Wenham, MA (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
Tossing depression to the curb takes work, but it can be done. After kicking readers’ butts and reminding them that guarantees of fairness do not come with birth, this beautifully written, uplifting new book offers depressed readers a step-by-step, nine-month, calendar-based plan for smashing depression. Readers learn that by taking out their fighting gloves and squaring off with their anger, they ready themselves to do the work necessary to beat depression.
Then, in language accessible to everyone, readers learn the cognitive behavioral steps for fighting depression: how to reality test automatic, negative thoughts which often have roots in childhood and replace these thoughts with truths; how to rid themselves of old, sabotaging behaviors and replace these behaviors with ones that serve them better; how to partner with a mood coach, an acquaintance/”therapist, sort of” who wants for the depressed person only what she wants and prods her forward, calls her on her slip-ups, and gives her kudos for work well-done; how to connect with others by using skills available to all; and how to find purpose and meaning in life by searching actively and consciously for them.
Including stories from the author’s life and the lives of her clients, readers learn how others have tread the muddy waters of depression. They learn that swimming in the muck of this disorder does not have to mean being sucked into its center. Rather, they come to realize that by paddling hard enough, they can reach the shore and climb out, dirty, but alive.
Filled with cognitive and behavioral activities such as realizing what underlying messages lurk in our automatic thoughts, understanding that it may take an active search to find one’s purpose in life, learning something new each week so as to make ourselves more interesting people, and engaging in behaviors we once enjoyed when life was good, "If I Could Just Snap Out of It, Don’t You Think I Would?" guides readers to the gusto that shimmers atop life’s surface. Honest, funny, uplifting, and with just enough kick, this book is a must for anyone who struggles with depression or lives with those who do.
Author Cathy Goldstein Mullin, a psychiatric therapist on the North Shore of Boston, has a private practice where she works with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression. She is also a staff therapist at a large teaching hospital. For the last several years, Ms. Mullin has led workshops and given talks on her areas of expertise. She is presently at work on her next book tentatively titled "The Wicked Sisters Who Live in the Pit: Taming the Beasts of Your Anxiety." In 2009 she launched the website http://www.beatingdepressionandanxiety to provide information and support for people with these disorders.
For additional information, please visit http://www.smashyourdepression.com
If I Could Just Snap Out of It, Don’t You Think I Would? A Nine-Month Plan for Smashing Your Depression
Cathy Goldstein Mullin
Dog Ear Publishing
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