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More Exciting Developments–More Live Therapy Coming Soon!

And a neat new poll for you!

The following is a poll concerning the teachings of the ancient Greek Stoic philosopher, Epictetus. In his classic book The Enchiridion, he wrote that people are disturbed, not by things, but by the views we take of them. In other words, it is impossible, according to Epictetus, to have any kind of feeling without first having a thought about what’s happening. This is the basic premise of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that I wrote about in my first book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. In theory, this is an empowering idea, since we often can’t change reality, but we can change the way we think and feel about what’s happening.

But lots of people just don’t buy it. They argue that when something genuinely horrible happens, your negative emotions, such as depression, anxiety, anger anger are directly caused by the actual event. You, too, may believe that negative feelings are sometimes inevitable, and that it isn’t necessary to first have a negative thought before you can feel upset.

What do you think? Take this poll and let me know!

There is a reason for this poll, beyond intellectual curiosity. This is part 1 of an informal experiment. I am going to repeat this poll, probably in August of 2017, after the next live therapy podcasts with a woman named Marilyn who is facing a truly catastrophic event. Dr. Matthew May and I treated Marilyn last Saturday morning at my home, and the entire session will be presented in three consecutive podcasts with commentary.

You can repeat the poll if you like at the end of the therapy with Marilyn, and we’ll see if you thinking has changed, or remains the same!

Also, stay tuned for these Feeling Good Podcasts featuring our live work with Marilyn. I think you will find the podcasts shocking, riveting, and inspiring, and hopefully helpful when you are facing traumatic events in your own life! These podcasts will be special!

Three Exciting Developments Now!

Hi web visitors,

Here is development #1: I am thrilled to announce that my free “Feeling Good Podcasts” with host, Dr. Favrice Nye, now feature LIVE THERAPY! Recently, I completed a session with my co-therapist, Dr. Jill Levitt, and our “patient,” a physician colleague who has felt like a failure in his role as a father–in spite of his many achievements in his career. Many of us (including yours truly) know how intense that pain can be of feeling that you are defective, or that you have not lived up to your goals in life. I think you will find the session heartwarming, inspiring, and educational, especially if you want to learn more about how to use TEAM-CBT in your personal life or in your clinical work with clients. Drs. Nye, Levitt, and I are tremendously grateful to our “patient” for making himself vulnerable so that others can see how the new techniques actually work in real-world settings.

The initial response has been tremendous. You can find the first one if you CLICK HERE! You can find all 30 + of the Feeling Good Podcasts if you CLICK HERE!

Development #2 is that my article, “When Helping Doesn’t Help,” is the featured article in the March / April (40th Anniversary edition) of the Psychotherapy Networker magazine. I am very honored and proud to have the chance to publish in that prestigious magazine. The article describes the research and clinical experience that led to the evolution of TEAM-CBT, and includes a beautiful and inspiring vignette of a woman treated successfully in a single (extended length) therapy session for severe depression and anxiety following decades of violent abuse. CLICK HERE to link to the article.

I want to thank the editor, Richard Simon, who planted the seed and pushed me to write the article! This will be a chance to spread the word about TEAM-CBT, since they reach out to a huge number of practicing clinicians.

And here is development #3: My article entitled,  “Can depression be successfully treated in two hours? TEAM therapy provides hope for high-speed recovery without drugs” is featured in the current issue of the The Therapist: Magazine of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. If you’d like to read it, CLICK HERE! 

Thanks!

David

Welcome!

I am posting a great deal of exciting information on my blog pages, and you will also find my free weekly podcasts there. There are six categories for therapists, patients, and the general public, including:

  • Ask Dr. David
  • The Feeling Good Podcast
  • The Feeling Good Blog
  • Secrets of Self-Esteem
  • The Ten Worst Errors Therapists Make
  • The Lost Chapters

In my Ask Dr. David blog, I answer questions from visitors like you. For example,

  • Is Love an Adult Human Need?
  • Can you Treat an Addiction to Romantic Fantasies?
  • Why Do We Act in Such an Illogical Way?
  • Does Tapping Work?
  • And more

Maybe you will submit a question!

In my Feeling Good Blog, I discuss fascinating and controversial topics such as

  • Why Does Therapy Fail? What’s the Solution?
  • Anxiety and Magical Thinking
  • Photos and Reports from the Sunday Hikes
  • Can Depression and Anxiety Really Be Treated in a Single Extended Therapy Session
  • Escape from the Abuse Contract
  • Should We Try to be Happy All the Time?
  • And more

Take a look!

