Therapy for Depression

Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia), Bipolar II Disorder, Postpartum Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is among the most common mental health concerns. People of all ages are vulnerable to experiencing symptoms of depression including persistent sadness, loss of interest, social withdrawal, change in appetite, sleep, and energy levels, and decreased concentration. In the most severe cases, a person may experience thoughts of harming themselves or suicide. When any of the above symptoms begin to interfere with a person’s life or cause health or safety concerns, seeking professional help from a trained mental health professional (e.g., therapist, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist) is highly recommended.


Common Symptoms of Depression

sadness, irritability, anger, anxiety, discontent, guilt, loss of interest, boredom/apathy

rumination, hopelessness, loss of motivation (e.g., nothing seems enjoyable), thoughts of harming oneself, suicidal thoughts

change in appetite (e.g., increased or decreased), change in sleep (e.g., sleeping more/less, poor quality), decreased energy, fatigue, difficulty with concentration and focus

social withdrawal, inactivity, staying in bed longer than usual, avoiding stressful situations (e.g., work, school), moving or speaking slowly,  increased substance use/abuse, self-harm (e.g., cutting, burning), suicide attempts


Treatment Approaches for Depression

Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression and typically involves both cognitive and behavioral changes aimed at breaking unhealthy, self-reinforcing behavioral patterns and negativistic thoughts and beliefs.


CBT is the most researched and utilized psychotherapeutic treatment for depression. CBT therapists help individuals identify and modify unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns in order to reduce distress and promote more effective functioning.


Behavioral activation is both a stand-alone treatment and essential component of CBT. The primary emphasis of behavioral activation in the treatment of depression is to increase engagement in meaningful and enjoyable/pleasurable activities by making small changes to daily behavioral patterns.


ACT is a behaviorally-oriented therapeutic approach that aims to modify how a person relates and responds to their internal experiences (i.e., thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and urges) in order to more fully engage in values-based behaviors.

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