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Depression is characterized by an extended period of low mood, anhedonia (inability to feel normal, pleasurable activities), and a reduction in daily activities.

Cognitive therapy is an effective evidence-based intervention for dealing with and preventing the recurrence of depression.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

There are different levels of cognition that can be dysfunctional in depression: core beliefs, rules and assumptions, and negative automatic thoughts. 

Cognitive therapy for depression aims to balance negatively biased cognition with more rational and accurate thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions.

Cognitive therapy was developed as an alternative way to treat depression.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will provide different ways to challenge negative distorted thoughts responsible for fueling depression.

In cognitive therapy for depression, patients are taught both cognitive and behavioural skills so that they can develop more accurate/ helpful beliefs and thought patterns.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Depression is a disease that is treatable.

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Society of Clinical Psychology. (© 2016). Cognitive Therapy for Depression. Available at: [Accessed on October 21, 2022]