Antidepressant Skills Workbook
Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW)
Dr. Dan Bilsker, Dr. Randy Paterson
The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) is a self-care manual based on scientific research about which strategies work best in managing depression. It provides an overview of depression, explains how it can be effectively managed, and gives a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression. In this self-care guide, we show how to use cognitive and behavioural methods to make important changes in thinking and actions that help one to emerge from depression and make it less likely to recur. These methods can be used in combination with depression treatments, increasing their effectiveness.
Note that for most people with serious depression, use of this self-help guide alone will not be sufficient to resolve the depression. People with serious depression should obtain treatment with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or antidepressant medication. ASW is intended for: individuals with depressed mood; concerned partners, family members or friends who want to help a depressed individual; clinical providers who would like to use the manual as an adjunct to their treatment.
Funding for this book was provided by the Ministry of Health, and BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, province of British Columbia, Canada. It was developed at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction , Simon Fraser University.