Therapy For Hard to Treat Depression
Therapy is recommended for all mental health issues, but may be particularly helpful in the treatment of MDD (major depression disorder). Therapy types include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: addresses thoughts feelings and behaviors that affect your mood. It attempts to alter negative thinking patterns. One benefit is this type of therapy is often short-term, around 12 sessions.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy: an intensive therapy that focuses on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills.
- Interpersonal / Family therapy: addresses individual issues and those of the family, particularly focused on relationships and working out stress.
- Group psychotherapy / Support groups: a group of people each with MDD or a related disorder supporting each other through their illnesses. Support groups are normally made up of peers while group psychotherapy includes a professional psychotherapist.
- Psychodynamic treatment: sometimes known as talk therapy this is one-on-one treatment is designed to handle issues underlying depression. This type of therapy may take longer than others due to the type and depth of issues discussed.
Pro: Many benefits of psychotherapy for depression. Side effect free and may help all parts of life.
Con: Can be expensive and sometimes lengthy.
Last Updated: 18 June 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD