Understanding Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on September 21st, 2016

Worksheet updated on April 20th, 2020

Understanding Depression Worksheet

Depression is an oppressive disorder that affects a person on a daily basis. Many people with depression truly believe that they cannot get better, and therefore tend to not be very hopeful in therapy at first.

It is because of this belief that so many people with depression are sometimes resistant to internalize the things they learn in therapy. They can feel damaged and hopeless. Without proper education and understanding of their condition, they are likely to continue to feel this way.

About This Worksheet

This is the Understanding Depression worksheet. This worksheet serves as a guide to educate those suffering from depression about the different kinds, symptoms, and causes of depression. It also helps the patient to be more hopeful as they learn there are many others go through the same feelings as they do.

Often, a patient suffering with depression can identify with others who also suffer from depression, which helps them feel hope about the therapeutic process.

The following are outlined on the Understanding Depression worksheet:

  • What is depression?
  • What causes depression?
  • What are the different kinds of depression?
  • What does depression feel like?
  • What is depression like for you?

This worksheet is useful in both individual and group therapy and would be particularly useful in opening discussion in a group setting to help build camaraderie and support among the patients about what it feels like to suffer from depression.


This worksheet is both informative and reflective. It begins with information about what depression is, what causes depression, the types of depressive disorders, and what it feels like to have depression.

Discussing the content with the group or client would be helpful with opening dialog and allowing for questions. After the content has been reviewed, the client is asked to answer questions about how depression affects their life.

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