months ago by bobbyinpa
Best book ever!!!!! This book saved me! Better than my therapists!!! I wish robert leahy would write a book on motivation.Published 19 months ago by SnowWhite
this book will be a good resource to use with my clients once I read it and get a good overviewPublished on September 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I didn't realize that there would be so many tests involved in this book, but if they help, more power to them.Published on July 22, 2013 by Patricia Jean Burton
with the helpful advice of this writer. Very impressed at the simple logic and encouragement I found in reading this wonderful book.Published on March 21, 2013 by scrubbysue
This book would be appropriate for someone who has low grade depression, and is able to apply some of the suggestions for cognitive behavioral techniques. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Beth Friedman
This book is rather straightforward and easy to follow. The concepts are sound and actionable. I haven't finished it yet but will.Published on January 17, 2013 by D. Britton
I loved it! It brings good advice about how we can dominate our mind against the blues. Even it talks about depression it would be useful to everyone in order to combate negative... Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Lorna