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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
(The Clinically Proven Drug-free Treatment for Depression)
and The Feeling Good Handbook


 

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"You 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 therapy.

In Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook, Burns identifies ten cognitive distortions that most of us will recognize, such as:

  • All-or-Nothing Thinking (A straight-A student gets a B and thinks he is a failure.),
  • Personalization (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.")

 

 

Books Feeling Good and Feeling Good HandbookIn 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.

 

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