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AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
Introduction

Depression is among the most painful and difficult of all human experiences. It robs those who have it of energy, interest, and the will to make things better. It brings with it a profoundly negative view of the self, the world, and the future. During depression, it seems as though nothing can change, as though you will never get better.

But depressed people do get better and depression does end. There are effective treatments and self-help skills to deal with depression. Health care professionals give depression treatments, but you can learn self-help skills and apply them to your own life. This guide teaches a set of antidepressant skills you can use to manage depression. Sometimes the skills can be used on their own, when the depression isn’t too severe. Sometimes they have to be used along with treatments by professionals.

The emphasis in this book is on three steps: reactivating your life; changing negative thinking habits; and solving problems as they arise. In addition, some of the lifestyle choices associated with reducing depression are discussed in the Useful Information section at the back of the book. Although medication-based approaches are discussed briefly, most of our emphasis is on these other approaches: antidepressant skills rather than antidepressant pills.

We hope that the workbook will be helpful for you. But reading it will not be enough. For the approaches to work, you will have to put them into practice. We have tried to present all of the strategies in a clear, step-bystep format that will help you to work steadily toward your goals.