Relieving Depression with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Depression is the “common cold” of mental health.
Every year thousands of individuals experience the sadness and emptiness, loss of pleasure, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and guilt that accompanies this condition.
Cognitive therapy is an excellent treatment for mood problems like depression because it can assist you in transforming your emotions and your perceptions of yourself and your life.
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.
Depression symptoms include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Insomnia, early morning awakening or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
How Cognitive Therapy Can Help You
- Increase your self worth
- Become active in life and you social relationships again
- Improve your negative outlook
- Increase your sense of hope about the future
- Solve difficult life problems
- Make life worth living again