AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
What is depression?

A few observations about depression . . .

  • Depression is hard to diagnose on your own. Our moods affect our judgment of ourselves. So it’s often hard to judge whether we are really depressed. Usually it takes a trained professional to make the diagnosis.
  • If you have depression, you are not alone. More than 4% of adults are depressed at any given time, and more than 15% of adults will be depressed at some time in their lives.
  • Depression is not a sign of weakness. Many capable, intelligent, and extremely accomplished people have been depressed. Being depressed does not mean that you have a “weak personality” or a character flaw.

If you think that you have depression . . .

If you think that you have depression, it is important that you find help. The skills in this workbook are meant to help you with your depression, but you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Getting another opinion from someone you trust can help you understand your problems or put them in perspective. If you continue to feel depressed, seek the help of a health care professional. This can be your family physician, a psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional. They can help you with a number of different treatments for depression. A good thing about these treatments is that they work well alongside skills you learn from this workbook.

If you think you have depression . . .

For many people, depression makes life seem hopeless and unmanageable. Most depressed people feel this way from time to time. For a small number of individuals this feeling of hopelessness gets so strong that they begin to think that life itself is not worth living. If this happens to you or someone you know, it’s time to get help. Find a health care professional to help you get past these feelings. If you can’t wait for an appointment, there are a number of crisis lines, staffed 24/7, that you should call. Go to your yellow pages and look under Crisis Centres to find the numbers in your area. You might also visit the Emergency Room at your local hospital.

Remember, things can get better.