The Half-Empty Heart: A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent: Overcome Low-Grade Depression Once and for All

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Apr 1, 2007 - Self-Help - 256 pages

Finally, a book of insightful and practical advice for the millions of people suffering from low-grade depression, also known as dysthymia or chronic discontent

Frustrated. Stressed. Irritable. Discouraged. Cynical. Fed up. These are among the feelings experienced by millions of people. Whether they realize it or not, their feelings are not caused by a negative attitude, a lack of gratitude, or laziness. Rather, these feelings are among the symptoms of a condition called dysthymia, also known as chronic discontent or low-grade depression. It blocks feelings of happiness, contentment, and passion, leaving emptiness, a lack of meaning, and despair.

This powerful and practical book explains how this condition takes hold—and presents simple yet profound ways to overcome it once and for all. Using anecdotes from his private practice as well as insightful questions and exercises, psychotherapist Alan Downs, Ph.D., shines light into the dark corners of this isolating and debilitating condition and includes a five-week program to help you feel good again.

Not a superficial, magic-bullet approach, The Half-Empty Heart is a probing, honest book that offers a path to meaningful change. The path begins here.


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Clinical psychologist Downs used to suffer from chronic discontent, also known as dysthymia and low-grade depression, whose symptons include lack of motivation, constant disappointment, and ... Read full review


Why Does the Happiness Never Seem to Last?
A High Emotional Threshold
A Deep Hunger
The Early Seeds of Discontent
Excuse Me Wheres the Nearest Exit?
The Comeback
Chronic Discontent and You Hows It Shaping Your Life?
Discontented Relationships Which Ones Do You Keep?
Remembered Feelings Are They Controlling Your Life?
Living Richly 5 Weeks to Feeling Better
How Do You Withdraw?
What You Remember
Building Emotionally Honest Relationships

The Legends of Discontent Do You Believe?

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Alan Downs, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who is currently working with Native Americans on the nineteen pueblos surrounding Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of five previous books on psychological matters.

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