Depression is often called the common cold of mental health. As many as 25% of Americans may experience at least one depression in their lifetime. So if you are depressed, you aren’t alone– but you may feel like it. And unfortunately, just because it is common, doesn’t make it any less painful. Many people in Long Island suffer from depression in silence. But, there is lots of evidence that therapy can make depression less painful.
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Depression has many symptoms and people can have only a few or every one listed. It is important to have your symptoms carefully assessed. There are different subtypes of depression and understanding if you have a particular subtype can help a therapist or physician in selecting the right treatment for you. Here are some symptoms of depression:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a kind of therapy that includes Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and many others. While there is support for many of these to treat depression, at this point, Cognitive Therapy has the most scientific support. (Interpersonal Therapy and Psychoeducational Treatment have also been shown to treat depression).
Cognitive Therapy (CT), has been shown in numerous studies across decades to effectively treat depression. Cognitive Therapy involves people learning how their thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviors influence each other. They then are given many tools and engage in exercises with their therapist to change these thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviors.
If you are depressed, you can get help. You want to be sure you work with a therapist that is caring and that you trust. It is also crucial that the therapist is well trained in the right kind of therapy. You don’t want to waste time with someone who just listens or just talks, rather you want an empathetic professional who can provide you with effective treatment.
If you live on Long Island and would like help, please call us at 646-260-0703 if we can answer your questions about depression and about our approach to therapy.