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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

Key insights from David D. Burns, M.D.'s

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy


Key insights from David D. Burns, M.D.'s

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

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Identify and dismiss the distortions that cause depression.

<p>Depression is like a black cloud over your life, making every day feel hopeless and unbearable. It is one of the worst kinds of suffering, largely because of the guilt and shame associated with it. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment plan that has proven to be just as effective as medication in treating depression. With some faith and persistence, you can start feeling good — today and every day. </p><br>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to break free from depression
  • Are interested in exploring techniques for positive thinking
  • Are curious about how your thoughts affect your moods
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Introduction

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most popular forms of psychotherapy and is used to successfully treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses. Most people believe their negative feelings and thoughts stem from outward circumstances, but the main principle of cognitive therapy is that your feelings are more tied to your thoughts than your experiences. This means that by changing your thoughts, you can change your mood.

A number of studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy is as effective as medication. Additionally, those treated with...

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