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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think Paperback – 10 May 1995

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"Only rarely does a book come along that can truly change your life. Mind Over Moodis such a book....Mind Over Mood will prove to be a significant milestone in the evolution of cognitive therapy. Never before have the nuts and bolts of cognitive therapy been spelled out so explicitly in a step-by-step fashion for the lay public....This is a rare and special book that can easily be used for self-help or as an adjunct to therapy."--from the Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School

"What are you struggling with in your life? What patterns in thinking have held you trapped over the years? How can you develop and automatize a new way of seeing things that helps get you out of ruts you have maintained over the years? Drs. Padesky and Greenberger give you practice in learning how to make sense of your moods, to identify your own irrational thinking and to base your thinking fully on facts. They even give you a means to challenge old thinking patterns that you developed as a child. I saw Dr. Padesky demonstrate these skills at a cognitive therapy conference. I walked away very impressed with her warm, sincere, knowledgeable, creative and rational approach to helping people change. I am delighted to recommend this workbook."--Ellen Kenner, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The RATIONAL Basis of Happiness, a nationally syndicated radio talk show.

"I believe it is already reducing the number of distorted automatic thoughts that I have throughout my day. As a result I'm seeing myself become less afraid and less withdrawn. [The] Thought Records have helped to diffuse my overwhelmingly hot thoughts and have helped me feel a sense of control. Just writing it all down gives me a sense of it being 'emptied out of me' and released. It gave me concrete tools to use to trace my own thinking and arrive at more balanced thinking. It has given me a belief that my past doesn't have to control my present and my future. It's given me a sense of inner healing. All of the worksheets have been the key for me--concrete. They also add to the sense of progress when looking back over them and pointing out blaring themes." --Client

"Cognitive therapy is the wave of the future and Greenberger and Padesky are riding the crest. Mind Over Mood offers deceptively simple but powerful and sophisticated strategies for coping with depressed and anxious moods and interpersonal difficulties. This is a book for `hands-on' use; it provides step-by-step descriptions of strategies that have been shown in controlled outcome studies to be effective. Mind Over Mood makes an outstanding contribution; I recommend it without reservation." --Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, California

"My cognitive appraisal of Mind Over Mood is that it is clearly written, solidly grounded in research, and truly helpful. Readers will get more than a pep talk; they will get the information, skills, and practice they need to change self-defeating thoughts into self-enhancing ones." --Carol Tavris, PhD, author of Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion

"Written by two exceptionally skilled therapists, this book can help you change your life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional problems including depression, anxiety, panic, and anger. The careful step-by-step exercises in the book will show you how to use cognitive therapy to understand and overcome your mood problems." --David M. Clark, DPhil, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

"Depression left me searching desperately for ways to help myself, calm my anxiety and regain my lost self-esteem. This workbook was a constant companion during the months of recovery, as it empowered me to actively participate in the process, rather than wait passively for my next therapy session with expectations that the doctor alone would 'fix' me up. Especially useful were the activity records, which forced me to track my daily activities, rate their effect on my mood, and then analyze thoughts that contributed to my various moods. This workbook served me well as a problem solving tool. I literally didn't leave home without it." --Suzanne S. , client.

"I spent many years in and out of therapy battling depression. When my therapist recommended a workbook, Mind Over Mood, I was, at first, very skeptical but the book was clear and easy to follow. I read it cover to cover. I did the exercises. They gave me the tools I needed to climb out of my black moods. One year later I am still depression free and empowered by the knowledge that I have the tools to defeat it should it return." --K.D., client

"Prior to using the thought record, I had a lot of free-floating anxiety and panic. Since using the thought record, I have found that the act of writing out my moods and thoughts in a step by step process has given me greater understanding and acceptance. By the end of the process, my moods usually have changed to a more balanced and positive outlook." --G.D., client

"I've been in Cognitive Therapy for five months now and was introduced to Mind Over Mood after about three and one half months. I didn't really know what to expect from this manual but I knew I'd try anything to make me feel better. I can tell you honestly, after reading the first three chapters my initial thought was I wish I had it from day one....I found myself identifying with each of the people portrayed in the case studies. This made it easier to complete the exercises. My therapy sessions alone didn't always force me to put action plans to the test, but with the help of my therapist and this manual, I'm learning the skills needed to make my life better and more productive." --Q.R., client

"Mind Over Mood is an eye opener! For the first time I understood what I was going through, what caused it and what I could do about it. It was helpful for me and helped my family understand what I was going through and why I responded the way I did." --Client

"Since I have read Mind Over Mood, I find myself identifying and changing my thoughts in different aspects of my life...parenting, marriage and work related situations. I am able to identify my feelings and work out solutions before stress, anxiety or depression occur. I am able to approach conflicts in a methodical manner and get positive resolutions. Mind Over Mood is always with me. I have one copy in the car and one in the house. Mind Over Mood has taught me how to change my mood by changing my mind." --Client

