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Twenty to thirty million Americans suffer from some form of diagnosable depression, and their ranks are growing. Psychologist Michael D. Yapko explains that in order to find relief, more than the current episode of depression must be examined. In Breaking the Patterns of Depression, he presents skills that enable readers to understand and ultimately avert depression’s recurring cycles. Focusing on future prevention as well as initial treatment, the book includes over one hundred structured activities to help sufferers learn the skills necessary to become and remain depression-free.
Breaking the Patterns of Depression begins by translating the clinical literature on psychotherapy and antidepressant medication into language that can be used to enhance an understanding of depression, and to personalize individual cures. Yapko uses a conversational, anecdotal tone that encourages readers to take an active approach to helping themselves.
Special sections entitled “Learn by Doing” and “Shifting Perspectives” help develop the skills necessary to manage difficult experiences. Readers learn how to solve problems effectively, anticipate the likely consequences of their actions, think and act in a direct, goal-oriented fashion, balance different areas of their lives, and use self-knowledge to stay out of harmful situations.
Realistic and helpful Breaking the Patterns of Depression defines what causes depression and, best of all, clarifies what can be done about it. With this knowledge in hand, readers can control their depression, rather than having depression control them.
This book is more than 20 years old and remains even more relevant today than when it was originally published in 1998.
How is that possible?
Because in 1998, Dr. Yapko was prescient in telling people that depression was not a disease, it was not due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, and that is was more a social than biological condition. Now, in 2022 research is being made available to the public about the misinformation about serotonin and the chemical imbalance theory of depression, and we have evidence of what the social isolation of the COVID pandemic did to the rise in depression and anxiety worldwide.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Depression: A Growing Problem in More Ways Than One
Chapter 2: Less Analysis, More Action
Chpater 3: Patterns of Depression
Chapter 5: Beyond One Day at a Time
Chapter 6: Life: it’s all in the Interpretation
Chapter 7: How You Think and What You Think
Chapter 8: guilt and Responsibility: Is it You? Or Isn’t It?
Chapter 9: The Victim Mentality
Chapter 10: Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries
Chapter 11: Love That Hurts, Love That Heals: Relationships and Depression
Chapter 12: Navigating the Therapy World
Chapter 13: Getting On with your Life
Appendix A: A Complete List of the “Pause and Reflect” Exercises
Appendix B: A Complete List of the “Learn y Doing” Exercises
Watch this Public Lecture – Keys to Unlock Depression: Why Skills Work Better Than Pills
Reviews of Breaking the patterns of depression
Michele Weiner Davis, author of Change Your Life and Everyone in it and Divorce Busting
“If depression has you in its grip, if your spirits need lifting, if tomorrow holds no promise of a better day, don’t waste another minute: there’s an antidote to feeling lousy and it’s this book, Breaking the Patterns of Depression. Michael Yapko will help you unravel the mystery of depression and, more important, he will show you what you can do today to feel better immediately.”
Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Brief Therapy Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, and author of Psychotherapy in the Age of Accountability
“Dr. Yapko has brought this book to all of us who battle the enemy of joy and peace–depression. And it is a wonderful guide. In it, he will teach you, as he has taught me, how to understand depression and how to defeat it. He will teach you how to look at yourself, the world, and the future in a new way. He will teach you that you can have a peaceful and meaningful life, and he will teach you how to do that.”