What Type of Depression is It?

Margaret Wehrenberg on Working with Low-Energy Depressed Clients

Rich Simon

No two people are the same, and no two people's depression are the same, either. The techniques you might employ to help a quiet avoider client dealing with depression won't work with a panicky depressive client, so identifying the type of depression you're working with is imperative.

Margaret Wehrenberg—author of The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques and a presenter at the Networker 2014 Symposium—has identified seven specific types of anxious/depressed clients and has honed different treatment techniques that are effective for each one.

In a clip from her session in our new webcast series, Treating the Depressed Client, Margaret talks about working with low-energy depressed clients to understand how their negative thinking began and how to start raising their energy.

This is just one of the specific techniques for working with clients suffering from both depression and anxiety that Margaret will cover in this series.

Treating the Depressed Client:
The Most Effective Approaches

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • David Burns on Overcoming Resistance in Depression Treatment
    Develop a more powerful and effective approach to shortening depression treatment.

  • Michael Yapko on Depression: An Experiential Approach
    View video clips of a clinical interview and expand your range of active, skill-building techniques with depressed clients.

  • Zindel Segal on The Mindful Way Through Depression
    Bring the insights of mindfulness traditions into your work with depressed clients.

  • Margaret Wehrenberg on When Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur
    Identify seven types of anxious/depressed clients and how to approach each one.

  • Judith Beck on The Cognitive Therapy of Depression
    Learn powerful techniques for bringing about enduring changes in depression symptoms.

  • Elisha Goldstein on Self-Compassion and the Depressed Client
    Enhance your ability to create an atmosphere of trust and empowerment in working with depressed clients.

Treating the Depressed Client
Series Available Now

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Topic: Anxiety/Depression | Mindfulness

Tags: cognitive therapy | David Burns | dealing with depression | depression | depression and anxiety | depression symptoms | depression treatment | Judith Beck | Margaret Wehrenberg | mindful | resistance | self-compassion | therapy

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Monday, January 11, 2016 7:46:37 AM | posted by Riyana Vatyani
Thank you for the info. Really an informative and helpful article. will surely share this. looking forward for more articles like this. Thank you once again.

Friday, July 18, 2014 3:39:59 PM | posted by Christine Marr
In thinking about types of depression I highly recommend William Walsh's Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain. Dr. Walsh has identified 6 biotypes of depression from over 30,000 patients and has a 70-85% success rate with this approach. Of course that's much higher than antidepressants.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:16:39 PM | posted by Michael Nott
Hi, Meghan.

Thanks for following up. Did Rich post a response? I'm not sure where to find the fulfillment page.


Saturday, February 15, 2014 1:42:44 PM | posted by meghan
I will ask rich Simon to get more info from Peg and post it on the fulfillment page for the Depression Course on the networker;s webcast website: www.psychotherapynetworker.org.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:16:43 PM | posted by michaeln
I really enjoyed and benefited from the interview with Margaret Wehrenberg. However, unless I'm mistaken, she only mentioned six of the seven specific depression/anxiety types she's identified: low energy depressed client; hopeless ruminator; panicy depressed client; worried exhausted client; quiet avoider; high energy depressed client.

Is there anyway we might find out about the seventh type and its characteristic features/treatment dimensions?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:33:43 AM | posted by Andrew Clark
Every patient experience different type of depression and their body also reacts in different way in depression medication even though the symptoms are same. TMS is the best depression treatment without any side effect on body.