Print and use this chart to log your moods swings. This information will be of great value in treating your depression or any other mood disorder

If you are having any trouble understanding the directions of how to use the mood chart, have a look at this

completed sample.

Easy to read instructions for filling out the mood chart.

Failing to achieve ambitions is a major contributor to depression. One of the main reasons for this failure is the management of time.

AN OVERVIEW OF TREATMENT OPTIONS

The development of newer antidepressant medications and mood-stabilizing drugs in the last 20 years has revolutionized the treatment of depression.

CAUSES OF DEPRESSION

Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that a biological vulnerability can be inherited. This seems to be the case with bipolar disorder.

WORKPLACE STRESS: CAN YOU CONTROL IT?

Our response to stress is not only mental.

If you have a medical condition you are far more likely to have depression than someone who doesn't.

DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION AND TREATMENT

The first step to getting appropriate treatment for depression is a physical examination by a physician.

EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH

Exercise is good for the body. And it may also be good for the mind.

What is it?

Depressive disorders make you feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up.

You're depressed. Counseling has begun, and even though you've started taking medication, you find that you still aren't functioning as well at work.

The first step is to see a doctor if you think you or a family member has depression.

from Managing Stress by David Fontana, The British Psychological Society and Routledge Ltd., Leicester, England, 1989

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