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What if depression weren’t a disorder occurring on its own but was rather a kind of signpost pointing at tangible things you needed to change in your life? This would radically alter not only the way you think about depression but also the strategies you’d use to overcome it.
Behavioral activation therapy is built on this powerful, insightful assumption. Its techniques offer fast, effective relief from depression by guiding you to make positive and rewarding changes in your life. This simple, profound process reconnects you to the naturally occurring rewards of a well-lived life, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression.
The workbook’s engaging exercises create a structured framework in which you are encouraged to focus on those activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your list, and learn how to tackle them one by one.
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. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
“Addis and Martell are on the cutting edge of research on psychological treatments for depression. Now they have adapted one of the most powerful new psychological treatments for depression into an easy-to-use and convenient workbook that will be of enormous benefit to both individuals suffering from depression and therapists conducting treatment. The authors are the first to make this program generally available to clinicians and the public and, in its straightforward easy to understand format, millions of people should benefit.”
—David H. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of clinical programs at Boston University
Behavior psychologists Christopher R. Martell, Ph.D., and Michael E. Addis, Ph.D., offer readers a radically new approach for overcoming depression that focuses on getting them reengaged with life and the world around them using "behavior activation"--a fast-acting, effective, self-help therapy. Print advertising. Health, mental health, and women's media campaign. Mailing to 50,000 mental health and medical professionals.
Behavioral activation therapy offers effective, fast relief from depression. This powerful and progressive therapy steers away from the idea that depression symptoms represent an illness or weakness. Instead, depression is merely a signpost pointing directly at the things that need to change in one's life.
The straightforward, step-by-step format of this workbook brings you this new therapy for the first time. Its engaging exercises make it easy for you to focus on activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities, or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your the list, and learn how to tackle them one by one. This simple, profound process will connect you with naturally occurring rewards, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression. With this foundation, go on to change how you approach your day-to-day life, your daily activities, the choices you make, and the way you cope with lifeís ups and downs. You'll find this proven-effective approach to coping with depression easy to master.
This step-by-step workbook offers readers a radically new approach for overcoming depression that focuses on getting readers re-engaged with life and the world around them using 'behavior activation'--a fast-acting, effective, self-help therapy.
About the Author
Michael E. Addis PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1995. He has published over forty scientific articles and books on topics including depression, the relationship between research and practice in clinical psychology, and men's mental health. In 1997, he received the President's New Researcher Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. In 2003, he received the researcher of the year award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, and the American Psychological Association's David Shakow Award for early career contributions to the science and practice of clinical psychology.
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