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Table 2 Description of the six core workshops of the iFightDepression® tool

From: Efficacy of an internet-based self-management intervention for depression or dysthymia – a study protocol of an RCT using an active control condition

Workshop CBT-based Content
Thinking, feeling and doing - Participants receive information about how thoughts, feelings and behavior are interconnected.
- The model of depression as a “downward spiral” is introduced.
- Documentation of daily activities and corresponding mood changes is encouraged to identify ways to improve daily routines.
Task: Activity diary
Sleep and depression - The possible connection between long bedtimes and worsening of mood is described.
- Participants are guided to explore whether there is a connection between their bedtimes and changes in mood.
Task: Sleep diary
Planning and doing enjoyable things - Users are instructed to plan ahead and to integrate at least one positive activity into their daily routines.
- Findings of the first week are used and expanded in this workshop.
Task: Plan one week ahead including at least one positive activity a day
Getting things done - Focus on training problem solving abilities
- The tool user chooses one problem they want to tackle and breaks it down into small steps that are realistic and achievable.
- Solutions for possible barriers or difficulties are to be anticipated.
Task: Break down one task into small steps and plan ahead when and how to complete it
Identifying negative thoughts - The “ABC model” is introduced, participants learn about unhelpful thoughts.
Task: Identify negative thoughts during one event that made one feel bad
Changing negative thoughts - Participants are briefed to look for the cause of negative thoughts and find possible and helpful alternatives.
Task: Develop alternative thoughts