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 of 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.
Mind Over Mood was chosen for inclusion in the United Kingdom National Health Service's bibliotherapy program, a selective list of proven self-help books that general practitioners, counselors, and community mental health specialists are encouraged to "prescribe" for patients with mild to moderate mental health concerns. The book was also voted by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies as "the most influential cognitive behavioural therapy publication," and has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Observer (UK), and WebMD.
Winner—Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Book of Merit Award
-from the publisher
Oprah.com -- 5/14/09
"Mind Over Mood and its companion piece...promise to be classics. No managed care report leaves my desk without a direct reference in the treatment plan to this outstanding set of manuals." -- The Orange County Psychologist, July/Aug 1996
"Only rarely does a book come along that can change your life. Mind Over Mood...can be both a vehicle and a road map for people seeking to make fundamental change." -- From the Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD
"What are you struggling with in your life? What patterns in thinking have held you trapped over the years? How can you develop and automatize a new way of seeing things that helps get you out of ruts you have maintained over the years? Drs. Padesky and Greenberger give you practice in learning how to make sense of your moods, to identify your own irrational thinking and to base your thinking fully on facts. They even give you a means to challenge old thinking patterns that you developed as a child. I saw Dr. Padesky demonstrate these skills at a cognitive therapy conference. I walked away very impressed with her warm, sincere, knowledgeable, creative and rational approach to helping people change. I am delighted to recommend this workbook." -- Ellen Kenner, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The RATIONAL Basis of Happiness, a nationally syndicated radio talk show
"Depression left me searching desperately for ways to help myself, calm my anxiety and regain my lost self-esteem. this workbook was a constant companion during the months of recovery, as it empowered me to actively participate in the process, rather than wait passively for my next therapy session with expectations that the doctor alone would fix' me up. Especially useful were the activity records, which forced me to track my daily activities, rate their effect on my mood and then analyze thoughts that contributed to my various moods. This workbook served me well as a problem solving tool. I literally didn't leave home without it." -- Suzanne S., client.
1. Understanding Your Problems
2. It's the Thought That Counts
3. Identifying and Rating Moods
4. Situations, Moods, and Thoughts
5. Automatic Thoughts
6. Where's the Evidence?
7. Alternative or Balanced Thinking
8. Experiments and Action Plans
9. Assumptions and Core Beliefs
10. Understanding Depression
11. Understanding Anxiety
12. Understanding Anger, Guilt and Shame
About the Authors:
Dennis Greenberger, PhD, clinical psychologist, is Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center, Newport Beach, California. The Center's website, www.anxietyanddepressioncenter.com, features information on Mind Over Mood. Dr. Greenberger is Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. He is a Founding Fellow and member of the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Christine A. Padesky, PhD, clinical psychologist, is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of their Aaron T. Beck award. Coauthor of six books and an internationally renowned speaker, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. Her Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, hosts MindOverMood.com, a website for the public.