Therapy For Hard to Treat Depression

Therapy for hard 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.

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Last Updated: 18 June 2016

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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