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The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD) [Paperback]

Mark Williams , John Teasdale , Zindel Segal , Jon Kabat-Zinn
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21 Jun 2007

If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being. See also the authors' Mindful Way Workbook, which provides step-by-step guidance for building your mindfulness practice in 8 weeks. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors' bestselling therapy guide: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit


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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 1 Pap/Com edition (21 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593851286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593851286
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling....A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation." - New Directions

"Every word in this affordable paperback seems to embody the gentleness and the spirit of openness that one brings to the practice of MBCT. It is therefore an ideal tool for guided self-help....Invaluable for all non-professionals and therapist alike, The Mindful Way through Depression takes the reader step-by-step on a journey of exploration....Just get the book, get your bottom on the cushion and read it." - Florian Alexander Ruths, British Journal of Psychiatry, December 2007

"Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling....A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation." - John Twistleton, New Directions, April 2011

About the Author

J. Mark G. Williams, DPhil, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.John D. Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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302 of 307 people found the following review helpful
By oli
Format:Paperback
I have started reading this and doing the exercises since I deleloped a degenerative neurological condition

Its a shame the title and content focus so much on depression - it could equally well be titled
"The Easy Way Through All The Crp That Life Throws At You"

This book requires no belief in cosmixc energy, healing crystals, karma, re-incarnation, god or any other stuff that you may or may not believe in.

View it as a guide to thinking differently about problems and a set of exercises that help

I am a very 'down to earth' electrician and not interested in any new-age spiritual stuff (talk about energy flows and healing energy makes me ill!) or old style religion but I cannot rate this book highly enough as a means for learning an easier way through life.

I don't normally review anything or enthuse about stuff but this is exceptionally usefull

I hope this book helps you as much as it has helped me

Good luck
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see hope on the horizon 12 Oct 2012
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I have lived with, battled with, sobbed over, etc., etc., depression for the majority of my adult life (now 50 something) and have read a wide variety of books/articles on the subject in an effort to find lasting help. This book is pretty much the first to offer real practical hope for handling and improving the never-ending mental somersaults that depression can draw you in to. More accurately, maybe, the book provides practical ways to shift your thought processes that can otherwise drag you down into a spiral of depression. All these years of thinking I was being intelligent and strong by trying to figure out and analyse my way out of some of the darkest times are shown (in The Mindful Way) to be the very approaches destined to drag me further and further down.

I am about two thirds of my way through reading the book and have not yet carried out the breathing, standing and body-scanning exercises that you are shown (both in writing and on the accompanying CD) but the whole tenor of the writing has lifted me to a level of hope. Having been once told by my GP (and I believe he meant in the kindest way) that there is no *cure* for what I have (what a cheery day that was!)I have been comforted by the new approach shown in The Mindful Way that, if not guaranteeing a cure, certainly shows that one can change the destructive patterns of thought that have become habit over many years.

Having known deep, dark, can't-function-and-if-I-could-wake-up-dead-that-would-be-just-fine depression and some of its slightly lighter levels as well, I would agree with the authors' recommendation that their exercises aren't carried out while one is in a deep depressive place. I know that I wouldn't have been able to concentrate sufficiently to make the practices "work" in those days.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful & Evidence-Based. 3 Dec 2012
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With its place now on the NICE guidlines for the treatment of clinical depression, MBCT is not only evidence-based, but put together by a team of compassionate and thoughtful authors, all experts in their fields.

The underlying message is that our heroic, well-intended attempts at "figuring out" how to make ourselves feel better is paradoxically the very state of mind that keeps us trapped in sadness. Rather, the authors suggest the development of a compassionate, mindful awareness of your thoughts and feelings, a new relationship with yourself, if you will.

It is a core concept of CBT that our negative, yet often automatic interpretations of events is what causes us to feel unhappy, rather than these events themselves. Why do some people take a dose of constructive criticism at work as a devastating revelation that they're on their way out, whilst others see it as a sign of moving forwards, a golden opportunity to develop?

By learning to be more mindful of our automatic thoughts and feelings, we are able to step back from the cycle of negativity, observe it and ultimately move to break free from it.

It's not easy to lay out exactly what MBCT is and how I've benefitted from it in a short Amazon review.

I'll close with a few points:

- To make the NICE guidelines, which it has, MBCT has had to undergo rigorous review by independant experts for claims of effectiveness.
- You can get a good overview of MBCT on Youtube before buying this book, by typing in "MBCT" or "Mark Williams MBCT".

Finally, I'll add that I originally attended an MBCT course in London, whilst in the pits of depression, and I didn't have it in me to see it through.
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205 of 213 people found the following review helpful
By Stair
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Having suddenly found my high stress job and teenage youth had made me ill, I was unable to function effectively and was off work for a long time, physical pains in my chest, trips to A&E to check for heart problems, tears, panic attacks the whole thing.
GP suggested stress management option rather than pills and I agreed. Readers will probably know that there are a lot of "naff" self help books but this is not one of them - this is a well researched, well written manual by people who obviously know what they are talking / writing about. Simply knowing that there are classic symptomatic states of mind that you can identify with is a great help of itself - being taught well established techniques to deal with them is even better - especially when you find that they actually work and it is possible to get through.
The accompanying audio is very well worth persevering with and it has done me a world of good - I am far better now than I ever expected to be.
If you are in a mess and would like to know that you can help yourself to genuinely get better, this is a very good place to start - highly recommended.
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