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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.

Values are a reference guide for who we are, how we act in particular situations, and where we want to go in life.

Clarifying your values is essential to fighting depression. You can learn to identify and act on your values as an antidote to the constant negative thoughts and emotions.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a psychotherapy used to help an individual identify and change negative thoughts and associated behaviors. 

For example, people who suffer from depression often struggle with negative thought patterns.

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a talking therapy adapted to treat individuals suffering from highly 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. Motivation Theory

This theory is intended to work towards goal setting as a continuous loop that builds one’s self-efficacy, self-determination, and motivation to continue to strive towards their values and goals.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet is intended to identify your values and be better suited to fight depression and protect your mental health.

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 identify values to help fight depression.

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