In my popular weekly Feeling Good Podcasts with Dr. Fabrice Nye, I discuss all the latest developments in TEAM-CBT, and nearly every podcasts features an inspiring vignette that brings topics and therapy methods to life. This podcast is for therapists and intelligent patients, and covers topics such as

  • You FEEL the Way You THINK
  • You can CHANGE the way you FEEL!
  • Negative and Positive Distortions
  • The Eight Most Common Types of Therapeutic Resistance
  • How to Overcome Therapeutic Resistance
  • The Five Secrets of Effective Communication
  • And more.

The Feeling Good Podcasts also feature actual live therapy, so you can see for yourself exactly how the super-fast TEAM-CBT actually works. Take a listen!

FeelingGood.Com Tops 1.5 Million hits, and > 400,000 Visitors!

I am proud to announce that my website has now had 1.5 million hits and more than half a million visitors. Thanks For the support! In addition, my books, Feeling Good and the Feeling Good Handbook have sold more than 5 million copies in the United States, and many more worldwide.

Every day, visitors from more than 25 countries worldwide stop by. I hope you enjoy the many free resources for therapists, patients, and for the general public, and will become a regular here! At the top of the column to the right of this page, you can sign up for email notifications every time I publish something new.

David Burns, MD

Important Announcement–

David has a new blog showing how TEAM-CBT works, and addressing the question “Can Depression Really Be Treated in a Single, Two-Hour Therapy Session?” The blog was based on an interview with Lisa Kelley, a certified TEAM-CBT therapist and former journalist from Littleton, Colorado.

Check it out!

And while we’re on this topic, this is a heart-warming note from Lisa Kelley that you might enjoy!

I FELL IN LOVE WITH DAVID BURNS AT THE PARK HILL LIBRARY

Posted on December 25, 2016 by lisakelleytherapy

“Just one look. That’s all it took,” as the song goes. And I fell head over heels in love with Dr. David Burns at the Park Hill Library in Denver. It’s been 25 years, and I’m still as passionate as the day we met.

Nine months pregnant, hot, exhausted and depressed, I waddled into the 1920 Spanish Renaissance branch of the Denver Public Library with what felt like a Butterball turkey strapped to my waist. My two preschool daughters each took a hand and we trudged into the blessedly air-conditioned library for story time.

Perchance, I glanced to my left and saw the blue words “Feeling Good” on a yellow book beckoning me to come hither. Without hesitation, I breathlessly said, “Yes, yes.! I want to feel good!” And then he swept me away with words of hope, encouragement and the belief I was good enough. I was worthy. And my life was worth living.

That was 25 years ago, and my passion for the work of Stanford Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus David Burns, MD  is as ardent as that moment I laid my eyes on him. Picking up that book changed my life and kept me from sinking like theTitanic into the dark, cold depressive ocean following a traumatic corporate restructuring.  It allowed me to talk back convincingly to the relentless, cunning voice in my head whispering, “You’re a bad person.” “You’re not good enough.” “Nobody likes you.”

Learning to challenge “Neville the Devil” as I now call that convincingly abusive voice, helped me survive major depression, amplified by terrifying postpartum anxiety without the help of drugs or a straightjacket. I hung on by my fingertips and was able to pull myself back into the boat. I promised myself I would one day help others buffeted by depression, anxiety, shame and guilt.

I left my stressful career in corporate communications, delivered my son, and went back to graduate school to become a psychotherapist. And I’ve devoted this chapter of my career to voluntarily publicizing his TEAM-CBT, also referred to as “CBT on steroids.” So don’t be surprised when I pop up here and there, bringing good tidings of therapeutic training, intensive therapy opportunities, and joy from The Feeling Good Institute http://www.feelinggoodinstitute.com/. It’s all about what I love to do, and what makes me very, very happy.

But every step forward personally and professionally has been terrifying. I fearfully put one foot in front of the other and put myself out there.  Last year, I invited Dr. Burns to present his trauma workshop here in Denver. I really didn’t know him at all; I only had participated in his four-day intensive workshop and an anxiety workshop in London.

One morning, I woke up and heard myself ask, “Can depression really be treated in two hours?” I grabbed my laptop and fired off a series of confrontational questions to David, as I now informally call him, challenging him as a critical reporter –one of my former personas. Back and forth we went, pushing and pulling, until finally, we published our controversial interview, “Can Depression Really Be Treated in Two Hours?  Click here to check it out!

