Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2nd ed.)
Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky
Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2015
339 pages (paperback), $26.95, ISBN 978-1-4625-204208
Reviewed by Lynn R. Zakeri
Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky, the authors of Mind over Mood (2nd ed.), make some very strong arguments on the first page that would have most people, social workers or not, hooked. This book focuses on helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, panic, jealousy, guilt, and shame as well as addressing relationship problems, managing stress, increasing self-esteem and confidence, and decreasing fears. The authors do this by advocating cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques and strategies that are based on their self-proclaimed decades of research.
The book follows four clients who exhibit symptoms of depression, panic attacks, addiction, anger, and perfectionism. The authors weave their stories in and out of the chapters, along with a "now you try it" self-help approach throughout. Different from many other workbooks, this book incorporates worksheets in the chapters, as well as blank worksheets in a useful appendix. Sometimes one of the four clients completes a sample worksheet, and this is followed by an opportunity for the reader to complete one independently.
Among the tools included are tools for helping the reader understand his/her own thoughts. Because CBT often includes this technique, the book facilitates doing this exercise on one's own. The book divides the techniques into small chunks accompanied by clear explanations. A therapist or school social worker could also use this format to teach a student or client about the way they think or to use...