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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
Douglas Lord
Dec 18, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie Kennedy
Mar 28, 2015 Debbie Kennedy rated it it was amazing
I found this book very enlightening and saw myself in the description of dysthymia and it's symptoms. I have often wondered why I feel discontent when I really should have no reason to. It was eye-opening for me to read about the 'games' that we play which play a role in our difficulty in being emotionally honest and having relationships that last and are fulfilling. It really made me take a step back and analyze my own reaction to situations. I felt better knowing that how I act and react isn't ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it
It was a pretty interesting read. Ended up just skimming the end (that seems to be the trend I have with books like this).
Tom Taylor
Jun 06, 2016 Tom Taylor rated it liked it
The author did a great job of describing dystymia, but the workbook part of the book did nothing for me.
Jan 25, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Great book. I learned a lot about myself.
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That's Me 3 10 Aug 19, 2011 06:39PM  
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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