Triggers And Coping Strategies For Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet updated on July 9th, 2018

Triggers And Coping Strategies For Depression Worksheet

Like all mood disorders, it is important for the patient to really understand their depression, how it affects them, and how they help or hinder their ability to stay well when managing their depression.

Often, people with depression feel hopeless to get better, which will prevent them from trying new things to manage their depressed mood. Many do not realize their own self-destructive habits, like isolation and negative self-talk, and how it prevents them from moving forward in their recovery.

About This Worksheet

This worksheet addresses triggers for depression along with the potential coping strategies available. First, the worksheet has the patient reflect how their depression affects them and their day-to-day life.

It then has the patient reflect section on their current coping strategies to determine whether they are helpful or hurtful. This worksheet offers some potential new coping strategies and provides space for brainstorming, which is particularly helpful for group settings.


To begin, have the patient complete the questions:

  • The patient is asked to identify 3 triggers for depression
  • How depression affects their lifestyle
  • How they cope
  • Their obstacles from feeling better when depressed

When the patient completes asking the questions, review the results and consider the strategies offered on the worksheet. There is also room to brainstorm strategies with the patient if needed.

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