Everyone experiences sadness or low mood. However, depression is different from these feelings in that it lasts longer and is characterised by a pessimistic outlook, helplessness and lack of motivation.
According to the Depression Alliance depression affects 1 in 5 people in the UK at some time in their life. In my experience many people are unaware that they have depression as they have become so used to the symptoms if they have experienced them for a long time.
Numerous research studies using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat depression have demonstrated it is at least as effective as antidepressant medication and that:
- around 75% of people experience a significant decrease in their symptoms within 20 sessions
- around 85% success rate when combined with medication
- unlike with anti-depressants the benefits of CBT are maintained at one and two years after the end of therapy.
CBT can help you overcome depression by identifying and changing your behaviours and thinking patterns that are causing and maintaining the depression. This approach primarily focuses on the here-and-now. You and I will work together to help identify what the problem is, what causes it and how to change it.
The typical number of sessions using CBT for depression is between 6 and 20.