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A Cancer Patient's Guide to Overcoming Depression and Anxiety: Getting Through Treatment and Getting Back to Your Life Paperback – January 2, 2008

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The authors have provided a useful and straightforward approach to dealing with the emotional distress that often accompanies cancer and its treatment. The strategies provided are grounded in good clinical science and are both practical and efficacious. The guide should be a real resource for anyone dealing with cancer.
—Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University



A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Overcoming Depression and Anxiety is an excellent reference for patients, students, and clinicians alike. It provides a readable overall style and flow and captures practically relevant information that is informed by cutting-edge work in the field. Hopko and Lejuez have provided a much-needed resource to patients and scholars alike with this important and timely book.
—Michael J. Zvolensky, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of Vermont

From the Publisher

This workbook offers readers with cancer a targeted and customizable program they can use to manage the depression, anxiety, and fear that often accompanies diagnosis and treatment. Based on behavior activation therapy, the techniques in this book work to help readers reconnect to pleasurable and rewarding activities as the basis for coping with negative emotions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 Workbook edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245044
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This workbook has been extremely helpful in my life. It has made life with cancer more manageable and relieved my depression and anxiety. It is very user-friendly and doesn't try to confuse the reader with complicated professional lingo. The exercises are very easy to do, well structured, and not as time-consuming as some others I have tried. (The mindfulness techniques are especially great for when my kids are getting on my nerves!). This book has made my life a lot less stressful.
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I'm a psychologist and I know how devastating the diagnosis of cancer can be at first. It is so important to instill hope and to provide specific coping skills. This book is a bit dry in the first chapters dealing with the demographics of the illness. It reads like a dissertation. But the coping skills later in the book are quite helpful and specific. I recommend it to cancer patients and their families as a way to respond actively and positively to the challenges of dealing with this illness.
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Finally, a truly useful book for dealing with the emotional side of having cancer. Hopko and Lejuez have assembled a collection of sensible techniques based on years of research on depression, anxiety, and the experience of cancer. The book begins with four chapters of useful information about cancer, cancer treatments, depression, anxiety, and the problems of avoiding upsetting situations. This is followed by six chapters of specific, well-reasoned, step-by-step instructions for overcoming depression and anxiety. (Contrary to what was said in another review, this book is not about being cured of cancer through the power of your mind - It's about coping with the emotional side of having cancer and working toward a happier and more fulfilling life). As a researcher and a clinician familiar with these issues, I would recommend this book to people coping with cancer and to therapists working with cancer patients.
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I like the idea of the workbook format, but am not yet finding the content very relevant to what I'm working on.
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Sheer force of will can do wonders for the psyche, and can help versus anything. If one lets something beat them mentally, they will also be beaten physically. "A Cancer Patient's Guide to Overcoming Depression & Anxiety: Getting Through Treatment & Getting Back to Your Life" is a guide to training one's mind and spirit to overcome cancer, one of the most soul-crushing things a person can be diagnosed with. Packed with non-stop tips to help one overcome the negative emotions that a cancer diagnosis generates, "A Cancer Patient's Guide to Overcoming Depression & Anxiety" offers an upbeat and optimistic outlook that will help readers steady their mind to fight alongside their body and defeat the cancer. "A Cancer Patient's Guide to Overcoming Depression & Anxiety" is a must for any cancer patient, and recommended for community library health & self-help shelves everywhere.
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