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Change Your Thinking: Overcome Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, and Improve Your Life with CBT Paperback – November 16, 2007
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"Supported by over 30 years of clinical research, Sarah Edelman has written a volume that is clear, practical, empowering, thoughtful, and forward-thinking. She distills a broad and complex literature to provide the reader with useful strategies for coping with life's problems. Many excellent volumes have been written on how cognitive-behavioral strategies can be used to overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, loss, anger, and frustration. This volume, however, does something more--it offers sensible guidelines for leading an optimistic, balanced, and worthwhile life." -- Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
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After Edelman has coached the reader in becoming adept at increasing awareness of negative thinking patterns, she moves on to the process of disputing negative and irrational beliefs; she then applies the disputation techniques to various types of concerns. Throughout the book, Edelman offers exercises to help readers apply the concepts which she has presented. Although Edelman borrows from the work of various giants in the field of psychology, she presents this information in a manner that is extremely accessible to the average reader and that is also appropriate to a self-help format. Given this, I highly recommend Change Your Thinking as a means for the general reader to apply the principles of CBT to their own lives.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with depression or anxiety (I suffer from both).
Despite advertising itself as a handbook to help oversome stress, anxiety and depression, I found it glossed over the sometimes overwhelming emotional states that propel us into (and accompany us through) these states. Mnay readers experiencing such emotional problems will find it hard to go through the exercises and make the lists required. It might have been better to ease the reader into it by first helping him or her to understand what is going on and giving reassurance that yes, you can indeed "rewire" the brain to help get over these unhelpful cognitions.Read more ›
I had been a long-time sufferer of depression, and was thinking VERY negatively about pretty much everything in my life. My Mum passed away, my career was in a slump, and I was seriously contemplating suicide.
So I dragged myself to a psychologist, who used CBT as the main technique to get my thinking turned around, and this book was recommended as supplemental to my treatment. At that time I certainly needed treatment - and would certainly never had got well with just a book alone - but having this book to read and follow while I was not on his couch was invaluable.
Learning to challenge one's thoughts takes a little practice, but in fact becomes second-nature quite quickly, and for me, the results were incredible. This is not really about the 'power of positive thinking', rather, it is the 'power of rational thinking'. It's about taking the good with the bad, and being able to know the difference. It's about having the tools to challenge and resolve your thinking in more healthy ways, so as not to get as upset, frustrated or depressed as you might usually. Over time, your thinking becomes much more capable of dealing with life's inevitable ups and downs, and dealing with many of the things beyond your complete control -e.g. friends, colleagues and random irritants.
The book has very little, if any filler, and Dr Edelman speaks to you directly, without any fuss or hyperbole. I feel it is particularly invaluable because you can pick it up any time you feel the need, and turn directly to the part you want to focus on. It is also very well laid-out: there are no great slabs of text, and there are real-world examples and exercises to follow on just about every page.Read more ›
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My husband and I are reading this together at the suggestion of a therapist. It helps identify "faulty thinking" patterns and learn to recognize them in yourself and find... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Liza Jane
Very well written. Solid advice. The absolute best self help book for anxiety and depression I have ever read. Walks you through real life applications and examples. Read morePublished 10 months ago by keira'smom
I have not ready this complete book yet. I have about 2 more chapters left. But I have been taking notes and applying the advice to my life and it has been helpful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cheree
As someone who deals with anxiety, this book is helping me change my way of thinking. Good so far, still reading at time of post!Published 19 months ago by Brent V.