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Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning into Depression

by David A. Clark Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
07/2014
ISBN:
9781462509386
Format:
Pbk 292 pages
Price:
AU$34.99 NZ$37.38
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Many resources exist for sufferers of major depression. Yet millions struggle with less severe mood states that may not be as debilitating, but still drain the joy out of life. Renowned cognitive-behavioural therapist David A. Clark has a clear message for those who feel stuck in the doldrums: there are doable steps they can take to feel better. This book's 80 effective self-help strategies are anchored in the latest scientific knowledge on emotion regulation and mood management. Readers learn why attempts to bury or ignore painful emotions usually fail - and gain practical tools for nipping negativity in the bud, making unhappiness less overwhelming, defusing self-criticism and rumination, and feeling more confident and hopeful every day. Helpful forms and checklists can be downloaded and printed in a convenient size.

KEY POINTS
*The inability to cope with everyday ups and downs can lead to depression - this book teaches skills for beating the blues.
*Provides 80 strategies to lift readers' spirits, grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy and cutting-edge emotion regulation research.
*Help for Eeyores: the chronically unhappy can find real relief, from quick repairs to long-term solutions.
*Readers can easily choose the right strategies for their particular issues: self-criticism, hopelessness, social withdrawal, and more.
*A noted authority, Clark is coauthor of the successful Anxiety and Worry Workbook.

AUDIENCE
Readers seeking a science-based approach to managing depression and low moods; also of interest to mental health professionals and students.

CONTENTS
1. Harness Your Unhappiness
2. Go with the Flow
3. Trap Your “Tigersa
4. Silence the Inner Critic
5. Take Time to Recharge
6. Stop the Mental Treadmill
7. Capture the Moment
8. Ponder the Past
9. Embrace Your Dreams
10. Make Connections
11. Express Kindness and Compassion
12. Get Active, Stay Fit, and Be Well
13. Face Your Dread
14. Sing in the Rain
15. Take the Long View
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“It provides readers with tools and techniques to help repair mood, use mood enhancement strategies, and learn step-by-step methods for regulating mood. Given that depression is a common psychological disorder, the book is quite timely and insightful on many levels. The author is a well-known clinician in the field….Individuals suffering from depression will find this book extremely beneficial and worthwhile. Family members as well as clinicians will certainly benefit from the excellent tools and techniques.”
David A. Clark, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, where he also has had a private practice for 25 years. Dr. Clark is a widely recognized authority on cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression and is the author of numerous books, including The Anxiety and Worry Workbook (with Aaron T. Beck) and Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts (with Christine Purdon). He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.