DO YOU FEEL DEPRESSED?
When we feel sad about something, it can help us understand what is important to us and gives our lives meaning. For example, if we are dating someone we like and the relationship ends, we usually feel sad. Our sadness helps us realize how important this person was to us and how much we wanted the relationship to continue. Emotions can lead us to think about what went wrong and what we could do differently next time to help our relationship succeed. However, at the extremes, your emotions can disrupt your life and actually make things worse.
After a relationship breakup your sadness may develop into depression. Feeling depressed can be a very painful and frustrating experience. Depression can have different faces: it can start fast or slow, can be mild or severe, may happen once or many times throughout your life, or may be always present in the background.
When depression hits, you may begin to feel down most of the time. You may begin to stay in bed and avoid contact with other people. You may stop spending time with friends and family. You might stop activities and hobbies you enjoy. You might begin to feel helpless and hopeless.
The Thinking-Feeling Connection
Our thoughts and behaviour influence our emotions. Thinking about yourself, your experiences, and the future in a negative way is characteristic of depression. When struggling with depression, we interpret or misinterpret events that occur around us. For example, when a friend is talking, you might think that this person is negative, mean, or critical. However, you might not see it that way when you are not feeling depressed. Depression can affect the way you see your yourself, your relationships and the future.
Treatment for Depression
When emotions, like sadness, won't go away and interfere with your life, you will likely want to seek help. There is a proven treatment for depression that can help you recover from depression.
Effective Evidence Based Treatment
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most well established treatment for depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been extensively tested since the first outcome study was published in 1977. More than 500 outcome studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT for a wide range of psychiatric concerns including depression.
Researchers have demonstrated that there are neurobiological changes associated with cognitive behavioural therapy treatment.
A comprehensive review of the studies that confirm the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be found in Clark and Beck's Cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders: Science and practice (2010). You may also refer to Judith Beck's book called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Basics and Beyond.
I Can Help You
I am pleased to offer you Cognitive Behavioural Therapy so you can feel better, ignite hope about the future, and improve your relationships.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative, short-term, skills-oriented therapy.
CBT skills will help you change the way you think and act to influence the way you feel. By doing so, you will feel better, ignite hope about the future, and improve your relationships.