Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger
For many people suffer from depression and anxiety, this book is a useful guide, set up in an organized system, to help these sufferers. The seven steps are:
- Describe the situation
- Identify Your Feelings
- Uncover the Unhelpful self-talk
- Predict the Behavior
- Choose Helpful self-talk
- Select the feelings
- Predict the new behavior
Dr. Solie includes lists of emotions; words to help readers identify their feelings by name. Having identified the problem(s), the next step is to write about the possible consequences, putting worries on the page. Having expressed the feelings and the worry, an outcome is predicted. (e.g. “I will fail”)
After writing out the possible dire consequences and predicting disaster, the next step is a re-write, using helpful “self-talk” to replace discouraging, defeated or anxious language. Listing some suggestions and a plan of action empowers the person to take action, taking control of events. Other helpful lists include ideas for activities that include others and some to do alone. The system and lists are good coping skills that can become a joyful way of life.
The key to making this system successful is constant writing. We write letters to friends to keep in touch, why not do the same for ourselves? Often, seeing words written helps clarify what has been elusive. Following the steps and corresponding faithfully with oneself is to be seen as an act of self-love.
Keeping Jesus Christ as our best friend and source of unconditional love will lead seekers to vanquish unproductive, self-defeating behaviors and choose better and more joyful actions.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. I am pleased to recommend it to adult and teenage readers.
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