David Burn's Feeling Good: Depression

In the book Feeling Good , David Burns, MD, the author, outlines
certain cognitive techniques an individual suffering from depression could use
in combating the disorder. He begins the book by briefly describing the
pertinence and the prevalence of depression. The author captures the audience's
attention in the first paragraph: " In fact depression is so widespread it is
considered the common cold of psychiatric disturbances" (Burns, 1992) p. 9.
Burns(1992), continues to suggest that the difference between the common cold
and depression lies in the fact that depression is lethal. Irwing and Barbara
Serason (1996) suggest that at least 90 percent of all suicide victims suffer
from a ...

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agreed with the same findings. However these
academics have not specifically stated that depression is the only risk factor
of committing a suicide. They did not even suggest that depression is the
heighest weighted risk factor in committing a suicide. The impression the
reader gets after reading the introductory paragraph of the Feeling Good book is
that severe depression will inevitably result in suicide unless it is cured.
Implying that if a person has a depressive disorder, it will lead to a suicide
can be dangerous and counterproductive for a person who already feels hopeless;
this may reaffirm their belief of hopelessness and the inevitability of the
Once the first paragraph is passed the author indicates that there is
hope in curing depression, giving the reader an encouragement to continue with
the book.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders(DSM-IV), mood disorders are classified into two broad categories,
bipolar and ...

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disorders. Dysthymic disorder is a chronic disorder lasting, on average,
five years. In order to be diagnosed with the disorder one has to feel
depressed for most of the day, most days than not for at least two years. The
person experiencing this disorder also has to have two of the symptoms mentioned
in the section that described major depressive disorder. Due to its chronic
nature, dysthymic disorder is sometimes difficult to distinguish from a
personality disorder.
Feeling Good does not clearly identify the categories of unipolar
disorders; it groups them together into one category called "depression". The
danger of this is in the reader's perception of what condition they ...

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