mind over mood

Mind Over Mood

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Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Faye Hanna, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Primary Mental Health. Reviewed 14 April 2014.

Book Title: Mind Over Mood:  Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Author: Dennis Green PhD,  is a clinical psychologist, and the director of the Anxiety and Depression Centre in Newport Beach, California.

Christine A Padesky, PhD is a clinical psychologist, and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the California Psychological Association. She runs a Centre for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach ,California which host MindOverMood.com a website for the public.

Date published: 1995

Suitable for: Therapists, patients and people seeking to change their lives. Aimed at adult reading level.

Problems addressed: Depression phobias, anxiety, stress related disorders, relationship problems, addictions, and eating disorders.

Book Summary: This is a practical book which is designed as a workbook for teaching /learning skills to help overcome specific difficulties. It teaches how to identify thoughts moods and behaviours and physical reactions  and  to learn skills to change the thinking patterns that lock in dysfunctional behaviour or relationship interactons. It contains numerous figures to photocopy and use as a guide or exercise to induce change. It will become an invaluable tool to  provide structure to ensure efficient and rapid change maximise the way we view ourselves and our lives.

Strengths and weaknesses: It is well set out and the pages are well designed to photocopy. It uses easily understood language and is clear and concise. It provides excellent examples and considers difficulties patients might experience and provides suggested solutions.

It is a very useful addition to clinical tools or as an additional self help book. Patients would need an understanding of CBT to use it alone but it is intended to be used in consultation with a therapist. I would value this book as my most important clinical assets.

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