By Robert L. Leahy

Over the prior yr, 16.5 million Americans—1 in thirteen adults—of each race, age, and socioeconomic type skilled at the least one significant bout of melancholy. those numbers were gradually emerging, and unfortunately, one 3rd of people that think the insufferable soreness, hopelessness, and self-criticism of melancholy by no means search remedy. If now not you, then a person you recognize probably hides inside of those information, affliction in silence. the good news is that with potent therapy you could triumph over depression—and when you do, you've an excellent chance of stopping its recurrence.

Beat the Blues earlier than They Beat You, the follow-up to best-selling writer Robert Leahy’s The fear treatment, outlines the factors, signs, and coverings for melancholy in a transparent and easy-to-read demeanour. Real-life sufferer tales mixed with uncomplicated step by step directions assist you comprehend melancholy. research what triggers your moods. work out tips to defeat emotions of fatigue, loneliness, and hopelessness. layout a plan to strengthen self-confidence. ensure what treatments—both drugs and therapy—are to be had to avoid relapse. Beat the Blues earlier than They Beat You is a set of the main strong instruments in cognitive remedy that will help you reduce your suggestions and behaviors, so that you can start to think strong again.

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Remembering Karen as I write this, it makes me sad to recollect how bad she felt. I could see the pain, the hopelessness, and the self-criticism that made her suffer. She felt that her divorce proved how unlovable she was and that no one could ever want her. She couldn’t see that she had a history of strong connections with people—friends who respected and loved her—and that she was productive and valued at work. She couldn’t see that she was smart, kind, and giving. She couldn’t understand that her feelings of sadness and self-loathing might not last forever.

You can have a major depressive disorder, as we’ve just described. Or you can have a period of milder depression that lasts for about two years, which we call dysthymic disorder. ” And many women suffer from postpartum depression after the birth of a child. One important diagnosis to keep in mind is bipolar disorder. ) People with bipolar disorder alternate between depressed moods and periods of “mania” in which they feel elated, with excessively high self-esteem and lots of energy. They talk rapidly, their ideas are all over the place, they can be extremely silly, and they don’t seem to need much sleep.

The ultimate goal is to put you in charge of yourself. Depending on how severe your depression is, it may be best for you to have some outside help—at least at the start. Chronic, long-lasting, debilitating depression can take an enormous toll on your quality of life; and in many cases, these chronic conditions are the result of inadequate treatment. If your depression has a debilitating effect on you, it’s important to take it seriously and treat it aggressively and comprehensively. In addition to the many CBT techniques you’ll learn in this book, we can augment everything we do with medication or other biological treatments.

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