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Overcoming depression and low mood: a five areas approach

Overcoming depression and low mood: a five areas approach

Williams, Chris, Dr

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

Book. English.
3rd ed.
Published London: Hodder Arnold, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Chris Williams
ISBN: 1444167480, 9781444167481
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous ed.: 2006.
Note: Books on Prescription
Note: Book Prescription Scheme.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: xii, 368 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Depression, Mental Treatment.; Health and Fitness.; Cognitive therapy.; Depression, Mental Problems, exercises, etc.
Added Entry: Book Prescription Scheme.; Books on prescription.


  1. Understanding why you feel as you do
  2. Starting out and how to keep going if you feel stuck
  3. Understanding why you feel as you do
  4. Making changes
  5. Making changes to do with people and events
  6. Practical problem solving
  7. Being assertive
  8. Building relationships with your family and friends
  9. Information for families and friends - how can you offer the best support?
  10. Making changes to behaviours and activity levels
  11. Doing things that boost how you feel
  12. Using exercise to boost how you feel
  13. Helpful things you can do
  14. Unhelpful things you do
  15. Overcoming anxiety and avoidance
  16. Making changes to negative and upsetting thinking
  17. Noticing and changing extreme and unhelpful thinking
  18. Making changes to things that affect your bodily well-being
  19. Overcoming sleep problems
  20. Alcohol, drugs and you
  21. Understanding and using anti-depressant medication
  22. Making changes for the future
  23. Planning for the future

Author note

Dr Chris Williamsis an expert and trainer in CBT and works as a Senior Lecturer in the section of Psychological Medicine at the Universityof 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: He is also a Patron of the National Phobics Society.


"I feel this is an excellent book-we have used the previous edition in our practice... I would strongly recommend that every general practice has a few copies to loan out to patients."

BMA Medical Book Awards 2010