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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. 

Is Therapy Right for You? When It’s Time to See a Therapist and How it Can Help

I am often asked by friends and family members if I think they should go to therapy for various concerns they have. My answer is usually, “it depends.” One of the biggest factors that will determine what you get out of therapy is whether you are motivated to work on yourself, including increasing your self-awareness and changing behaviors that are no longer serving you.

There are many different types of therapy available, and many different types of therapists to choose from. Research has found time and time again that the factor that most influences whether you will see good results from therapy is your relationship with your therapist. This means that when you are looking for a therapist it is so important to find someone that seems like a good fit for your personality, and someone that you feel truly comfortable with.

Therapy can be a great option for improving your mood, relationships, and overall functioning at work, school, and home. However, it’s something that you need to be ready to invest the time, money, and energy into.

Sometimes people hold off on going to therapy because they want to try to handle what they are going through on their own. They may also not know the warning signs of different mental health conditions, or they’ve heard stereotypes about therapy over the years that are keeping them away. Sometimes people don’t need therapy in order to deal with what they are going through; however, sometimes it would help make that struggle a lot easier to deal with.

Do You Need Therapy? 

People use therapy for different reasons. Some people go to therapy as an act of self-care and use it in order to maintain a healthy mental state. Others go when they notice emotional or behavioral problems that are causing them distress.

The American Psychological Association suggests that an individual can benefit from therapy when something is causing enough distress in their lives to interfere with the way they live. As you might expect, that looks different for everyone. 

For example, you might have feelings of anxiety sometimes that you try to control and keep inside. You are still able to get through your day, but you’ve noticed the anxiety impacting your life more and more. Therapy can be a good option when: 

  • The things that you are worrying about are on your mind for several hours a day.
  • You want to avoid others (including people you care about) because of the anxiety.
  • You have tried to develop your own coping techniques, but they aren’t working for you anymore.
  • Your quality of life has decreased.

If you feel controlled by your symptoms, therapy is a great option. It can help you take control again and learn how to manage your symptoms in a safe, healthy way. 

A Better Way to Cope

Everyone tries to find ways to deal with uncomfortable emotions when they come up. Some coping mechanisms are helpful. Others are harmful. 

Therapy can take you beyond just trying to cope with the negative feelings. Once you’re able to get to the root of an issue with a therapist, you can learn the skills needed to resolve the problems that are causing the symptoms in the first place.  

As a result, you might start to feel less overwhelmed and less fatigued. Feelings of fear and/or hopelessness may fade. While therapy isn’t some kind of “quick fix” or instant cure for any mental health condition, it puts you back in the driver’s seat of your own mental health. Therapy can be a great strengthening tool to help you work through your symptoms, rather than trying to make them disappear overnight. 

If you’re still on the fence about whether therapy is right for you, feel free to contact me. We can discuss any questions you have about whether therapy might be a good choice for you and your current situation.  

678-203-4499

2805 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Suite 115
Duluth, GA 30097

Appointments available to serve clients in Gwinnett county and in the areas of:

  Alpharetta,   Roswell,
  Johns Creek,   Norcross,
  Duluth,   Lilburn,
  Lawrenceville,   Suwanee,
  and Doraville.

Online therapy appointments available in the following states:

  Arizona,   Colorado,
  Delaware, Washington DC,
  Georgia,   Illinois,
  Missouri,   Nebraska,
  Nevada,   New Hampshire,
  North Carolina,   Oklahoma,
  Pennsylvania,   Texas,
  Utah,   and Virginia