Dealing With Depression
Antidepressant Skills for Teens
Dan Bilsker PhD
Dan is a clinical
psychologist who works
at Vancouver General
Hospital and consults
to a mental health
research group at the
University of British
Merv Gilbert PhD
Merv is a clinical
at British Columbia’s
and in private practice
David Worling PhD
David is a clinical
in private practice in
E. Jane Garland
Jane is a psychiatrist
with a Mood/Anxiety
Disorders Clinic who
does research at
the University of
British Columbia on
the treatment of
Dealing with Depression is based on the experience of the authors and on scientific
research about which strategies work best in overcoming depression. Also, because strategies useful
for adults may not be useful for adolescents, depressed and non-depressed teens helped in the
development of this guide.
Dealing with Depression is intended for:
L teens with depressed mood
L concerned adults who want to help a depressed teen
L other teens who want to help a friend or family member
This book is meant to provide teens with accurate information about depression. It is not a psychological or medical
treatment, and is not a replacement for treatment where this is needed. If expert assistance or treatment is needed,
the services of a competent professional should be sought.
Funding for this guide is provided by the Mental Health Evaluation & Community Consultation Unit (MHECCU) of The University of British
Columbia through a grant by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as part of the provincial Child and Youth Mental Health Plan.
About Dealing With Depression
What is depression?
Figuring out if you’re depressed…or just sad
What causes depression?
The truth about stress, gloomy thinking and depression
What can you do about depression?
Getting help, talking to friends, lear