Depression is a state of low mood and dislike to activities that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings, and sense of well-being. People with a depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, angry, ashamed, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience overeating or loss of appetite, or have problems concentrating. Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself, the situations you encounter, and your expectations for the future.
I use several methods to treat depression and these include: CBT, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Some types of therapy teach you practical techniques on how to reframe negative thinking and employ behavioural skills in combating depression. Therapy can also help you work through the root of your depression, helping you understand why you feel a certain way, what your triggers are for depression, and what you can do to stay healthy.
- Challenge negative thinking
- Recognising and addressing defense mechanisms (reactions and behaviours used to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings)
- Recognising patterns and try to understand their significance and how they affect mood and reactions
- Self-care (e.g., relaxation techniques)
- Lifestyle changes (e.g., better diet, exercise)
- Develop support systems (e.g., friends, community resources)
- Identification of emotion, expression of emotion, dealing with emotional baggage