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Overcoming Depression: A self- help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques [Paperback]

Paul Gilbert
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24 Sep 2009
If you suffer from depression you are far from alone. Depression is very common, affecting over 300 million people around the world. Written by Professor Paul Gilbert, internationally recognised for his work on depression, this highly acclaimed self-help book has been of benefit to thousands of people including sufferers, their friends and families, and those working I the medical profession. This fully revised third edition has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling. It contains helpful case studies and new, easy-to-follow, step-by-step suggestions and exercises to help you understand your depression and lift your mood.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010665
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Paul Gilbert is the author of the bestselling self-help guide Overcoming Depression and audio CD Overcoming Depression: Talks With Your Therapist. He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust.

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'Highly recommended.' -- The Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New revised edition of the bestselling CBT self-help guide.

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180 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on depression I've come across 20 Mar 2006
This book helped to completely change my understanding of depression and psychology in general. The biological/evolutionary and social explanation Mr. Gilbert offers for depression is something I have encountered nowhere else, yet is so basic and elemental and makes complete sense. This book clarified and simplified what was for me a dark, scary, overwhelming mystery, and helped me to finally see depression for what it is. I understand now that I'm not randomly and unfortunately afflicted with a strange disease that I'm powerless to affect, but rather all people have the potential to enter a depressed state, and similarly all people, including me, have the potential to live in a state of vitality/normality (whatever the opposite of depression is). It's helped me to see what conditions provoke depression's onset - and importantly, why - and which help heal and restore oneself. What a stroke of luck to have come across this helpful book and this wonderful author.
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178 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mrsrochester 29 Jun 2005
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I only wish I had read this book when I was twenty, when I was first told to expect to have recurrent episodes of severe depression for the rest of my life, rather than now, at fifty-five. Since my diagnosis I've been reading everything I can get my hands on, and trying everything. Lots of things have been helpful, some haven't, but this beats the lot. It's all here: why people can get depressed, in terms of the evolution of the species, the development of the individual and his or her situation; and, in very concrete practical and sensible terms, what you can do about it. It pulled together a lot of what I'd found out from other sources. Obviously, it's different strokes for different folks, but for me this was a real find.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really does help... 11 Mar 2007
Having lived what I always considered to be a rather charmed life, last year I was hit with a depression that lasted for 8 months. I felt as though my whole capacity for enjoying life had been ripped out of me and saw no way of getting my old self back.

My wife bought me this book and it helped me to make sense of what I was going through. However, having tried the techniques I soon gave up as I didn't believe the positive reframing comments that I was making and did not believe that such a method could solve what I considered to be largely external problems. I have to say, I saw no hope for the future at this point.

Luckily for me I found a Chartered Psychologist who, although expensive, helped me to climb out of my depression using the CBT techniques described in the book. The regular appointments meant that I had a motivation to do the exercises even when I thought they wouldn't work, as I needed to be able to discuss them at my next session. It turned out to be the best money I have ever spent.

I am now loving life and it's thanks to CBT. I was off work for a period of 5 months and thought I would never be able to go back to what had always been a career I loved. Now I have returned and feel better than ever. And I never believed it could be possible.

I thoroughly recommend this book and would suggest using it with a CBT practitioner. It gave me my life back.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent book which offers useful and practical advice about overcoming depression and other problems which are related to it, in a rational way. It is well written and readable, covering all aspects of the subject comprehensively. It is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from the author's own experience as a therapist. The book is in three sections - the first explains the causes of depression, the second discusses a self-help programme for depression itself while the third and final section considers related issues such as shame, anger, approval and perfectionism. As a sufferer from depression, this book was of immense help to me - having studied the book, I now understand a lot of the problems I have much better and feel able to overcome them. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is even mildly depressed.
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200 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mammoth task well done. 29 July 2002
Imagine you knew about this wonderful diet that helped the majority of it's adherents to lose the weight they wanted and keep it off, what would be your biggest problem? Convincing people it worked? Imagine also that it involved an incredibly simple technique.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques appear to be in a similar position. Since Beck came up with the principles and developed CBT into a full therapeutic procedure for depression and anxiety, a steady stream of evidence has accumulated to support it's validity. On the other hand, the technique is so simple that the hardest part can often be convincing people that it could ever work.
CBT in a nutshell:
1. Depression and anxiety are caused and perpetuated by negative automatic thoughts which are overgeneralised, unrealistic and negative. e.g. "My boss just ignored me when she came in this morning. If she valued me as part of the team, she'd smile at me. She must be going to fire me. I'm a failure."
2. CBT involves nailing down these thoughts, thinking up alternative realistic constructive thoughts and writing it all down. "My boss did not speak to me this morning but this does not mean she does not value me. She normally smiles at me and I have not done anything for her to be displeased with me. It's upsetting to be ignored but it does not reflect on me as a person, she is probably just in a bad mood."
CBT is mostly about writing down stuff like that. Sounds simple and it is. Once you get your head round that, the next mountain to climb is finding and pinning down those negative thoughts. It's not rocket science, it's just a big head-f**k for most people to face the negative ideas that we instinctively want to run away from. e.g. "I'm a failure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book to a point. I found ...
A very helpful book to a point.I found it lacking when covering trauma that causes depression and family background. Read more
Published 9 days ago by miss marple
3.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on
Published 25 days ago by gwilmo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
not a quick read but it really helps to pull you out of the darkness. great for returning to for reference.
Published 2 months ago by NEMO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information
Suffering from depression,i enjoyed reading this book. In my experience there are no complete cures for depression,but this book has got good advice,is very understanding of self... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marmarc40
4.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended
Excellent choice for those suffering or for those that wish to learn the ins & outs off depression.. Very good read
Published 2 months ago by David Mc Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good self help guide
At 600 pages it is quite a read for a self help book. It is designed so that you can dip,in and out of the exercises without having to read the theory and principle on which it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. V. Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to love , and have compassion for yourself, you are yourself,...
Apart from Lewis Walpert's scientific look at depression, this is the only book, not, obviously, about making money for the author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by I. A. Peden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading.
Makes good reading, but really if you are depressed, only you can bring yourself out of it. Good luck.And never give in.
Published 4 months ago by Posum
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
I can't really comment on the content as I never managed to read this book. What I do know is that for someone who was depressed, it was just way too many pages in tiny print for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by userronie
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
every one now and again gets depression some more then other for different reason so this book once again help me with my home work
Published 6 months ago by Sandra D. Harris
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