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Dealing With Depression

DWD. Dealing With Depression Antidepressant Skills for Teens Dan Bilsker PhD Merv Gilbert PhD David Worling PhD E. Jane Garland (Lead Author) Merv is a clinical David is a clinical , (C). Dan is a clinical psychologist working psychologist working Jane is a psychiatrist psychologist who works at British Columbia's in private practice in with a Mood/Anxiety at Vancouver General Children's Hospital Vancouver. Disorders Clinic who Hospital and consults and in private practice does research at to a mental health in Vancouver. the University of research group at British Columbia on Simon Fraser University. the treatment of mood problems. Dealing with Depression is based on the experience of the authors and on scientific research about which strategies work best in overcoming Depression .

and in private practice in Vancouver. David Worling PhD David is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Vancouver. E. Jane Garland M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) Jane is a psychiatrist with a Mood/Anxiety Disorders Clinic who does research at the University of British Columbia on the treatment of mood problems.

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1 DWD. Dealing With Depression Antidepressant Skills for Teens Dan Bilsker PhD Merv Gilbert PhD David Worling PhD E. Jane Garland (Lead Author) Merv is a clinical David is a clinical , (C). Dan is a clinical psychologist working psychologist working Jane is a psychiatrist psychologist who works at British Columbia's in private practice in with a Mood/Anxiety at Vancouver General Children's Hospital Vancouver. Disorders Clinic who Hospital and consults and in private practice does research at to a mental health in Vancouver. the University of research group at British Columbia on Simon Fraser University. the treatment of mood problems. Dealing with Depression is based on the experience of the authors and on scientific research about which strategies work best in overcoming Depression .

2 Also, because strategies useful for adults may not be useful for adolescents, depressed and non-depressed teens helped in the development of this guide. Dealing with Depression is intended for: L teens with depressed mood L concerned adults who want to help a depressed teen L other teens who want to help a friend or family member This book is meant to provide teens with accurate information about Depression . It is not a psychological or medical treatment, and is not a replacement for treatment where this is needed. If expert assistance or treatment is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Funding for this guide is provided through a grant by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as part of the provincial Child and Youth Mental Health Plan.

3 Inside About Dealing With Depression 1. What is Depression ? 2. Figuring out if you're depressed or just sad What causes Depression ? 5. The truth about stress, gloomy thinking and Depression What can you do about Depression ? 10. Getting help, talking to friends, learning skills, taking pills . Antidepressant skills 14. To help prevent or recover from Depression Realistic thinking 15. Thinking fairly about yourself Problem solving 28. Handling difficult situations Goal setting 39. Setting goals you're going to reach Useful stuff Reasons to change 48. Drugs, alcohol and Depression 51. Diet, exercise and Depression 53. Dealing with relapse 55. Worksheets 57.

4 About Dealing With Depression Depression is an extreme low mood that lasts a long time and makes a person feel sad, irritable or empty. Many people, including many teens, have suffered in this way. A. depressed person: ^ has much less energy to do activities ^ feels like nothing matters. ^ sees life in a negative way. ^ feels like it will never get better B. ut depressed people do get better and Give yourself time and be patient; you can Depression does end. There are effective return to sections or ideas at any time. If you treatments and self-help skills to deal are reading this on a computer, save a copy for with Depression . Health care professionals give later.

5 Print any sections that you may want to Depression treatments, but you can learn self- take with you. If you have a printed copy, keep help skills and apply them to your own life. This it somewhere private so you can read it on your guide teaches a set of antidepressant skills you own time. can use to overcome Depression . Sometimes the We've suggested things to do, write down or skills can be used on their own, when the depres- think about. Try to think of situations or exam- sion isn't too severe. Sometimes they have to be ples that make the most sense for you. If there used along with treatments by professionals. are ideas that don't make sense or that you are Dealing with Depression is meant for teens who not sure about, check with someone you trust.

6 Have been coping with depressed mood. Some It will be easier to learn the skills if you write of the things in this guide will make more sense the exercises in each skill section. You can write to younger teens and some will make more in the boxes we provide, in your own notebook sense to older ones. But check it out for yourself. or in a computer document. If you're nervous Decide which parts of this guide make sense for about other people reading what you've written, your life. You might start by skimming it and keep it private but remember: reading the stuff that is most interesting to you. Take a look at the Table of Contents to get an idea of what it's about.

7 When you are done If you ever get thoughts skimming you can go back to the start and work through each section at your own pace. There of harming yourself, tell are no right or wrong answers and no tests! someone who can help. (c) 2005 by D. Bilsker, M. Gilbert, D. Worling & E. J. Garland. All rights reserved. 1. What is Depression ? Depression is not .. Most times when you feel down, you're not If you feel especially sad or irritable because of depressed. Feeling sad or low is a big part of life this situation, sleeping poorly, not wanting to and can't be avoided. When something goes see your friends, not much appetite or too much wrong in your life, whether it's an argument eating, then you're probably experiencing low with a friend, a bad mark on a test, or a fight mood.

8 Low mood will typically go away in a with your parents, your mood might drop. week or two, especially if there's an improve- ment in the situation that started it. Depression is .. But suppose it doesn't go away and just gets worse. You might be depressed .. L if you feel very low mood or feeling that you are always almost no interest in your life, restless or slowed-down;. every day, and this feeling thinking that you are continues for at least two worthless or guilty;. weeks; AND feeling really tired most of L if you have other the time;. problems like: feeling numb or empty;. big changes in weight or having a lot of trouble appetite; concentrating or making not being able to sleep decisions.

9 Enough or sleeping too much; thinking about death or suicide. MYTH: It's normal for teenagers to be moody: teens don't suffer from "real" Depression . FACT: Depression is more than just being moody. And it can affect people at any age, including teenagers. (c) 2005 by D. Bilsker, M. Gilbert, D. Worling & E. J. Garland. All rights reserved. 2. What is Depression ? The two most common types of Depression are called mild Depression and major Depression . E. ach of these includes the same kinds of Depression by talking to a health professional problems (the ones we've listed above) (family doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical but major Depression is more severe.)

10 Social worker, mental health counsellor, or Usually, when a teen gets depressed, it's the mental health nurse). Or you can visit your mild kind. You can check whether you have a local mental health centre. Feeling Ok Low Mood Feeling sad because something happened. Mild Depression The sadness goes on too long. Very hard to get out of the low mood. Major Depression Misery, Despair, it goes on and on. Feeling numb or empty. (c) 2005 by D. Bilsker, M. Gilbert, D. Worling & E. J. Garland. All rights reserved. 3. What is Depression ? If you think you have Depression .. If you think you have Depression , it is important doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social that you find support.


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