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What Makes Therapy Such an Effective Treatment for Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions across the globe. Since it is so common, there are a variety of different treatment options available for people to find the help they need. 

Therapy is one of the most popular and most effective treatments for depression. 

If you’ve been struggling with the effects of depression or you’re not sure what your symptoms mean, there are many benefits to considering therapy. It’s a great way to learn more about what you’re going through. More importantly, it can help you manage your symptoms and take control of your mental health. 

So, what really makes therapy such an effective treatment for depression? 

It Gets to the Root of the Issue

Far too often, people bury their emotions or feel as though they can’t talk about what they are experiencing. Perhaps you were raised to believe that you shouldn’t talk about your feelings, or maybe you just don’t want to “bother” anyone. Unfortunately, pushing your feelings down is never a permanent solution, and it can lead to issues like depression or anxiety. 

One of the most beneficial things about therapy for depression is that it can uncover the issues that are causing you to feel the way you do. Most therapists will want to help you discover the core of the problem so that you can then move forward. 

If you don’t know why you’re feeling helpless, hopeless, sad, fatigued, etc., it’s going to be incredibly hard to work through it. Uncovering the problems underneath the surface will make a big difference in how easily you are able to move forward and experience relief from your symptoms. The simple realization of what is causing your feelings and symptoms can lead to significant relief.

It Helps You Work Through Past Events

Once those underlying issues are brought to the surface, a therapist can help you work through them. One reason people with depression try to avoid those issues is because they’re often extremely difficult to think about, let alone talk about and process. 

Therapists have the skills and education to walk with you through those problems in the most effective ways possible. You’ll know you’re in a safe environment, and they can help you with different strategies for coping with things that may have happened in your past and which are leading to current symptoms of depression. Or they can help you with things that are troubling you today and causing you to feel the way you do. 

bFeeling alone with your depression only makes it harder. It can also be risky. In cases of severe depression, people can develop thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Therapy helps you to recognize that you’re not alone, and that someone understands what you’re going through. It can also help prevent people from getting to the point where they will harm themselves.

You Will Learn How to Manage Symptoms

Another reason therapy is so effective for depression is that it can help you learn how to cope with and manage your symptoms. The symptoms of depression are different for everyone. Some common ones include feeling down/sad/numb, a loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, changes in sleeping/eating habits, fatigue, problems concentrating, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts about suicide. Therapy can teach you different techniques to manage these issues on a daily basis so you can start to feel better.

If you’re concerned that you may be struggling with depression, it’s never too early (or too late!) to consider therapy. Feel free to contact me for more information or to set up an appointment. I’m happy to help so that you can start feeling more like yourself again. 

5 Positive Habits to Help Improve Symptoms of Depression

Depression is the number one mental health condition across the globe. It has many underlying causes, and people experience it in different severities. So many people have been fighting depression for years, often fighting depression in isolation since they don’t want to discuss their symptoms with others. While depression is often treated with therapy and/or psychiatric medications, there are things you can do on your own to fight depression naturally. These habits will help improve current symptoms of depression, and can help prevent symptoms from returning.  

1. Physical Activity

Research has shown moderate physical activity to be as effective as antidepressants for treating mild to moderate major depressive disorder. Plus, not only do you get the antidepressant benefits of the exercise, you get all the physical benefits too. Your energy levels will likely improve, as well as your ability to concentrate and your sleep quality. Now don’t think this means you have to go work out at the gym for an hour in order to get the benefits. Just a 20 minute walk around your neighborhood is enough to improve your mood. I get that even a 20 minute walk sounds like a ton of work and pretty overwhelming when you’re feeling depressed, so if you need to start with a 5 minute walk, that’s fine too. You’ll still get benefits from that, and doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

2. Creative Expression/Enjoyable Activities

Engaging in activities that are creative or that are just for fun can improve your mood as well. Typically, if you’ve been feeling depressed, this is an area of your life that you’ve been ignoring. It may be difficult at first to do these things, and you may not find them as fun as you used to. However, if you keep trying them in small doses, chances are, you will start to find the joy in them again.

3. Be Social

One symptom of depression is withdrawing from people you care about. Currently, with COVID-19 running rampant, we are all more withdrawn and isolated than ever before. This is taking an emotional toll on everyone. Humans are social creatures and we need interaction to maintain our emotional health. It may not be possible to gather in person with friends and family right now, but make sure to stay in contact with people as much as possible. Use video conferencing so that you can actually see people’s faces when you talk in order to feel more connected.

4. Practice Gratitude

Far too often, we forget to show gratitude for the things in our lives that are good. It’s so easy to focus on the negative aspects of life, or things that go wrong. You can make a commitment to being grateful just by writing one thing down each day that you are grateful for.

Additionally, simply thinking about the things you have in your life that bring you joy and contentment can make a big difference in your sense of hope and peace. Depression often causes feelings of hopelessness, and gratitude is a direct way to fight against that feeling.

5. Mindfulness/Deep Breathing/Meditation Practice

Mindfulness, deep breathing, or meditation practices are additional habits to improve your depression symptoms. Apps like Headspace and Calm focus on these practices and can help you to engage in these activities for just a few minutes per day. Engaging in these exercises helps you to stay focused in the present moment, not get caught up in negative thought patterns, and to relax and release stress from the day.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to improve symptoms of depression. Although depression might seem unavoidable at times, it doesn’t mean you have to live with overwhelming symptoms each day.

If you’re struggling with depression and having difficulty managing symptoms on your own, feel free to contact me to talk about it. We can discuss your situation and whether therapy might be a good fit in order to help you get a handle on what you’re going through.

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