What Is the Best Form of Therapy for Depression?

Best Therapy for Depression
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Question: What is the best form of therapy for depression?

Answer: One of the best types of therapy for depression is cognitive therapy, which was originated by Dr. Aaron T. Beck back in the 1950s. In fact, studies have shown that, for mild to moderate depression, it can be just as effective as antidepressants.

Cognitive therapy is based upon the idea that our thoughts drive our emotions.  If we constantly engage in negative thoughts, our mood will also be negative.

  However, if we think in a more positive way, then we will feel happier.

People with depression often engage in certain patterns of negative thinking called cognitive distortions.  As an example, a person might habitually tell himself that he "fails at everything."  When examined logically, however, this thought probably isn't true.  He has probably had more successes than failures, but the failures have become bigger in his mind because that is where he has placed his focus.

The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to teach people to recognize their faulty thinking habits and replace their negative thoughts with ones that are more positive and closely aligned with reality.  As their thoughts change, their moods should follow, allowing their depression to lift.


Hoffman, Matthew.  "Cognitive Therapy for Depression:  Are Your Thoughts Dragging You Down?"  WebMD.  WebMD, LLC.  Reviewed by:  Brunilda Nazario, MD.  Accessed:  September 4, 2015.

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