Although the current economic crisis creates a sense of urgency, we have always had and will always have a large number of people who are unemployed. For many, it is the most difficult time that they have ever faced. Without help, the unemployed face an increased risk of binge drinking, depression, anxiety and suicide. For many, there is a decreased quality of mental health, life satisfaction and objective physical wellbeing. Most feel alone and helpless. Dr Robert Leahy has worked with many unemployed people over the years, examining the psychological consequences of unemployment and exploring ways to help people cope with the emotional fallout of losing their job. This book gives readers psychological tools to handle their period of unemployment and simple, self-help strategies that can be used immediately to help them feel better and act better. The book draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as practices such as mindfulness to help readers boost their self-esteem and confidence, decrease anxiety and feelings of helplessness, and develop resiliance and strength going forward.
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Losing a job is like losing a piece of yourself. It can cause real damage to your self-image, your mental health and your physical health. Robert Leahy's Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job is a practical guide to picking yourself up, restoring your health and well-being, and getting the motivation and confidence to move forward with your life. This invaluable resource also has tips for family members who want to help, but don't know how. Leahy is an international expert in teaching people how to recover from setbacks and live more healthy, productive lives Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, author of the bestselling Women Who Think Too Much Tough economic times bring tough psychological challenges - and that's where Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job comes in. It's much more than the usual self-help book, as it's based on the best research for what really helps people cope - changing your thinking. You might not be able to avoid losing your job, but you can try to avoid the depression that comes along with it. The book also has invaluable practical advice on money management, job searches, and venting without wallowing in victimhood Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology (San Diego State University) and author of THE NARCISSISIM EPIDEMIC and GENERATION ME
Robert L. Leahy (B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Yale University), Director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School under the direction of Dr Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy. Dr Leahy is the Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Past-President of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Past-President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy (NYC), and Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell University Medical School. Dr Leahy is the Honorary Life-time President, New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association and a Distinguished Founding Fellow, Diplomate, of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He has received the Aaron T. Beck award for outstanding contributions in cognitive therapy. He is the author and editor of over 21 books, including The Worry Cure (Piatkus, 2006).