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Depression and anxiety bible
on 15 September 2014
I'm such a huge fan of overcoming series. Last time I was leaving my local library with about six different ones, just to check which one will be most for me, most to the points I need to hear and understand. And I can tell you that every one of them were just genious. However it all started with developing techniques to help people suffering from depression. CBT is now one hell of a massive approach, with many branches and subdivisions, but the first and basic motive was to help curing the depression.
So that's why this book is the biggest (555 pages) of all, and in my opinion, goes into most deep issues and problems. The text is written with extremely supportive and understanding tone, allowing you to soak the information in most pleasant and insight-ous way possible. In many way, I see it as highly self-help book, and even if the psychology behind it is quite simple, it takes some time to absorb so much info. First chapter called what is depression explains in simple terms which factors or areas of life are affected by it. Then second one called The causes of depression explains simply all the mechanism of thinking, which leads to developing the wide range of problems and issues in life.
Don't be discouraged by the thickness of the book, because when you start reading, pages goes very quickly one after another. Very soon I was quite happy that the book is so long, at least it will give more and more info for very long time. Don't get this wrong, but other titles like overcoming anxiety, mood swings, panic, etc are much smaller book, usually up to 200 pages. And even if all of them are extremely helpful, most of them are possible to read and master within a week or so. And after that, the reading feels repetitive, and a bit boring. They are more of an action books, with a lot of techniques and some theory, and with main aim to conquer problem as quickly as possible.
This book however, goes right to the ground when it comes to theory and expaining principles. Terms like depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, and many more sort of technical terms are very effectively mixed up with the words like emotions, guilt, shame, anger, and so on. So the end effect is the text that gives very clear vision about how the thinking works, and what to understand or do in order to bring desirable outcomes in life. Highly recommend to everyone, who needs to deal with those types of problems.
Later in the book, there are chapters especially dedicated to anger, shame, guilt, frustrations and social problems, where you can dwelve right into deep psychology about human thinking, action and behaviour. With the use of techniques presented inside, the theory and principles explained is applied right away to the range of problems. It's best to read it and see for yourself.