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Depression Fundamentals



Welcome to the first step in your journey to a depression-free life. My name is Philip Andersson. I am a psychotherapist and the founder of Wherapy. 

In this lesson, I am going to talk about two things… the symptoms of depression and a concept called the three pillars of good mental health. 

These two things will be the fundamental building blocks of your personal depression treatment program or as I like to call it, the DIY (Do It Yourself) depression treatment program. 

Let’s start by taking a look at the symptoms of depression. 

There are two main categories of symptoms, the first one being the primary symptoms. 


The Primary Symptoms of Depression

These are; melancholy (or irritability) and something called anhedonia. Anhedonia is a lack of interest in things that previously were considered interesting. 

At least one of the two primary symptoms has to be present for the majority of the day throughout a two-week period, in order for it to be considered a depression.

The Secondary Symptoms of Depression

Then we have the secondary symptoms…

There are six secondary symptoms. These being; lethargy, a loss of appetite, problems concentrating, changes in sleep patterns (sleeping less or over-sleeping), low self-esteem and suicidal ideation. 

At least two of the six secondary symptoms have to be present for the majority of the day throughout a two-week period, in order for it to be considered a depression. 



Now there are certain things that can be mistaken for depression such as ADHD, autism, alcoholism, manic-depressive disorders, personality disorders and grief. 

If these mental disorders, neurobiological variations and life-situations are not properly handled, then a depression treatment program will not benefit you.

The reason why I am telling you about the symptoms of depression is because having a clear knowledge of the symptoms of a depression will allow you to reverse engineer it. In fact, I’ll be teaching you more about that in a future video. 


The Three Pillars of Good Mental Health


Now for the three pillars of good mental health. 

When it comes to the treatment of depression, there are three main aspects to consider. 

One being the biological factors. In other words, our eating habits, our sleeping habits, our routines, our hygiene, whether or not we exercise and our exposure to certain elements such as sunlight. 

Another being the social factors. This pertains to our relationships and how we perceive our connection to our community. 

Finally, we have the psychological factors. In other words, how events from our past have created an inner-conflict that affects our present day thought-patterns and behaviors.



Each of these three aspects represent one pillar of good mental health. Each pillar is equally responsible for maintaining your mental health. In other words, if one pillar falls, you will end up depressed and the other pillars will follow. That is why you have to put in an equal amount of effort into maintaining each pillar.

The DIY depression treatment program will give you the tools needed to maintain each pillar of good mental health. 

In fact, tomorrow you will have access to the next part of this course. In it, I’ll explain about the biological factors behind depression. 

Thank you very much and I hope you have a great day!


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