*I’d like to start by saying I am in NO WAY a therapist or professional here. Everything I’m about to write is my own opinion, taken from my own experiences*
Since I’m still somewhat new around these parts, I’d like to give you a little backstory before I talk about this awesome book. When I was about 14, I was diagnosed with depression. I was miserable through high school, and the years following definitely weren’t any better. Depression is hard to explain to someone who’s never experienced it. It’s crippling. It leaves you feeling with an incredible sense of worthlessness and dread. You have trouble doing basic things like getting out of bed, taking a shower, doing a load of laundry. You lose interest in friends and hobbies you once loved. You forget simple joys in life and constantly wonder how everyone around you can be so happy. It’s an awful feeling that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
I spent 10 years trying to find a solution to my unhappiness. I tried different medications, (they’re the worst!) therapies, self help books, diets, exercise, and even hypnotherapy. (I also tried excessive drinking, but that only made things worse. Whoops.) They were all a little helpful, for the time being, but nothing really stuck.
“Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” written by David D. Burns, M.D. was also a BIG game changer for me in the fight against depression and anxiety. It takes a look at something called cognitive therapy. The idea is that your thoughts create your moods. It’s such a simple idea that it almost sounds untrue. Dr. Burns lays out for you all of the ways our thinking is distorted, and how to recognize those self-defeating thoughts. Once it’s brought to your attention, it’s hard to ignore.
I’ll admit, it’s not magic. It takes a lot of work and dedication to get through this book and put these things into action. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. This book actually taught me to talk myself out of a panic attack, and the first time I did, I immediately burst into tears. Happy tears, of course. Regarldess, they were tears and the whole situation really confused my mom. (Man, I love telling that story)
Here’s some other things you can expect to see in this book.
– “Do Nothingism” and How to Beat It.
– How to Talk Back to Critisism (From others, as well as yourself.)
– How to Defeat Guilt
– The difference between sadness and depression
– How to overcome profectionism
And so, so much more. I can’t talk enough about how much I love this book. I’ve read it twice, written notes in it, and highlighted all my favorite parts. It’s such a great tool to have, and it’s fairly inexpensive too. (The best price I’ve found is on Amazon)
There’s also a workbook version, if that’s your thing. I worked through it, and loved it. It’s a little more hands on than just reading.
Let’s talk. I love talking to others who have suffered from (or are still suffering from) depression and anxiety. If you’ve overcome them, GREAT. Tell me how you fought back. If you’re still suffering, I am so sorry. I would hug you if I could. Please feel free to reach out to me. I’m always willing to lend a listening ear.