Treatment for Depression
Depression therapy / Depression specialists
Treatment depends on how long you have felt depressed and how severe the symptoms are. Counselling alone, or a combination of antidepressants and Counselling are widely considered the most effective treatment for depression.
Who can help me with my depression
There are a number of types of professionals who work with clinical depression.
GPs - some GP’s are trained in mental health and can do an assessment of you and diagnose if you have depression. They can help refer you to a specialist (Psychologist or Psychiatrist) for treatment.
Psychologists - including Clinical Psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained in psychological based treatments and therapies. They can work with you to treat depression but cannot prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists - are medical practitioners who specialise in mental health issues. They can perform medical and psychological assessments and prescribe medication. Some psychiatrists also perform psychological based therapy.
Different types of therapy for depression
The most common types of therapy used to treat clinical depression include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT – is commonly used to treat depression. CBT is based on psychological principles that suggests changing a way a person thinks will result in change for that person at an emotional and behavioural level. Therefore CBT therapists help people change their negative thinking, which then helps people feel better and behave differently.
Interpersonal Therapy – some people with depression are very sensitive to criticism or perceived criticism from others. This can have an impact on their ability to build relationships and interact with other people. IPT helps people with depression find new ways to interact with others.
Psychodynamic Therapy – is generally longer term therapy and is focused on helping people make connections from their early childhood to their current situation. It is particularly helpful for issues that are long standing in a person’s life.
Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who specialises in the treatment of depression and is the best fit for you
Helping yourself with depression
There are also things that you can do to help yourself. When you feel depressed you often don’t feel like doing much however the things that help lift depression involve some effort, so it can be a catch 22. The main thing to keep in mind is to start small. Do one or two small things to help yourself and notice how that feels. When you feel stronger do more. Here are some things that help:
Connect with others. Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling and maintain your social activities and interests. Isolation and loneliness makes depression worse.
Exercise regularly. You might not feel like exercising when you’re down however this is the best medicine you can have for depression. Research has shown that exercise helps alleviate depression. So try doing your exercise of choice for at least 10 mins a day and build it up to 30 minutes a day over time.
Take care of yourself. This means nurturing yourself, doing things that you used to enjoy (even though you might not feel like it) and asking for help from others when you need it.
Eat well. Sounds a bit text book like but eating healthy food rather than fast food or snack food has an impact on your mood. Try to eat healthy snacks every 3-4 hours and include complex carbohydrates such as baked potatoes, whole grain breads, brown rice and bananas. Reduce sugar and eat fruit and vegies.
Self help skills are important and often need to be combined with professional help in order to recover from depression.
Recovery from depression
It’s good to know that recovery from depression is possible with the right treatment. Counselling alone, or a combination of antidepressants and Counselling are widely considered the most effective treatment for depression.
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between you and your counsellor is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the counsellor you find will be the best fit for you?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client counsellor matching service to ensure you see the right counsellor for you, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right therapist based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about you and your needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
Click on the links below to find out more information on depression:
The Helpful Guide