What a gift it was to open on Christmas morning!

Today David, psychologist Dr. Fabrice Nye and I published an interview about our article on their new Feeling Good Podcast https://feelinggood.com/category/podcast/. And that was not as easy at it sounds. It would be analogous to singing on stage with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  But I heard David’s voice, “You have to face the monster and find the monster has no teeth.”

So I faced the fear of stuttering, stammering and freezing. I once again asked myself, “Why not me? I can do this. Be bold.” And then I dove into the deep end of the pool with David guiding and shaping the conversation as only an experienced teacher can do. And then the self-consciousness melted away as I danced with a partner who knew all the steps.

Feeling Good  The New Mood Therapy, published in 1980, saved my life and many of the clients I have worked with as a psychotherapist. We have voyaged over really rough waters in tiny boats with Feeling Good as our guide. Many people are alive today after reading that self-help book and using the cognitive behavioral skills he helped pioneer. They are equally as grateful, and that explains why so many people love this irascible fellow for his wisdom, humor and generosity.

So it really was more than just one look. It was just one book. That’s all it took.

Important Announcement — The Feeling Good Podcast is now live on iTunes and totally free of charge!!!

feeling-good-logo-2000x2000Message: Dr. David Burns’ new Feeling Good Podcast is now available on iTunes! This podcast brings a wealth of information to therapists and to the general public alike about the latest methods for overcoming depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addictions. Dr. Burns and his host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, also describe the new TEAM-CBT treatment model with lively, inspiring anecdotes and demonstrations.

To check it out, click here!

If you like it, rate and review the Feeling Good Podcast on iTunes or your podcast directory of choice every time you listen to an episode. If you give us a 5-star rating (or whatever is the max), it will help us spread the word about TEAM-CBT!

But just as importantly, we want you to help shape the content of our show. What psychological or therapeutic issues would you like to hear about? Do you have a story to tell? We invite you to go to the Feeling Good Podcast right here on this website and leave your comments.

Thanks! David and Fabrice

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By the way, someone left this message on my Facebook page: “You can download any podcast app – like CastBox or Podcast Addict and then from there, search for David’s podcast by name! Can’t wait to tune in.” David

Welcome to my website.

I appreciate your visit. Here you will find resources for clinicians and the general public alike, including:

For therapists

For patients as well as the general public

Check out my new Feeling Good Podcast series for therapists and for the general public!

Recognition for Feeling Good Blogs and Podcasts

Comment: Dear Dr. Burns,
Feeling Good was listed as one of the very best psychology blogs of 2016 in our recent article! Feeling Good was included in our “For Professionals” category, and our editors highlighted the blog’s focus on the world of psychotherapy. Please feel free to post this article on your blog or social media.
Best regards, Pam Beiler
Communications Manager, http://www.online-psychology-degrees.org/

Feeling Good Institute: Treatment and Training

To find therapists trained in Dr. Burns’ new T.E.A.M. Therapy, visit the website for the Feeling Good Institute (FGI.) The institute is located near El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, and offers individual therapy as well as Intensives for individuals who do not live in this area. To watch a brief video describing the treatment programs at the FGI, click here.

The Feeling Good Institute also offers training programs for mental health professionals, along with a certification program in T.E.A.M. Therapy. To learn more about TEAM Therapy and how it has evolved from CBT, click here. To learn more about the training and certification programs, contact Angela Krumm, PhD at the Feeling Good Institute. To watch a brief video describing the training programs at the FGI, click here.

Unlimited Free Training by Dr. Burns and his colleagues

To learn more about free T.E.A.M. Therapy training programs for students and community therapists directed by Dr. Burns and May at the Stanford Medical School, plus other in-person and online psychotherapy training programs in the Bay Area and nationwide, click here.

David’s Recent TV Interview

Hi folks,

A few of you asked for this link to my TV interview  with Dr. Foojan Zeine recently (May 2015). She broadcasts to an international audience of Iranian folks primarily.

One of my colleagues has suggested, “You may want to skip past the non-TEAM material by starting at 6:27. Use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMer9Dxx91Q&t=6m27s

I hope you enjoy the show. Dr. Zeine does a terrific job, and gave me a chance to preent an overview of the newly developed T.E.A.M. therapy approach.

