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Mind and Emotions: A Universal Treatment for Emotional Disordersby Matthew McKay
Synopses & Reviews
We all have our own ways of handling stressful situations without letting emotions get the best of us, but some ways of coping work better than others. Short-term fixes that help us avoid or numb our emotions may temporarily alleviate sadness and anger, but can also end up causing anxiety, depression, chronic anger, and even physical health problems. If you struggle with overwhelming emotions and feel trapped by unhealthy patterns, this workbook is your ticket out.
Mind and Emotions is a revolutionary universal treatment program for all emotional disorders that helps you discover which of the seven problematic coping styles is keeping you trapped in a cycle of emotional pain. Instead of working on difficulties like anxiety, anger, shame, and depression one by one, youll treat the root of all your emotional suffering at once. Drawing on evidence-based skills from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy, this workbook offers all the techniques you need to manage unwelcome feelings in effective and productive ways.
Learn and practice the most effective coping skills:
This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.
Find more help online at cbt-self-help-therapy.com. CBT Self-Help Therapy offers web-based therapy for mood disorders, offering individualized, interactive treatment for anxiety, depression, anger, shame, and guilt. It is based on the book Mind and Emotions: A Universal Treatment for Emotional Disorders, but the site stands alone. It can be used by clients working on their own, or their therapists can monitor their work on the secure server. Other modules in CBT Self-Help Therapy offer treatment for stress and emotion dysregulation.
The CBT Self-Help Therapy site combines three evidence-based treatment approaches: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Book News Annotation:
McKay (psychology, Wright Institute) et al. present a universal treatment program in this workbook for individuals who struggle with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic anger, and the therapists who treat them. It draws on skills from cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and dialectical behavior therapies, identifying their commonalities and unique elements. The authors describe how difficult emotions affect people, how they work, and how trouble occurs, then four components of an emotional response and the factors that underlie disorders. They explain how to recognize avoidance, the benefits of improved emotion regulation, and treatments such as values in action, mindfulness and awareness, defusing the situation, cognitive flexibility training, self-soothing, doing the opposite, interpersonal effectiveness, and imagery-based, interoceptive, and situational emotion exposure, ending with a chapter on relapse prevention. No index is provided. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Mind and Emotions workbook helps readers resolve anxiety, depression, anger, and emotional disorders through a skills-based, universal treatment created by Matthew McKay, coauthor of Thoughts and Feelings and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook. This program is rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and allows readers to move past the seven unhealthy coping styles that cause emotional suffering.
This is a landmark book in Self Help.Emotions have a specific evolutionary purpose: to spur us toward actions that help us survive. The thoughts and behaviors that result from our attempts to cope with these difficult, unstoppable emotions can create deeply entrenched patterns that do more harm than good, causing depression, anger, anxiety, and suffering. Mind and Emotions is the first book to reveal the seven unhealthy coping styles that are at the root of all suffering and emotional disorders.In this book, readers learn to recognize the critical moment when an emotion reveals itself in behavior and work toward acknowledging that they have a choice in that moment. Little by little, through exercises, worksheets, and daily practice, readers develop a new way of coping with negative emotions. This universal treatment offers readers the most effective techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for facing difficult emotions and reconnecting to core values. Instead of treating each problem individually, readers can identify their core coping styles and use this information to heal their emotional suffering and make lasting life changes.* About 57.7 million American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder every year* Readers will learn the 7 unhealthy coping styles that lead to mental health conditions
About the Author
Matthew McKay, PhD, is professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, anger, and depression. He is coauthor of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Thoughts and Feelings, Self-Esteem, and many other titles. Combined, his books have sold more than three million copies.
Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. He is coauthor of Messages, Visualization for Change, Thoughts and Feelings, Self-Esteem, and other books.
Patricia Zurita Ona, PsyD, is a clinical supervisor at the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic and the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In private practice, she specializes in treating emotional disorders and teaching emotion regulation skills.
Table of Contents
The universal treatment — The nature of emotions — The cost of avoiding emotions — Values in action — Mindfulness and emotion awareness — Defusion — Cognitive flexibility training — Self-soothing — Midtreatment assessment exercise — Doing the opposite — Interpersonal efectiveness — Imagery-based emotion exposure — Interoceptive emotion exposure — Situational emotion exposure — Post-treatment assessment exercise — Relapse prevention.
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