CBT was developed in the sixties as a new treatment approach for depression. Depression is a very common and debilitating condition. One in eight people will have an episode of depression at some stage in their life. Depression is often experienced through the loss of motivation an inability to enjoy life, along with feeling sad or down.
Some who suffer from depression may also have problems sleeping, problems with appetite, feelings of guilt , low energy and thoughts about death or even suicide. There are many effective treatment options for depression, including, CBT and other forms of Psychotherapy.
The CBT approach to treating depression can be divided into its cognitive and behavioural components. In the cognitive aspect of treatment, therapist and client learn to identify the distorted negative thinking that causes negative emotions. They also learn about the patient’s core beliefs underlying the daily automatic negative thinking.
In the behavioural component of treatment, the therapist helps the client assess how the different daily activities have an impact on the client’s mood and how some of them can improve symptoms of depression. Therapists usually help patients develop an action plan. Practising CBT skills with exercises at home is an essential component of treating depression with CBT. Repeatedly applying these skills to stressful situations makes a more rational approach more automatic and negative emotions less intense.
Depression is a type of illness that affects the body in a mental and physical way. It can lower self esteem and the way a person conducts themselves. Many people think that anyone with depression, can ‘just get over it if they want’ but it is not so simple. In fact nothing about depression is simple. Depression is an illness. Like many other illnesses, it needs to be treated before things can get better. Nowadays,there is much help at hand for sufferers.
It has many known causes. The depression can be psychological, making the person have a low mood and constantly worried and/or upset. It can also affect your mood as it affects the hormones which control your feelings and moods.Mood swings are associated with some types of depression and it is the hormonal imbalance which can lead to depression. These hormonal imbalances can be triggered by an unhappy event.
Sometimes, depression is thought to be genetic, especially if there is a history of depression in the family. But usually, it is the genes combined with other environmental factors which can lead to the depression. It is known that women often suffer from depression more than men. It can be aided due to the different hormone levels a women experiences at different stages such as menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause and other similar bodily changes. Depression can stem from other illnesses such as an under-active thyroid, a stroke or diabetes. Usually, it is caused from the sheer stress of having one of these illnesses or other similar illnesses.
Depression can be a side effect of some prescription medicines. It could also stem from lifestyle such as lack of exercise and poor sleeping patterns. These things on there own are not healthy and by adding depression on top will not lead to happiness. Other life changes such as change of address, job change, financial problems or a relationship break up can lead to depression.There are many different types of depressive conditions, some could require medication while others may be treatable with talk therapy alone.
Your therapist will be happy to discuss your symptoms with you and help form a plan to free you from the ‘Stuck’ mindset of depression.