We all feel down or depressed from time to time and this is normal.
Clinical depression (also called Major Depressive Disorder) on the other hand is characterized by persistently low mood that impacts your ability to function.
Other symptoms may include a loss of interest in usual activities, changes in appetite, changes in sleep, changes in sexual desire, difficulties in concentration, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem, and thoughts of, or actual plans related to suicide.
Clinical depression may vary in its severity. It is important to identify and treat depression as soon as possible to prevent its development into a chronic problem. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured, practical, and effective intervention for individuals suffering from depression. It is the most well-studied psychological treatment for depression and has the most consistent evidence to support its use. Moreover, there’s evidence that CBT reduces the risk of relapse relative to those individuals that are treated with drug therapy.
How can Cognitive-behavioral therapy help?
- Identify and change behaviors and thinking patterns that cause and maintain depression
- Develop the skills to think more realistically and feel better
- Reduce your symptoms and learn how to keep those symptoms from returning
- There is evidence that CBT reduces the risk of relapse relative to those individuals that are treated with drug therapy
- Improve your relationships
- Collaborate with a registered mental health professional to set and attain your goals