David

David’s Even More Recent TV Interview

In October of 2015 I taped a 30-minute TV show along with Karen, a clinical psychologist, in our training program, or the TV show, Lifestyle Magazine. The show originates out of Los Angeles and was shown nation-wide recently. Here’s a link to the show that was aired in March of 2016.

Grab a cup of coffee and watch David Burns on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Lifestyle Magazine show “Mood Therapy.”  

http://www.lifestyle.org/article/347/the-show/program-archives/lifestyle-magazine-2016-season/mood-therapy

In the show, Karen and I describe the new, ultra-rapid T.E.A.M. therapy for depression. The staff and hosts were extremely friendly, and I was grateful to have had this opportunity to get our message out to the general public. We want more people to learn about T.E.A.M., and the significant breakthrough in treatment that is now possible. In the show, we describe the treatment of a woman struggling with nine years of intense sadness, guilt, anxiety and anger following a horrible trauma involving her daughter. She courageously agreed to volunteer as the “patient” for a live demonstration of T.E.A.M. during my recent San Francisco intensive this summer at the South San Francisco Conference Center. All of her symptoms vanished in just a single session and she has maintained that phenomenal change ever since. My co-therapist for the session was Dr. Jill Levitt, who is a co-leader at my free weekly psychotherapy training group at Stanford.

Although such rapid improvement is obviously not always possible, I am seeing this quite often, and many of my colleagues are reporting similar results. Ten years ago I would have thought that such rapid and dramatic recovery from depression was impossible, but it seems clear that we are on the verge of a tremendously promising and exciting new approach to treatment.

The therapy involves the integration of innovative motivational techniques to quickly melt away what therapists call “resistance,” followed by powerful cognitive techniques to smash the negative thoughts that trigger depression, such as “I’m a bad mother,” or “It was my fault,” or “I shouldn’t have done X, Y, or Z.” Although the details of suffering always differ from person to person, the underlying dynamic of self-blame and distorted thinking is pretty universal. And there are very few of us who do not fall into the black holes of self-doubt and despair from time to time.

David Burns, MD

Audio and Video Tapes of Workshops

Here are some links to videos of sessions or audio or videotapes of workshops. Many or all of these qualify for CE credits for mental health professionals. In addition, many qualify for T.E.A.M. Certification Program at the Feeling Good Institute. Click on any of interest.

Overcoming Toxic Shame and the Fear of Being Judged: The Story of Melanie

Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance 

Scared Stiff! Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

And It’s All Your Fault! Dealing with Anger and Interpersonal Conflict

Feeling Good Now! Rapid Recovery Techniques for Depression and Low Self Esteem 

Blame

Blame is the main theme of my book, Feeling Good Together. Dr. Jill Levitt is a dear colleague who helps teach my weekly psychotherapy training group at Stanford. Jill recently sent this brief, humorous blame-link to our training group. People seemed to enjoy it a lot, so I’m sharing it with you here.

http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/131-hallway

Hope you enjoy it!

David

David’s TED Talk

Here is a link to my Ted talk last summer in Reno, in case you are interested. I present the basic concepts of cognitive therapy. I have made many major innovations and changes in they way I do therapy since I first learned and helped to develop cognitive therapy in the 1970s, when it was still new and relatively unknown. However, the basic concepts of cognitive therapy are still revolutionary and extremely useful for individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.

In the talk, I describe not only how these concepts have helped my patients, but also how they helped me as well during a personal crisis when my son was born. I hope you enjoy my TED talk!

David

Who are You?

I’d love to find out whether you are a therapist, a patient, or simply someone interested in Feeling Good as well as mental health issues. Take this brief survey to let me know! Thanks. You’ll also be able to view the results and find out who else is visiting this website.

Another Poll for You

Here’s a controversial poll you might find interesting. Lots of people have been in therapy for years with no results. Does it have to be that way? I’ll comment on the results later. Feel free to add your comments below!

David

To learn more about this, read my latest blog on new, high-speed treatments for depression. Click here.

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  1. Hi, I’m a 27 year old student/pharm tech. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write “Feeling Good.” Reading your book transformed my life. I struggled with depression for years and procrastinated due to intense perfectionism, as a result I actually suffered academically and became an underachiever in every area of my life. Just today, someone said to me, “wow, you’re like… what’s the opposite of a procrastinator?” Haha! Anyhow, I’m now thriving academically and my grades have improved dramatically now that I’m no longer afflicted with perfectionism.

