Depression can affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being. If you’re thinking ‘what can I do to help with depression’, consider using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is one of the most effective treatments for depression and is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, your environment and the people within it. Using CBT you can also discuss what it is that affects your thoughts and feelings. Once you understand the factors that are causing your depression, CBT can help you make positive changes to overcome it.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy changes how you think (known as ‘cognitive’) and how you act (known as ‘behaviour’). Making changes will help you feel better and you’ll start to make progress in beating your depression. CBT focuses and the problems you have in the present but won’t reflect on the past like many other ‘talking therapies’. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy takes the overwhelming difficulties and problems of the ‘here and now’ that are causing your depression and then breaks them down into small and manageable parts. This method makes it simple to understand how the individual parts are affecting you and how they are connected to each other.

The benefits of CBT over conventional drug treatment include no side-effects such as nausea, drowsiness and dependency and reduced visits to medical healthcare professionals.

Using CBT to treat depression

CBT looks at ways of reacting to situations by changing the way you think about them. If someone you know walks by without acknowledgement you could think they don’t like you. Your associated feeling is to be sad and rejected by this. You may then suffer physical feelings like nausea, cramps or lethargy. Your possible action is to head home and ignore them. Using CBT methods, a better way to handle the situation is to think the person may have something on their mind so they’re preoccupied and didn’t see you. The positive emotional feeling is to be concerned for that person. This concern will have no associated physical feelings and your action is to make contact with them and see if everything is okay.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy corrects the way you think about each individual part of a situation so you can create a new and positive sequence that changes the way you feel. CBT teaches you life-long techniques so you’ll eventually be treating yourself and overcoming your depression on your own terms.