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Depression is a common mental illness that often is treated with a combination of therapy and prescription medication. A depression therapist has experience in helping people overcome the symptoms of this illness. Therapists use different techniques and therapeutic approaches to treat depression.
Clinical depression causes people to have a irritable or depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of interest in things that they used to enjoy. People may have changes in how much they sleep and eat. This illness changes the way the person feels about life. Depression can be a very serious condition leading to thoughts of suicide, thoughts about killing loved ones to spare them the pain of living, or suicide attempts.
Working with a therapist is an essential part of recovery from depression. The therapist records the person’s symptoms, helps them overcome the symptoms, and measures the person’s progress. Depression therapists help the clients keep moving forward towards recovery.
Perhaps the most common therapeutic approach to treating depression and other common mental illnesses is the cognitive-behavioral method. A depression therapist using the cognitive-behavioral method helps the person to examine their thoughts and actions that may be contributing to their problems. Gradually, the person learns to challenge problematic thoughts and change behavior in order to overcome the problems for which they started therapy.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a therapeutic approach that has been gaining in popularity. The depression therapists who use NLP teach their clients to understand the thought patterns that they are having that may be contributing to their problems. The NLP therapist helps their clients change their thought patterns with the use of language and other communication in order to change their behavior.
Some depression counselors also run groups for people who suffer from depression. This group therapy for depression can be helpful as people share experiences and how they have overcome issues that may be faced by others in the group. The depression therapist is present in the group session and may lead the group through therapeutic exercises as well as open discussion on topics related to living with depression.
Each person who has depression has their own unique challenges, goals, and characteristics. A therapist does not work well with everyone. If clients feel that the depression therapist is not helping, it is perfectly acceptable to tell the therapist that they will be trying a different therapist due to the lack of progress.