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Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety Paperback – October 18, 2016
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“I really enjoyed the approach this book takes. A lot of the material proved to be an eye opener for me.”―Claude F.
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“If you are struggling with depression and anxiety, this manual is unequivocally a must have. This easy to follow guide clearly and systematically outlines the principles of CBT and personal application. This book is masterfully written with relatable examples, allowing the reader to connect and feel understood, offering hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. This is the newest addition to the self-help library at The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento.”―Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento
“Dr. Gillihan’s down-to-earth writing style, coupled with his use of concrete examples from his personal and professional life, makes CBT in 7 Weeks a winner, and I highly recommend this book. The exercises are broken down into small steps and the reader is encouraged to revisit each chapter as necessary. This is a stress-free, user-friendly workbook to help people manage anxiety and depression.”―Janet Singer, author of Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery
“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: Retrain Your Brain to Manage Depression and Anxiety is a focused and goal-oriented tool for those who are affected by depression and/or anxiety. Dr. Gillihan introduces the reader to a multitude of evidence-based cognitive behavioral strategies in a well-structured program. The “one chapter per week” workbook approach encourages active participation, self-reflection, and skill building over the course of the 7-week journey. Dr. Gillihan’s compassionate understanding of the human experience, especially of those walking through seasons of depression and anxiety, is evident throughout. ”―Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD, Founder/Director of The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center (Wilmington, Delaware); co-author of Loving Someone with OCD
“As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I have struggled to find a resource that clearly explains how to apply the method of CBT. Dr. Gillihan has filled this niche with this beautifully written, highly informative, and approachable book. His voice is relatable, compassionate, and encouraging. Each chapter includes helpful exercises that mirror the kind of “homework” that would be completed in actual therapy. This book is an asset to those who have struggled with anxiety or depression as well as clinicians who want a resource for their patients. ”―Elizabeth A. Gordon, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia
“So many workbooks for anxiety and mood disorders are either scientifically grounded or accessible, but not both. Dr. Gillihan manages to accomplish both in a book that is action oriented and draws from a broad range of empirically supported methods. Application of effective treatments is one of the greatest obstacles facing the field of mental health, and this workbook is a significant step in the right direction. I would recommend it to anyone battling anxiety and/or depression, and to clinicians learning to translate principles into practice. ”―Mark B. Powers, PhD, Director, Trauma and Resilience Program, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
“Dr. Seth Gillihan has crafted an engaging, self-directed treatment guide based on the research-proven fundamentals of cognitive behavioral therapy. In just 7 weeks, readers can learn essential skills to conquering a wide-range of anxiety and mood struggles. Relatable examples and easy-to-follow exercises walk the reader step-by-step through strategies to more effectively manage emotional difficulties that can interfere with life. This is a great way to begin applying CBT principles in your own life and can serve as a useful basis for psychological treatment with a therapist. ”―Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia
“Approachable and comprehensive. Driven by illustrative cases and useful exercises with clear, concise summaries of the underlying theory and supporting evidence. A must-read for anyone seeking life improvement through reduced depression and anxiety. ”―Ben Hunter, MD
“Dr. Gillihan has provided an easy-to-follow roadmap for the millions who struggle with depression and anxiety. Grounded in relatable and realistic examples, Dr. Gillihan helps the reader become aware of how identifying one’s own values and passions can help them achieve their personal goals and desires. I particularly liked the section called “Breaking Negative Thought Patterns” which teaches how recognize when our thoughts are doing us a disservice, and making us overly worried or fearful. The short exercises he provides allow the reader to examine the fact that our thoughts often don’t accurately reflect reality. ”―Mitchell Greene, PhD, Clinical and Sport Psychologist, Haverford, PA
“Whether used as a standalone program for people who want or need to try a program of self-help, or to reinforce cognitive behavioral therapy sessions with a therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is an accessible guide for anyone who wants to apply cognitive behavioral therapy in their day-to-day lives. It breaks down proven strategies for depression and anxiety into simple steps that can be taken to address a variety of different challenges. By the end, the reader will have a set of tools to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns, change behaviors that are keeping them depressed or anxious, set and achieve goals, and increase activities that they enjoy and value. ”―Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
“Without diluting the science and power of CBT, Dr. Gillihan guides you through a clear, gentle and deeply rewarding journey that can help you live more freely and fully. Whether you face depression or anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks will empower you to harness your strengths and overcome negative thoughts. Like a great coach, Dr. Gillihan helps you to identify what you do well, where you are struggling and then walks alongside you as you practice ways of living without doubt, worry and sadness. The straightforward exercises, descriptive scenarios, and practical advice make this book an indispensable tool for anyone searching to take back his or her life.”―Matthew O. Hurford, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA
“Seth Gillihan’s plain-spoken, calming style effectively fosters the techniques, skills, and insights he shared with his clients. His ability to connect with people who struggle with anxiety or depression is unmatched in my experience, so it is gratifying to see that he will be connecting with thousands of people, one at a time, through this thoroughly engaging, practical guide.”―Robert J. DeRubeis, PhD, Samuel H. Preston Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
SETH J. GILLIHAN is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a clinical practice in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.
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For the record. I have ADHD. Anxiety and depression often comes along with that. I started CBT with a therapist about 2 months ago but my therapist is ermmm, not very good at her job let's just leave it at that, so I am on the hunt for a new therapist. In the meantime I decided to check out some self-help books to help myself in the meantime but kept coming up short with crappy book after crappy book. Any way, this book has helped me more than my last 2 months of therapy. You won't be cured of depression or anxiety in 7 weeks of course (and the author lets you know that so that you know what to expect). However, if you take your time and motivated to improve your condition, this book can help you get measurable relief and improve your daily life.
About two months ago, I was feeling like I needed more than therapy. I was doing okay, but I wanted to be better than okay. I did some research on books about depression and anxiety and I came across Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavior Therapy in 7 Weeks by Dr. Seth Gillihan. I can’t remember what caused me to jump right on ordering this book (it may have been the free shipping that came with my Amazon prime account), but that doesn’t really matter because it was meant for me to have this book.
I don’t think I have ever mentioned the fact that my bachelor’s degree is in psychology. I say that to say that one would think that I would have known about Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT as it is referred to in the book. But, sadly prior to ordering this book, I had not (I could blame that on the fact that I hated psychology in college, but that’s for another blog post).
Even though I ordered the book and awaited it’s arrival like a child waiting for Christmas, it took me a few days to crack it open. Not that there was anything wrong with the book itself, but it was skepticism about a workbook that could help me battle depression and anxiety that kept me from wanting to dive right in.
Without giving this workbook totally away, this workbook has been a LIFE CHANGER! A little disclaimer: I am in therapy and I see my therapist once a month at least. But, if it is any consolation, when I walked into my last therapy appointment with this book in my hand, my therapist informed me that she was in the process of ordering the SAME book. This further confirmed that I was on the right path.
The workbook is easy to digest, meaning it isn’t filled with scientific jargon that makes it hard to understand. It truly does empower people who suffer from depression and anxiety to learn how to be their own therapist by gaining the CBT skills to combat the negative, aggressive, and overwhelming thoughts and emotions that come with both.
Because of this book, my approach to new things has been different, my anxiety has decreased, and my negative thoughts don’t linger like they used to. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t there, but I can combat them like ninja when they hit me. I have also shared my work with my husband and it has helped him better support me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depression and anxiety.
My issues are with anxiety. Specifically in GAD and obsessive thinking. My obsessive thinking is still there, but my anxiety has greatly reduced. Because my issues are with anxiety I can't speak to its efficacy on depression nor phobias.