    I still struggle with social anxiety and confidence/assertiveness and found “Feeling Good” to be only moderately helpful with this problem. If I were to choose one piece of literature to help with this problem, what would you recommend?

    • Hi Cortney, Thank you for your kind comments! Greatly appreciated!

      I have a chapter on social anxiety in my Feeling Good Handbook. I also wrote a book on shyness and related topics called Intimate Connections. Finally, my book on anxiety, When Panic Attacks, might also be useful! If you try one of these resources, let me know if it is helpful, hopefully to the same extent as the way you defeated procrastination. Social anxiety is probably my favorite topic, since I struggled with many types of social anxiety when I was younger! And now I no longer have this problem at all. In fact, kind of the opposite! Talk too much now! Warmly, David

  2. Wasn’t the Stoics and Epictetus the seminal work of Dr. Albert Ellis and REBT? It is a radical view, much like Buddhist philosophy (most are not aware of seminal, radical Buddhist teachings – this religion is not all light and lovely…) and anyway, are these philosophies really appropriate in modern life? Feeling Good Handbook seems like a smoothed down version of Ellis, and more palatable, however, why isn’t Dr. Ellis given credit for being the originator of the use of the Stoics in applied psychology? Finally, one might get “emotional relief” in one session from a new positive view…but the mind will fight to keep even cognitive distortions in place. It would seem very dangerous if the mind could be completely changed (as to opinions, beliefs) etc. in an hour or two. This would not be at all self-protective.

    • Thank you for the excellent questions. First, you are absolutely right that Albert Ellis PhD was a major and early contributor to the development of the cognitive therapies in the 20th century, and he sometimes does not get as much recognition as he deserves, in my opinion. He also cites those who went before him, such as the feminist psychiatrist, Karen Horney, MD, who laid a good bit of the groundwork for our understanding of the importance of “shoulds” in depression and anxiety and relationship conflicts, as well as the role of some of the Self-Defeating Beliefs, such as the Love / Approval Addiction and others, although she used different terms to describe these potentially destructive beliefs. I have a strong admiration for Dr. Ellis!

      Second, I believe that personal philosophies, such as Buddhism, are very appropriate in modern life, but these concepts, while very simple and very freeing, are hard for people to grasp, so they don’t “get it,” and continue to struggle with depression, rage, anxiety, and so forth.

      Third, it is not at all dangerous to see your symptoms of depression and anxiety disappear in a single session, in my opinion. This is, of course, not always possible, but it is often possible using the new TEAM-CBT that i have developed. However, there is no such thing as permanent, irreversible happiness! And even if there were such a thing, I’m not convinced it would be desirable. So once a person has had a dramatic change in mood, Relapse Prevention Training (RPT) is incredibly important. If you haven’t listened to the Feeling Good Podcasts on RPT, you want find it interesting. Also, the last chapter of my book, When Panic Attacks, describes RPT.

      Thanks again for thoughtfully contributing to the ongoing dialogue here at http://www.feelinggood.com!

      david

    • Hi. I am a great admirer of Dr Ellis’s work and have read many of his books. I think he has done a great job in categorzing so many negative beliefs into four categories namely Musterbation, Awfulization, I cant stand it’s and I am not what I do. His philosophy on Unconditional self acceptance and unconditional other acceptance are also great. They can be quickly applied and also be done mentally.

      However , I also think Dr Burns Team CBT is phenomenal. Some of these tools are so well constructed that they can actually get one out of an emotional adversity just by careful application. I think its not so easy to create such refined tools. One has to carefully observe and understand what the patient feels while creating the tools. And it should work too! His interpersonal CBT again stands out and can actually help people out from needless stress through bad communication.

      Personally I think Dr. Ellis, Dr Beck and Dr Burns are the greatest Gurus of Cognitive therapy. They have immensely helped me. My sincere thanks to them 🙏

      • Thanks for your kind comments. I am proud to be thought of in the company of two giants, Ellis and Beck! guru Dave 🙂

  3. Thanks Dr. Burns, “Feeling Good” has help me a great deal. I am 64. I was wondering if you have material that is in a format to be a regular course for a school, in a format for children? Are children’s story books or ‘comic’ books available that can teach these helpful ideas?

