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Talking it Out


According to the American Psychiatric Association, the recommended method of treatment for clinical depression is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. But despite what you may believe, not every person who is dealing with dpression is on antidepressants. And you don't have to be on them either, if that's your choice.

More often talk therapy will be prescribed to help patients work through their symptoms. Here’s an overview of three common types of psychotherapy used to treat depression:

  • Interpersonal Therapy helps you identify and resolve problems in your relationships that contribute to your depression.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the negative, inaccurate, self-defeating and/or pessimistic thoughts, beliefs and perceptions that are contributing to your depression. CBT not only focuses on identifying and changing your thought patterns but also on making specific behavioral changes to reflect and reinforce the new thoughts and beliefs.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on past experiences and how they might be contributing to your current depression, perhaps in ways of which you’re not aware.

Many health plans are beginning to offer talk therapy by phone—great for missed appointments or when you live too far from your preferred therapist. Ask your therapist or your insurance company if they offer this service.

Around 80% to 90% of depression patients who seek help for their symptoms respond positively to treatment. It’s a common myth that once you’re depressed, you remain depressed for the rest of your life.

Posted: 5/23/24

If depression seems to persist, energy just is not there,resiliency is not what it was ,feeling sad and gloomy,vulnerable,DoNot despair...ask a psychiatrist for an anti depressant, know the side effects, ask if anxiety is an accompanying problem ask for medication you can take if particularly anxious...The best defense is a strong offense,if blue, Do it now, dont feel bad,if meds are needed, it need not be a life long thing,just short circuit the blues asap,and then you can look forward to the onset of the meds effects and some hope and greater relief and control, AND DO NOT FORGET to congratulate yourself for being pro active with your depression

  • By johnjoe
  • on 2/21/10 12:07 AM EST