CBT for Depression
Clinical Depression is very common in the United States, with about 7% of the population meeting the diagnostic criteria for depression. Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. However, when you have clinical depression, it interferes with daily life, reducing confidence and causing poor motivation. Depression can result in pain for both you and those who care about you. Clinical depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with depression never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. CBT can effectively treat people with depression, helping people learn skills to reverse negative thinking habits.
Numerous studies have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression to be as effective as antidepressant medication in reducing depression symptoms, and more effective than antidepressant medication in keeping depression symptoms from reoccurring after the end of treatment. 75% of individuals diagnosed with clinical depression experience a significant decrease in symptoms after only 12- 20 sessions of CBT, with the majority of patients maintaining their improved mood at two-year follow-up. Additionally, 85% of individuals who receive both CBT for depression and antidepressant medication experience a significant decrease in depression symptoms and learn how to overcome depression.
CBT helps people with depression restructure negative thought patterns, teaching them to interpret their environment and interactions with others in a positive and realistic way. It may also help you recognize other factors, such as maladaptive behaviors, that may be making the depression worse. Research suggests for those with mild to moderate depression, CBT alone may be the best option. However, for people with more severe depression or other complicating factors, cognitive behavioral therapy combined with medication has been found to be most effective.
CBT Treatment for depression can involve:
- Assessment and re-evaluation of problematic ways of thinking
- Increasing behaviors that naturally promote pleasure and mastery
- Assertiveness training
- Treatment for insomnia
- Mindfulness techniques
- Social Skills Training
- Problem Solving techniques
- Treatment for underlying anxiety
- Working effectively toward life goals
At Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Los Angeles, we specialize in the most effective, brief treatments for depression. Call or email today to schedule an appointment.
Download Harvard Medical School's Depression Report here.