In Mindfulness for Teen Depression, two teen experts offer powerful tools based in mindfulness and positive psychology to help you ease symptoms, work through troubling thoughts and feelings, and thrive in all aspects of life.
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.
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About the Author
Mitch R. Abblett, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Manville School, a therapeutic day school program in Boston, MA, serving children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties. He maintains a private practice, and has written regarding mindfulness, clinical work, and youth mental health needs. He conducts national and international trainings on mindfulness and its applications.
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston, MA, specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for over fifteen years, and leads workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness for treating young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and the Mindfulness in Education Network. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, on cnn.com, and elsewhere. Willard is author of Child’s Mind, Growing Up Mindful, and three other books. He teaches on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
Mitch R. Abblett, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and former executive director of The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a nonprofit focusing on education and training at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment. For over a decade, he was clinical director of Manville School, a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic day school program in Boston, MA, serving children with emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice, and writes about mindfulness, professional development, and family mental health for Mindful magazine (Mindful.org). His books include The Heat of the Moment in Treatment for clinicians, The Challenging Child Toolbox, and The Five Hurdles to Happiness. He also coauthored Mindfulness for Teen Depression and the child/family-friendly practice aid Growing Mindful, as well as additional mindfulness-related card decks. He conducts national and international trainings regarding mindfulness and its applications. Learn more at www.drmitchabblett.com.
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston, MA. He has been practicing meditation for twenty years and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two-dozen countries. He has presented at TEDx conferences, and his expertise has been showcased in The New York Times, The Washington Post, www.mindful.org, and elsewhere. He teaches at Harvard Medical School; and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and writing, and being a father.
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.