Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression

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Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression

Format:  Paperback,

200 pages

Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2004

ISBN-13: 9781572243668

ISBN-10: 157224366X

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Recent reports indicate that depression is the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting as many as 17 million Americans. This book integrates the spiritual practice of mindfulness with psychological techniques for changing negative thoughts and behaviors into a powerful and proven-effective program for coping with this serious and distressing condition. The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts that lead to depression. They learn how to find the motivation to confront depressive feelings. By "sitting" with painful emotions and allowing them to pass, readers find that they can reduce the frequency of depressive episodes. The book is co-written by a leading specialist in the treatment of depression and a clinical nurse who, as a Zen practitioner trained with Charlotte Joko Beck and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2004
ISBN-13: 9781572243668
ISBN-10: 157224366X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 157224366X

Chapter outline

Foreword to peaceful mindp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
from depression to hopep. 7
The combo platep. 19
CBT and mindfulness meditation: first stepsp. 29
Core belief frameworkp. 49
Understanding and changing depressed thinkingp. 71
Activities and moodp. 89
People and your moodp. 99
People skillsp. 111
Depression and exercisep. 125
Acceptance is not defeatp. 141
Stages of changep. 155
Appendixp. 171
Resourcesp. 175
Referencesp. 177

Book description

Recent reports indicate that depression is the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting as many as 17 million Americans. This book integrates the spiritual practice of mindfulness with psychological techniques for changing negative thoughts and behaviors into a powerful and proven-effective program for coping with this serious and distressing condition.

Current statistics suggest that as many as 17 million Americans suffer from depression; further research states that less than 25 percent of these receive adequate treatment for the disorder. In clinical trials, treatment approaches that incorporate spirituality with psychology have proven to be dramatically effective at countering depression. This book is co-written by a leading specialist in the treatment of depression and a clinical nurse who, as a Zen practitioner trained with Charlotte Joko Beck and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

A concept grounded in the practice of certain forms of Buddhism, mindfulness is the conscious, uninvolved awareness of the present moment. Western psychologists have recently learned that this state of mind is particularly conducive to the accomplishment of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT: an active mode of psychological treatment that attempts to recognize and counter negative thoughts and behaviors before they lead to debilitating symptoms like depression. As statistics confirm again and again that depression is the single most common psychological problem affecting Americans, the refinement of psychotherapy through the integration of spirituality-based techniques has generated considerable interest among psychology professionals. This approachable and easy-to-use book makes these powerful techniques available to the general public.

The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts that lead to depression. They learn how to find the motivation to confront depressive feelings. By sitting with painful emotions and allowing them to pass, you will find that you can reduce the frequency of depressive episodes. Using meditation practices for observation and awareness, develop the ability to recognize cognitive, physiological, and environmental triggers that can lead to aggravated periods of the disorder.

When you change how you approach your day-to-day life, your daily activities, the choices you make, and the way you cope with life's ups and downs you strengthen the skills you need to move beyond depression and develop lasting peace of mind.

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