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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Moods

Book Description

Anger. Depression. Anxiety. Low self-esteem. With the help of this guide, millions of Americans can stop suffering from these difficult emotions. Written by a prominent psychologist, this book is chock-full of the many strategies and approaches that have proven effective over the years. And since one size does not fit all, it includes information on self-help and counselling, psychiatric medication and psychological therapy, physical exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy.
-Offers a number of time-tested and scientifically proven approaches to managing moods.
-Addresses fears and myths regarding treatment.
-28% of Americans will develop mood disorders by the age 75, according to USA Today (06/07/05).
-Will be helpful to a variety of people, including those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, and chronic pain.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1 - Understanding Human Emotions and Moods
    1. Chapter 1 - How We View Emotions
    2. Chapter 2 - Emotions: Friends or Foes
    3. Chapter 3 - Understanding the Human Mind, the Brain, and Emotions
    4. Chapter 4 - Why Some People Are More Sensitive: Understanding Your Emotional Self
    5. Chapter 5 - Perceiving Stress: It’s Always in the Eye of the Beholder
    6. Chapter 6 - Understanding Your “Emotional Buttons”
    7. Chapter 7 - When Emotions Overwhelm
  7. Part 2 - Taking Action: First Things First
    1. Chapter 8 - Biological Factors That Can Affect Negative Moods
    2. Chapter 9 - Sleep: The Guardian of the Brain
    3. Chapter 10 - Potent Solutions for Improving Sleep
    4. Chapter 11 - Additional Strategies to Calm the Body and the Mind
    5. Chapter 12 - Over-the-Counter and Herbal Products for Managing Moods
  8. Part 3 - Psychological Self-Help Strategies
    1. Chapter 13 - Common Solutions That Backfire
    2. Chapter 14 - Keeping a Clear Head and a Realistic Perspective
    3. Chapter 15 - Combating Shame, Guilt, and Low Self-Esteem
    4. Chapter 16 - Anger Management
    5. Chapter 17 - When Life Gets Out of Balance
    6. Chapter 18 - Strategies for Managing and Overcoming Very Intense Emotions
    7. Chapter 19 - Taking Action in Your Life
    8. Chapter 20 - The Role of Spirituality in Emotional Coping and Healing
  9. Part 4 - Areas of Particular Concern
    1. Chapter 21 - Loss and Grief
    2. Chapter 22 - Exposure to Frightening or Traumatic Events
    3. Chapter 23 - To Thine Own Self Be True
    4. Chapter 24 - Helping Children Deal With Emotionally Painful Times
  10. Part 5 - Professional Help in Dealing With Mood Problems
    1. Chapter 25 - Psychotherapy and Counseling
    2. Chapter 26 - Professional Treatments for Anxiety and Depression
  11. Appendix A - Glossary
  12. Appendix B - Medical Disorders, Conditions, and Medications That May Cause Mood Symptoms
  13. Appendix C - Pleasant Activities
  14. Appendix D - Quick Reference Guide to Antidepressant and Antianxiety Medications
  15. Appendix E - Self-Help Resources
  16. Index