|Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated
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FEELING GOOD FEELS WONDERFUL
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs.In FEELING GOOD, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an ALL-NEW CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
- Recognize what causes your mood swings
- Nip negative feelings in the bud
- Deal with guilt
- Handle hostility and criticism
- Overcome addiction to love and approval
- Build self-esteem
- Feel good everyday
BEGIN NOW, TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF FEELING GOOD
- Dumb book!
Basically all it says is, "In order to feel good don't be sad." NO KIDDING! UGH infuriating and a huge waste of money....more info
- Sincerely thankful for this book-heres why
I have read all of Dr. Burns' books which are very good and many of the other books on CBT including those by Ellis. For me this was my faviorite. I think the reason it is so good is not just the CBT model, but the warmth and wisdom that Dr.Burns brings to it. It is almost like the fuel for the engine, and I don't think it would work nearly as well without it.
Besides from making me feel better these are a few things that CBT has helped with:
-I had always had insomnia as far as I can remember. I rarely do now.
-I went out on a handfull of dates the past two years for the first time. They didn't end up how I wanted but it was a big step for me.
-I gave up a lot of the resentment towards my parents and became closer to them
-I get along with other people better.
I spent a year a half doing these exercises for an hour a day each morning because if I didn't the way I felt was simply unbearable. My BDC (the checklist to measure you mood) showed a temporary improvement at first with relapses. But then as I tracked this the relapses got less severe and further apart. And something strange happened in that I would occasionally feel happy for what seemed like the first time that I could remember.
Now that I feel better the motivation to do this everyday has decreased. However, I now do one exercise per day (around 5 min) and plan to continue to do so. I feel like I am more immune to depression now, because I have this tool and have learned to change my thought patterns. I have used this to stop myself from relapsing since, but in all honesty I could probably be happier if I did more.
Some things that I learned thay may help:
-Doing exercises first thing in the morning was often the most effective time for me
-I bought a cheap voice recorder to play back my disputations at other times
-Tracking your mood is essential to see that you are really making progress (when you feel bad it is hard to remember)
-Try to read different books on CBT/REBT and try different exercises
-I wonder if I would have made progress faster or been better off if I had done it in conjunction with a therapist
I hope this helps. I am sincerely thankful for this book!
- If I had learned this when I was young, then I would be ok now!
I had this book for 10 years, but didn't really look at it until just recently. Because of this book I now have hope for my future, and it has convinced me to seek out help that I need. I suffer from depression and anxiety, and get a bout at least once a year (spring and fall mostly?). Dr. Druns has shown me that I do have a choise in how I feel, and I am choosing to feel good!...more info
- Feel Good
Good book! Arrived on time and in good condition. This book would help anyone to analyse their thoughts and make corrections in actions and thought toward a better life. I highly recommend it!...more info
- Very Helpful!
This book is truly awakening, it made me realize how distorted I view the world. I believe that the learnings I have gained from this book will make me a better wife, mother and friend. Good luck to all in the frustrating battle with depression, I hope you find the book as helpful as I did!...more info
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- Don't Worry Be Happy !
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated by David D. Burns is a book that will help you feel good without having to rely on prescription drugs. All that anxiety, guilt, negativity, procrastination, low self-worth can be lifted away with Burns scientifically techniques. This book will help you understand what causes mood swings, stop negative thinking and feelings immediately, learn how to deal with your mood swings, build self-esteem, feel happy and much more.
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I received the product in a timely manner and in good condition. I'm very satisfied with my purchase...more info
- Like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose!
I think most people will find something useful in this book to help them. However, it is not THE definitive answer in curing depression. I think this book can be part of the solution. It is not the only solution out there.
I am very confused why this book touts itself as The Clinically Proven Drug-free Treatment for Depression, when much of the book itself, almost 300 pages, is devoted to drug therapy. I mean, is it a guide to antidepressants or why you do not need antidepressants? I don't see how it can be both. It would be nice to see the author clearly state that cognitive therapy and antidepressants can work together.
There is just a lot of information in this book to wade through, much of it that is not usefull. I found myself skipping entire chapters that did not apply to me. In the chapters that I felt did apply to me, I went on to find that the author went into excruciating detail, with specific conversations or imagined conversations he had with patients illustrating his point. And how he recommends readers to kept practically minute-by-minute logs of their thoughts, well, that is impractical. Talk about getting bogged down in your problems!
The author's writing style includes quite a bit of hokey and corny language, and a lot of it is dated. An example he gives of what might set someone off into a rage is losing a dime in a pay phone, LOL!
I didn't really read a lot of the psychiatric meds part of the book because frankly I don't care what anyone other than my physician thinks on the topic. But I did skim through the section on one of the meds I am taking and was a little surprised at the information the author gives. He states that the med I am on requires weekely blood tests. Um, I have yearly tests; have been on the med 2 years and have had 2 blood tests. So that is a huge discrepancy between information the author gives and what the reality is. And he starts the section of the book on meds by saying maybe some day science will come up with a "happy" pill, but we aren't there yet. Well, that is just insulting and ignorant. People suffering from clinical depression are not looking to pop a "happy" pill to solve their problems. It is really discouraging and shocking to hear a psychiatrist and supposed expert make such an ignorant statement.
