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Depression (also known as major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression) is a serious mental and mood disorder.

Depression negatively affects how one feels, thinks, and acts. Depression brings about feelings of sadness and/ or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. 

Depression: Out of the Shadows (2008) is an informative documentary that addresses depression, its effects on the human psyche, and its treatment.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

People who suffer from depression often struggle with negative thought patterns.

CBT is used to help individuals identify and change negative thoughts and associated behaviors. 

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is similar to CBT. It teaches individuals to identify, accept, and regulate their intense emotions.

  1. Behavioral Activation Therapy

This therapy aims to reverse the downward spiral of depression by encouraging individuals to seek out experiences and activities that give them joy.

  1. Problem-Solving Therapy

This is a form of therapy that helps individuals solve real-life problems and stressors that contribute to depression.

  1. Interpersonal Therapy

This therapy focuses on identifying and improving problematic personal relationships and circumstances directly related to one’s current depressive mood.

  1. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This is a medical treatment reserved for patients with severe major depression who have not responded to other treatments. 

In ECT, electrical currents are passed through the brain to impact the function and effect of neurotransmitters in your brain to relieve depression. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you understand how to cope with depression, raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and other mental illnesses. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used by individuals who want to understand, explore, and examine the devastating effects of depression.

Additionally, this worksheet can be used by individuals who experience an inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

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American Psychiatric Association. (© 2023). What Is Depression? Available at:  [Accessed April 18, 2023]


National Institute of Mental Health. (2023). Depression. Available at: [Accessed April 18, 2023]


PBS. (© 2008). DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows. Available at: [Accessed April 18, 2023]

4.- (© 2023). Documentary Analysis: Depression: Out of the Shadows. Available at: [Accessed April 18, 2023]