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Psychotherapy Type Options for Depression Treatment

Feb 16, 2024
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The term "talk therapy" refers to psychotherapy that takes place in a room between the patient and psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are trained in depression treatment procedures to help patients recover from mental illness, address personal concerns,..

The term "talk therapy" refers to psychotherapy that takes place in a room between the patient and psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are trained in depression treatment procedures to help patients recover from mental illness, address personal concerns, and make suitable changes in their life.

Psychotherapy involves verbal and psychological strategies to address mental health issues. Different options in psychotherapy focus on helping people understand and overcome their negative ideas and behaviors.

Determining the type of psychotherapy

Depression treatment options may vary depending on the nature and severity of the condition. For example, some individuals require only psychotherapy, while others may benefit from antidepressants. In some cases, the psychiatrist may suggest combining the two. In addition, physical activity might be beneficial.

Depending on the patient's symptoms and medical history, the doctor may not prescribe antidepressants for bipolar depression. However, some antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers may be used to treat the condition.

Types of psychotherapy

Generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder are among the most often diagnosed mental illnesses. Medications and psychotherapy can treat major depressive and generalized anxiety disorders. Some standard psychotherapy options are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy.

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy operates on the fundamental tenet that one's thoughts impact their feelings or emotions. For example, if someone chooses to concentrate on the positive aspects of their experiences rather than the bad, they are more likely to feel better.

Obsessing or dwelling on negative thoughts can contribute to worsening depression. It is difficult to feel happy when thinking about the bad things in life. Cognitive therapy teaches individuals how to recognize and change their negative thought patterns (cognitive distortions), thus improving their mood.

Cognitive therapy is often brief and focused on a specific outcome. Each treatment session has a set plan, and patients get "homework" practice to do after treatment sessions as well. The typical length of cognitive treatment is six weeks to four months.

Behavioral therapy

In contrast to cognitive therapy, which addresses the negative thoughts that worsen depression, behavioral therapy focuses on altering the actions that affect emotions. Behavioral activation is a crucial component of depression behavioral treatment. Patient-centered care means finding ways to make them feel good about themselves.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a combination of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy for treating depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy addresses both depressive thought patterns and actions.

The mental health professional may suggest keeping a journal as a homework assignment. A journal keeps track of events and any self-defeating or harmful responses to those events during the week. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you may address various thought patterns, including automatic adverse reactions to situations. All-or-nothing thinking and overgeneralization, two prevalent cognitive distortions, are examples of other reaction patterns.

Patients will work with the psychiatrist to acquire new ways of thinking and behavior after learning to understand their reaction patterns. Positive self-talk is also an important habit to learn.

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Final note

Every individual is different. The ideal depression treatment for you may require experimenting with various combinations. The process of finding a psychiatrist to work with might take some time. However, you may eventually begin to feel better with patience and openness.

Request an appointment or call NYC Psychiatric Associates at 917-391-0076 for an appointment in our New York office.