Depression Therapy & Treatment
Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, so much so that it has been referred to as “the common cold of psychiatry.” It is estimated that in any given year approximately 8% of adults experience a clinical level of depression. Unfortunately, many of these adults do not recognize their depression for what it is, or feel that they should not be feeling depressed. Contrary to what some people believe, depression is not a flaw or weakness, but rather a common and very treatable condition.
Depression often leads people to lose their motivation to engage in activities or to socialize with friends and family. Depression often leads to low energy or makes it difficult to focus or concentrate, which can make you less productive at work or in school. Depression can also lead to feelings of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and generally negative thoughts about yourself. Many people with depression also have difficulty sleeping, and some even have aches and pains from their depression.
In helping people with depression, several approaches can be used – often in combination. A common starting point is to understand the origin of your depression, while validating those emotions. Therapy can also help you understand thought patterns that contribute to the depression, and how to change those thoughts. Therapy can also help you recognize and affirm your strengths as a person. In some cases consulting with a physician about a trial of an antidepressant medication can be helpful.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and informative purposes only. It is not intended to be used to help diagnose or treat depression, and does not establish a professional relationship. Only a qualified mental health professional can render a diagnosis and provide adequate treatment for depression.
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