AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Depression in the Workplace
What can I do about depression?

Learning and practicing the antidepressant skills in this guide will likely help in overcoming major depression. However, it is important to remember that the skills taught in this guide will not usually be enough. If you are experiencing symptoms that might indicate severe depression, you should seek professional help.

Mild Depression

  • Talking to family and trusted friends about how you’ve been feeling is usually a good thing to do. They may be able to help you figure out solutions to problems you’ve been dealing with. Also, just knowing that people care about you can be helpful.
  • Writing about problems you’re facing, your feelings and thoughts, and possible solutions can help you to understand what you’re going through and what options you have.
  • If your employer has an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), talking to a counselor there can help you to better understand what’s going on. An EFAP counselor can help you work through the steps of this book and can help you to do some problem-solving.
  • Speaking to a professional such as a family physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist can help you figure out what’s been going on and your options for treatment.
  • In some cases, antidepressant medication may be helpful in overcoming mild depression. However, for most individuals with mild depression, the answer does not lie in medication treatment.

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 suggestions above…

  • See your family physician if you think you might be experiencing major depression. Major depression is a serious problem and should be diagnosed and treated by an appropriate professional such as a family physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
  • Antidepressant medications are the most commonly prescribed treatments for major depression and are often effective.
  • An equally effective treatment for most cases of major depression is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a talk-therapy that teaches new skills for thinking and acting more effectively. This antidepressant skills book is based on CBT methods.
  • Yet another effective treatment is Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), a talk-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 talk therapies.

Medications are typically prescribed by physicians while CBT is usually provided by specially-trained psychologists or other mental health professionals.


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