Everyone feels down, sad, pessimistic at times – it’s just part of being human. But when these moods don’t go away and when they affect your relationships and your ability to do stuff then you may be suffering from the diagnosable condition called depression. It’s not easy to define and not everyone who is depressed will experience the disorder in the same way or benefit from the same kind of treatment.
The World Health Organization uses a metaphor – The Black Dog. It’s a good place to start when trying to understand what depression is. From there you can check out the other great reading, videos and other media below. And these are just a small sample of the quality stuff out there. Tell us what we missed.
||What's this "90:10" thing? Find out what the title means and get some useful, practical advice to help you cope with stress by checking out our whiteboard video.|
The Best of the Rest
|An infographic guide to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
||A "crash course" in CBT from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) which explains what CBT is and what it looks like in practice.
||A colourful, easy to understand summary of CBT. Really like the board game imagery used to describe the treatment process. Very creative!|
|Antidepressants - What You Should Know
||This is an antidepressant decision-aid from The Mayo Clinic to help patients understand different medication options.
||There are a lot of antidepressant medications out there which means it can be tricky to make a choice. A clearly written, well-designed decision-making tool, like this one from The Mayo Clinic, can help inform the conversation between patients and health-care professionals.|
|Check Up From the Neck UP
||This simple, online, private, mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder so you can get help if you need it. You can also learn more about mood disorders and find resources.
||Simple but has some excellent multimedia resources and interactive tools (like the one we linked to in this section). Love that they include videos of patients talking about their experiences and put lots of emphasis on peer-to-peer support.|
|The Antidepressant Skills Workbook
||This is a workbook created by psychologists which provides quality information about depression and evidence based strategies for dealing with the mood disorder.
||This on-line book does a great job at explaining a difficult topic. Best of all though, it includes easy to use worksheets to help with problem solving, goal setting and negative thinking patterns. A great resource for anyone who suffers with depression or for their loved ones. |
|What is Depression?
||An one-pager on depression from the Australian Centre for Clinical Interventions.
||We all have sadness, bad days, and feel down. This short description gets at what's different about clinical depression...|
|An expert talks about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
||In this video (at the bottom of the page) from the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS), Professor David Clark explains how CBT works and who could benefit from it
||Like the way this British professor explains clearly and straightforwardly what patients can expect from CBT. In a short time he manages to answer a number of frequently asked questions about the treatment. |
|Moodzone: Low Mood & Depression
||A doctor from the NHS (the health system in Britain) explains what you can do to help yourself cope with low mood and depression. It's part of an eight episode series.
||Not too long, not too preachy and a good amount of information. Also provides a useful example of how one patient, Dave, takes some steps to help him deal with his low mood. (P.S. In England a G.P. is a family doc)|
|The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Facing Us Clubhouse
||Facing Us is a hub for people who live with depression or bipolar where they can keep journals, create art, share videos and music and connect with others.
||Love that DBSA is an organization created and led by people with mood disorders. This site was built by people with lived experience. They recognize the power of peer to peer support, of sharing and of creative expression. |