Studies of depression and cognitive behavior therapy have proven the effectiveness of of this treatment for depression. In fact, cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic technique that has been shown to be very effective for a wide range of psychological disorders, particularly for treating depression, alcohol and drug problems, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and most other psychiatric problems.
There have been a wealth of research studies that have indicated that depression and cognitive behavior therapy can lead to significant improvement in quality of life and everyday functioning. There are many studies that show that depression and cognitive behavior therapy is effective as, or even more effective than, other forms of psychotherapeutic interventions such as psychological counseling or psychiatric medications.
There has been substantial research on depression and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in actual clinical practice settings that has resulted in scientifically based evidence to show that these methods actually work.
The basic principles of treating depression and cognitive behavior therapy are:
- Depression problems in part are caused by faulty, irrational or otherwise unhelpful learned ways of thinking.
- Depression problems in part are caused by learned patterns of irrational, unhelpful learned behavior.
- People who suffer from depression problems have the ability to learn more effective ways of coping with their problems, thus relieving the symptoms so they can function better in their lives.
Depression and cognitive behavior therapy treatment will help patients change their patterns of thinking, change their thoughts, and the actual words they tell themselves. Common strategies used in the treatment of depression and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) are:
- Learning to spot and recognize one’s irrational or distorted thoughts that are causing problems so these ideas can be re-evaluated realistically and changed.
- The use of practical problem-solving skills in learning to cope with difficulties.
- Learn the skills needed to develop greater confidence in one’s own abilities.
- Developing a more realistic understanding of your relationships.
Another strategy used when treating depression and cognitive behavior therapy techniques is to help patients change their behavioral patterns. Specific strategies could include:
- Role-playing techniques in preparation for facing problematic interactions.
- Relaxation techniques to calm one’s own mind and nerves.
- Exercises to face one’s fears instead of employing avoidant behaviors.
Not every Cognitive Behavioral Therapist will employ all of these strategies as every patient is different, every situation is different and each therapist and patient work collaboratively when defining the problem and developing a treatment plan to address depression and cognitive behavior therapy.
What’s unique about depression and cognitive behavior therapy is that the patient learns to be their own psychotherapist. Patients must do their “homework” and through a series of exercises and by keeping accurate notes, they learn to spot their triggers and change their thinking, thus their emotions and finally their behavior.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapists focus on what is actually happening now in their patient’s life, rather than focusing on their past and what may have led to their problems. Some information about the past is helpful, but the main focus is the here and now and moving forward with the tools to be more effective in coping with depression and cognitive behavior therapy.
Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.