If you’re a teen with depression, you may often feel sad, lonely, and unmotivated. And it can be especially difficult to do well in school, make friends, and take those important steps toward adulthood. But it’s important for you to know that your depression is not your fault, and that it doesn’t have to define you. Most importantly, there are steps you can take to feel better.
With this powerful workbook, you’ll learn effective skills based in mindfulness and positive psychology to help you manage difficult emotions, gain distance from negative thoughts, and enhance your awareness of the present moment. You’ll also discover tons of activities and exercises—such as mindful meditations, walking, yoga, healthy eating and sleeping tips, and more—to help you care for your body as well as your mind.
Depression can make it seem like you're viewing the world through dark or distorted glasses. When you're depressed, it’s even hard to see yourself clearly. This book will empower you to feel better, more energized, and start reaching for your goals—one step at a time.
About the Author
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and consultant based in Massachusetts. He has spoken in thirty countries, and has presented at two TEDx events. Willard is author and coauthor of twenty books, including Alphabreaths, Growing Up Mindful, and How We Grow Through What We Go Through. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, www.mindful.org, www.cnn.com, and elsewhere. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A New View of Depression 5
Chapter 2 A Closer Look at Mindfulness and Positive Psychology 33
Chapter 3 Body-Based Approaches to Depression 49
Chapter 4 Psychological Approaches to Depression 73
Chapter 5 Social Approaches to Depression 103
Answers (to the activity Your Drop-in-the-Bucket list) 129
Abblett resides in Newton, MA; Willard resides in Cambridge, MA.