    • Excellent idea, and I’m sure there lots of resources for children to teach the ideas of cognitive therapy. But because my practice has been limited to adults, plus a few teenagers, I have not explored this area. If you do a google search I’m sure you’ll find a ton of stuff. At the bookstore (Mentor Books) at the recent Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, they had a whole rather large section on materials for kids. all the best, david

  4. Hi,Dr Burns!
    I am the guy who asked quetion about absolute truth. Apology for being so late to give you a response,for I had not seen your post until 2days ago,and i was considering how to give “my” point about “abosolute truth”,though I don’t have my point.And great thanks to your take on my question.

    I think you are most likely to be right.To my way of thinking, “philosophers”do not do real experiment,but pychologist scientists do,like you.And they are not expert on communication.Considering i am almost not educated in liberal art,thouth I want,i have no deeper idea about absolute truth.

    Thanks and Best wishes.
    zly

  5. Good day dear Dr. Burns
    My name is Galina . My family came from former USSR 26 years ago ( my husband , my 14 month old son and me ).
    I am a certified professional life coach , AAPC , CPR instructor and having BS in science.
    I become a life coach to help people as my appreciation for all the miracles that God perform to me and my family.,
    Your book ” Feeling good together ” give me some tangible knowledge that had chance my life for ever In addition to study Torah , reading books by Rabbi Pliskin, Rabbi Twerski , Rabbi Sacks and Meaningful Life Center and more.
    In my coaching program from Refuah Institute I had learn about you and bought almost all your books.
    From the books of Daniel Goleman I had learn that all our emotions , behavia and actions depended on paying attention to your thoughts Thanks a lot for sharing your wisdom – God give you an amazing power to help people.
    I have questions for you :
    What is the best way for me to apply the knowledge – brilliant ideas that you share with us in my coaching?

    Can I can see your life sessions ?
    How I can get wisdom like you have ?
    What advice you can give me that
    I can become the best I can be in order to be the best mom, wife, sister ,… and most affective life coach ?
    Let God bkess you with Joy.
    Galina
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Thank you, Galina, for your kind comments. There are many ways to learn more about the TEAM-CBT I have created. First, I have many additional books you might enjoy, all available on Amazon.com and other book sellers. The Feeling Good Handbook is particularly useful, I think. In addition, you can find order forms for my psychotherapy eBook on my website, http://www.feelinggood.com. There you can sign up to receive all of my blogs and postings. Of particular interest would be the weekly Feeling Good Podcasts, and you can find them listed on the blogs tab. In addition, I may soon set up a store on my website, and will be offering a video of a live therapy session with a woman struggling with feelings of shame, and it also includes a workbook and exercises to promote your learning. Finally, you can watch my website workshops tab for upcoming workshops, such as my four day intensives which are generally in the summer. One is scheduled for San Francisco, and one is scheduled for Canada, during 2018! All the best, david

  6. So sorry that I didn’t respond before .
    Thanks a lot dear Dr. Burns for your kindness , quick response and very helpful and important info for me .
    Looking forward to grow and to help others with my knowledge and loving heart
    Your books help me to put aside my ego , Listern in order to improve the relationship. Your books make a difference in my life .Let God bkess you and hope one day to talk with you in person .
    Galina

  7. I love the topic. I am planning on studying at retirement as i see how difficult it is for a teenager to even try cbt. That is very stressful. I was wondering if there was a possibility to integrate the cbt concepts and practices in school (elementary and highschool).
    Hoping to decrease suicide, increase life motivation/hapiness and even more…

    • Sure, you are only limited by your imagination, creativity, and motivation! I have not written on CBT for children and teens, as I only write about things I have extensive experience with. My experience with teens and children is limited as I’m an adult shrink, so to speak. But a lot could be done! david

  8. Hi Dr. Burns, I just purchased your Feeling Good on Amazon’s Audible app for my iPhone and am listening to it in my car. I am a therapist and was wondering if the Burns Depression Checklist is free for use in private practice or if I have to purchase copies? I have the PDF from the enhanced features of the audio book. Also the PDF 25 item checklist was revised in 1996, is this the latest version? I appreciate any help you might have to offer

    • Hi Julio, Thank you for your question. The depression tests are copyrighted and not in the public domain. However, clinicians who purchase the Therapist’s Toolkit are licensed to print and use this and hundreds of assessment tools with clients (patients) for the rest of your life, at no charge. You can find order forms for the Toolkit on my website, http://www.feelinggood.com. Thanks! david

  9. Hi,Dr Burns,

    How do CBT techniques deal with trauma,which happened long time ago and which may have some unknown influence on one’s current life?
    Let me take myself as an example: I fell in love with a girl about 2 years ago.However, after that, i found that the girl had been loving another guy for 3
    years,but she insisted to make friends with me,which made me very painful!
    Considering it was a love triangle that might hurt every one of us ,i initialtively gived up,and never contact her again.
    Now 2 years past,my life seems to be OK except that i lose much desire and courage of intimacy connections and even deside to live an unmarried life.
    I guess their might be some trauma keeping infuluencing on me,but i can’t tell what it is. How would CBT techniques deal with my case? If I understood correctly,CBT seldom focus on patient’s past ,but more on current moods and behaviors.

