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AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
What can you do about depression?

Mild Depression

  • Talking to family and trusted friends about how you’ve been feeling is usually a good thing to do. They can help you figure out solutions to some of the problems you’ve been dealing with; besides, just knowing that people care about you is helpful.
  • Write about problems you’re facing, your feelings and thoughts, and possible solutions. This can help you understand what you’re going through and what choices you have.
  • Speak to a family physician, psychiatrist or psychologist. A professional can help you figure out what’s been going on and can make useful suggestions.
  • In some cases, antidepressant medications can be helpful in overcoming Mild Depression. But for most individuals with Mild Depression, the answer does not lie in medication.

Learning and practicing the antidepressant skills in this guide is likely to be very helpful in overcoming Mild Depression.

Major Depression

In addition to the actions described previously…

  • Definitely see your family physician if you think you might be this depressed. Major Depression is a serious problem and should be diagnosed by a family physician, psychiatrist or psychologist.
  • Antidepressant medications are the most commonly prescribed treatments for Major Depression and are usually effective.
  • An equally effective treatment for most cases of Major Depression is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a talking therapy that teaches new skills for thinking and acting more effectively. This guide is based on CBT methods.
  • Yet another effective treatment is interpersonal therapy (IPT), a talking therapy that teaches new skills for dealing with partners, friends and family.
  • For long-lasting or recurrent depression, the most powerful approach is to combine antidepressant medication with one of these kinds of talking therapy.

Learning and practicing the antidepressant skills in this guide is likely to help in overcoming Major Depression. BUT remember that the skills taught in this guide will not be enough by themselves to fix something this serious. If you have a Major Depression, you should seek professional help.