Is the Depression Self-Help Program a therapy against depression?
The Depression Self-Help Program is not a therapy but a course. The course teaches you skills that can help you to cope with depression and to become more resilient.
Do I need to be tested for depression before I can take the course?
No, anybody can take the course. It may be beneficial to you not only if you suffer from a depression now, but also If you feel that you’re on the verge of getting a depression, or if you were frequently depressed in the past and you want to learn how to cope with it if it comes back in the future.
Where can I take this course?
It’s an online course. It takes place on the internet.
Do I get to chat with somebody using a webcam?
No, that’s not how it works. The course has 15 lessons. Every lesson is presented as an interactive video.
What does interactive mean in this context?
Let’s compare it to YouTube videos. These have a single path, from the beginning of the video to the end. The videos in this course are different. For example, the teachers may ask you if you have done your homework. If you reply that you haven’t, there is no point in discussing it, so that section is skipped. In this way you influence the path that the video takes.
Who is teaching the course?
Tom and Anna are two virtual teachers. In order to get an impression of the lessons you should take a look at the lesson fragments in the Gallery.
What are the advantages of taking an online course against depression over face-to-face therapy?
You’re not a patient but a student.
You don’t need to leave your home in order to take a lesson.
When you talk to a therapist you have to stick to office hours. On the other hand, you can view a lesson in this course whenever it’s convenient to you, day or night, 24/7.
No outside people need to know that you’re taking this course.
The fact that the teachers are virtual implies that you don’t have to invest mental energy into building a relationship with them. Many students experience that as a relief.
When you feel that you need some human touch you’re welcome to contact the Support Department. In every lesson you are given this opportunity, using a special online form.
There is no waiting list. If you register for the course now, you can start your first lesson tomorrow.
What do I need to take the course?
Basically all you need is an internet connection and a web browser. You can follow the course on a pc, a laptop, a tablet and also on some smartphones.
How long does the course take?
The course has 15 lessons. You can take the first 10 lessons once per week and the last five lessons once every two weeks. This adds up to 20 weeks, close to five months. By then you should feel much better than you do now.
How do I know that it’s time for a new lesson?
When it’s time for a new lesson you receive an email with a link to the lesson. The same email also contains links to the online forms that are used in the lesson and to previous lessons, so you can review them. Dates of future lessons are also mentioned in this email.
Do I have to make assignments?
Yes, homework assignments play an important role in this course. Very often the insights one needs in order to beat depression are not obtained during but in between the lessons, while doing homework tasks. This also holds for psychotherapy: “Researchers have found that psychotherapy with homework is generally more effective than psychotherapy without homework … Studies have shown that homework completion and accuracy predict favorable outcomes in psychotherapy and may help patients stay in remission” (source: https://goo.gl/nqvPSX).
What happens when I don’t have time to take a lesson in the time that is assigned for it?
When you receive the next email it will refer to the same lesson as the previous email. The following lessons are rescheduled accordingly.
In the overview of the lesson structure, a depression test is mentioned. What about that?
In every lesson you’re presented with an identical questionnaire, with questions about how you have been feeling recently. This is a well-known questionnaire that is used widely and that has been scientifically validated. This means that interpretation of the answers can be relied on to indicate the depth of one’s depression.
Right after you submit your answers to these questions you receive a very personal email. It contains your answers to each of the questions, not only during the current lesson but also during the previous lessons. In addition to that you’ll find an assessment of the depth of your depression from the first till the current lesson, as text and as a colorful chart. You can compare this chart to a fever chart for a physical illness. These emails make it easy for you to monitor how your depression develops over time.
Some students consider these documents so private that they have taken out a new email address, especially for receipt of emails connected to this course. By keeping access to this email address restricted they are sure that nobody else gets to see these documents.
How can I pay for the lessons?
When you access a lesson that you haven’t paid for yet, you’re presented with a form for an online payment, using an American Express, Visa or MasterCard credit card, or PayPal. Once you have paid for a lesson you’re granted access to it.
I understand that I can pay for the course in one payment, three payments or five payments. Let’s say that I have decided to pay in three or five payments, but when it’s time for a new lesson that I haven’t paid for yet, I don’t have much money in my bank account. Is it okay to postpone taking the lesson for a few days, for instance until I get my paycheck?
There’s no problem with that. You can postpone taking a lesson for a few days until you feel more comfortable paying for the next lessons. The following lessons will be rescheduled accordingly. Not we but you decide when you pay for the next lessons.
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