Depression and anxiety devastate relationships, our health, and our sense of well-being. These mental illnesses run in my family. I’ve openly shared my struggle with agoraphobia. Other family members have experienced severe depression resulting in hospitalization. Unfortunately, I ended up getting sick over the Christmas holidays. So, I took the downtime to read The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook. The publisher released it for sale on Amazon the day after Christmas, 2017. While it is not light reading, it is enlightening.
The kind publisher sent me a free review copy. On a technical level, the workbook uses laymen’s terminology, offering a high-level overview of CBT and a brief description of other therapeutic methods. The natural writing style is simple to follow and comprehend.
About the Depression Relief Workbook
The author of the forward, Judith S Beck, Ph.D. is the daughter of Aaron T Beck MD. He developed CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. She praises the workbook authors saying they “distilled the key ingredient of this evidence-based treatment.” The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook takes a holistic approach, integrating mindfulness and healthy lifestyle.
Beck suggests that family members of patients would also benefit from the read. Additionally, I believe that everyone, not just those dealing with anxiety and depression, can benefit from reading the chapter about procrastination. It offers actionable suggestions to help you establish a routine and become more productive.
The book treats each of the ten steps as a chapter. The steps incorporate real-life examples to help the reader identify their own issues in another person’s situation. Each section ends recapping that step’s crucial points and a homework section for further self-development.
The workbook delineates depression from normal sadness and discusses mental health statistics. Then, readers are encouraged to take the first step; completing a depression inventory rating scale that helps determine the reader’s level of depression. Next, it identifies several types of depression and differing symptoms.
In addition to educating readers to recognize depression symptoms, the book teaches a skill set that empowers people to take an active role in their recovery.
The book helps readers identify depressive symptoms, recognize destructive thought patterns, and set actionable and attainable goals to reframe negative thought processes. Further, the book encourages a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle incorporating physical exercise and hobbies vital to improving self-image and mental health.
Since this is a workbook, I do recommend purchasing the printed version or keeping a spiral-bound notebook on hand.
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