AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
About this book

Antidepressant Skills at Work is intended for:

  • Working people with low mood, who may be at risk for developing depression.
  • Working people who have developed a mild or major depression.
  • Individuals who have been off work for a period of time, and are reentering the workplace.
  • Partners, family members, friends or workplace colleagues who want to help an individual suffering from low mood or depression.
  • Employers, supervisors or managers concerned about the well-being of their staff.
  • Treatment providers who would like a tool to use as an adjunct to their clinical treatment.

This workbook is based on research about strategies that are effective in managing depressed mood. It focuses on ways to:

  • Deal with workplace problems so they are less likely to cause depressed mood or lead to depression.
  • Reduce the effects of depression and depressed mood on work satisfaction and performance.

In the workbook, you will find:

  • A description of depression and depressed mood, possible causes and options for treatment.
  • Detailed descriptions of three practical skills, based on scientific evidence, for dealing with depression and low mood. Sometimes the skills can be used on their own, when the mood problem isn't too severe. Sometimes the skills have to be used along with treatments by professionals. The strategies are presented in a clear, step-by-step format that will help you to work steadily toward your goals.
  • Stories that show how working people would use these skills to deal with mood problems. Although these are not the stories of actual depressed workers, they are true to the experience of depression and low mood.
  • An overview of particular workplace issues that may arise for people dealing with depression and low mood.

Although a brief overview of the role of medication treatments is provided, the primary focus in this workbook is on non-medication strategies – that is, antidepressant skills rather than antidepressant pills.

How to Use the Book

You might start by skimming through the book to get an idea of the content. When you are done, you can go back to the start and work through each section at your own pace. There may be some sections that are more relevant for you than others. People often experience depression in different ways. Give yourself time and be patient. If you are seeing a mental health or medical professional, you may want to use the workbook to guide your work together. If you have shared your experiences with a partner or close friend, you may want to discuss some of the skills or exercises with them.

You may download the worksheets or the entire book for use on your computer or for printing out.