If you can approach this book as having some good suggestions in it you can use right away, some you can mull over, and some you might come back to later, if you can skim through it it and quickly pick out what is useful to you specically, then I think it is helpful. I wouldn't approach it as tying yourself down and you must read it from cover to cover. ...more info
- Absolutely Helpful!
"Feeling Good" is absolutely helpful book for anyone going through anxiety or depression. Dr. Burns allows you to evaluate your thoughts and learn how mental distortions contribute to feelings of anxiety or depression. Afterwards he offers a cognitive therapy approach to overcome these negative thoughts and emotions. Cognitive therapy works on changing thoughts in order to learn coping skills that allow you to feel in control of your mental and emotional world. This is a great book for anyone who wants to take control of their mood and to start feeling good once again. Here are some other books that you check out on depression:
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think: Strategies for coping with anxiety and depression.
Undoing Depression: Holistic approach to managing depression.
Breaking the Patterns of Depression: Offers over 100 exercises to overcome depression.
Nexus: A Neo Novel: Fascinating journey of Logan Andrews through suicide, anxiety and depression to spiritual transformation.
- The best self-help book ever read by a Counselor.
As a Counselor, I have recommended this book to many of my clients and have seen the growth they have made. I myself benefited highly from the book and believe just about everyone would, no matter who you are and what goes on in your life. ...more info
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated
It apparently is really really helpful. My wife actually wanted it, so she is currently reading it. It is only effective if you have a good attitude about it. She highly recommends it. ...more info
- Really Helped
"Feeling Good" by Dr. Burns really helped me to manage depression and to better understand how my thoughts contributed to it. I've realized through this book the profound influence of thinking on my mood. Dr. Burns allows you to map ten cognitive distortions that maintain negative thinking and emotions. Once we can eliminate these distortions then our mood can improve and the depression or anxiety will start to lift.
Dr. Burns recommends that a cognitive therapy approach be used to allow for coping skills. He adds that when drug therapy is combined with cognitive therapy, the results are often better and offer long-term solutions because the person wanting to change their mood is self-empowerment with understanding and awareness. I believe this was the best part of "Feeling Good" book: It allowed me to take inventory of my thoughts and emotions.
One example of cognitive distortion is All-or-nothing thinking. This involves thinking in absolute terms. Through this distortion, you see everything in black-and-white. Either you're an absolute success or a complete failure. Even if you are successful in many areas of your life, with this distortion you will dwell on that one instance where you see yourself as a "failure" and then believe you are a failure in everything. This type of thinking leaves no room for a balanced perspective, you can only have extremes.
This book really helped me and I also found "Nexus: A Neo Novel" by Deborah Morrison and Arvind Singh very helpful. It's the intimate portrayal of Logan Andrews' struggle with depression and despair. His cognitive distortions are explored at a spiritual retreat where people struggle with personal pain. "Nexus" offers many helpful ideas for someone going through depression and it deals with depression in an honest way, not shying away from the lows that accompany anxiety and depression. I highly recommend "Feeling Good" with the psycho-spiritual story Nexus: A Neo Novel....more info
- Feeling Good
This is one of the best books written for individuals suffering from anxiety and depression who are looking for tools that the can use daily to help themselves feel better. The author, who is a psychiatrist, is a pioneer in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy. His premise is simple..." the way you think determines the way you feel"
And he is right.
For the individual who is willing to put the time in and work through this book the rewards will be great.
I have recommended this book to a number of my patients
Dr Alagia...more info
- Great Book
Great book that teaches you how to control your moods by controlling your thoughts. Really helpful, realstic and an eye opener. I bought this book for myself and my sis and recommended it to everyone I know with mood problems...which is everyone!...more info
this books fails to point out that for severe depression also called
clinical, biological, major, chemical depression that medication is vastly more effecaious than psychotherapy. if you may have read griest's book "depression and its treatment" as you move from left to right on the spectrum, depression is increasingly biological. Donald Klein's book "Understanding Depression" is an excellent book that really shows
the effectiveness of medication. also Corey Ericksen in his book "Depression Is Curable" gives a superb account of clinical depression. medication combined with psychotherapy is one of the best treatment modalities. avoid the msw's they have no clue whats going on. unfortuenately even the psychologists are ill equipped to treat depression in so far as its diagnosis and treatment. after all they are trained in psychotherapy and lacking in diagnosis skills. they can do the psychotherapy which they generally excell at but can't prescibe medication
dont try st johns wort, it can cause liver problems. perhaps this book could be helpful for mild to moderate depression but why take the chance.
an interesting book is "Depression How it happens How its healed" by John Medina. Another interesting book is "Prozac and the New Antidepressants" by William Appleton which talks about the ssri's. generally less side effects than the older antidepressants.i've relagated my copy of David Burns book to the trash. for many people thats where it belongs.
unfortueanetly the odds of finding a treatment provider who know whats going on is less than one in five and i would guess its closer to one in ten.
one book points out that if psychotherapy is unsuccessful after ten visits the use of medication is indicated.
so again why take the chance with this book when excellent treatments are available?...more info
- Feeling good by David Burns
I feel that David Burns has been able to put a good edge of stability on my day to day living. Stuff that I think I might have worked out myself but Burns deals with in a simple direct way and how to cope with them whatever youve decided your problems are; that one has a procrastination issues, surviving negative people and situations, you know...just dealing with life in general. He shows how to cope with situations either by writing activities or by your own mind revision.
