Depression is generally treated through a combination of therapy services and medication. Depression can have a wide range of causes, and sometimes requires a focus on several of the causal factors to improve symptoms sufficiently. Clinical Depression is very different from the normal “blues” that all of us experience from time to time. Depression includes unusually low mood most of the time for a period of weeks, can entail sleep disturbance, changes in weight, loss of pleasure in activity and sometimes includes recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Depression can be a very serious condition that can worsen without proper intervention.
What Does Depression Treatment Entail?
Psychologists, professional counselors and clinical social workers address depression through a range of therapy types depending on your symptom pattern. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a common form of depression treatment that helps modify the thought patterns and behavioral factors that contribute to depression. Other forms of depression treatment focus on social and relationship patterns, or traumatic experiences that may be contributing to the symptoms. Your counselor can also help determine if the inclusion of medication services may be beneficial, as some forms of depression can have biological causes.
Does Depression Treatment Work?
When applied consistently, psychotherapy can be one of the most effective interventions available for the treatment of depression, and can definitely help. There is a large body of research evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of depression treatment, and combining treatments may build further on this efficacy. Even though a first episode can increase a person’s risk for future episodes of depression, there is research evidence that suggests that psychotherapy can reduce this risk of recurrent episodes. The skills learned in therapy tend to be long-lasting, and serve a protective function in the treatment of depression.
How Do I Start Depression Treatment?
Meeting with a clinician one-on-one for a first visit is the first step in addressing your symptoms. Based on this assessment, your therapist can help you decide on the best approach to begin to work on your symptoms. Starting depression treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help. Our clinicians are here to answer any questions you may have, and to help you through the process of getting started. To request information, or to get started with a counselor, fill out our contact form and we will be in touch.