    Thanks
    zly

  10. This is the best article i have ever read on Internet and the way you described about presentations is awesome. I am from Philadelphia and looking for the Best psychologists in Philadelphia because of some relationship problems and was really thinking of suicide because of loneliness but I must say that this article is so much helpful in this critical situation of my life.

    Thank you,
    Alana Jhon

  11. Hi Dr Burns,
    I want to ask you a question which may seem stupid,because i am an outsider of psychology.you said that we can change the way we feel by using CBT.Well,Does it mean that we don’t and needn’t have a permanent character or personality?
    And is MBTI,Myers–Briggs Type Indicator,accurate enough in predicting one’s personality?

    Thanks
    R

    • yes, I agree we don’t really “have” a personality, but can definitely change the way we think, feel, and behave. All the best, david PS, sadly, I am not a believer in the validity of the Meyers-Briggs classification system, but am keenly and painfully aware that tons of people love it! Go figure! People also love astrology, which is equally and totally not valid. d

  12. Dr Burns- I believe my depression is primarily caused by fear of being depressed the rest of my life. Depression causing depression. Is that common? Is there a best way to get this??

    • Hopelessness is one of the two central symptoms of depression, and virtually every depressed patients feels like this. Have you read Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy or my Feeling Good Handbook? Lots of focus on hopelessness, and how to defeat it. Therapy, too, can often help. Thanks so so much for your question! david

      • Dr. Burns- Thank you for commenting. I didn’t think I would get a response, much less from you. Thank you.

        I ordered Feeling Good and expect it to arrive tomorrow. A friend recommended it to me because it had a big positive influence on his depression. I hope it holds the answer for me, not just the “what” but the “how.”

        I am so frustrated. I went 49 years without being depressed, then went thru a nasty divorce in which I got severely depressed. I got over that somehow (time heals?) and went 13 years without depression. In January it came back full force, I think from some major events that I perceived as negative (aging, new retirement but without a plan on how to use my time, and heart palpitations probably from worry about the first two things). I went on anti depressants and went through some intensive professional cognitive therapy (not referencing your book material but I think some similar concepts were introduced. Before I was even done with the therapy I started feeling great….better than ever mostly because I was so thankful to be out of it. On a get away long weekend with my wife last week the depression came back full force.

        I am just so sick of this roller coaster. At the top of it I am great…my normal me. At the bottom of it, I can’t eat nor do many basic functions.

      • I should also mention that I should be hopeful because of all those years not being depressed, and even in the most recent bouts I do come out of it. But each time I am depressed I think it is going to stay with me forever. It is probably irrational, I know.

        Sorry for taking up so much space on my problem. I’m just looking for something that will get me out of this.

      • That’s exactly what happens! Have you read any of my books, or listened to the Feeling Good Podcasts? david

  13. Hi Dr Burns,
    I want to ask you a question.
    There is a theroy that goes like:
    you must be truly interested in your job , because with an interest, you are most likely to be high self-motivated and find a way to success,relative to some people who are merely interested in high salaries instead of the job itself .If what you’re doing is not what you are truly interested in ,you will most likely give up soon and fail,because of a lack of motivation.

    What do you think about this topic? Do we need an interest to motivate us ,when doing a job ?

    • Great question! My answer is: I don’t think so! While it is nice to be really interested in your work, there is no rule that you HAVE to be! Some people just work to support themselves, and when they’re not at work they do things that interest them. When I was in college I had summer jobs that some people would not find very interesting. I sorted checks at a local bank all day long. I also did pick and shovel construction work in the hot summer in Phoenix, Arizona. I loved both jobs, and was grateful to have work, even though the work itself was not interesting. Anyway, that’s my thinking. Now I have work that i really enjoy, and that’s a wonderful gift! david

  14. Dear Dr Burns,

    Thanks to you and Fabrice for such an informative and entertaining podcast. I listen during my commute and often laugh out loud at your playful interactions or editorializing. It’s also a great tonic for low mood states 🙂 I have 2 questions for you:

    1) Is it reasonable for a general medicine provider to attend one of your summer TEAM intensives ?

