Mixed Depression and Anxiety Course

Course Information

Introduction

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. Some people begin having issues with anxiety and depression as a teenager, but most have their first episode around 30, and continue having episodes for years. This course has been developed for people troubled by both sets of symptoms, and is the course that primary care clinicians generally find most useful for their patients. 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 attacks of anxiety and periods of depression at various times. People who commonly have both sets of symptoms whether or not they are currently suffering.

Course duration

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 90 days 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.

What is Anxiety and Depression?

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.







How is the course structured?

Online Questionnaires

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.

Comic-Based Stories

Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of a character as they learn practical skills to combat anxiety and depression. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent symptoms from returning.

Homework

Download our summaries and activities to reinforce what you learnt in each lesson.

Extra Resources

Download additional activities and information that you can complete between lessons.

Recovery Stories

Read real life stories about how others overcame their anxiety and depression.

Online Calendar

Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.

Lesson Information

What lessons will the course cover?

Mixed Anxiety and Depression Online Course App

Lesson 1

About Anxiety And Depression – Learn about your own symptoms of anxiety/depression, and learn to deal with the physical symptoms of anxiety/depression.

Lesson 2

Identifying Thoughts And Tackling Low Activity – Learn to identify the thought symptoms of anxiety/depression, and learn to face the behaviours associated with anxiety/depression.

Lesson 3

Dealing With Thoughts – Learn to confront the thought symptoms of anxiety/depression.

Lesson 4

Tackling Avoidance – Learn to challenge avoidance behaviours associated with anxiety/depression by facing your fears.

Lesson 5

Mastering Your Skills – Learn to master your ability to face your fears using graded exposure, and learn to cope with the distressing emotions associated with anxiety/depression.

Lesson 6

Staying Well – Learn how to avoid relapses and how to keep getting better!

Evidence

Outcome

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.

  • Benefited substantially

    80%

  • No longer troubled

    50%

 

Trial Results

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.

References: Newby J et al, Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for mixed anxiety and depression: Results from a RCT and effectiveness in primary care settings, Psychological Medicine, 2013; Newby J et al, Effectiveness of transdiagnostic internet cognitive behavioural treatment for mixed anxiety and depression in primary care, Journal of Affective Disorders, 2014; Newby J et al, Reductions in negative repetitive thinking and metacognitive beliefs during transdiagnostic internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for mixed anxiety and depression, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2014

 

PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

“I have improved considerably since starting the course. I was able to understand that anxiety was affecting me a lot more than I thought. By tackling the steps to reduce my anxiety, I have begun to feel much more in control.

I have also learnt to accept that anxiety and depression will always be a part of my life, but I can now have control over it and not have it control me.

I am succeeding, and looking forward to the skills I have learned here becoming my everyday way of dealing with life. “

Patient feedback after Lesson 6

“Through this course, I have learnt that I’m very hard on myself and have been practising to change that. I’m becoming more accepting of my health limitations and lowering my standards to a more realistic level.

I feel as if I’m finally seeing the person that others observe in me, and not so much of the negative image I have created in my mind.

I love this way of learning in the comfort of my own home where I can fully concentrate on the lesson and not be worrying about the logistics of travel.

Thank you.”

Patient feedback after Lesson 6

“I recently started with THIS WAY UP and am already so grateful for it’s existence.

The techniques I am learning, and practising every day, are making me realise I could cope before, but now I am even better equipped to reduce my symptoms to a manageable level.

I find myself looking forward to learning from these lessons, and am not at all intimidated or nervous opening up the web page. I am on my own terms, my own pace, and not watched or judged by anyone whilst learning these techniques.

Thank you, sincerely.”

Patient feedback after Lesson 3

“ Thanks so much for this course. It has helped me learn so much about myself, and unravel unhelpful habits I’ve had for years and years. I’m very grateful for the chance to work on them, and feel a lot better and much more resilient as a person.”

Patient feedback after Lesson 6

When I started to monitor my thoughts regularly, I noticed so much negative thinking and thought distortion, that it was actually quite overwhelming.

I found myself thinking “I can’t wait to get to lesson 3, to find out what do about all of this”

Once I starting challenging some of these negative thoughts, I noticed how I started to relax more and enjoy life in a way I hadn’t for many many years. Slowing down on all that self criticism was a big achievement, and it really helped me so much.

Patient feedback after Lesson 3

How Can I Study?

Choose to study supervised or unsupervised, on your mobile or desktop web browser.
Please choose carefully, as once you start on one platform, you are unable to change to another.

Supervised

  • Desktop Website
  • Clinician Supervised
  • Clinician Feedback
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available Worldwide
  • $59

Self Help – Web

  • Desktop Website
  • Unsupervised
  • Anonymous
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available in Australia
  • $59

Self Help – iOS

  • iPhone Mobile App
  • Unsupervised
  • Anonymous
  • Unlimited Access
  • Available in Australia
  • $59.99

Self Help – Android

  • Android Mobile App
  • Unsupervised
  • Anonymous
  • Unlimited Access
  • Available in Australia
  • $59.99