People who are depressed feel as if they are stuck alone in a very dark place. The biggest problem is that at the moment it feels as if there is no way to escape this place. This sense of hopelessness is what contributes into further feelings of sadness and loneliness. Although it is difficult for an individual with depression to imagine that they could have a better life, there are many ways in which they could be helped. In therapy, we will be able to offer you the help you need to improve your condition, return to the normal level of functioning, and improve the quality of your life. Depression is a mood disorder that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as chemical imbalances, genetic predisposition, and environmental factors. Depression is characterized by the following symptoms:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – this approach focuses on helping people improve awareness into their underlying conflicts that could be the source for their depression. The goal of this type of therapy it to help relieve the emotional pain associated with depression.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy – this approach to therapy is based on the belief that one’s symptoms of depression are strongly related to life events and interpersonal relationships in an individual’s life. More specifically, during the course of the therapeutic process the patient is asked to identify and express his/her emotions and helped to make a connection between the issues from the past and the current problems that a person is experiencing.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy – this form of therapy focuses on restructuring the individual’s negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute into the symptoms of depression. People learn to challenge and reframe their thoughts, and develop positive coping strategies, as well as emotion regulation skills.
These different approaches to therapy have all been proven to be effective in treating depression and other mood disorders. It is however important to remember, that people who actively participate in their treatment have a significantly higher chance for recovery and are less likely to experience relapse in the future.
Below is the list of articles that discuss the scientific evidence for treatment of depressive disorders.