Triggers And Coping Strategies For Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on November 15th, 2022

Triggers And Coping Strategies For Depression Worksheet

Depression is a condition that can weigh heavily on a person. Many people with depression struggle to cope with their symptoms each day. Not fully understanding how depression affects a person prevents them from learning what they need to do to help themselves feel better.

An important first step when someone with depression enters therapy is to learn about the triggers and stressors that are causing depression, along with their current methods of coping with a depressed mood.

Like all mood disorders, it is important to understand depression. A person with depression must know what triggers them and how their coping strategies affect how they feel. They must also learn about healthy coping strategies they can use in between their therapy sessions.

People with depression tend to feel hopeless to get better. This can prevent them from trying new things to manage their depressed mood. Many do not realize how their unhealthy habits affect their progress in therapy.

About This Worksheet

This is the Triggers and Coping Strategies for Depression worksheet. This worksheet helps people confront their triggers for depression and how their depression affects them each day. It also addresses coping strategies a person with depression can use to feel better, along with unhealthy habits they should avoid.

Reflection questions and suggestions for healthy coping strategies are provided on this worksheet. It also provides a space for brainstorming new coping strategies, which can be a useful exercise in a group or individual sessions. 

Adults with depression can learn more about their condition with this worksheet. It can be helpful in individual and group counseling sessions.


This worksheet reflects on the client’s triggers for depression. It brings focus to unhealthy coping strategies used to manage depressed moods.

Review the content on the worksheet with your client or group. Incorporate your knowledge to provide education about depression. Instruct the client to complete the reflection questions.

When they have completed the questions, review the results with them. Discuss how knowing triggers and coping strategies can help with managing depression. You can also encourage the client to use the worksheet for reference and create a reminder of their preferred coping strategies on their phone to refer to when needed.

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