Antidepressant Skills @ Work

Antidepressant Skills @ Work

Dr. Dan Bilsker, Dr. Merv Gilbert, Dr. Joti Samra (2007)

Downloads: AS@W English – AS@W French
Audio Version: English



This workbook is intended for: Working people with low mood, who may be at risk for developing depression; Working people who have developed a mild or major depression; Partners, family members, friends or workplace colleagues who want to help; Employers, supervisors or managers concerned about their staff; Treatment providers who would like a tool to use as an adjunct to their clinical treatment.

It focuses on ways to: 1. deal with workplace problems so they are less likely to cause depressed mood or lead to depression; 2. reduce the effects of depression and depressed mood on work satisfaction and performance. It includes a description of depression, possible causes and options for treatment. It teaches three practical skills, based on scientific evidence, for dealing with depressed mood. Skills are presented in a step-by-step format. It also presents stories that show how working people might use these skills and gives an overview of workplace issues that arise for people dealing with depression and depressed mood.

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 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.

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