Major depressive disorder is one of the most prevalent causes of disability in the world. It is typified by recurring periods of sadness, loss of interest, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness. Some people have their first episode as a teenager, but most have their first episode around 30, and continue having episodes of depression for years. Medications can help but do have side effects. Internet delivered cognitive behaviour therapy produces more improvement than medications, without side effects, and there is less chance of relapse.
Who will find this course useful?
People who have had more than one previous episode of depression whether or not they are currently depressed.
This course is self paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months, at most. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice between lessons. The system won’t allow less than 5 or more than 25 days between lessons. Most people take 10-12 weeks to complete the course. Initially you will be granted 90 days access, and upon completion of the course, you will be granted an extra 12 months access for practice purposes.
How much will it cost?
Depending on the method of delivery, the course will be either A$59 or A$59.99 for three months access. That’s a whole course for less than the cost of one visit to a psychologist. It’s a small price to pay for ‘getting back up’.
What type of support will I receive?
The amount of support you receive will depend on the way you choose to do this course. If your clinician – doctor or psychologist – prescribes it, they will comment one to five times on your progress. If you do the self-help or phone app courses, there is no external support available, as these delivery methods are designed to enhance motivation and self-reliance. However, provided you complete all six lessons, the results will be as good as with supervision.
Anxiety and depression often occur together. Anxiety is typified by months or years of excessive worry over everyday things, and depression is typified by recurring periods of sadness, loss of interest, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness.
If you feel like you are suffering from both anxiety and depression, the Mixed Anxiety and Depression Course may be more suitable for you.
How is the course structured?
Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson. If you are undertaking a self-guided course, you will be notified by THIS WAY UP if your scores are above the acceptable range.
Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of a character as they learn practical skills to combat depression. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent symptoms from returning.
Download our summaries and activities to reinforce what you learnt in each lesson.
Download additional activities and information that you can complete between lessons.
Read real life stories about how others overcame their depression.
Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.
On average, most people benefit a little from each lesson completed. 80% of people who complete all lessons benefit substantially, 50% to the point of no longer being troubled by depression. 20% do not benefit and will need to seek further assistance.
No longer troubled
We have done two Randomised Controlled Trials and the results have been replicated by independent scientists. We have also completed a large study of effectiveness in practice. The outcomes are very good, as reported above.
“”I have been suffering from stress and depression for a long time, and have visited many doctors and psychiatrists in the past few years. Finally I was referred to THIS WAY UP this April.
The course is good, especially in helping me understand the vicious cycle of depression. I’ve learnt skills, such as reducing negative thinking, and doing at least one pleasurable activity a day. I have been practising these skills every day since I learnt them.
The good thing is I can log in to the course anytime when I need. This really helps when I feel low moods or negative thoughts.
Now, I am able to do most of my plans, and am doing more activities gradually.
“When I went to my doctor and told her how I was feeling, the word ‘Depression’ was not what I was expecting to hear.
I’ve most likely been depressed for some time, but I could finally see it, and was willing do anything to stop feeling so low.
As the weeks have gone by since then, I have taken the pressure off myself, and have been doing this course.
Thank you to my doctor and THIS WAY UP for having another way to help people at home.”
“For the first time in a LONG time (the first time in my whole life, if I’m honest), I feel like I’m in charge of my life, and can make a difference for the better. I’m filled with a new-found hope that I can be truly happy.
I have also found the “About Assertiveness” very helpful for my relationships. Being passive doesn’t help anyone, and the things taught have really helped me to get things right in my head. I’m looking forward to putting all this stuff into practice.”
“At first, I wasn’t sure if this would work for me. I stayed with it though. Eventually, very small experiences seemed to be easier and more pleasurable, and they grew with practise.
I have had relapses, but they are much easier to control ,and don’t last as long as before.
With the great help from my clinician and this program, life is much more manageable.”
“I have done the first three lessons and been astounded. I thought I was a positive thinker. I realise that I have been very negative with myself and tended to view my failings as complete failings. Fascinating exercise, trying to change that way of looking at things.”