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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse Hardcover – 17 Jan 2002


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  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press (17 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572307064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572307063
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a courageous book and the kind psychology needs ... This is a story written with honesty and humility.' - Comtemporary Psychology APA Review of Books

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Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is Head of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he is also Head of the Psychotherapy Program. Dr. Segal is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His publications include [i]Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression[/i], coauthored with Rick E. Ingram and Jeanne Miranda. J. Mark G. Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, where he has also served since 1997 as Director of the University's Institute of Medical and Social Care Research. Widely published, he is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. John D. Teasdale, PhD, holds a Special Scientific Appointment at the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England. He is a fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientist Award (Division 12).

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2005
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A truly excellent book. Aimed at the therapist/clinician but explains the background sufficiently to be used as a self-help book by a motivated and/or educated sufferer. Merges Eastern meditative practices with traditional cognitive therapy to produce a sensible, accessible, life-changing approach to preventing depressive relapse. Others will follow in these authors' footsteps. A book that everybody involved with mental health or who has suffered depression should read.
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fantastic book on mindfulness - sold short on it's link with depression - can help with so much more.
Of course this book is great for anyone suffering depression - although the emphasis is on preventing relapse as opposed to cure or even treatment during an episode. The same mechanisms operate in anxiety, discontent and all manner of frustration intolerance. I would recommend to anyone - mindfulness will give great benefits to those who aren't suffering from any malady - it's not just a retroactive treatment - it's prevention and even actualization as well. I would also recommend HOW TO LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW by Paul Jones.
How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awareness
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett on 1 Aug 2011
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This is a well written book and explicit in how to conduct training in Mindfulness CBT for depression. All you need to get started on this type of work
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92 of 106 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 2006
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As this book is aimed at professionals I was very weary of buying it. There is always the fear that such books will pay too much heed to genetics and so become very depressing. Fortunately, the authors tend to believe that environment, upbringing, and the attitudes we hold are the main triggers of depression and this can be overcome using cognitive behavour therapy (CBT).
As an example of their optimism compare the two views here, one from mainstream psychiatry the other from the authors of the above book. Biopsychiatry tends to believe that everytime a depression strikes, the brain becomes more damaged and therfore more vulnerable to depression ( if this is true then a good dose of fish oil - best taken as pure EPA - will put it right, but a lot of psychiatrists won't tell you that). The authours of this book have an alternative view: when depression strikes we learn how to think depressively, and this learned behaviour, plus the memories of our previous depression, can mean we think negatively more readily when we come under stress again in the future. The authors are very enthusiastic that mindlefness cognitive therapy techniques can break these habitual detrimental thought patterns.
Mindfullnes CBT techniqes are also be used to pick up negative thoughts before they trigger a depression. It seems that although many people get well from depression using CBT, there may be a relapse when negative thoughts get through unnoticed.
I have always been interested in meditation and so this book greatly appealed to me. I have also found it to be a very optimistic book and so it has become part of my armoury to help me overcome my own chronic depression.
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