A revolutionary, proven-effective model that shows you how to:
Identify symptoms of mixed anxiety and depression
Cope with negative and painful emotions
Calm your anxious mind
Regulate dramatic mood shifts
Learn how to soothe yourself
Increase energy and enthusiasm
An expert in dialectical behavior therapy, or dbt, shows readers who struggle with both anxiety and depression how to use ideas from this powerful therapy to relieve their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Readers use mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral strategies to tolerate distress, silence negative self-talk, and resolve inner dialectical conflict.
Imagine feeling depressed and drained of energy and initiative while also being overwhelmed with feelings of dread and anxiety about the future. The consequence of this intolerable state of mind amounts to behavioral paralysis, a profound loss of control and quality of life. Therapist call this condition co-occuring depression and anxiety. Clinical research suggests that 60 percent of depression sufferers concurrently experience some kind of anxiety disorder. This book, the first written to general readers about this condition, uses the powerful techniques of dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, to help readers control both conditions.
DBT begins with the assumption that psychological problems are the result of feeling or emotional responses that are in conflict. It integrates a range of theraputic techniques to "tease apart" and resolve the competing internal needs and urges that generate anger, depression, and anxiety. By recognizing these conflicting emotions and forming new expectations, readers alleviate the symptoms generated by these conflicts. The book begins by having readers identify their most painful inner conflict. Then they develop compromises that acknowledge the issue but limit its ability to interfere with their lives-effectively reducing the extent to which their emotions govern who they are or what that are capable of. Exercises focus on assisting readers to become more responsive to uplifting aspects of their enviroment and tolerant of unavoidable emotions. -- from the publisher
About the Author:
Thomas Marra, Ph.D., is the president of the Center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Monterey, California. He is the founder and clinical director of both the Monterey Psychiatric Health Facility and the Monterey Mental Health Network.