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Depression is a common mental disorder and a severe medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. 

It is also a negative state of mind, ranging from unhappiness and discontent to extreme sadness, pessimism, and dependency that interferes with one’s daily life.

Lack of motivation is directly related to how depressed one is feeling. However, persistence feeds the growing sense of motivation and over time it becomes easier to move forward in the face of depression.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help an individual identify and change negative thoughts and associated behaviors. People who suffer from depression often struggle with negative thought patterns.

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of talking therapy treatment specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions. DBT teaches individuals to identify, accept, and regulate their emotions.

  1. Behavioral Activation (BA)

BA works in conjunction with CBT and DBT to treat depression. BA helps patients adopt a long-term coping strategy by identifying specific goals and working towards meeting them.

  1. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This is a medical treatment reserved for patients with severe major depression who have not responded to other treatments. ECT involves a brief electrical stimulation of the brain while the patient is under anesthesia.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you learn strategies for boosting motivation when depressed. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This is a self-evaluation worksheet to help individuals find motivation when depressed.

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