"For me, a person currently working on conquering depression, panic attacks and anxiety, Mind Over Mood has, in simple language, helped me understand their meaning and cause. Through the use of Mind Over Mood I am moving toward healing these disorders." --Client

"I have found the techniques set forth in Mind Over Mood the most effective I have known in reducing and eliminating anxiety." --Client

About the Author

Dennis Greenberger, PhD, clinical psychologist, is Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center, Newport Beach, California. The Center's website,, features information on Mind Over Mood. Dr. Greenberger is Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. He is a Founding Fellow and member of the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Christine A. Padesky, PhD, clinical psychologist, is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of their Aaron T. Beck award. Coauthor of six books and an internationally renowned speaker, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. Her Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, hosts, a website for the public.

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By A Customer on 11 July 2004
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This book is really effective if you're prepared to put in a bit of effort. It's intensely practical and offers immediate solutions rather than just describing the problems as other books tend to. Don't be put off by the slightly folksy style, which is presumably meant to make it accessible.
Well worth the money.
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My psychologist recommended that I buy this book. I have read a lot of material on depression and anxiety in the past, but this book changed my outlook (for the better) more than any other publication. Its approach using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) works well in tandem with psychological therapy, or on its own. The book contains a number of photocopiable worksheets, and is laid out in a 'textbook' like style, which suited me as a mature student (don't worry, it's not like those awful textbooks you used at school!) It is a must have for anybody suffering from panic attacks and/or associated anxiety.
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If you understand how CBT works then this is a useful support and guide to do it at home. On a down side, its A4 size so not something that can be easily transported or quietly read without a curious gaze.
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By A Customer on 3 May 2005
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Having suffered from anxiety for about five years and got nowhere in terms of understanding or reducing the symptoms and causes, I finally found a psychologist who recommended this book and for the first time I finally realised and believed that I wasn't 'going mad' and wasn't going to necessarily feel like this forever. I saw my therapist and read certain chapters in the book in tandem although reading the book by itself would also have helped though possibly a little more slowly. This book and the CBT approach it uses is like a godsend for anyone who doesn't have a terrible childhood or traumatic incident to blame for their anxiety but is still debilitated by it (altho' it is also aimed at those who do have a difficult past to deal with). It acknowledges that bad habits in terms of negative thought processes can simply be picked up along the way. I can't recommend this book highly enough but I'd also urge that if this book doesn't work as well for you as it did for me, don't give up looking for something that does.
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I have suffered with depression, self harm, you name it, for over 20 years (more than half my life). Last year I was fortunate enough to be invited to self help groups, studying CBT, Relaxation, Anxiety, Lack of Confidence and Challenge your Core Belieifs.

Initially, I thought CBT was the biggest load of rubbish (I didn't understand what it was) and I thought it would be a complete wast of time - how wrong was I. This book was recommended by the group facilitator. I bought this book after my studies had finished, and was absolutely delighted and a little smug that the whole course of CBT was everything that I had studied in my groups, including Changing Core Beliefs (which I thought was impossible, it's not!).

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and this book really changed my life! After my studies, I didn't feel so alone, because I had this bible to refer back to, just to refresh. After 20 years, I am finally managing to live a normal, happy life. Obviously, I still have an off day, but thats all it is, an off day - it does not mean that I'm spiralling into the depths of depression again!

This really is a book for anyone suffering with any type of anxiety/depression. Believe me, I am eternally grateful that I had this book recommended to me, I would recommend it to anyone, no library can be complete without this book! *****
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By A Customer on 17 April 2002
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This an excellent self help guide to depression and anxiety. I have been diagnosed with depression for one and a half years now, and this book was recommended by my GP.
I have used it at all the different stages from not getting out of bed, to going back to work, and still when I have set backs.
It takes you by the hand looking at your thoughts , where they have come from and most importantly how to challenge them.
I have recommended this book to several people, who have all bought it and found it a great help.
To gain from this book you have to want to get out the black hole you feel you are in, this book offers a lifeline.
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It sounds like a cliche, but is entirely true! After working through the exercises in this book for two months, I lowered my anxiety by two thirds, and my depression symptoms by half. I feel more in control of my moods, and I can cope better when I am feeling strong emotions. This book gives clear, easy, step-by-step instructions that really work. I recommend it highly to anyone.
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This book was recommended by my counsellor when I was suffering with anxiety and depression. I slowly worked through it and photocopied all the worksheets. It gives something constructive to work at and you actually begin to enjoy doing it. You can see by the charts that you are improving. The thought records are particularly helpful. It is not a difficult book to read and it's written in a warm, friendly and encouraging way. By the time I got to the last chapter I didn't need it any more. I wasn't tempted to jump ahead but worked through chapter by chapter and it worked!
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