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Ending the Depression Cycle : Workbook Ser. - BIELING P

Ending the Depression Cycle

Workbook Ser.


Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9781572243330
Number Of Pages: 238

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Experts report that 17 million people in the US suffer from clinical depression; 50% of the people who recover will relapse within three years.

This is the first book with up-to-date strategies to defeat this statistic and address the problem of depression relapse. Ending the Depression Cycle includes step-by-step strategies for preventing relapse by leading researchers

Most books on this disorder focus on crisis control during the acute phase of mild and severe depression. This book deals instead with the period after recovery when as many as half of those who have defeated depression will suffer relapse. Learn about the repeating cycle of depression. Then, with self-assessment tools and engaging exercises, understand the stage you are dealing with. Find practical advice about clinical options, including anti-depressant medication and continuing psychotherapy. Take away everyday strategies for thinking realistically, having fun, and being physically well. Discover meditation and thought monitoring techniques that help minimize stressors in your life.

The ultimate goal of this book is to help you develop a new set of values that allows imperfection in your life but, at the same time, protects you from vulnerability. Vital involvement in your personal relationships and your community start you on the path to self-reliance. Comprehensive listings of support resources help to keep you moving. One appendix focuses on easy-to-access Internet resources.

This book includes a foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD, the founder of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
What Is Depression and How Can It Be Overcome?p. 1
What Is Depression?
Who Gets Depressed?
Causes of Depression
Effective Treatments for Depression
Staying Free of Depression
The Nature of Relapse in Depressionp. 15
Depression As an "Episodic" Illness
Defining Relapse and Related Terms
The Conventional Wisdom on Relapse
Understanding Where You've Been and Where You Can Go Nextp. 27
Differentiating between a Sad Mood and a Relapse
Creating a Comprehensive Wellness Plan
Developing a Wellness Plan with This Book
Using Medications to Stay Wellp. 41
Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking Medications for Depression
Stages of Medication Treatment
An Overview of Medications That Work for Depression
When a Particular Medication Doesn't Work
Natural and Herbal Treatments for Depression
Choosing between Antidepressant Medications
Combining Medications with Other Treatments
Using Medications to Stay Well
Your Medication History
Maintenance Psychotherapy to Stay Wellp. 65
Does Maintenance Psychotherapy Help Prevent Relapse?
Finding a Therapist
Structuring Maintenance Psychotherapy
Maintenance Motivation
Realistic Thinking Each and Every Dayp. 79
The Thinking Approach to Depression
The Thought Worksheet
Going beyond Thoughts: Understanding Beliefs
Having Fun and Living Healthyp. 105
Behavioral Activation and Relapse Prevention
Defining Satisfaction
Essential Daily Routines: Sleep and Exercise
Mindfulness Meditation for Preventing Relapsep. 123
Learning Mindfulness
Better Coping during Stressful Timesp. 139
The Stress-Depression Connection
Coping and Problem Solving
Depression and Other Health Issues: Anxiety Disorders, Alcohol Use, Chronic Pain, and Other Medical Issuesp. 163
Beating Anxiety and Depression
Alcohol Abuse and Depression
Chronic Pain and Depression: Breaking the Cycle
Other Medical Illnesses and Depression: Staying Well in All Ways
You Don't Need to Be Perfect: Changing Perfectionism and Self-Criticismp. 177
What Is Perfectionism?
Costs and Benefits of Perfectionism and Self-Criticism
Perfectionism and Thinking
Perfectionism and Behavior
A Perfectionism Self-Assessment
How to Overcome Perfectionism and Self-Criticism Once and for All
Strategies for Long-Term Change
Dealing with Dependencyp. 191
Defining Dependency
Dependency and Depression
How Did I Get This Way?
Use Your New Understanding to Work on an Alternative Core Motivation
Developing Healthy Intimate Relationshipsp. 213
The Impact of Depression on Relationships
Developing Healthy Interpersonal Relationships
Vital Involvement in Lifep. 227
Self-Actualization: An Ideal State of Living
Additional Resourcesp. 241
Recommended Readings for Consumers
Recommended Readings for Professionals
Where to Get Help
Referencesp. 247
About the Authorsp. 259
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ISBN: 9781572243330
ISBN-10: 1572243333
Series: Workbook Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st January 2003
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.96  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.66