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Depression and Therapy

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

How Does Therapy Help Depression

Depression is a mental health problem that can seriously impact your day-to-day life.

But, the good news is it’s treatable; in fact, well over 80% of the patients respond well to the treatment. Of course, understanding the underlying causes and coming up with effective coping strategies are important parts of the process. Working with the right therapist helps you do just that.

In this article, I’ll shed some light on how therapy can help with depression.


Depression and Its Treatment


Diagnosis of Depression

The diagnosis of depression involves evaluating the symptoms for a set period. Eventually, only a professional can tell you if you have depression. Depending on the intensity and type of depression, your therapist will carve out a strategy that can be effective in the long run.


Treating Depression

Depression can effectively be treated through medication or therapy or a combination of both.

Counseling or psychotherapy is a proven way of treating depression both in the short-term and the long term.


How Does Therapy Help Depression?

Like medication, there are different types of therapy, and the severity and length of depression symptoms decide which type of therapy will be most effective. Generally, “Talk therapy” is effective when the symptoms are less severe and are more recent. This is where your therapist helps you understand and resolve issues that may be adversely affecting your day-to-day life.

The role of your therapist is to:

· Listen to your concerns and issues

· Offer their feedback

· Develop effective coping strategies

The length and frequency of therapy sessions are generally decided based on your overall progress. Plus, your therapist may give you some easy home exercises that can help them move in the right direction.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

One of the most effective ways to treat a depressive disorder is by using the CBT technique.

CBT focuses more on your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that may be impacting your life in a negative way. The goal of your therapist with CBT is to change your negative thinking, which helps in alleviating the symptoms. CBT is typically seen as an effective short-term therapy, making it ideal for mild-to-moderate depression cases. According to studies, the counseling technique has been found to work well for depression patients. Not only that, but it also reduces the chances of post-therapy relapse.


Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy focuses on treating interpersonal conflicts that often lead to depressive feelings. IPT can help you improve your interpersonal functioning. It focuses on current problems rather than the past. A study suggests that IPT can also prevent the development of new depressive disorders.


Working with a Counselor

Finding the right counselor is super important, but it can be pretty time-consuming.

Plus, even if you find someone appropriate, there’s still a chance they’ll not be a good fit for you.

If you’ve been feeling depressed and want to talk to a therapist, call us today 561 291 8616 or visit us at WestPalmBeachCounseling.com

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