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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
(The Clinically Proven Drug-free Treatment for Depression)
and The Feeling Good Handbook
feel the way you think."
The classic, best-selling books
Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook show you how negative and distorted thinking make you feel depressed
and anxious. One of the leading developers of cognitive therapy, author
David D. Burns, M.D shows you how to change your negative thinking so
that you can become happy and productive again. For those with mild to
moderate depression and anxiety, the books provide valuable tools.
The way you interpret
things, writes Burns, leads to feelings of anxiety, guilt, pessimism,
low-self-esteem, and depression. Cognitive
therapy teaches you how to handle criticism, deal with stress and
stop procrastinating. Studies have found that cognitive therapy works
faster to eliminate depression than conventional psychotherapy or drug
In Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook, Burns identifies ten cognitive distortions
that most of us will recognize, such as:
Thinking (A straight-A student gets a B and thinks he is a failure.),
(A woman's son's teacher suggests he could do better in class and she thinks,
"I must be a terrible mother.")
- Jumping to Conclusions
(A friend is distracted and doesn't notice you and you think, "She's
mad at me. I must have done something wrong.")
each case, the individual becomes depressed and anxious because of the
way they misinterpreted what happened.
This kind of distorted
thinking is more common if you are feeling depressed. And, when you allow
the negative thinking to influence your emotions, it only intensifies
your depression. By learning to recognize patterns like these, you gain
control over negative moods.
Feeling Good includes The Consumer's Guide to Antidepressant Drug Therapy.
About the Author
Dr. Burns is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor and Behavioral Sciences
at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is involved in
research and teaching. He has received numerous awards and written a number
of popular books on mood and relationship problems.
Page updated December 1, 2009