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The Mood Repair Toolkit

Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning Into Depression

By David A. Clark

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Format: Paperback, 292 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 26 August 2014
If you have trouble bouncing back from low moods or just feel stuck in the doldrums much of the time, renowned cognitive behavior therapist David A. Clark has a clear message: there are simple yet powerful steps you can take to feel better. This encouraging book presents 80 strategies you can use to reduce sadness, promote positive feelings of contentment and joy, and decrease your risk for full-blown depression. Vivid stories and concrete examples help you learn specific methods for: * Nipping negativity in the bud. * Making unhappiness less overwhelming. * Defusing self-criticism and rumination. * Boosting your energy and motivation for change. * Feeling more confident and hopeful every day. Using the practical tools in the book--forms, worksheets, and self-assessment quizzes--makes it easy to create and stick to a mood repair action plan. You can download and print additional copies of these tools as needed. The strategies that Dr. Clark provides are grounded in cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research--and they work. Discover proven ways to start living a more satisfying and productive life.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS 1. Harness Your Unhappiness 2. Go with the Flow 3. Trap Your "Tigers" 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 Resources References

About the Author

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.

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"This groundbreaking book provides step-by-step instructions that can help you deal with low moods, self-criticism, and other thoughts and feelings that, if left unchecked, may plunge you into despair. Packed with specific examples, the book teaches coping strategies that will appeal to a broad range of readers."--Aaron T. Beck, MD, founder of cognitive therapy "Dr. Clark is an international figure in the field of cognitive therapy. This book brings the latest science and therapeutic wisdom to guide you to help yourself when dark moods threaten to overwhelm you. It is full of practical, trustworthy strategies you can begin to use today. I thoroughly recommend it."--Mark Williams, DPhil, coauthor of The Mindful Way Workbook "I'm always looking for resources that I can recommend to my patients. You don't need a background in psychology to understand and use The Mood Repair Toolkit. I especially like the way Dr. Clark discusses the evidence for each tool before providing practical suggestions for applying it. I have already tried and recommended several of the book's strategies, including the very helpful tips for staying on track with exercise."--Carmen Stuart, MD, family physician "Dr. Clark has written a clear and straightforward guide to repairing mood and avoiding depression. Drawing on the best current science, this book takes you on a journey to enhanced self-understanding, joy, and fulfillment. You'll learn practical skills and new ways of thinking and feeling that will be helpful for a lifetime."--Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University, Australia

EAN: 9781462509386
ISBN: 146250938X
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Dimensions: 23.11 x 18.54 x 1.78 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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