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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2010
This book was recommended to me by my therapist, I started seenig her a few weeks back after my sister passed away suddenly. My Husband left me over a year ago and I had not realised how much an impact the the break up had on my personal life. I believe this book was written for me, I find it very helpfull especially in understanding my feelings of loss,& is helping me gain back the self esteem that I once had.I was slowly sinking into a deep state of depressed was pushig all the people who cared for me away.
I would highly reccommend it.

A BIG 10 out of 10.

Marie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2011
+ fantastic guide to practical CBT
+ easy to understand and use in every day life
+ brilliantlty written
+ very useful in developing CBT skills
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 1998
Helps build diagnostic and effective practical tools for addressing the thinking that leads to depression. Allows the reader to think and practice their way out of difficulty. It was a tremendous aid to a cognitive group therapy session that I took. I never expected to attend such a group, let alone the super results
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2012
Fast delivery. Product as advertised, books in very good order. Bought from this seller before and I highly recommend them! This book is very helpful for anyone suffering or helping someone suffering from depression, phobias, and many other mental illnesses. This is the 3rd I've purchased and given away...helped all of them.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2009
While Mind Over Mood is in some ways a self-help book (and is written in such a way that it can be used for that), it is in fact a 'treatment manual' which might be recommended to us by a therapist and is accompanied by another volume - The Clinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood - which provides guidance for therapists as to how best to use this book with clients. The idea of this book is that theoretically it is to be used in conjuction with/during/between therapy sessions with a qualified therapist.

CBT does not suit all clients and as clients we need to try different approaches to therapy to see which is the most appropriate for our needs and works best for us. I would agree with other reviewers that there is certainly a place for 'feelings' in CBT sessions (even though it is a very 'paper-heavy' approach, with lots of tables, forms and 'homework'), but as to CBT being "the only approach proven to work" as stated by some... that is absolute and total nonsense - it is as if they see that 'paper-heaviness' is in some way 'proof' of effectiveness.

Although a subject of much debate currently, there is actually no empirical evidence that CBT is more effective than any other therapy. ("Do you feel better after this course of sessions?" "Yes thanks". Is that proof?) It is arguably more cost-effective because of it's finite and structured nature and this is why it is being used more and more by the NHS for Short Therapy (i.e. a maximum of six sessions). A friend of mine was recently offered these six sessions by her G.P. - because of very long waiting lists due apparently to a lack of funds to employ counsellors, she could only be seen once a month, meaning that her six sessions would have spanned half a year - needless to say, she didn't bother. Cost-effective? I guess so!

We are all unique individuals and one size does not fit all and never will. As a therapist, CBT is not my core model, but I do occaisionally use some CBT techniques with clients if they choose that, and if we both agree that that might help. Some of my clients have found CBT to be very useful and some have loathed it. In these terms, I and SOME of my clients have found this manual useful. It is written by leaders in the field and of it's kind it is very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2010
Wow!! What a book. Excellent difficult to put down.
I wish someone had showed me this during times of
difficulty in my own life. An absolute must for
any practising counsellor using the CBT approach.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2008
This is an excellent book to make you realise how your feelings are determined by your thoughts, and how you can positively influence your mood by changing the way you think. Some self-help books don't deliver because they're too vague but this book is also very practical, with many useful exercises. It's no wonder that many people are so enthusiastic about CBT and talking about it as an alternative to medication. I do not suffer from depression and was always a fairly happy person but this book has taught me how to be happier still. I would also recommended Eckhart Tolle's the Power of Now for a slightly different perspective and Steve Taylor's Making Time Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control It for an invesigation into time and how we can learn to expand time and learn to live in the present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2009
I found the book very interesting and it helped me fill in sheets given by my counsellor. I feel it would be better alongside going to a counsellor, not a self help as much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2009
This book is the real deal. I read another book on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(Feeling Good: The new mood Therapy)and I found it difficult to follow and so I experienced only minimal positive changes in my moods. But this book is very well written and laid out. Its easy to follow and it really does the job it claims to do. I worked through the exercises and was shocked to see what had been rolling around in my thoughts. I was saying very nasty and negative stuff to myself without even being aware of it. This book drags the bad stuff out into the daylight and helps you trace the origin of your moods. I was amazed at the realisation that how I was feeling depended entirely on what I was thinking. So by using this book you can identify why youre feeling not so good and then turn it around so that you feel fine.
I feel sorry for people who suffer from depression and who have resorted to medication just to function in the world. Thats a horrible existance and no way to live because taking pills solves nothing. This book and CBT tackle problems at their very root and leave you feeling reborn. Ditch the pills if youre on them and get this book, I promise you'll be eternally grateful you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
This book has been great to use with my counsellor .... The examples/people are relevant ... The book very easy to read ... Very good at encouraging you to put it into practice .... Not sure if I'd be able to use without someone getting me to read the relevant chapters at the right pace .... But I've found the book really helpful in my recovery
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