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The word depression is often thrown around easily when used to describe feelings of extreme sadness, but some aren’t aware that the clinical definition of depression is so much more than just sadness. In fact, depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses that affects how people feel, think and act.
Depression can elicit feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people who suffer from it used to find pleasurable. Depression can cause both emotional and physical pain that can affect your ability to function at work, at home, and in other social settings as well.
And while it varies from person to person and comes in different levels of intensity and frequency, the most common symptoms that people who suffer from depression mostly experience 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. It matters to consult with a trusted and credible mental health professional
Having a confirmed diagnosis of clinical depression can be a lot to take in. Some could be in denial, while others are confused as to which steps they should take next. If you find yourself in this situation, these 5 tips can prove to be useful to you and your mental health journey.
Note that depression is a manageable/treatable condition and with 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 coping with depression.
CBT for depression typically includes the following components:
CBT has been found to be an effective treatment for depression, as demonstrated through research trials to reduce symptoms of depression and eventually improve quality of life. The benefits of CBT can be maintained over time, with the client less likely to have a relapse when compared with other treatments.
It's important to remember that CBT is not a "quick fix", as it generally requires a commitment of 4 to 20 sessions. Clients must also work with a trained CBT therapist that can guide them through the process. Additionally, CBT can also be used alongside other treatment options 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’s 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’s 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 by our psychiatrist to help manage symptoms.