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

Depression can also be defined as a negative state of mind ranging from unhappiness and discontent to extreme sadness, pessimism, and dependency that interferes with one’s daily life.

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. 

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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

  1. Behavioral Activation (BA)

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

  1. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This medical treatment is 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 individuals learn new vocabulary related to depression, and determine whether you or others may be experiencing or at risk for developing depression. 

This worksheet will also help you learn how to handle emotionally stressful situations, relate to others, and improve your mental health.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Individuals should use this worksheet to learn new depression vocabulary and access information about depression. 

Additionally, use this worksheet when you or a loved one start to notice signs of depression, such as;

  • Anger or irritability
  • Oversensitivity to criticism because of extreme feelings of worthlessness
  • Selective withdrawal rather than complete isolation
  • Unexplained aches and pains

Most importantly, one should use this worksheet when experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

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