AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
Solving Problems Effectively
Step 4Pick the best one

Look over the advantages and disadvantages for each action and decide which one is best (or perhaps least bad). There are no fixed rules for how to make this choice: the only rule is that one of the actions must be chosen so that you can begin. Look over the possibilities, think about the good and bad points of each, then just pick one. It should be an action that takes you at least partway towards a solution. Give yourself a limited time to make this decision so it doesn’t drag on. Remember, if you start to move in one direction and discover that it really doesn’t work, you can try another action.

Amy, the overworked secretary, chose her third action, prioritizing her jobs so she could focus on the most urgent ones.

Which action do YOU choose?






Next: Step 5