Depression doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your life. The fact that you are reading this means you know you need help, and that’s the first step to getting better. The partnership developed in therapy will empower you to gain the skills needed to create new ways of thinking and behaving.
One of the snares of depression is that you think there is something wrong with you. If only you could be more positive, the depression wouldn’t be there. The truth is that depression is a response to stress, and some people are genetically more prone to being depressed than others. It’s not your fault. However, you need to recognize that you have depression and take responsibility for getting better.
Part of taking this responsibility is fully committing to participating in therapy. Having a professional there to listen, encourage, challenge, and teach skills can be a major turning point towards healing. You learn to step back from the depression and recognize that you can find ways to feel better and can create more positive thoughts and behaviors.
Results you can expect from therapy for depression:
- Learn to take a less critical view of yourself and ability to love yourself.
- Develop insight into the depression triggers so that you can plan for situations that may bring on depressed feelings.
- Ability to evaluate your thoughts and replace distorted thinking with healthier ways of looking at things.
- Understanding what behaviors will be helpful to move you out of a depressed state and using them. For instance, calling a friend and going out of the house when you are depressed rather than staying in bed and sleeping all day.