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The feeling good handbook
Burns, David D.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Plume, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxvi, 732 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RC489.C63 B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC489.C63 B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From the author of the national bestseller Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy comes a guide to mental wellness that helps you get beyond depression and anxiety and make life an exhilarating experience!

With his phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy , Dr. David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression. In this bestselling companion, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides step-by-step exercises that help you cope with the full range of everyday problems.

* Free yourself from fears, phobias, and panic attacks.
* Overcome self-defeating attitudes.
* Discover the five secrets of intimate communication.
* Put an end to marital conflict.
* Conquer procrastination and unleash your potential for success.

With everything you need to know about commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs and anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, this remarkable guide can show you how to feel good about yourself and the people you care about. You will discover that life can be an exhilarating experience.

"A wonderful achievement--the best in its class."
--M. Anthony Bates, Clinical Psychologist, Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia

"Clear, systematic, forceful."
--Albert Ellis, PhD, President, Albert Ellis Institute

Author Notes

DAVID D. BURNS, M.D. is a clinical psychiatrist whose groundbreaking Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy was rated number one in a national survey of mental health professionals as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. The companion, The Feeling Good Handbook , was rated number two. Dr. Burns is a popular lecturer and guest on national radio and television. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University of Medicine and is certificed by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xxxi
Part I. Understanding Your Moods
1. You Can Change the Way You Feelp. 3
2. How to Measure Your Moodsp. 32
3. How to Diagnose Your Moodsp. 49
4. Should You Change the Way You Feel?p. 61
Part II. Feeling Good About Yourself: How to Conquer Depression and Build Self-Esteem
5. How to Change the Way You Feel: The Four Steps to Happinessp. 73
6. Ten Ways to Untwist Your Thinkingp. 97
7. How to Develop a Healthy Personal Value Systemp. 120
8. Cognitive Therapy in Action: How to Break Out of a Bad Moodp. 137
9. Why People Procrastinatep. 169
10. A Prescription for Procrastinatorsp. 183
Part III. Feeling Confident: How to Conquer Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias
11. Understanding Anxietyp. 209
12. How to Fight Your Fears and Winp. 221
13. Dealing with the Fear of Deathp. 261
14. Social Anxiety: The Fear of Peoplep. 272
15. Public Speaking Anxietyp. 297
16. How to Give a Dynamic Interview When You're Scared Stiffp. 319
17. Test and Performance Anxietyp. 340
Part IV. Feeling Good Together: How to Strengthen Relationships Through Better Communication
18. Good and Bad Communicationp. 363
19. Five Secrets of Intimate Communicationp. 376
20. How to Change the Way You Communicatep. 411
21. How to Deal with Difficult Peoplep. 420
22. Why People Can't Communicate with Each Otherp. 442
Part V. Mood-Altering Medications
23. Answers to Your Questions about Commonly Prescribed Medicationsp. 467
24. The Complete Consumer's Guide to Antidepressant Medicationsp. 484
25. The Complete Consumer's Guide to Anti-Anxiety Medicationsp. 612
Part VI. For Therapists (and Curious Patients) Only: How to Deal with Difficult Patients
26. The Ingredients of Therapeutic Success--and Failure!p. 637
27. Empathy: How to Establish Rapport with the Critical, Angry Patientp. 647
28. Agenda Setting: How to Make Therapy Productive When You and Your Patient Feel Stuckp. 657
29. Self-Help Assignments: How to Motivate Patients Who Sabotage the Therapeutic Processp. 678
Indexp. 705