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If you've ever struggled with depression or know someone who has, take heart: Mindfulness practice is a simple, powerful way to naturally break depression's self-perpetuating cycle. With The Mindful Way Through Depression, four leading researchers present insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy about how to triumph over this illness - and, more importantly, how to prevent it from striking again. Join these uniquely qualified experts to discover the power of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

©2008 Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn (P)2008 Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Fantastic for Anyone Suffering from Anxiety and/or Depression

Must read. The ONLY book that effectively taught me mindfulness which helps combat my depression and anxiety. I have been reading mindfulness books for years, trying to understand how and why it helps with things like depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues. This book works. It explains the “how?” and the “why?”

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Reasonable listen

About as good as an audiobook can be on such a subject. I have listened to many such self help audiobooks and this one is well researched and comprehensive .

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I highly recommend this book !

A very very helpful guide for accepting my emotions and depressif states. I now have a better understanding and good practical tools to get through them.
learning to accept and letting go of trying so hard to "get better" was a big step in accually getting better naturally.

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Fantastic

Very good content, fantastic narrator, life changing approach to depression recovery. Highly recommend this for anyone looking for support through challenging times

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  • Colin O'Sullivan
  • 2016-02-25

Thankful to have found this audible

The authors are sharing their years of experience in a ways that are helpful, digestible, and useful. I have listened to segments of this audiobook everyday for nearly three weeks, as is suggested by the authors, and I plan to continue to listen for at least another three weeks. This book has brought about so much good that I am thankful to have stumbled upon it. If you are interested in this topic and/or suffer from depression I believe you should take a chance and get it. I'm glad I did.

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  • Ronnie
  • 2018-03-01

I've struggled with anxiety, depression and ADHD..

Where does The Mindful Way Through Depression rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The absolute best purchase I've made.

What did you like best about this story?

The practical tools that you can apply immediately to live a happier life.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

nope

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book has changed my life already. Road rage no more, I can focus while spending time with my family. I smile more, which I hardly ever did and if I did it was usually a fake smile to avoid the questions of "are you ok?" "is something wrong." The narrators stories were so easy to relate to and his insight from the stories makes you just open up and be hopeful for getting well.

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Buy it, you will thank yourself for it.

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  • Rachel L.
  • 2016-06-21

Great Content - Meditations are at the End

Would you listen to The Mindful Way Through Depression again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book and found the content very helpful.

MEDITATIONS ARE THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily but I almost did.

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The meditations that other commentators complain are not included are actually the last 6 or so chapters of the audio book. Those who complain about the lack of meditations either purchased a different version or didn't bother to listen to the whole book.

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  • Stacey Davis
  • 2017-10-21

Amazing! I recommend to everyone I know.

I love this book for several reasons. It explains why we have reoccurring depression, in easy to understand language and with scientific back-up. This book explains it in a way that can help others, who do not battle depression, so that they can understand. Even if you don't believe in mediation, the book is worth it just for the explanation.
The mediation exercises are amazing though and I highly recommend them too. This is not a miracle cure....it takes hard work and daily dedication. I've listened to it many times and have even now purchased the workbook.
I have been diagnosed with mayor depressive disorder and have battled major depression, off and on, for 25 years.

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  • Murphus
  • 2021-01-21

A condensed edition of a superlative work

I own and have read the print version of this book, to which I give an unqualified five stars! An excellent and concise introduction to Mindfulness (for anyone, not just those who are depressed), but also a great comfort to read and full of great wisdom and practical advice.

The Audio version of the book has apparently been adapted for that medium — and is a lot shorter than the printed book. The recording refers to various tracks of the “Guided Practice Sessions,” which may be confusing to those who come to this recording. In fact, the seven “tracks” that are referred to correspond to chapters 5 through 11 of the Audible product — but this is not stated anywhere. I know this only because I own the print edition of the book, which includes a Compact Disc with the seven tracks referred to in the first four chapters of the Audible book.

I found this an excellent “refresher” for what I learned years ago from the print edition, and I selected it so that I could enjoy listening to it while taking walks. And the voice of Mark Williams (narrator of the first four chapters) is wonderfully calming. It makes a good companion edition for those who, like me, have found the book helpful — or perhaps for those who may be curious to check it out. But I wouldn’t recommend this as a stand-alone product. By all means, obtain the printed version of this book, and spend some time with it, underlining and highlighting the wisdom you will find there. And then, listen to the Audible recording when you want to refresh your good memories of the book!

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  • christopher caster
  • 2016-01-15

it works

Williams and Zinn both have lovely voices, so listening was very pleasant. I was already familiar with meditation, so I took to it easily. I would recommend this program to anyone. all you need is some patience and a few minutes a day. The print version has a CD so the tracks are referred to by number that doesn't correspond to the chapter numbers. you can figure it out pretty easy but it is something to figure out.

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  • J. Schaefer
  • 2018-11-14

Essential to overcoming depression/low moods

As a mental health professional, I have found this book very effective both in my personal journey in recognizing and overcome thought patterns that lead to low moods and in my work in guiding individuals with diagnosed depressive and even anxiety disorders. This book does not read like a professional textbook. The authors use accessible and engaging language combined with relevant stories along with a concrete prescription for a program to help lead a more content life. The underlying philosophy of mindfulness is described in a secular and universal way that does not conflict with any belief system and only enough to give power to the specific meditative practices. #depression #transformation #mindfulness #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Cicmic
  • 2016-02-16

great book!

this book is a very good resource for learning how to get out of depression mindfully. i highly reccommend it to anyone trying to learn the practice of surrenderring into the moment. the best i have listened to/read on the subject. very practical and truly gets into the details of "how to" not just the comcepts. probably a book one would listen to multiple times even just for the meditations.

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  • KEITH
  • 2016-07-16

This book is a life changer

Where does The Mindful Way Through Depression rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the books that has changed my life. It teaches the listener some very powerful skills to take control of one's current state. To help us realize that stress, anxiety, and depression are often allowing thoughts of past mistakes or future concerns to control the current, and thus rob us of the joy of living right now.

What other book might you compare The Mindful Way Through Depression to and why?

As this is a self help book, the closest books may be teaching company lectures.

What did you learn from The Mindful Way Through Depression that you would use in your daily life?

I learned that the mindfulness exercises are true exercises. I learn from doing them. Like exercises, it takes time to become good at them

Any additional comments?

If the listener struggles with being controlled by their emotions, this may be a great solution. It certainly helped me.

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  • cardinalaura
  • 2018-12-28

Best book on overcoming depression Ive ever read

The most helpful book I have ever read on depression, and I have read a TON of them in decades of attempts to find freedom. Follow the 8 week program at the end, and you WILL find freedom as I have, not only for ending a current bout of depression, but for learning the tools to prevent future recurrence and live an overall happier life than ever before. So glad I found this book and kept at it through the difficulties of keeping at it for the full 8wks! Really helped to have the book in audiobook format so I could relisten to it during commute and wait times to refresh my memory on the ideas behind the exercises along the way!

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  • J.Carver
  • 2020-08-10

Pretty much says: Meditate.

Teaches you about the use of meditation, why it's effective with depression and how to practice it.
Basically in one sentence, this book would be: If you're depressed, mediate.