Depression is among the most common mental health conditions in the world (source: World Health Organization). Untreated depression causes a significant disease burden in the form of reduced quality of life, which can lead to problems at home and at work. Besides sadness or hopelessness, common symptoms of depression include significant changes in sleeping and eating habits (either too much or too little), self-isolation, and sometimes depressed people experience unexplained chronic pain or headaches. Despite its prevalence, depression can be a difficult subject to talk about, which means that people experiencing depression can feel guilt, shame, or embarrassment about having the condition.
How can therapy help?
For those experiencing depression, talk therapy has proven to be an effective form of treatment (source: apa.org). There are several different treatment models that are useful in the treatment of depression including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Using one or more of these techniques, the therapist will help the patient identify and solve problems, come to terms with any underlying trauma or painful past events, and learn skills to manage emotions so that they don’t get overwhelming. With professional treatment, the good news is that depression can improve. If you’re experiencing a current crisis, please call 911.