Welcome to Getting Unstuck, a series of videos intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about depression. The goal is to provide you with some skills to recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing. These videos will provide you with life-long tools you can use while facing depressive symptoms. We hope you will find them helpful.
After watching all of these, you will have received a lot of information that at times may feel overwhelming. Remember that like any skill (e.g., learning to ride a bike), the skills you will learn in Getting Unstuck take time and practice to master. At times, you may encounter obstacles and/or find it difficult to integrate these skills into your daily life. That’s okay, it’s how change works, and as with all change, it’s important to practice as much as you can, even after encountering setbacks.
These skills are a form of “mental health hygiene.” At the outset, it may seem tedious and you may question why you need to practice these skills so often. Think of it like dental hygiene: you brush your teeth multiple times a day to prevent the buildup of plaque and ultimately to prevent cavities. Similar to brushing your teeth, daily practice can minimize and prevent the symptoms of depression long-term. The more you practice and use these skills as part of your daily routine, the less tedious they may seem because they simply become a regular part of daily life.
Part 1: Defining Depression
Part 2: CBT Model of Depression
Part 3: Activity Monitoring
Part 4: Life Areas, Values, and Activities
Part 5: Pleasant and Mastery Activities
Part 6: Gratitude and Positive Event Journaling
Part 7: Conclusions and Action Plan
BONUS Part 8: Adapting for COVID-19