AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Realistic Thinking
Step 2 Recognize your depressive thoughts and how they trigger low mood

Think of a recent situation that was troublesome and where your mood dipped.

Then what? Some of these depressive thoughts may seem obviously distorted. In the example presented earlier of making a suggestion in a staff meeting that appeared to be ignored, rather than thinking “they don’t value my opinion at all” you may consider: “It was 12:30 and everyone wanted to end the meeting so we could get to lunch, not because they don’t care about my opinion!” Sometimes, it can be enough just to know that your mind generates depressive thinking in certain situations. Try to become aware of the depressive thinking as it happens and remind yourself where it comes from. “I think this way because my mood is low.”

You may find that you take the depressive thoughts less seriously once you know where they come from. When you become aware of depressive thoughts you may feel tempted to attack yourself: “How could I think such stupid thoughts?” Depression causes you to be self-critical, and recognizing depressive thinking can give you one more way to beat up on yourself. Don’t. Instead, remind yourself that depressive thoughts are the product of low mood and of your personal history.

Write some of your depressive thoughts here:










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