Overcoming Depression and Low Mood, 3rd Edition: A Five Areas Approach

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  • Brings about real changes in how a person thinks and in what they do to improve how they feel
  • Based on proven, evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy techniques
  • Authored by one of the UK's leading CBT practitioners
  • Written in plain English and clearly laid out, in the established and popular workbook format
  • Additional materials available from www.livinglifetothefull.com


Building on the success of previous editions, Overcoming Depression and Low Mood presents a series of self-help workbooks for use in self-assessing and managing depression and periods of low mood, with support from a health care professional.

This book covers all the issues that are known to be problematic in depression in the clear, user-friendly format that is associated with the "Overcoming..." series. The interactive questions and worksheets are a key feature of the series and they are plentiful and appropriate in this new title.

Using the established Five Areas Assessment model of depression, the book provides a clear model of intervention using the proven cognitive behaviour therapy evidence-based approach. It is empowering and supportive, helping readers make changes to their lives in a planned and achievable way.

The workbooks also provide an invaluable resource for counsellors, general practitioners, nursing staff, psychiatrists, social workers, and others working with people suffering from low mood or depression.

Table of Contents

Understanding why you feel as you do
Starting out and how to keep going if you feel stuck
Understanding why you feel as you do

Making changes

Making changes to do with people and events
Practical problem solving
Being assertive
Building relationships with your family and friends
Information for families and friends - how can you offer the best support?

Making changes to behaviours and activity levels
Doing things that boost how you feel
Using exercise to boost how you feel
Helpful things you can do
Unhelpful things you do
Overcoming anxiety and avoidance

Making changes to negative and upsetting thinking
Noticing and changing extreme and unhelpful thinking
Making changes to things that affect your bodily well-being
Overcoming sleep problems
Alcohol, drugs and you
Understanding and using anti-depressant medication

Making changes for the future
Planning for the future

Author Bio(s)

Dr Chris Williams is an expert and trainer in CBT and works as a Senior Lecturer in the section of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He has been a Governing Board member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is a Past President of the lead body for CBT in the UK (BABCP: www.babcp.com). He is also a Patron of the National Phobics Society.