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Treating Late Life Depression

If you suffer from depression, a program based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help. CBT can help you change what you think and what you do. The program described in this workbook teaches you how to change your thinking in order to improve your mood. Divided into three phases, the program outlined is designed specifically with older adults in mind. Most effective when used in conjunction with visits to a qualified mental health professional, this workbook helps you put into practice the new skills you will be learning in therapy. Skills designed to help you problem solve, improve communication, challenge negative thinking, and manage feelings of frustration and anger. Over the course of the program, which can take anywhere from 16 - 20 sessions, you will work together with your therapist to manage your depressed mood. In-session exercises, at-home assignment, and review questions help you consolidate what you've learned and keep you motivated to succeed. Worksheets and forms are provided throughout to assist you in monitoring your progress. Depression can be difficult to overcome, but with hard work and dedication you can acquire the tools necessary for improving your mood as well as your quality of life.
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Table of Contents

Part I. Early Phase of Therapy ; 1. Module 1: Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy ; 2. Module 2: Identifying Target Complaints and Setting Goals ; Part II. Middle Phase of Therapy ; 3. Module 3: Doing Tools ; 4. Module 4: Thinking Tools ; 5. Module 5: Feeling Tools ; 6. Module 6: Communication Tools ; Part III. Late Phase of Therapy ; 7. Module 7: Ending Therapy ; The California Older Person's Pleasant Events Scale (COPPES) ; Appendix of Forms ; National Resources for Older Adults

About the Author

Larry W. Thompson is The Goldman Family Professor of Psychology, Pacific Graduate School; Professor Emeritus, Stanford University. Leah Dick-Siskin is Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center. David W. Coon is Professor of Psychology, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University. David V. Powers is Associate Professor of Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson is Research Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University.

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