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The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program

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Powerful Tools for Overcoming Depression

Do you think that you could lessen or overcome your feelings of depression if only you had the right tools? Are you ready to help yourself stop feeling depressed? If so, then you've found a powerful resource. The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression is a complete, comprehensive, step-by-step approach you can use, on your own
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by New Harbinger Publications (first published October 31st 2006)
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Dec 29, 2016 added it
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This had some really good information, but it was couched in writing that was incredibly academic and clinical. One of the symptoms of depression is that your mind gets muddled and it's difficult to concentrate/think clearly. So........ while in the middle of a terrible depression, this book is really hard to focus on. However, I did learn some things in here, and since I couldn't afford therapy at the time, working on this book every week gave me a good start towards dealing with my mental heal ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
There were some helpful tips in this book, but overall I felt this philosophy was putting the cart before the horse. The message came across as, "You feel depressed because you think depressive thoughts." It was sort of invalidating, implying, "You caused your depression and did this to yourself by thinking negatively." Also, many of the tactics revolved around combating depressive thoughts such as, "I am going to feel this way forever." But I don't think that way, and so all the suggestions for ...more
Lisa Wright
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was way too "scholarly" for a workbook. While it had some good ideas, I found it a huge chore to wade through. A lot of the exercises, especially the "ABCDE" one, were ridiculously complicated. If a person is in the middle of an active depression, this material is simply going to be too difficult to put to use. ...more
John Sperling
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was alternatively frustrating and enlightening. It is very poorly written, but contains concrete steps that can be taken to fight depression. The bottom line is: it works.
Trisha Roberson
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Would highly recommend for anyone who wants a toolkit for improving their mental health/fitness. I got a copy from the library to read and ended up buying a copy to keep as a reference.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Overall a decent step by step approach to combatting depression. Knaus offered a lot of ideas and philosophies behind depression and why it may affect certain individuals.
As a therapist, I wish that Knaus would have taught the concept of CBT a bit more precise. The concept of the book was easy for me to follow because I knew most of the material but I could easily see it being over someone who is not familiar with mental health’s head. Especially with depression that may make concentration and
Sarah Lee
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked the information and layout of this workbook enough that I decided to purchase my own copy for personal use and return the one I checked out. Often I only take bits and pieces away from books like these so I don't want to own the whole thing, but this one is worth while to own if you are working through depression or you are trying to help someone that is. ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Lightweight. I only bought it because Elton John gave it a good review.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a life-safer. Thank you! William J.Knaus
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Good for structure
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all over the map, trying to solve depression in as many ways as possible. It needed a focus. There were a few good ideas amongst irrelevant or odd ideas.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
It was fine - interesting in places but pretty repetitive toward the end. Not as engaging as I'd have hoped for. ...more
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William J. Knaus, EdD, is a licensed psychologist with more than forty-six years of clinical experience working with people suffering from anxiety, depression, and procrastination. He has appeared on numerous regional and national television shows, including The Today Show, and more than 100 radio shows. His ideas have appeared in national magazines such as U.S. News & World Report and Good Housek ...more

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