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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies Paperback – 16 Dec 2005

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"…I think clinicians could find useful sections in this book…" ( The Psychologist , September 2006) "Well–written series" ( Woman′s Weekly , 15th March 2007) "...[an] excellent book" ( First , Monday 5th November 2007) "Don′t be put off by the title – this is one of the most comprehensive guides to CBT."  ( Sunday Times , Monday 17th December 2007)

"...reveals commonsense ways to improve your mind and mood..." ( The Sun , March 2006) "…I think clinicians could find useful sections in this book…" (The Psychologist, September 2006) "Well–written series" ( Woman′s Weekly , 15th March 2007) "...[an] excellent book" ( First , Monday 5th November 2007) "Don′t be put off by the title – this is one of the most comprehensive guides to CBT."  ( Sunday Times , Monday 17th December 2007)

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Learn to challenge negative thoughts before they take hold Straightforward advice to help you feel like you again Whether you′re trying to fight anxiety and depression, beat addiction, or simply lose weight, the key to success is learning how to think differently. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a practical, sensible, and effective approach to help you master your thoughts and think constructively, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies is the easiest and fastest way to get started. Discover how to Turn negative thoughts into positive action Regain your sense of perspective Break the spiral of anxiety and depression Use CBT techniques in the real world Treat phobias and eating problems

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I am a psychotherapist who has successfully used cognitive behavioural therapy with clients for over ten years and I have seen many changes over the years. One of the most exciting changes is that information is more accessible than ever and so clients can be more involved in their treatment.

Of course, finding accurate information expressed in clear language can present a challenge. The for Dummies series fills this gap and this book is no exception. It provides accurate information that most everyone can easily understand.

I would also recommend "The Feeling Good Handbook" by Dr. David Burns which offers an inventory of cognitive distortions. For a spiritual fiction book that portrays the main character's struggle with depression, I found "Nexus: A Neo Novel" by Deborah Morrison and Arvind Singh an interesting read.

One word of caution: In the case of serious depression or other mental illness, you need to work with a mental health professional to find the right treatment options. No book can replace the need for professional help during critical periods.
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I have suffered on and off with panic attacks and negative thoughts for over 20 years (I'm only 30) and had recently started with panic attacks after a break from them for 6 years. I had read 'You Can Be Happy No Matter What' by Richard Carlson (see my over review) which helped a great deal and started me thinking about other ways to adapt my thinking. I had heard about CBT before and heard Paul McKenna mention it in some of his books.

I had used the 'Dummies' series of books before and enjoyed reading them. The style of writing is extremely easy to read, you can simply pop in and out of the book to re-read certain sections as it is all categorised, and the two writers use humour which helps a great deal when dealing with this subject. I recently had a slight re-lapse when on holiday and had a panic attack. However due to the way the book is written I easily found a part I needed to re-read and was feeling 100% again within minutes

If you are suffering from negative thoughts, depression, panic attacks, phobias etc. then this book is for you and WILL help. After reading only a small section I was feeling much better and thinking "hmmm, now I understand!"
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I cannot commend this book highly enough, speaking as someone who has benefitted greatly from the common sense approach of CBT described in this book. It is written in an easy to understand manner and I felt immediate benefits from reading this book. CBT won't change your life overnight but if you are prepared to put in the effort then I have found that my life is changing for the better. Old, negative ways of thinking, which I had believed would never change, have been replaced with a more positive attitude and outlook.
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The CBT approach seems to be based on what works rather than what fits some preconceived model. The emphasis is on helping yourself and effecting change in faulty thinking patterns. As attitudes become less rigid it makes possible the altering of behaviour in the real world. The book is divided up into various sections, of which some will be more relevant to each readers specific needs.
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In my professional life, much of my time is spent working through a client's peceptions. And where appropriate, this is one of the starting points I suggest for learning about the self-evaluation of thinking, emotions and behaviour.

Beautifully written, engaging, thought-provoking and well worth considering if you're interested in learning more about this approach.
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I've read some of the reviews of this book and several seem to be from people who thought this was a guide for those who wish to use CBT strategies to help others. Although you could probably 'reverse engineer' the techniques used here, the book is squarely aimed at those suffering from depression and/or anxiety.

I have suffered from both and was assigned a therapist to help me through my depression. She used Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and, over a period of 3 months, I was eventually able to return to work. Although our sessions were very useful, they were largely verbal discussions with the occasional diagram or table on paper for me to use on that week's assignment. Going forward, I will occasionally need to re-use those techniques to prevent a slide back into a depressive phase but it's hard to relate an empty table on a sheet of paper to a verbal discussion we had months ago.

This brings me to the reason I bought this book - the worksheets and chapters are almost identical to what we covered in my sessions and are a great source for revising exactly why we did each one and the intended result. I expect someone suffering from depression or anxiety could gain a lot from reading this book but diagnosing the source of your issues is one of the most important stages and that really needs the support of an expert therapist. The cause of your problems may not be what you think.

My recommendations are:
1. See your GP and request a discussion on CBT with a therapist (it is available through the NHS).
2. Don't let your GP fob you off with anti-depressants, they just hide the problem and have many side-effects.
3. Use this book for ongoing self-help and revision, whether during your therapy or afterwards.
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