Understanding Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on September 21st, 2016

Worksheet updated on May 6th, 2022

Understanding Depression Worksheet

Depression is an oppressive disorder that can cause many challenges for an affected person. Many people with depression truly believe that they cannot get better, and therefore tend to not be very hopeful in therapy at first. This belief can cause many people with depression are resistant to using the coping skills they learn in therapy.

People with depression can feel damaged and helpless. Without proper education about their condition, they are likely to continue to feel this way. This is why it is so important to educate clients about what depression is and how it is affecting their life.

About This Worksheet

This is the Understanding Depression worksheet. This worksheet serves as a guide to educate clients who are suffering from depression about the different types of depression, symptoms they may experience because of their depression, and what may have caused their depression.

This worksheet also helps the client feel more hopeful as they learn that they are not alone in their struggles. Knowing that others go through similar challenges and recover from therapy can help boost motivation to participate and recover themselves.

This worksheet can help adolescents and adults learn about depression. It is useful in both individual and group therapy. It could be especially helpful when opening a group discussion to help build camaraderie and support among the group members as they relate to each other about what it feels like to suffer from depression.

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 can be a useful tool when explaining to a client what depression is and how it may be affecting them. The Understanding Depression worksheet can serve as a guide in setting the framework for what will be addressed while the client is participating in therapy.

Review the education sections of the worksheet with the client and answer any questions that your client may have. Instruct the client to complete the reflection questions. When the client is finished, review their responses and open up a dialog about their experience with depression. You may also provide the client with a copy of the worksheet for reference.

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