• Lady J

Therapy for Depression

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

I wanted to do a post about therapy, but when I researched the topic, I found there is A LOT of information on it, so I decided to do a general post pertaining to therapy for depression since it is the most common form of mental illness.  I thought it would be helpful to you if I wrote about what therapy is and how it can treat depression. Alrighty, let’s get started!

What is Therapy and what is Depression?

Therapy is using many different forms of treatment to reduce the symptoms of depression, however, treatment should be specific to the patient. 

According to Dictionary.com, THERAPY is defined as treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder, and in this post, the disorder is depression.  DEPRESSION means to having feelings of severe despondency and dejection

You mean to tell me that’s what I’ve been feeling all this time - wow! Ok, where were we? Oh yes, I want to put both definitions together so that moving forward, you have a point of reference. 

If you are in therapy for depression it means that you are in treatment to relieve and heal from feeling low, hopeless and having no courage.

Sound familiar, but since you’re reading this post that means that you are ready to take the necessary steps to taking back your power and feeling better!  

What Are the 7 Different Types of Psychotherapy that Treat Depression?

Below are 7 different interventions that PLOS.com and Verywellmind.com claim to be the most effective for treating depression.

  • Interpersonal - Help patients improve skills, for example, communication skills and conflict-resolution skills.

  • Cognitive Behavioral - Focus on helping people identify and replace cognitive distortions and behavioral patterns that reinforce depressive feelings.

  • Social Skills - Teach how to establish healthy relationships via improving communication and building friendships.

  • Psychodynamic - Explore the unhealed emotional wounds and learn how their depression is related to past experiences and unresolved conflicts.

  • Supportive counseling - Listen to the patient freely speak while the therapist uses empathy to provide understanding and support.

  • Behavioral activation - Increase positive interactions between the patient and the environment by getting active in more pleasurable activities.

  • Problem-solving - Define a patient's problems and then offer multiple solutions. The therapist helps the patient evaluate options and choose a solution.

What are other ways to treat depression?

  • Family/Couple therapy - used when depression affects the family or couple and the roles played by family members in the home are examined.  Education about depression is also a form of family/couples therapy.

  • Hospitalization - when a patient is considering sudicide, or is a danger to themselves or others, hospitalization may be needed.  While admitted, different forms of therapy such as group, art, music, individual and family therapy can be used. When discharged, the patient may be referred to an intensive or partial program to help support their recovery.

  • Medication - different forms of medication can help reduce depression symptoms.  Click HERE to see the different types of medications used to treat depression.

  • Self-Help Strategies - if someone isn’t able to see a professional or you have mild symptoms, the following self-help strategies can be used: online resources, self-help books and support groups - see next week’s post!!!

My 2 Cents

  1. There are plenty of resources available to you, you just need to make the choice to find and use them

  2. Just like there is nothing wrong with taking medicine, there is NOTHING wrong with going to therapy to get help.  Remember, Brown Girl, you’re being proactive about your mental health!

  3. Make sure you are open and honest with your doctor/therapist so they find what treatment/therapy/medication works for you

  4. At another time, I want to delve into some of the topics that were discussed in this post.  I would like to get into how to find a therapist, different forms of medication, hospitalization and self-help strategies - stay tuned 

I hope this post was helpful and that you feel better equipped to face your challenges.  

Remember Brown Girls, you got this and you are NOT alone. 

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