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The Half-Empty Heart: A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent

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Finally, help for the millions of people suffering from low-grade depression, also known as dysthymia or chronic discontent.

Frustrated. Irritable. Discouraged. Fed up. These are among the feelings experienced by millions of people suffering from low-grade depression. Often erroneaously attributed to a negative attitude or laziness, this common condition saps feelings of ha
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 20th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 9th 2003)
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Yet another book that gave me headache when I thought about it afterward. As a descriptive work of issues raised by those who suffer chronic discontent, I thought it worked very well. I was especially impressed with his willingness to confront his profession's unwillingness to deal with those who might be dysthymic, until of course it explodes into a major depression. THAT they'll treat.

However, his diagnostic criteria was a mess. As best I recall, biology receives exactly one mention, as some
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Clinical psychologist Downs used to suffer from chronic discontent, also known as dysthymia and low-grade depression, whose symptoms include lack of motivation, constant disappointment, and irritability. Noting that it is "more than just a bad attitude…it is a serious condition that prevents you from experiencing much fulfillment and happiness," he outlines a five-step plan that purports to "cure" it by building emotional honesty. The early life experiences of many affected individuals inadverte ...more
Great book. I learned a lot about myself.
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Alan Downs, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the CEO of Michael's House.

His fifteen years of treating clients throughout America's culture have already been reflected in his numerous books in both leadership and self-help. His two most recent books include The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World and The Half Empty Heart.
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