3 thoughts on “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

  • October 14, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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    Ignore the negative reviews – it’s worth a few bucks to judge for yourself, April 9, 2015
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    Let me start by saying I have been an Amazon customer for twenty years and I have *never* reviewed anything before. But I consider this book to important for me to keep my mouth shut. It was a life-changer for me. Don’t know why some reviewers are saying it is not helpful for people with severe depression – maybe some people with severe depression need a different approach, but let me speak for the rest of us. I was having suicidal thoughts, and on the highest doses of meds available. I was also in therapy. I tried two different therapists, both of whom wanted to talk about other people in my life – my parents, my husband, etc. – which was not helping me at all. I was at my wit’s end, really scared that I was going to hurt myself if things didn’t get better soon, when a friend recommended this book. You have to do the exercises – yes, they seem silly, but if they work, who the heck cares? Get a nice little notebook and a pen that you enjoy writing with. I made mine a sort of journal that I doodled in and added little inspirational quotes here and there. And yes, it is deceptively simple. Again, who cares? If standing on my head and whistling “Dixie” would have made me feel this much better, I’d be doing that, too. I started reading the book a month ago. I do not do all the excercises, but I did try all of them. I do what works for me. It’s also true that there is the usual filler crap that you get in self-help books “Janet is a 40-year old dental assistant who came to me in 2005 suffering from…” blah, blah, blah. Just skip it. My depression is so much better that I am shocked. I am no longer thinking about suicide, and I am actually able to picture a future that is not completely empty and black. A future!!!!!! I have not had a future in years! I can’t express what that means to me, but if you have depression, I don’t have to. Try the book. If it doesn’t work, I hope you will try something else, and keep on trying. You are not alone, and you deserve to be happy.
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  • October 14, 2016 at 11:02 am
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!, July 17, 2016
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    G. Porter (Hazard, KY USA) –
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    This book is awesome. It makes sense, and is written in understandable, everyday language. The exercises are specific and helpful (except for the “clicker” recommendation. It’s not that wearing a clicker to give yourself credit for positive outcomes is a bad idea, it’s just that you would need clickers from shoulder to wrist to follow Dr. Burns’ advice to the letter. That’s a very nit-picky point about a life-changing manual, though.) Anyway, this book has given me a totally different perspective on life and the problems it contains, and I’m deeply, deeply grateful to Dr. Burns for the improvement he has made in my life. If I had access to a competent cognitive behavioral therapist I think I could escape depression entirely, but this book has made a huge dent in my mood and personality disorders and I highly recommend it.
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  • October 14, 2016 at 11:48 am
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    You’re viewing this book for a reason, just buy it!, July 21, 2016
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    Jessica Flores (carmen, san diego) –
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    This review is from: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Mass Market Paperback)
    This book is amazing and life changing. It’s like being on the outside of your life looking in. You have to stop and see yourself as you are to others. It makes you take a look back at a situation and examine it from all aspects. It’s just you really need to follow the rules in every day life. Because when I am lazy and don’t want to, I can definitely see a difference at the end of the day. Life is short and I’m sure we all want to feel good every day. This book is a great start if you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, past abuse and such. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that needs a boost and wants to make a change in their life for the better.
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