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.