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The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD) Paperback – June 2, 2007
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About the Author
J. Mark G. Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.
John D. Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Top Customer Reviews
I have read some of the classic books on depression and cognitive therapy such as David Burns' "Feeling Good", and this is a much more comprehensive approach, based on the principles of cognitive therapy but with the addition of mindfulness.
This approach is also good for people who aren't really clinically depressed but who get caught up in negative thinking patterns and low self esteem: "Why me?" "I'm a loser", "I'll never get ahead", etc...
The book has a great cd with it to teach you exactly how to practice the mindfulness exercises. I hesitate to use the term meditation because people tend to start thinking things like "I can't meditate", "It's too hard", etc... By the time you read the book, you will understand that meditation is not hard at all, it's just a matter of doing it, and it can be done in as little as 3-5 minutes and still be worthwhile. It's not a matter of "contemplating your navel" but rather just learning to BE in the present moment, to watch one's thoughts arise and fall away, to slow down, to look at what is happening in one's body and in one's mind. Nothing at all difficult about it. You can do it. And you will find it worthwhile if you do it for a few weeks.
I highly recommend this book to people suffering from depression.
Another very good book for certain types of depression and anxiety that I highly recommend is "Emotional Blackmail" by Susan Forward, which helped me a great deal.
One more book I will recommend not so much specifically for depression but because it teaches the value and technique of "mindfulness", is Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Wherever You Go, There You Are".
The last thing I will say is that just reading any of these books is not enough! You MUST do the exercises and put mindfulness into practice! You will be glad you did!
This book helps me to stay up, and not slip back too far into depression. Medications are very helpful, but by themselves, they can not keep one at base line (or what some people call "normal.") Once we reach base line, we depressed persons, need help in staying at that level. The teachings of this book definitely has helped me in this endeavor.
I do not say this book totally cured me of depression (I don't think anything ever will.) However, the information in the book has been a big help to me, and I can cope with depression much better than I did before I read the book.
I also realize from my past deep depressions that any practice seems hard because it is extremely difficult to overcome "inertia" and cut through the cognitive "fog" symptoms that accompany the disease. Hopefully, the moving meditation practice and some simple cognitive practices described here could be effective even under the duress of a full blown relapse.
This book is also very well written and clearly readable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've ever suffered from racing thoughts, feelings of being trapped by your emotions, or periods of feeling emotionally out of control and panicked, this book is for you. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Timothy M Collins
Amazingly helpful. I used "Feeling Good" for helping through depressive episodes using direct CBT (this is a MUST read). Read morePublished 24 days ago by murphyp
So called 'mindfulness' and cognitive-behavioural re-framings are almost completely useless for people who are significantly depressed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I confess to not yet committing myself to the program the book offers for lack of time (they rec doing it when one has time to spare) BUT this book is very close to a life saver. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Green
I tried to get through this book as I have experienced depression off since I was 46 years old. Have had years when I was depression free. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lanna
I had been meditating for years and depressed for even longer, much, much longer, though I somehow did not realize. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James B. Clasby
A clear and valuable tool. It's helped me. It will help you too, if you hear what it has to say.Published 2 months ago by Rexford S. Henderson