I Want to Change My Life:
How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction. Steven Melemis MD PhD

"This book is so clearly and beautifully crafted that just reading it reduces tension. Dr. Melemis has taken a complex subject and distilled it into pure therapeutic magic. Put simply: this book will heal you."
-- Hugh Prather, author of Notes to Myself

Reviews by Health Professionals

Priceless! This is one of my favorite resources!! -- Stephen T.

Five Stars. Informative and a helpful tool for clients and individuals searching to change their lives!! -- N I.

One of the best which I have read recently. Works well with groups or individuals. This will be used frequently by me. I just lent it to one of my co-workers. -- Melissa G M.

I use this book many times every week. I use this book many times every week. I reference material for our residential clients and use it as a teaching tool in my classes. Very good book. -- Amazon Customer.

A Must Read. I work in the addiction field and have been looking for a book that simplifies the issues and provides an action plan for change. This is it. It covers everything and explains it too. It is incredible. – Redhead

Landmark. One of the landmark books on this topic...no one comes close to this. Read it and you will learn a lot of things. -- A Selcuk O.

Helps to facilitate positive change in one's life. This is an excellent book. I use it to facilitate change in my clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Dr. Melemis writes with intelligence, sincerity and compassion. I find it clearly written and easy to follow. -- Caryn M.

Wonderful Book. Wonderful publication. A very valuable addition to my research library. Very informative and easy reading. Extremely pleased with this purchase. Highly recommend to others. -- Gwendolyn D.

Very insightful. I was assigned this book for a psych class and loved it. While I found that the prescription for daily meditation might not be completely reasonable for my lifestyle I think that he does a great job of taking away the "hocus pocus" of meditation. The points about negative thinking were also life changing! -- Eleanor T.

Hope Sprouts Anew. This small book has inspired fresh hope in my current situation. I am a Presbyterian minister and Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also an opiate addict in treatment at the Mt. Sinai Wellness Center in Dahlonega, Georgia. Decades of pain medication for my chronic back problem led to an addiction that negatively affected my professional capabilities. I entered treatment for this addiction, seeking help to rid myself of narcotics. While in treatment, I read this book in an attempt to better understand Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. The book clearly explained my current predicament, thus giving me hope for my future. I highly recommend this text for anyone suffering from opiate addiction who hopes to find a better, drug-free life ahead. -- Dr. Bob S.

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Table of Contents

1. A Five-Point Plan for Change
--The Problem--
2. Stress and Tension
3. Negative Thinking
--Stress Management and Relaxation--
4. The Key to Relaxation
5. Use Your Body to Relax Your Mind
6. Staying Focused
7. Mindfulness
8. How Relaxation Feels
9. How Mind-Body Relaxation Changes Your Life
10. Helpful Hints
A Summary of How to Relax
--Cognitive Therapy--
11. The Power of Cognitive Therapy
12. Identify Your Negative Thinking
13. Change Your Thinking
14. Combining Cognitive Therapy with Relaxation
15. A One-Month Program for Change
Thought Record Template
16. Begin With Your Self-Esteem
17. Improve Your Health
18. Enjoy Better Relationships
19. Develop Tolerance and Compassion
20. Overcome Anxiety
21. Panic Attacks
22. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
23. How to Recognize Depression
24. The Causes of Depression
25. The Road to Recovery from Depression
26. Understand Addiction
27. The Five Rules of Recovery
28. Relapse Prevention
29. Survive Post-Acute Withdrawal
30. Final Thoughts
About the Author

The Author

Steven M. Melemis MD PhD is a leading authority in addiction and mood disorders. He served as Vice-Chair of Addiction Medicine for the Ontario Medical Association, and as Medical Inspector for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Melemis has a post-doctoral fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley, and has received the honor of Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has lectured widely to the public and health pprofessionals and has been interviewed on television, radio, and print.

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Last Modified:July 12, 2021