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Overcoming depression [Paperback]

Christopher Williams
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Book Description

Mar 2001 0340763833 978-0340763834
Overcoming Depression is a series of structured self-help workbooks for use by people experiencing depression. Developed in liaison with a wide range of health care practitioners, the course allows access to the proven Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach to treatment. With reading ages between 11 and 14, each workbook has been designed to offer essential jargon-free information and provides carefully sequenced series of questions designed to bring about change in how the person thinks and in what they do in order to improve how they feel.

The Overcoming Depression course offers a clear model of intervention based on the Five Areas Assessment model of depression.

The workbooks are designed for use by sufferers in liaison with a health care practitioner. They are ideal for use by psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, general practitioners, primary and secondary care nursing staff, occupational therapists, social workers and other health care workers. The books are licensed for unlimited photocopying for use clinically and in teaching.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340763833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340763834
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Chris Williams is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow

Chris is a past-President of BABCP - the lead body for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)in the UK ( and is an expert trainer, teacher and accredited practitioner. He is passionate about looking at ways of making CBT easier to use and access. His books aim to communicate key principles of CBT in practical, compassionate and easy to apply ways.

He also leads an extensive programme of research at the University of Glasgow that focuses on how to improve outcomes using a range of easily accessed books, DVD's, classes and computer-delivered self-help resources including the free access website which receives around 3 million hits a month.

His work includes the development of the five areas approach to communicating CBT, and the application of this transdiagnostic model across low mood, anxiety, eating problems, chronic physical health problems as well as weight loss, alcohol problems and smoking cessation courses.

Together his CBT self-help resources are amongst the most used in the UK and are widely used in many English-speaking countries. Translations have been made into 6 languages. He is also Patron of the charities Anxiety UK and Triumph over Phobia.

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A remarkably clear and easy to use tool for people living with depression that can be used by almost any health practitioner. This book provides a valuable tool to people with depression and to professionals who can sometimes feel daunted by managing this common and distressing condition.
Men's Health Journal

This book sets itself apart from a rather large pack of potential competitors by its clarity and practicality. It is particluarly well-suited for use in practices that use predominantly cognitive-behavioural techniques in treating mild to moderate depression. Psychotherapists and psychiatrists in training will find it extremely helpful. It is destined to be highly regarded, particularly by clinicians who struggle to find relevant homework assignments for their patients who suffer from deppressive illness.
Doody Review Services (Barnes and

..a well-organised, easy to understand, self help workbook..a useful addition to anyone experiencing depression or anyone seeing a health care professional for mild to moderate psychological problems.

From the Author

This book is now out of print and has been
replaced by the second edition: Overcoming Depresion and low Mood (2nd
edition). by Chris Williams

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent self help 4 July 2005
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I have found this an excellent book to use alone or with the support of a therapist, GP. After 7 years of suffering with anxiety and chronic depression I have found this book just the tool to start being proactive and taking responsibility for your own recovery. It is laid out well and is easy to read and provides you with achievable targets and aims as well as encouraging you to make your own goals. Excellent, is recommended to sufferers and health professionals alike
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and informative information 23 Jun 2003
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Written in the style of a self help book. This provides very clear and informative information, in jargon free language. Very helpful for use on your own, or with others.
It explains all aspects of depression very clearly with plenty of practical advice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cbt workbook 1 April 2009
i am a clinical psychologist and after searching around i found this book and its companion anxiety volume. it is clear, straighforward and very well written. i use it as standard now with anxious/depressed clients and have achieved excellent results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential 20 Aug 2006
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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this work book is fantastic for anyone who has or does suffer depression. helped me enormously. it's a work book and the exercises are easy to follow and can be used in any everyday situation.
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