Paul Gilbert’s CD is based upon his book, also called Overcoming Depression, a self-help manual full of step-by-step suggestions, case examples and practical ideas for taking control of depression and low mood.
The fully revised third edition of this bestselling self-help book is available now. It has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling. Based on proven CBT techniques, the book comprises a complete self-help programme, and includes sections explaining the many forms and causes of depression, the nature of guilt and the latest thinking on stress-related depression.
First published in 1997 and now in its third edition, Overcoming Depression is one of the world's most popular self-help books on depression, selling 130,000 copies in the UK alone and translated into many other langauges around the world. It is recommended by the NHS Books on Prescription scheme.
The Overcoming Depression self-help book is written in three parts.
- Part One examines the nature and causes of depression in terms of its evolution and biology, and its psychological and social aspects.
- Part Two helps the reader learn how to cope with the effects of depression, in particular with negativity.
- Part Three discusses some of the special problems associated with depression, such as the search for approval; shame, guilt and anger; disappointment and perfectionism; and assertiveness and forgiveness.
About the author...
Professor Paul Gilbert is internationally recognised for his work on depression and is the Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. He is also the author of Overcoming Depression: Talks With Your Therapist and The Compassionate Mind.
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This is a book that is highly accessible to the intelligent layperson, very readable and extraordinarily useful.
Robert L. Leahy,
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Overcoming Depression: Talks With your Therapist
Sometimes just listening to someone who understands what you're feeling is all it takes. International expert on depression, Professor Paul Gilbert, has recorded Overcoming Depression: Talks with Your Therapist, (available in cd format and downloadable audio tracks) in which he explores the effects of depression and offers insights into ways to help cope with and lift depression.
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About the author...
Professor Paul Gilbert is internationally recognised for his work on depression and is the Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. He is also the author of Overcoming Depression and The Compassionate Mind.
Manage Your Mood
An approach similar to that of CBT, and developed from it, is adopted in David Veale and Rob Willson's Manage Your Mood. Behavioural Activation is an effective new technique in managing depression, and is ideally suited to self-help. By analysing, challenging and changing behaviours such as avoidance, ruminating and excessive worrying, the sufferer can gradually reinforce their positive experiences and decrease the behaviour which reinforces their depression. Manage Your Mood (RRP £12.99) is available from Amazon.co.uk.
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An Introduction to Coping With Depression
People with depression might also find it useful to read An Introduction to Coping With Depression, written by Lee Brosan and Brenda Hogan. One of a small series of CBT booklets presented in an easy-to-read A4 format, it is often used by mental health therapists as part of a course of guided self-help treatment, and it can make a very good first step to recovery.
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I Had a Black Dog
People approach their depression in different ways. Winston Churchill suffered from chronic depression – he used to refer to it as his "black dog". The writer Matthew Johnstone recognised Churchill's depression in his own experience, and his compassionate and inspirational book I Had A Black Dog can help tame and bring to heel the "black dog" that affects millions from all walks of life. I Had A Black Dog (RRP £6.99) is available from Amazon.co.uk.
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Living With A Black Dog
Written by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone, Living With A Black Dog is an illustrated, indispensable guide to depression for the partners, family, friends and colleagues of depression sufferers. Moving, thoughtful and often amusing, this self-help book from the author of the hugely popular I Had A Black Dog offers practical advice about recognising the symptoms of depression in a loved one, living with a depressed person and helping them to tame their Black Dog. Living With A Black Dog (RRP £7.99) is available from Amazon.co.uk.
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Depression Relief is an online, multimedia health information and self-management package, helping you to understand and manage depression.
It’s suitable for those suffering from mild forms of depression. This may be characterised as 'feeling down' or 'feeling low'.
- Illness or loss of loved one or friend
- Feeling a bit down about things
- Just not your usual happy self
- Job insecurity or loss of job or regular occupation
- Finding it hard to cope with everyday life
- Just been diagnosed with a long term health problem
If you believe you’re suffering from more severe symptoms, or more acute forms of depression, you may wish to consult your doctor. This programme is about depression in its most general form, but there are a number of more specific depression related disorders for which there are specific treatments available. These include bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Depression Relief is not suitable for these conditions.
The programme includes an assessment questionnaire developed by Professor Sir David Goldberg at the Institute of Psychiatry in London known as the 'Short-Scales'. The programme then takes you through a number of steps which will talk you through the triggers and potential reasons behind depression and how to recognise and identify the problems in your life and behaviour which may be impacting on your mental wellbeing. The programme will then guide you through CBT-based techniques to help you cope now and in the future.
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