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

Antidepressant Skills

In this section, you will learn three skills that can stop your mood from sliding down, lessen your depression and help prevent it from happening again. The skills are:

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We will explain how each of these skills helps fight depression and show you in a step-by-step way how to use the skill. It’s best to think about these skills the way you would if you were learning a new job or a new sport: practice is very important. Some people find it helpful to share this guide with a spouse, trusted friend, counsellor or family member – this person can help you keep practicing even when you feel low energy or unmotivated. If there’s no one like that, then keep practicing the antidepressant skills. As you work through the skills, it will gradually get easier and the result is worth it.

Depression involves all areas of your life: your emotions, thoughts, actions, physical functioning, and life situation (including social support, family relationships, employment, finances, and so on). Each of these areas is connected to all the others. As a result, changes in one area produce changes in the others. When depression first develops, negative changes in one cause the others to get worse as well. But when you are working on getting better, changing one area leads to improvements in the others. The goal of treatment is to get all areas of your life spiraling upward, each producing positive change that improves the others.