+ Attribute the depression to a cause, e.g., loss of a loved one, loss of a childhood, loss of a pet, loss of a job.
+Attempt to rectify the problems considered responsible for evoking the feelings of depression.
+Finding moral and social support (Depressed Anonymous mutual aid group).
+Engaging in diverting and distracting recreations.
+ Keeping busy and working.
+ Focusing one’s attention elsewhere than on the depressing problems or depressed feelings.
+Restructuring one’s thinking so as to minimize the significance of the depressing events.
+Engaging in in self-care and self maintenance activities.
+Venting one’s feelings.
+Taking prescribed medication as long as you and your doctor agree that the medication is working on your behalf.
+Finding compensations and boosting feelings of self esteem or self sufficiency through useful purposeful activity.
+Taking comfort in one’s religion.
SOURCE: Wounded Healers. V. Rippere & W. Ruth. John WIley and Sons, Ltd, 1985. pgs. 86-87. (Reprinted and published in the ANTIDEPRESSANT TABLET.)