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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.

Symptoms of depression can be very different from person to person. However, these symptoms are bad enough to interfere with work, social life, and family life. They can persist for weeks or months.

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, doctors will often diagnose depression as;

  • Mild depression, which has some impact on daily life.
  • Moderate depression has a significant impact on your daily.
  • Severe/ clinical depression is nearly impossible to get through your 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. People who suffer from depression struggle with negative thought patterns.

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a talking therapy treatment 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 recognize the different symptoms of depression and how you can overcome the problem.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used when you start to feel hopeless, sad, or lacking interest in things that used to make you feel happy.  

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

This is a self-evaluation worksheet to help individuals recognize the different symptoms of depression.

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