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Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses that affects how you feel, think and act. Depression can elicit feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you previously enjoyed. Depression can cause both emotional and physical pain that can affect your ability to function at work, at home and in other social settings.
Symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms that you may experience can include:
It is important to note that these symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks before a diagnosis of depression can be made.
Depression is a treatable condition and with self-commitment, time and proper therapies recovery is possible. If you are feeling symptoms of depression, reach out to a professional as soon as possible, and don't give up on seeking help. Be kind to yourself and know that it takes time to heal.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and the goal is to help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to their symptoms. As such, CBT is a very effective method for treating depression.
CBT for depression typically includes the following components:
CBT has been found to be an effective treatment for depression. It has been demonstrated through research trials to reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life. Additionally, the benefits of CBT can be maintained over time and it is less likely to have a relapse when compared with other treatments.
It's important to note that CBT is not a "quick fix" and typically requires a commitment of 4 to 20 sessions, it's important to work with a trained CBT therapist that can guide you through the process. Also, CBT is not the only treatment option for depression. Some people may benefit from another form of evidence-based therapy (e.g. interpersonal psychotherapy), from medication, or from a combination of therapy and medication. It is important to work with a mental health professional to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
If you think that you are suffering from depression, just remember, you are not alone and that with some help from Archways, there are things that you can do to help yourself feel better.
Archways Centre for CBT is here to help you treat and manage your depression using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in our Anxiety and Mood Clinic.
Our Anxiety and Mood Clinic can help with depression by providing a variety of treatment options, such as therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. One of our mental health professionals at the clinic will assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Therapy options may include CBT, which helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns, and increase purposeful and meaningful behaviours. Lifestyle changes may also be addressed, and medications, such as antidepressants, may also be recommended to help manage symptoms.
For more information on our Anxiety and Mood Clinic, visit our website or give us a call to see if Archways Anxiety and Mood Clinics is the right fit for you.