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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
How to Befriend, Tame, Manage, and Teach Your Black Dog Called Depression Using CBT by Dr James Manning is a powerful book with a message that will undoubtedly help millions of people battling their “black dogs” of depression. “Black Dog” has been used before by writers to describe the symptoms of depression, and, in this book, the author uses it in a very creative way. It is very interesting to see how he introduces a kind of interaction between the reader and these symptoms, by carefully using the symbol of the “Black Dog” and portraying how it reacts to the different responses and scenarios.
Dr James Manning’s book is very informational, written in a simple style, with most of the psychological jargon that could make reading complicated to the average reader cut out completely. Starting from the way the mind works, the author leads the reader to powerful truths about depression and its symptoms and how to handle them. Readers will understand why what they have been doing to combat depression doesn’t work. They will understand the way their “Black Dog” operates, and create the best strategy to combat stress, keep depression at bay, allay their fears, and regain emotional health and freedom.
How to Befriend, Tame, Manage, and Teach Your Black Dog Called Depression Using CBT has a very direct sub-title that indicates what readers will find in the book: "Accessible CBT techniques, CBT principles, CBT worksheets, and on-line CBT resources for depression in a nutshell." This book is a great tool for professionals working with people with emotional problems and those battling depression. It comes with many tools that can be accessed online. This is a book for everyone who wants to achieve inner freedom and keep their sanity amidst the stress and challenges of today’s competitive work environment.