Treatment Plan Overviews Depression
Part of our behavioral health resources, this is a broad overview of our treatment plan for the treatment of depression. Age- and gender-specific resources are available for adults and juveniles (males and females). For more information, feel free to contact us or fill out our phone consultation form.
- Major Goals
- 1. Increased understanding of depressive feelings
- 2. Address issues underlying depressive feelings
- 3. Participate actively in individual and group counseling
- 4. Correct irrational thinking which leads to depression
- 5. Address issues of dependence, helplessness, and hopelessness
- 6. Decrease extreme symptoms of depression through improved coping
- See Also
- Develop vocabulary to describe depression Identify cues and symptoms.
- Identify cues and symptoms
- Identify areas of vulnerability which underlie depression
- Identify triggers to these areas
- Identify antecedents, triggers, and consequences to acting out on depression
- Accept that their depression is causing problems
- Link cues and symptoms of depression with triggers and with harmful coping behaviors (i.e. alcohol and other drug abuse)
- Identify issues contributing to depression
Use the support of counselor and others — and reduce isolation and avoidance
- Identify specific areas of cognitive distortion (“Stinking thinking”). challenge irrational thoughts with reality
- Develop appropriate substitute self-statements for irrational ones
It’s common for people to experience their feelings more honestly as they progress in their recovery. Without chemicals or other dependency-related “coping” behaviors, they may experience more anxiety, confusion, worry, depression, sadness, as well as feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.
- Learn coping techniques to reduce depression.
- Identify appropriate responses to feelings of depression.
- Learn relaxation techniques to reduce depression.
- Develop alternative responses to substitute for past “coping” choices.
The following pages may also be helpful:
Behavioral Health and Dual Diagnosis — specific behavioral health and dual diagnosis treatment planning and program resources for more than 20 DSM-IV diagnoses and issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc. Behavioral health resources include counselors' tools, model treatment plans, and client workbooks. [more]