is this book helpful?

Posted by aliali @aliali, May 16, 2019

"cognitive therapy for chronic and persistent depression". It is the title of a book that was recommended by my physician to read. I think this a university textbook. Can you tell whether it is helpful/useless to be read by a patient?

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Hi, @aliali – I can't comment on the book, as I'm not familiar, but I can comment on the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for dealing with depression. It helped me a great deal during a time several years ago that was particularly low for me, especially with identifying negative thoughts I was ruminating on or were just playing in my head all day long that were dragging me down incredibly.

I'd also like to invite others who have mentioned this therapy to comment on either the book your doctor suggested you read on CBT, if they have read it, or on their experiences with this therapy. Hoping @smen @stulerner @guener kariulrich @ainsleigh will join the conversation to offer their thoughts.

Have you ever tried CBT previously, then, @aliali?


Hello @aliali

I very much agree with Lisa's (@lisalucier) comments about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). While I have not read the book that you mentioned in your post, I have read books by David Burns, M.D. The most helpful to me was The Feeling Good Handbook. In this book, he gives you examples of how to change negative and/or non-productive thinking into something more positive and productive. By reading about CBT, I became encouraged that I could have some power over my thinking and thereby change my moods. CBT represents good training for long-held negative thought patterns (which in turn result in negative moods).

If you begin to study CBT and practice the ideas, will you share how it has helped you?

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