- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Revised ed. edition (April 9, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671762427
- ISBN-13: 978-0671762421
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
All four authors are clinical psychologists. Peter M. Lewinsohn, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. His colleagues are also faculty members in psychology: Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D., is at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School; Mary Ann Youngren, Ph.D., is at Willamette University in Oregon; and Antonette M. Zeiss, Ph.D., is at the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto, California.
Top Customer Reviews
First, you have to get a handle on whether you are depressed (it could be something else making you blue), and how severely you are depressed. The book is designed for people whose depression scores are between 5-15 on the Beck scale (provided). If you are higher than 15, the author recommends that you give the book a try, but keep in mind that you MAY need professional assistance. I was a 23, but this book worked wonders for me, without any assistance.
The book has a behavioral approach to depression. This means that the authors believe your depressive behavior and feelings can be changed by first identifying/focusing on antecedents (what precedes your behavior or feelings) and consequences (what follows a behavior). The next step is to consciously change the antecedents and consequences of your behavior, rewarding yourself as you do so, and thereby slowly and steadily lift yourself out of depression.
A behavioral focus also means that this book will not help you analyze how you got started in your depressive behavior patterns. The authors believe it is not necessary to dig through all that stuff that in order to change yourself.
So in a way, this book is the antithesis of "talk therapy" -- I'd call this "do therapy".
The authors acknowledge that there are multiple roads to depression, that every depressed person has a unique set of problems.Read more ›
very appropriately named as "control" it does not claim to be "cure" nor "heal"
it's a "do-therapy" not "talk-therapy"
it does not _seek_ nor does it _care_ the causes of one's depression or any past trauma.
instead, it focuses on how to get better _now_ & _present_.
it has lot's of tests then to-do plans for different types of problems. very organize.
it does help some but it requires constant discipline & can be quite arduous. (may not be easy for someone who's already depressed) also i'm not sure about the long term efficacy. it seems one has to keep doing it all the time to control it. again may be hard for a depressed person.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used it in preparing my dissertation and still use it to teach a panoply of CBT interventions to my pre-doc psych students.Published 22 months ago by Dr Ron