The Depression Wellness Guide is an educational booklet that helps adults already diagnosed with depression (and their family members) monitor treatment with daily and weekly tools.
The Depression Wellness Guide is designed to help you and a family member:
- Get well faster and stay well
- Understand what helps and what doesn't
- Know if you're having adverse reactions to medication
- Avoid hospitalizations and suicidal behavior
This guide is for adults:
- Diagnosed with depression and the family and friends who want to help them.
- With depression or dysthymia, NOT bipolar disorder (manic depression).
- Taking antidepressant medication OR in talk therapy.
The guide works best when used with family members or friends. Working with others helps people with depression get better sooner and stay well. While the guide is most effective when used with others, it can be used alone, either by the person with depression or the family member/friend.
Families for Depression Awareness developed the guide in response to a Food and Drug Administration's advisory asking patients, family members, and clinicians to monitor antidepressant treatment. We tested the guide with hundreds of families across the country.
Here is what they said:
"The guide helped my husband and I take stock of our feelings, talk about them, own them, and feel more grounded." Lori Gillen
"My teen daughter and I both used the guides and my daughter really loved 'monitoring mommy'." Cynthia Armistead
"The guide helped me tremendously in answering my therapist's question, 'How have you been?' That was always difficult to answer and it was easy to say that I was awful. But guide showed that I really was improving." Mary Margaret D.
"I was blown away by the positive effect the guide had on me. It made all the difference in my recovery. I was able to recognize certain feelings and situations as key trigger points when I could barely see a ray of hope." Cynthia Kapin