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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this book offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Depression doesnt happen all at once. It starts gradually and builds momentum over time. If you go through a difficult experience, you may stop taking care of yourself. You may stop exercising and eating healthy, which will end up making you feel even worse as time goes on. You are caught in a downward spiral, but you may feel too tired, too overwhelmed, and too scared to try and pull yourself back up. The good news is that just one small step can be a step in the right direction.
In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers effective ways to get betterone little step at a time. In the book, youll discover that there isnt one big solution” that will solve your depression. Instead, there are dozens of small, practical things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and start healing. Some are as simple as relaxing certain muscles to reduce feelings of anxiety, while others involve making small efforts toward more positive social interactions. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effectsgiving you the power to literally reshape” your brain.
Like most people, you probably didnt wake up one day and find yourself completely depressed. Instead, it probably happened over time, as a series of reactions to difficult situations and negative thinking. But if you are ready to reverse the trajectory of your depression and find lasting happiness, this book will show you how.
This book should be put in the hands of anyone who suffers from a mood disorder. It offers a real tool in moving toward wellness and stability.
A moving first-person account of the manner in which the author, a distinguished teacher and lecturer, struggled to recognize, cope with, and eventually overcome her long-standing depression.... This book could become an essential strength for those who are struggling to cope with this burden.
Child and Family Behavior Therapy
At last: a step-by-step workbook program for dealing with chronic depression and manic depression!
This awesome compilation is outstanding by the highest standards in professionalism, both literary and psychological.Small Press
The Depression Workbook is an essential tool to assist people struggling with depression and mania to gain insight into those illnesses. This insight empowers the reader to actively enter a lifelong journey of healing and wellness.
Mary D. Moller, Executive Director of the Center for Patient and Family Mental Health Education, Omaha, Nebraska
Endorsement of First Edition: “This book is a lifesaver. This is one of the ‘must have’ books for anyone newly diagnosed with depression or manic depression. It is invaluable in teaching both sufferer and supporter the symptoms and coping skills. This book was monumental in helping me get through a severe depression that lasted nonstop for half a decade. I recommend this book to all my readers, and to anyone suffering with depression or bipolar disorders.”—Bob Olsen, author of the best-selling Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder
“The second edition of this eminently useful guide offers readers proven and active courses of action for getting and staying on the road to wellness. Mary Ellen Copeland is an author who thoroughly understands depression and manic depression, and the book’s effective techniques and clear organization illustrate her commitment to facilitating real healing. Once again, Copeland has produced one of the very best books on the subject."
—Lauren Dockett, author of The Deepest Blue: How Women Face and Overcome Depression
Alex Korbs The Upward Spiral
is a masterful account of the neuroscience behind depression, as well as of concrete steps that will lead to an upward spiral out of depression. Korb explains neuroscience in a clear and accessible way, and shows how various brain malfunctions lead to different symptoms of depression.
Throughout the [book], Korb circles back to some of his own experiences, making his account all the more powerful and real. This book is a must-read for those who struggle with depression and want some guidance on how to understand and manage itas well as for therapists who want to learn more about the neuroscience of depression and its treatment.”
Elyn Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of law, psychology, psychiatry, and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and author of The Center Cannot Hold
Completely revised to contain the latest research, an indispensible guide to overcoming depression features interactive exercises that provide guidance on vital coping skills and assist readers in making positive changes in their lives, and includes Internet resources, treatment strategies, and a ne
Based on the latest research, The Depression Workbook contains interactive exercises that provide guidance on essential coping skills and help readers make real changes in their lives. This new edition includes updated Internet resources, expanded material on treatment strategies, a revised listing of mental health professionals and features a new step-by-step strategy for developing a plan to manage symptoms and stay well.
The best-selling Depression Workbook offers interactive exercises that help you take responsibility for your own wellness. It teaches you skills you need to cope with depression: tracking and controlling moods; building a support system; increasing self-confidence and self-esteem; avoiding conditions that can exacerbate mood swings; and using relaxation, diet, and exercise to stabilize moods.
This edition includes a chapter that details a step-by-step process to help you develop your own plan for managing depression symptoms and staying well. It also contains an updated list of resources, including an extensive list of helpful Web resourcesóand expanded material on specific treatment strategies. The book includes updated depression resources for mental health professionals.
From best-selling author Mary Ellen Copeland comes the second edition of The Depression Workbook,which includes new, research-based self-help strategies for taking charge of depression and developing a wellness recovery action plan.
From the best-selling author, Mary Ellen Copeland, comes the Second Edition of The Depression Workbook. Learn to practice the latest research-based self-help strategies to relieve depression and address other mental health issues including how to:
- Take responsibility for your own wellness
- Use charts to track and control your moods
- Find helpful care providers
- Build a system of mutual support
- Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
- Use relaxation, diet, exercise, and light to stabilize your moods
- Avoid conditions that can worsen your symptoms.
A new chapter guides readers through developing your own plan for managing symptoms and staying well. This process, known as the Wellness Recovery Plan (WRAP), was developed by a group of people who experience depression, or manic depression and/or have other mental health concerns and who now report that this plan helped them relieve their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.
This edition is updated in all areas including new medical and holistic perspectives and extensive lists of helpful resources and Web sites that will assist you in your journey to wellness. By letting you share more than a hundred case stories and empowering you with the most current therapeutic strategies, The Depression Workbook, Second Edition will give you insight, energy, and hope.
Depression can feel like a downward spiral, but its the little things that can add up to make a huge impact on recovery. In the breakthrough book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers readers small yet effective ways to ease their worst symptoms. Readers will discover there isnt one big solution” that will solve their depression. Instead, they will learn that there are dozens of tiny steps they can take every day to reshape their brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this book provides dozens of straightforward tips you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Whether you suffer from depression or just want a better understanding of the brain, this book offers an engaging and informative look at the neuroscience behind our emotions, thoughts, and actions. The truth is that there isnt one big solution to depression, but there are numerous simple steps you can take to alter brain activity and chemistry. Some are as easy as relaxing certain muscles to reduce anxiety, or getting more sunlight to improve your mood. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effectsgiving you the power to become your best self as you literally reshape your brain, one small change at a time.
About the Author
Alex Korb, PhD, is a neuroscientist who has studied the brain for over fifteen years, starting with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Brown University. He received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote his dissertation and numerous scientific articles on depression. He is currently a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher at UCLA in the department of psychiatry. Outside of the lab, he is a scientific consultant for the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and is head coach of the UCLA Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is executive director of the Mindsight Institute and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He is author of The Developing Mind, The Mindful Brain, and other books, and founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
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