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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger; Pap/Cdr edition (27 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245488
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grounded in ancient wisdom and the newest scientific evidence, this book provides a host of tools for those suffering from depression. Strosahl and Robinson invite us to take a wholly new view of what depression is, and how to deal skillfully with it through strategies born of acceptance and self-compassion. Their book shows the pathways into and out of depression and gives us a vital map to see clearly where genuine peace and freedom lie. --Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford

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Kirk Strosahl, PhD, is cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a cognitive behavioral therapy that has gained widespread adoption in the mental health and substance abuse community. He is author of numerous articles on the subjects of primary care behavioral health integration, using outcome assessment to guide practice, and strategies for working with challenging, high-risk, and suicidal clients.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chris on 9 Dec. 2009
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I am halfway through this book - I have suffered with severe anxiety/panic attacks/depression - I have found this excellent book - I totally disagree with the previous review which suggested it was too difficult for the lay person - I have read 'The Happiness Trap' which the previous reviewer recommended and although found it very good (it is a good book to read first as an introduction to the principles of ACT) - this book has been life changing in challenging my depressed outlook and the way I live and respond to Depression - I have read many many books on the subject and this book/ACT truly makes the most sense to me - the only other books I recommend which complement this book are ' Complete Self Help For Your Nerves' by Dr Claire Weekes who began the whole approach of dealing with psychological problems with her approach of Facing/Accepting/Floating and Letting Time Pass which was wonderful in helping me with my panic attacks/anxiety - I have also found books by Cheri Huber who comes from a Buddhist background very good - this book however is specifically related to Depression and more importantly how you live as a result of your depression and how this creates an ongoing cycle of suffering - it shows you how to get off the depression wheel and live a life of vitality and meaning - this is an immensely practical and wise resource for those who may be struggling to cope with this isolating condition alone - Buy It !!
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The only reason I do not give this book 5 stars is that it is perhaps a bit forbidding for anyone who is more than slightly depressed to tackle. It is chunky and detailed with lots of reading and written exercises. Perhaps it is best used as a therapist manual and then the therapist can use the excellent exercises and handouts as appropriate.
I also take the point of other reviewers that there is such a thing as endogenous and even psychotic depression that is not recognised in this book. However I think anyone prone to any kind of depression would be well advised to learn ACT approaches in the longer term to help them keep out of the mind traps that can keep taking them down in mood regardless of the original cause of the depressive episode. There is good clinical evidence for mindfulness being effective in relapse prevention in recurrent depression.
I love Strosahl's angle on ACT. He is strong on values and on physicalising emotion. Also on how it is that we are more inclined to believe our mind's stories than our own direct experience. And bringing all that together he shows how we can compassionately carry whatever thoughts and feelings we are having and still take effective action towards being the person we most want to be. All of this is gold dust for CBT therapists working with depressed people. Mindfulness is prominent too and in more user friendly forms than some other CBT derivatives.
I only wish the book was shorter, more intuitive and succinct - like Strosahl and Robinson's book about brief ACT or FACT. But that's meant for therapists...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D. Burton on 25 Sept. 2012
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A bit of background. I have been a mental health social worker for 20 years. I have also been related to a very close relative who has suffered serious episodes of so called "endogenous" depression at various times of her life(this is depression that arises from within the person that appears completely unrealted to any triggers - although Im sure those deep in psychodynamic theory would hypothesize all sorts of possible reasons). Fact -I have had extensive, personal experience in witnessing the terrible suffering that someone with such a mood disorder has to endure; I can confirm that such depressions are severe mood disorders, and are serious mental illnesses needing psychiatric treatment. Many, if perhaps most depressions do have psycho-social origins,but are not necessarily the result of experiential avoidance. The authors overstate their case, - I find their whole chapter 1 "On seeing depression for what it is" concerning - have these authors ever worked in psychiatric hospitals? On page 21 "Myth 4 Depression is a Biological Illness" they deny there is a biological basis for depression at all, and present what is essentially a typical ACT explanation/approach. No reference is made to other models such as Gilbert's social mentality models of depression based on evolutionary theory. What this book offers as explanations for depression is really a standard ACT, and based on a sort of combination of radical behavioural theory with eastern philosophy . Ironically included later is a mention in the book (to their credit and contradiction of their earlier myths section) ia mention of some biological factors playing a possible minor role. ACT though is viewed as the primary approch to use, and the lens from which to respond to depression, of course in fitting with the title.Read more ›
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Woodcraft on 14 May 2009
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This book provides a very good introduction to relational frame theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for professionals who are interested in finding out about the use of ACT in clinical work with depression. Alternatively it could be a very useful adjunct to working with an ACT therapist.

