This workbook is designed to help you as you work together with a qualified mental health professional to overcome your depression. The program described will help you develop a set of coping strategies and skills so that you can proactively deal with depression and prevent it from compromising your quality of life.
Based on the idea that depression is a "beast" to be tamed, the treatment utilizes an acronym to help you understand the goals of treatment. You will work with your therapist to understand the biology of depression, as well as how your emotions, your activity level, the situations you find yourself in, and the thoughts you have all contribute to your depression (the BEAST). This treatment is scientifically proven and can be used in conjunction with medication.
Filled with worksheets and forms for completing in-session exercises, as well as at-home assignments, this workbook provides all the tools you need to successfully overcome your depression and prevent future relapse.
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About the Author
Mark Gilson, PhD, is the founder of the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a founding fellow for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Arthur (Art) Freeman, PhD is Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Governors State University. In addition, he is Clinical Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
M. Jane Yates, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and one of the founding members of the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Sharon Morgillo Freeman, PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, is CEO for the Center for Brief Therapy, PC, and Faculty in the Health Sciences Department at Indiana/Purdue University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 2 Beginning Questions and Answers
Chapter 3 The Theory and Practice of Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 4 Understanding Your Body: The B of the BEAST
Chapter 5 Understanding the Impact of Emotion: The E of the BEAST
Chapter 6 Taking Action: The A of the BEAST
Chapter 7 Life Situations and Vulnerability: The S of the BEAST
Chapter 8 Thoughts and Depression: The T of the BEAST
Chapter 9 Relapse Prevention
Chatper 10 Final Words of Hope
Appendix of Forms