Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy used to treat mental health disorders like depression. It can also be used to treat anxiety, PTSD and borderline personality disorder. CBT works by identifying and modifying the negative thoughts or behaviors that cause or worsen a person’s symptoms. In this blog, we’ll discuss how CBT is used to treat depression.
How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?
The primary goal of CBT is to change a person’s ways of thinking, or thought patterns, and to modify the behaviors that could be making depression symptoms worse. CBT does this by teaching you how to:
- Identify thought distortions
- Analyze your thoughts and thought distortions realistically
- Understand your behavior and motivations
- Use coping skills in difficult situations
- Calm your mind and relax your body
- Problem solve
- Face your fears, rather than avoid them
- Role play to prepare for stressful interactions with others
Over time, CBT can boost your confidence in your ability to cope and make symptoms of depression more manageable.
Is cognitive behavioral therapy effective?
Studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy works. CBT is an effective treatment for depression, and when paired with medication, CBT can work to help people better manage their symptoms. Every case is different, and what works for one person may not work for someone else. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, ask your doctor if CBT is right for you.
Depression treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy
You can find treatment for depression using cognitive behavioral therapy at our counseling centers. If you think you are struggling with depression, the first step is to understand your symptoms. Our free, one-minute depression assessment can help.
Depression is treatable. Find a counseling center near you to get started.