My impression is that this book could be too daunting for people, who are currently depressed, especially if attempting to read it in isolation. The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living by Russ Harris may be more accessible and helpful, when people are currently depressed or to read when mood is okay and the urgency to engage with a more detailed book is less keen. Also the price at the time of writing The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living is 99p on Kindle which is amazing value. The Illustrated Happiness Trap: by Russ Harris (Author), Bev Aisbett (Illustrator) is likely, from extracts I have seen, to be even more helpful, for those who are currently depressed, and possibly for younger people, unfortunately it is not published in the UK at the moment.
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Same ACT channel, same ACT material, but many new techniques & tips 26 May 2008
By Randolph A. Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
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Strosahl and Robinson follow in the path of "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" but focus specifically on depression. A little New Age-y here & there, which initially might or might not be a turn-off, depending on how you feel about such things - but stick with it, because there's lots of powerful material here:

- Strong and useful explanation of why we get depressed in the first place. Blaming biology or history doesn't help us; a more useful stance, as the authors explain, is to look not just at the pain in our lives, but at how we react to that pain. Avoidance pushes us into depression, acceptance and action pull us back into life.

- A full chapter on how our mind tricks us with reasons & stories that seem to "make sense," but actually keep us stuck.

- Nice accompanying CD with guided meditation exercises of various sorts, some for learning mindfulness skills, others for getting in touch with our intuition about what we really want to do in life.

- Good closing chapters on building ACT habits that will last rather than fizzle.

See full review on my blog - [...] - or just check it out for yourself. You'll be challenged, but you won't be sorry.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
A workbook that actually works! 15 Jan. 2009
By T. McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
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I've struggled with depression for the majority of my life and have tried many different tools to help me heal - for exmaple psychoanalysis, self-help books, homeopathy, antidepressants, acupuncture, etc. While I won't say that those tools did not help me (I really needed therapy to move through the most acute traumas of my past), I will say that this workbook has really helped me at this point in my life, helping me to understand how the depression has influenced my current behaviors and ways of coping with my past. Having been through nearly 3 years of therapy, and there working through past issues, I was ready to start taking action in my life *now* for a better future. This workbook has helped me frame what's most important to me, what I want to experience, and find ways to actually begin creating those changes for myself. I look forward to the personal time I spend with this workbook, and I feel I've benefitted greatly from it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
ACT Workbook for Depression 1 Jun. 2011
By yosemitegirlca - Published on Amazon.com
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After a lifetime of living in the self-help section, I can honestly say this is one of the top books ever read. I am attending the workshop that accompanies the book. It has helped my PTSD and depression better than any one-on-one therapy. Highly recommended. Still crazy after all these years, but now I RECOGNIZE it and can fix it before I implode.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Great Stuff 28 Oct. 2010
By KadyOne - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a long-time practitioner (though not consistently so) of mindfulness - insight meditation. This is a great D-I-Y program for learning to pay attention in order to avoid depression. One key "learning" so to speak: As the authors state, depression is something we do, not something we have. Therefore, we can learn how "not to do" and live a more satisfying life. I've gotten way too good at "doing depression" over the decades; this workbook is helping me understand how to be less successful at such self-defeating behavior!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good depression workbook! 31 Aug. 2009
By karla H - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great to work with a group or on your own. The cd has a great selection of music with meditation exercises to follow along with. The stories shared vary in different areas of how depression can affect people in many differnt ways. I am using this book as material and reference in a womens support group. It has already made an impact within the group. The women are opening up and sharing. I am glad I chose this book. Karla H.
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