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Depression Solutions Workbook: A Strengths and Skills-Based Approachby Jacqueline Corcoran
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No one wants to be depressed, yet there are millions of depressed people in the world who find it nearly impossible to pull themselves out of depression using traditional therapeutic methods. Because depression depletes motivation and self-esteem, sufferers often feel powerless to take control of the disorder. The Depression Solutions Workbook integrates three proven-effective therapies-two designed to motivate the depressed person to change and one designed to target the root of the depression-that work together to combat the most common symptoms of depression: lack of motivation to make positive changes; negative self-talk and irrational beliefs; and use of harmful coping mechanisms. The first therapy, solution-focused therapy, encourages readers to develop their own personal set of solutions to depression based on evidence of positive actions they have taken in the past. This therapy helps readers remember the steps they took to overcome past hardships and shows them how to harness these same skills to move past depression. The second therapy, motivational interviewing, offers readers a way to find and maintain motivation for behavior change. Finally, readers are introduced to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) skills that help them silence negative self-talk and eliminate irrational beliefs about themselves. Clinical trials have shown that CBT is as effective as antidepressant medication, even among severely depressed patients. This workbook can be used together with medication or alone to treat this debilitating disorder and help sufferers become motivated and active.
This workbook integrates three proven and effective therapies to help those suffering from depression--two designed to motivate the depressed person to change and one designed to target the root of the illness.
The Depression Solutions Workbook presents a unique strengths-based treatment that integrates solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing to target the three most common and damaging symptoms of depression: negative internal messages, lack of motivation to change, and addictive or self-destructive behavior.
Because depression depletes motivation and self-esteem, it can trap you in a vicious circle-though you want to escape how you're feeling, it seems impossible to work up the energy to change.
Using solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing, The Depression Solutions Workbook will help motivate you to combat the negative beliefs you have about yourself and end the self-destructive behaviors that sink you further into depression. This potent three-part approach will help you learn to identify your strengths, encourage you to take action, and teach you new coping skills. Once you're able to harness these new skills and enhance your existing strengths, you'll have the tools you need to make a positive and lasting change.
Create a personal set of depression solutions based on your hidden resources and strengths.
Find out how depression and other negative behaviors are hurting you and take a closer look at the benefits of overcoming them.
Dissolve negative thoughts and feelings, improve your relationships, and recognize your depression triggers.
About the Author
Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD, is a professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in Alexandria, VA. She has authored and coauthored many books on evidence and strengths-based models, including Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions, Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice, and Building Strengths and Skills.
Table of Contents
Part I. Building Strengths
1. Finding Your Strengths: Coping
2. Cultivating Resilience
3. Looking Toward a Brighter Future
4. Exceptions to Depression
Part II. Building Motivation
5. Learning How to Motivate Yourself to Beat Depression
6. Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Part III. Building Skills
7. Identifying Your Depression Triggers
8. Working with Your Thoughts and Beliefs
9. Building Relationships
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