Treatments for Depression
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to break negative thought patterns and also combines two treatment approaches such as:
Cognitive Therapy: The theory behind cognitive therapy is that things and situations are rarely at the root of problems; they are often the consequence of the importance people place on them. Therefore, it is important to change people’s perceptions of things.
Behavioural Therapy: Behavioural therapy uses various techniques, such as positive reinforcement and rewards, to encourage people to replace negative behaviours with more positive ones. It also focuses on changing the environment and the person’s thought processes to help them learn more constructive habits.
The main goal of cognitive behavioural therapy is to help people become more aware of their own thoughts, attitudes and expectations.
Antidepressants have a mood-lifting effect that helps to increase motivation and manage depression symptoms. Often, medication is in combination with psychological treatments. However, it usually takes several days, or in some cases weeks, for the medication to start working.
It is important to regularly see a doctor whilst on antidepressant medication because different people react differently to it, and a doctor will be able to adjust the treatment when necessary.
Some many other treatments and strategies can be useful during treatments, such as:
Walking, swimming, hiking, and many other forms of exercise may help to relieve or prevent Depression. Physical activities help to improve moods and increase energy. However, it may not be suitable for all types of Depression.
For example, people with major Depression may struggle to be physically active, and when a therapist or a loved one tells them to do more exercise, it may make them feel worse.
The light at the end of the tunnel is light therapy, also known as phototherapy. This treatment helps treat and manage seasonal affective disorders (SAD). Light therapy involves sitting in front of a special bright light or sitting in the sun for about half an hour daily.
By connecting with someone like a mental health professional, you can gain a better understanding of why you are feeling the way you do and work through your emotions in a safe and healthy way. It can help to reduce the symptoms of any mental health issues and put you on the path to better mental health.
Depression help is available at psychiatric clinics with specialists who can guide and support you to regain control of your situation and achieve mental and emotional wellness. At ZwavelStream Clinic, we specialise in treating Depression and offer our patients individualised care with the utmost confidentiality.
If you require assistance or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us or reach out by visiting our website.