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Feeling Good

David D. Burns

5 mins

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Feeling Good explains the causes of such debilitating conditions as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and demonstrates how to begin proactively addressing them.


Feeling Good

Feeling Good

by David D. Burns


Many of us struggle with feeling anxious, depressed or even worthless. But there are things we can do about it – with or without medication.

Dr. David Burns is a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Stanford University who has been crucial in the development of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. In his book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Dr. David Burns demonstrates proven techniques for diagnosing and understanding our moods, so we can start taking control of our feelings.

This book includes several role-play scenarios that show cognitive behavioral therapy in action, and debunks many of the unhelpful myths that surround both medication and therapy. In his own medical practice, Burns favors a dual approach where prescribed drugs are used in combination with cognitive approaches. While the book contains a comprehensive guide to antidepressant medication, its behavioral therapy techniques can be helpful on their own.

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Feelings aren't facts.

- David D. Burns

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