AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Antidepressant Skills
Solving Problems Effectively

Depressed mood is often triggered by problems at home or work. When people get depressed, their ability to solve problems declines. You may find that the ways you’ve tried to solve problems haven’t worked out. There are several reasons for this:

  • Solving problems takes energy. As depressed mood worsens, one’s energy level declines.
  • Everyday problems take a backseat to a bigger problem – the depressed mood itself. Depressed individuals tend to become so concerned about how they are feeling that other problems slide and get worse.
  • When someone is depressed, they are likely to have considerable difficulty with problem-solving at work or home. Depression affects each step of the problemsolving process:

    Understanding the problem: Depressed individuals may overestimate the size of problems, seeing them as worse than they actually are.

    Estimating available resources: Depressed individuals may underestimate available support from others and their own ability to deal with problems.

    Coming up with possible solutions: Depressed individuals may have difficulty brainstorming or coming up with a range of possible actions.

    Carrying out an action plan: Depressed individuals may have difficulty carrying out problem-solving plans in a systematic way.

Given all of these factors, it is no great surprise that problems often don’t get solved and instead pile up. What can be done? First, recognize that, if you are depressed, your problem-solving may not be as good as usual. Then follow these steps…

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