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Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time

Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time
The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back




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ISBN: 9781572243675
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About the Book

What if depression weren’t a disorder occurring on its own but was rather a kind of signpost pointing at tangible things you needed to change in your life? This would radically alter not only the way you think about depression but also the strategies you’d use to overcome it.

Behavioral activation therapy is built on this powerful, insightful assumption. Its techniques offer fast, effective relief from depression by guiding you to make positive and rewarding changes in your life. This simple, profound process reconnects you to the naturally occurring rewards of a well-lived life, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression.

The workbook’s engaging exercises create a structured framework in which you are encouraged to focus on those activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your list, and learn how to tackle them one by one.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.


Michael Addis (Author)
Michael E. Addis PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1995. He has published over forty scientific articles and books on topics including depression... Read more

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Christopher R. Martell, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist, and is board certified in clinical, behavioral, and cognitive psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is clinic director of the Psychological Services Center... Read more

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“Addis and Martell are on the cutting edge of research on psychological treatments for depression. Now they have adapted one of the most powerful new psychological treatments for depression into an easy-to-use and convenient workbook that will be of enormous benefit to both individuals suffering from depression and therapists conducting treatment. The authors are the first to make this program generally available to clinicians and the public and, in its straightforward easy to understand format, millions of people should benefit.”
—David H. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of clinical programs at Boston University
Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time is based on the premise that depression arises not from within, as a result of biological or psychological processes, but from without, as a result of the environment and way that different behaviors get reinforced in society. The contextual approach to depression leads to a number of innovative, and sometimes startling new ways to deal with the symptoms of depression- for example, not attending to the content of ruminative thoughts! The authors are to be congratulated for writing a very accessible, practical and creative guide to working with key elements of depression. Even seasoned clinicians will gain new ideas about how to work in the area of depression, having read and tried the ideas in this book.”
—Keith Dobson, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada

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