Joseph L. Luciani PH.D. – Unlearning Anxiety & Depression 

We have the power to change our thought processes which in turn can change our mental state. Agree? Disagree? Well, Luciani believes this is undoubtedly true. In his latest Self Coaching program series of books, Luciani dives straight into a widespread problem that virtually every human being struggles with at some point in their lives. He shares an abundance of stories about himself and patients he’s treated over his career that have struggled with anxiety and depression.

While these examples are excellent for a large majority of the population dealing with everyday stressors, I couldn’t help wondering about the percentage of people who are unsuccessful with simply changing their thought patterns and exercising positive self-talk. Luciani has offered this timely reminder during a global pandemic that is requiring a large majority of people to isolate themselves from others, something that goes against the very fabric of our biology. We are meant to be in relationship with other people, as illustrated by studies showing the mental breakdown that occurs during prolonged isolation. In his book, Luciani introduces four specific steps to overcome anxiety and depression with his Mind-Talk method which I found to be perfect for those that are not struggling to “stay afloat”. If you find yourself in a downward spiral, these steps can absolutely pull you out of the funk you’ve suddenly discovered yourself in.

However, I’m concerned about the person who is drowning and hasn’t been able to take a breath in a long time. I worry about the person that reads this book and has no space for positive self-talk. From a personal perspective, there was a season of my life where my family had faced several life debilitating diagnoses and I found myself falling into a well of depression and anxiety. It came to a shocking realization when I found myself formulating a plan to end it all. At that moment, there was no way to come up for air because of the severe chemical imbalance happening in my brain.


Medication was required in addition to counseling that promoted the same type of Mind-Talk that Luciani is promoting. The two methods combined resulted in healing for myself and the ability to face even bigger and more catastrophic events in my life without the need for medication. The second time my world came crashing down I knew I could use similar steps described in this book to avoid falling back into the well of anxiety and depression. With that said, Luciani has provided an excellent option for those who may not have the ability and/or resources to seek out regular counseling services. He outlines very specific steps on separating facts from fiction, stopping insecurity-driven thinking, living responsively, and finally motivation to continue these methods on a daily basis.

He provides this while still maintaining the readers interest with relevant, real life stories. In the end, he provides a 44 day plan that, if followed, will establish life giving habits to overcome the anxiety and depression that impacts each of us. The only thing I feel very strongly about is the fact that medication is not an enemy and should always be considered an option in specific situations. This book receives a 2.5 star rating in my opinion.

by Brenna Seibert, posted by Clay Burton