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Interactive exercises Videos
Lesson plans Vocabulary

(Updated on 16/02/2013)

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"Ten years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash. 
Now we have no jobs, no hope and no cash."

Facts :

  • Is depression good for you?
    "Pills aren't the answer to helping many people recover from depression, says a report out this week. But there's growing evidence that gloominess
    could be a positive experience."

    Creativity - GWB, not GDP - Superman...


  • Desperate Housewives - an American television series (Wikipedia)
    "The tone and style of the series combine elements of
    drama, comedy, mystery, satire, and soap opera

Vocabulary :

  • 20 Ways to Cry
    "Opportunities abound for describing lachrymal lamentations. Here are twenty synonyms for cry, plus some related expressions."


    What's the difference between being lonely and a loner?
    "Nearly half of us have felt depressed because we have felt alone, says a report.
    But not everyone who is alone is sad about it, so what is the difference between being lonely and being a loner?"



  • Depressed : definitions ( - UPDATED
  • happy/unhappy (

  • Depression (mood) - (Wikipedia)
    1 Determinants of mood
    1.1 Environment
    1.2 Internal psychological factors
    1.3 Biological models of causation
    2 Adaptive benefits of depression
    3 Mental disorders with depression
    4 External links


Pictures :






It won't work out






Conversation Questions :

  • Stress ( This website is temporarily unavailable. Try again!
  • Annoying Things ( This website is temporarily unavailable. Try again!
  • Suicide (
    "Should suicide be a criminal offence?

INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • Desperate Housewives
    "How well do you know the characters of this American series?"
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid


  • Sadness - an interactive quiz (BBC)
  • Les états, les adjectifs ("hungry, sad, happy, tired"...) - exercices - (Hervé Humbert)



Lesson plans :

  • Scientists discover depression molecule (July 25, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Scientists say they have discovered the part of the brain that is responsible for us feeling miserable, anxious and stressed."


  • Melancholia: 2nd Conditional - a lesson
    "Although many people criticized this movie, I really liked it. Thought-provoking, its two different stories hypnotized me until the last scene.
    This activity is to practice the use of the 2nd conditional orally."


  • Mediterranean Diets Keep You Happier - a lesson plan
    WARM-UPS :


  • Londoners offered BLT for SAD - a lesson plan
    with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), podcast, communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."
    BLT = Bright Light Therapy
    SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder

    (Breaking News English)


  • Depression - a lesson plan - UPDATED
    Students will "create a poster that highlights one common misconception about depression, and the truth behind that myth."

  • Happy and Sad - a vocabulary and idiom lesson - UPDATED
    "The aim is to highlight the metaphorical meanings of several words and phrases related to the emotions of happiness and sadness.The emphasis is on meaning, with an activity to incorporate these expressions into use."


Cartoons :

Artist Shows How It Feels
To Live With Anxiety And Depression

" British illustrator Gemma Correll draws comics
inspired by her own anxieties and depression.
She thinks that the best way to deal with this condition
is to try to "find humour in it..."


Nobody cares



Sad shape

(Sorry! No link)


'Darling. I've bought you something to cheer you up!'
(Sorry! No link)

Poems :


Songs :


  • The Two - I'm 22 (YouTube)
    The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

    "I don't know but I've been told
    You only worry when you grow old
    Well I don't believe it's true

    I'm 22, I'm feeling blue
    I'm 22 and don't know what to do..."




  • Laurent Wolf - No Stress (OFFICIAL VIDEO HQ) + LYRICS :
    "I don’t wanna work today
    Maybe I just wanna stay
    Just take it easy cause there's no stress...
    Got to find an alibi
    Cause I don't wanna waste my time
    I don't wanna feel distress..."



  • Yael Naim - Go To The River (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS
    "When you feel ashamed go to the river
    When you’re feeling sad go to the river
    When you’re feeling blue inside, immersed and tied
    When you’re feeling stuck in pain, forever...
    When you’re feeling bad, go to the river
    When you’re feeling mad, go to the river
    When you feel it blows your mind, cause you can’t find
    When you feel you’re going blind, you can’t deny…
    When you feel you’ll lose your mind – they’ll let you slide
    When you feel you go insane – they let you die"

  • No Stress by Laurent Wolf
    + the LYRICS :
    "I don’t wanna work today..
    Nothing's gonna cause me distress...
    I don't wanna waste my time
    I don't wanna feel distress.
    It’s not that I’m lazy
    I think I’m just crazy
    Not depressing"

  • Mad World sung by Gary Jules
    "All around me are familiar faces
    Worn out places, worn out faces
    Bright and early for their daily races
    Going nowhere, going nowhere
    Their tears are filling up their glasses
    No expression, no expression
    Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
    No tomorrow, no tomorrow..."

    - the VIDEO


  • Open Book by The Rakes :
    "You are not an open book
    I can't do nothing 'bout that
    But I'm worried, I'm overdrawn...
    The longer you are far from me
    The more I drift away"

    - with the video (YouTube)


  • All By Myself by Tom Jones :
    "Hard to be sure
    Sometimes I feel so insecure
    And love's so distant and obscure...
    All by myself, I don't want to live
    All by myself anymore."
  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life by Bruce Cockburn :
    "If life seems jolly rotten, there's something you've forgotten
    And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing
    When you're feeling in the dumps, don't be silly chumps
    Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing, and...
    Always look on the bright side of life"
  • Blue Feeling by The Animals :
    "Blue blue feeling got me down today
    Blue blue feeling, my baby's gone away"
  • Candyman (
    "Who can take tomorrow,
    Dip it in a dream?
    Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream,
    The candyman? The Candyman can, the candyman can &"
  • Ironic by Alanis Morissette :
    "An old man turned ninety-eight
    He won the lottery and died the next day..."
  • Low by Coldplay :
    "I feel low"
  • My Happiness by Elvis Presley :
    " Evening shadows make me blue
    When each weary day is through
    How I long to be with you
    My happiness"

  • Something Beautiful by Robbie Williams :
    "If you're lost, hurt, tired or lonely
    Can't control it try as you might
    May you find that love never leave you
    May you find it by the end of the day
    You WON'T be lost, hurt, tired or lonely
    Something beautiful will come your way"
  • The Way U Make Me Feel by Black-Eyed Peas :
    "When I'm feeling blue, I think of you..."

  • Welcome To My Life by Simple Plan :
    "You don't know what it's like
    To be like me
    To be hurt
    To feel lost
    To be left out in the dark
    To be kicked when you're down
    To feel like you've been pushed around
    To be on the edge of breaking down
    And no one's there to save you
    No you don't know what it's like
    Welcome to my life..."
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • When I come to you by Jonny Lang :
    "When I'm all alone
    When I'm feelin' blue
    No one understands me, baby
    Nobody but you"

Posters :


TV series :

  • Desperate Housewives - an American television series (Wikipedia)
    "The tone and style of the series combine elements of
    drama, comedy, mystery, satire, and soap opera


Videos :

  • On Feeling Depressed
    "There remains a huge amount of stigma around depression, but if we look at what an average human is up against, feelings of depression are entirely normal, indeed, to be expected. We don’t need to compound our misery through a sense that it’s either unusual or unwarranted..."



  • A Stranger Things Christmas
    "In this Peanuts/Stranger Things mash-up, Will Byers returns home from the upside down, but can't seem to shake off that traumatic experience."




Cinema :