Depression Triggers Worksheet

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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. Depression also causes sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. 

Depression triggers are events, illnesses, or other things that can lead to periods of depression commonly referred to as depressive episodes.

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 the individual identify and change negative thoughts and associated behaviors. 

  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 identify and avoid specific things/situations/events that trigger your depression symptoms.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

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

This is a self-evaluation worksheet to help individuals learn and identify their depression triggers.

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