Depression Spiral worksheet

On this page, we will provide you with a depression spiral worksheet that will help you to identify the factors that drive and sustain depression.

What is a Depression Spiral Worksheet about?

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by at least two weeks of persistent feelings of sadness, low self-esteem and a decreased interest in enjoyable and normal day-to-day activities. Depression severely affects how we think and perform our daily duties and activities such as working, eating, sleeping and taking part in enjoyable activities such as hobbies, since depression can severely affect our desire and motivation to complete various daily tasks. For a person to sink down into depression, there are a number of factors that come together to cause and sustain long periods of depressive moods. They include; thoughts, attitudes, feelings, memories, and behaviour.

How will the Depression Spiral Worksheet help?

The depression spiral worksheet will help you to identify the factors that contribute to and sustain your depression (the depression spiral). This information will prove helpful when selecting a mode of treatment for you or your loved ones.

Instructions on how to use the Depression Spiral Worksheet.

With an aim of identifying factors that cause the depression spiral, write down your triggers (things that activate your depression), depressive thoughts experienced, attitudes and behaviours that are as a result of the trigger and note down the unhealthy coping mechanisms you use to cope with depression. All these factor sustain depression.

You can download this worksheet here.


On this page, we provided you with a depression spiral worksheet that we hope helped you to identify the factors that contribute to, sustain and drive your depression into a downward spiral.

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