    2) Do you have experience with parental alienation and advice for how the ‘targeted’ (alienated) parent can approach parenting a child who has essentially been brainwashed against them ? Briefly, parental alienation can occur in the setting of a high conflict divorce: One parent allies with the child(ren) against the other parent, forming a cross-generational coalition, splitting off and often erasing the other parent from the child’s life. Dr Craig Chidress (also in CA) has written about the process and pathology. If the child is willing to continue seeing the targeted parent, their receptivity to normal parental authority is extremely compromised. I’m the targeted parent of a now 14 year old daughter who’s been pressured to choose dad and erase mom since she was 7; I imagine the loyalty conflict she’s been feeling as she transitions between the two homes must be confusing and painful. I just started reading Feeling Good Together and hope that improving my communication with her might lessen the negative impact of this situation.

    Thank you for any advice you might have,

    Jennifer

    • Would love to have you at the summer intensive. With regard to the second question, I suggest you contact Rhonda Barosky in our group, and will send you her email separately! Thanks, david

  15. Hi Dr Burns
    I am zly,who have asked you a question about whether Cost Benefit Analysis can be used in non-emotional area,such as applying for a job or not.
    And yesterday, i found that you had allready answered my question in Feelinggood Podcast 61 !.From your Podcast,I generally knew that you talked about a more sophiscated tool called Decision Making Form.
    However,since English is not my mother language and my listening skill is very limited, i had some difficulty in understanding the details of Decision Making Form.Would you please tell me again how to make and use the Decision Making Form ,by written language?

    Great thanks!zly

    PS: “zly”is just a short combination of letters that come from my Chinese name, so “zly” can not be pronounced both in Enlish ways and Chinese ways.You can call me “z-l-y”

    • Thanks Z L Y! It is too much explanation for this forum. I do have a step by step example in my eBook, Tools, Not Schools, of Therapy (if you are a therapist, you’ll find order forms right here on my website), and also a chapter on this in my popular book, Feeling Good Together (available at Amazon.com). You’ll find what you’re looking for in one of those two resources. david

  16. Hi … Im very glad to know you and you wonderful book and technics

    My English is poor 🙂

    I’ve one question:
    Is this way works with OCD?

    Im very interesting in your Ideas
    So if I can – plz – text with u abuot this thing , I think that I can provide something …

    • Yes, I’ve treated many people with OCD with these techniques. There are lots of Feeling Good Podcasts and Facebook Broadcasts on the treatment of every type of anxiety with TEAM-CBT, including OCD. Also, my book, When Panic Attacks, might help. Thank you for your excellent question, and no problem about your English–it is EXCELLENT! Thanks so much, david

  17. Isn’t there a depression with out idea behind it?

    I think so …
    Is that correct?

    I suffered with this before 5 years.

  18. If I correct the negative thoughts today … and same thoughts come again tomorrow… should I discuss it second time?

    • Will address on a future Ask David podcast (Feeling Good Podcasts) but in general, yes. I recommend doing WRITTEN home with the Daily Mood Log on a daily basis until clear of depression, and also whenever the negative thoughts return. Thanks so much! Important question! david

  19. Respected sir,
    I am a medical professional, general surgeon to be specific.
    I wanted to ask the difference between your two books : Felling Good the new mood therapy and Feeling good the handbook
    If i was to read both of them, which one should i start with?
    Or shall i skip the first one and directly go for feeling good the hand book?

    • I’d say go to the handbook directly. After that, there are two newer specialized books that might interest you, When Panic Attacks, which is on rapid, drug-free treatment for all the anxiety disorders, and Feeling Good Together, on how to develop more loving and satisfying relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and patients. You can find any of my books at Amazon.com. Thanks, Dhaval! d

  20. I am a therapist would came across dr. Burns book feeling good the new mood therapy back in the early 1980’s, long before I even thought about being a therapist. It changed my life. By the time I began practicing I had read the Hanbook. The handbook is a resource I require of all my clients. It reviews topics of mood, habits and relationships. However I find the feeling good new mood therapy offers additional help for anger issues. When panic attacks is the resource I recvimend in addition to handbook for anxiety problems. The handbook and podcasts are my initial go to’s. Hope this is helpful.

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