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Depression - The CommonSense Approach: A Clinical Psychologist's Guide to Identifying and Dealing with Depression [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bates
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In Depression – The CommonSense Approach, clinical psychologist Dr Tony Bates approaches the whole area of depression with sympathy, understanding and knowledge.

Depression is far more common than we want to believe. There are many forms of depression and varying degrees of severity, but all are serious and debilitating for sufferers and their families. Dr Bates explains depression, outlines the common and not so common signs, looks briefly at some of the theories that have been put forward to explain it, and provides those affected with the necessary tools to help deal with it.

This is a practical and easily accessible book. The prescriptive chapters will provide sufferers with the help they need to deal with self-defeating behaviours and to change patterns of relating to others that keep them vulnerable to depression. The key message is that clear and compassionate thinking helps build self-esteem and gives us back a trust in ourselves that gets lost when we become depressed. Dr Bates also address important issues that are frequently overlooked for partners and families who live with a depressed person.

The CommonSense Approach series is a series of self-help guides that provide practical and sound ways to deal with many of life’s common complaints. Each book in the series is written for the layperson, and adopts a commonsense approach to the many questions surrounding a particular topic. It explains what the complaint is, how and why it occurs, and what can be done about it. It includes advice on helping ourselves, and information on where to go for further help. It encourages us to take responsibility for our own health, to be sensible and not always to rely on medical intervention for every ill.

Other titles in the series include Depression – The CommonSense Approach, Menopause – The CommonSense Approach and Sleep – The CommonSense Approach.

Depression – The CommonSense Approach: Table of Contents

    Foreword by Professor Paul Gilbert
    Introduction
  1. Recognising Depresson
  2. What Causes Depression?
  3. A Major Obstacle to Recovery: Hopelessness
  4. Overcoming Depression: A Recovery Plan
  5. Getting Started
  6. It’s the Thought that Counts
  7. Changing your Self-image
  8. Putting it All Together: Tom’s Story
  9. Living with a Depressed Person
  10. Beyond Depression: Staying Well and Dealing with Setbacks
  11. Self-help Books: A Guided Review
    Useful Addresses



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'... a more complete map to recovery from depression.' --Irish Farmers Journal Irish County Living, Saturday, February 11, 2012

'is an articulate, sensitive and practical guide to recovery from depression' --Stephen McWilliams, .Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 01 June 2012

is an articulate, sensitive and practical guide to recovery from depression --Stephen McWilliams, .Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 01 June 2012

About the Author

Dr Tony Bates is Founder Director of Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Prior to this he worked as Principal Clinical Psychologist at St James Hospital in Dublin and has more than 30 years experience in the area of mental health.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 3 Aug. 2012
By sdss75
Format:Paperback
Having suffered from varying degrees of depression since the birth of my son 3 years ago, I had hit an all time low. I had been on antidpressants (SSRIs) twice during that period and had also had two courses of sessions with 2 difference psychotherapists. All of this was just about keeping my head above water but when I finally got to such a low and hopeless place it became apparent to those around me. I was ultra sensative and crying all the time. At this point a close family member with experience in treating depression through psychotherapy recommended that I read this book. I cannot emphasise enough how much this book has changed my life and in a very short space of time! I have gone from seeing myself as useless and out of control of my life to someone who sees the joy and pleasure in the small everyday things in life. It has made a huge difference to my relationships especially with my husband and my son and for the first time in about 4 years I feel rested after getting a nights sleep. The book is made up of 3 distinct parts. 1. explaning what depression actually is, contributing factors in why certain people get it and how it manifests psychologically and physically. 2. Steps to take to help yourself out of depressive feelings and cope with life, this is done through congnitive behavioural therapy (CBT) exercises which are very simple to follow. 3. Mindfulness which helps teach you how to bring your thoughts and feeling back under your control when they start to run away from you into a downward spiral. Tony Bates is at the top of his professional and understands the subject from not just a clinical perspective but having suffer from depression himself has a true and deep understanding. He does not use any jargon and retains the readers attention which is in itself a difficult thing to do with people who are depressed. Put all other books aside and read this - it will definitely put you on the road to a permanent recovery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready Reference 2 Nov. 2003
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With depression likely to affect one in four people in the course of their lives, coping with the illness is a skill we could all learn. Depression is an illness; it is a survivable illness; it is one from which we can recover - though every year several thousand people commit suicide in Britain while troubled by it. A useful little pocket book to help you get a focus on what is happening and take realistic, practical steps to get help and overcome the trauma. Depression can be overcome, but you need to understand it and get appropriate help and support.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Real answers from real experience. Very accessible. This is a gentle, easy to read book that is full of tangible hope of a way forward. I have given it to a few friends who were struggling with day to day living, they found it excellent. Another friend, in a deep depression, said it is the first book that has made any sense. CD great too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and well written book 17 Aug. 2013
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This is a great piece of work by Dr Bates.The cd is wonderful and is a real treasure included within the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most helpful book so far. 17 Mar. 2014
By GPS121
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I suspect this book is bought by people who are looking for information or help. For me it was another step, big step. It is short enough but packed with information. Be compassionate to yourself. I also found the book 'mistakes were made but not by me' helped me to realise how much your mind run's your thoughts and actions like an automatic pilot. You need to understand that stuff too. Your worries can be controlled but it does take years of effort and slow change. Maybe you never reach the light at the end of the tunnel but I think it keeps getting brighter and brighter. I wish you well.
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