IE. pge 138, dealing with critisism.
1.Always speak the truth.
it might be biazarre and weird truth but the attacker will run out of steam and it will lose their grip on you.
The book is focused on depressed people. I dont think I am actually 'depressed' but certainly had my issues and one of these is dealing with antidepressants in the past and this book has a great section on the treatment of antidepressants. ...more info
- Incredibly helpful - but with a caveat
Dr. Burns' book "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" offers instant yet insightful ways to start pulling out of depression or anxiety and to create life-long changes in thought patterns that can keep one living a happier and more productive life into the future. His systematic identification of the thought-errors that lead to and reinforce depressive feelings is quite brilliant: Most of us aren't aware when we are doing them and, if aware, believe that there is truth to these mistaken patterns. Simply becoming aware of negative self-talk and its mistaken premises may almost immediately help a person (particularly someone with milder depression).
BUT: Dr. Burns, I feel, fails to take seriously the effect that major traumatic events can have on a person's psyche. While he acknowledges that death, disability, or major illness can lead to feelings of sadness (although, he says, they do not "cause" depression), I feel that he systematically underestimates the importance of the conditions of one's life in relation to how one feels in and about their life. Certainly, one shouldn't need external "props" to feel basically good or worthy. However, there are some basic, necessary conditions of human flourishing that everyone needs - to be free of serious pain, to have the minimum financial wherewithal for basic security, ordinary human social contact and not isolation; maybe a handful of others. Dr. Burns seems to minimize the importance of any "real world" factor in his assertion that anyone - including, in examples he uses, prisoners of war - can be happy if only they have the right mindset. This takes a good principle too far, and makes it potentially damaging: A person is not weak or even suffering from errors of thought if he or she feels somewhat depressed under truly extreme circumstances that are outside the bounds of what people should be called upon to live with; rather, they're experiencing a possibly realistic reaction to a very bad situation. It's important to distinguish when you need to change your *thoughts* from when you need to change your *reality,* though often both are important.
The caveat above really is a small one, as most people suffer from depression in the midst of totally ordinary circumstances - circumstances that only may appear hopeless or insurmountable because of the depression itself. That's where treatment - and Dr. Burns' book - are so valuable. But for people experiencing depression in truly extraordinary circumstances that deprive one of the basic conditions of human flourishing, I think it's helpful, and humane, to acknowledge that it is not merely mistaken thought patterns that create a barrier to contentedness or happiness.
In summary: A hugely helpful book - but a bit panglossian on the power of right thinking under any and every circumstance. ...more info
- Good way of looking at things
Although I'm not at all depressed and it's not exactly geared towards people like me who are in a stable state of mind, I found this book incredibly insightful as far as how to alter the way you look at negative feelings, people and situations that come your way. Certain chapters I skipped (like how to motivate yourself to leave your home and not stay in bed all day) because they truly didn't apply to me, but if you read this book with the perspective of opening your mind up to a different way of looking at negative situations, then it could really benefit you whether you're depressed, happy or somewhere in between. It's intellectal without being overwhelming, and down-to-earth without being too "self-help-ish". I think it's a great book for ANYONE and after reading it, I've become much more laid back about negative situations and people. And who wouldn't want that! ...more info
- Definitely Feeling Better
This book is great. It does not make baseless claims or promises. It's based on a very reassuring combination of common sense and scientific study. I haven't put myself through the whole program yet, but already feel more in control of my moods. I am genuinely feeling better. CBT is a positive, proactive approach suitable for anything from mild, temporary depression to severe and prolonged depression - such as my own. The method leaves the patient in control, yet thoroughly supported throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone who isn't currently 'feeling good'....more info
- good insight into cognitions
Although I was a little put off by the length of the book, I'm enjoying the read and am finding the information extremely valuable even if only for awareness. I recommend this one if your interested in understanding and/or changing the way you think about things....more info
- This book changed my life
I dealt with depression throughout my teenage years and twenties. One day I literally could not get out of bed because I was so depressed. My aunt bought me this book and told me to read it. This was almost 10 years ago. Once I had finished it, I have had a completely different outlook. I have carried what I gained from this book with me ever since and I now know how to deal with my emotions and feelings. I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, or other related issues. It is the one and only book I have read on the subject and it is apparently the only one I needed. ...more info