80% of people with depression show improvement with treatment.
Why don’t people go to therapy for depression treatment?
Depression is very common and responds well to treatment. Sadly, the very nature of the disease makes it difficult for people to get the help they need. One of the worst symptoms of depression is hopelessness, so it becomes difficult to believe that depression treatment will make a difference.
When people hear the word depression, they often picture someone unable to get out of bed, overcome with sadness and despair. It is true that some people experience this type of depression, but not usually.
More often, people feel a general lack of motivation, low energy and indifference. They might know that exercise will help them feel better, but just can’t get out the door. Perhaps they hate their job but it feels like too much work to even look at the want-ads. With such a low level of energy and motivation, it can feel just too difficult to pick up the phone to speak with a therapist.
“I know what I need to do, I just can’t get myself to do it!”
It can feel like paralysis to recognize what is happening but not be able to stop it.
Depression isn’t just a few bad days or a temporary case of the blues; it’s a serious illness. Symptoms include: a persistently sad mood, loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable, sleep problems and irritability. People with depression often feel detached from the world and may think of giving up or sometimes suicide.
Depression is a Treatable Illness.
Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. More than 19 million Americans are affected by it. Sometimes it starts following a trigger such as the end of a relationship or a work problem; however, it’s also not uncommon for depression to occur for no apparent reason. Whether it comes more from an external stressor or a genetic predisposition, it is not something one can just “snap out of”.
Thankfully when people follow through with the right kind of depression treatment, it works. Depression is one of the most responsive mental illnesses to treatment: about 70% of individuals with depression experience a full remission after effective treatment. The most common treatments for depression are psychotherapy or medication, or a combination of the two. Exercise and good nutrition are also a very important part of a treatment plan.
“Shouldn’t I be able to handle this myself?”
Because things like sadness and low energy are invisible, unlike a broken bone, there are many misconceptions about the disease. It may seem like depression is a character flaw or a temporary state of mind, something that can be fixed with will power and effort. Surely it’s enough to vent feelings to a loved one. But friends and family may become frustrated, wondering why the depressed person can’t “be more positive”.
Fewer than half the number of people suffering from depression seek treatment even though it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people ages 15 to 44.
Imagine learning to play tennis. There are many approaches one could take: read a how-to book, watch instructional videos on YouTube, go to the court and try a self-taught approach, or hire an expert to give lessons. This last option, the expert, is the most efficient way, with the greatest likelihood of success. The same is true of treating depression and learning how to cope with it. Talking to a professional is the best way to get help with depression.
“Will I have to take pills?”
No. Depression treatment includes any combination of talk therapy, diet, exercise and sometimes, but not always medication is recommended. Main Line Counseling Partners specializes in psychotherapy and can refer you to a psychiatrist if you would like to discuss medication options. Many people who are depressed feel better without taking medication, and for many people medication is indicated. We will walk you through all of these decisions and you will never be pressured to do any kind of treatment with which you are uncomfortable.
More than 80% of people who receive depression treatment show improvement.
Psychotherapy generates connection and understanding, and when people feel connected and understood they begin to feel hopeful. As with any illness, early treatment is the most effective and helps prevent the likelihood of a serious re-occurrence. One of the most effective kinds depression treatment is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Our specialist, Dr. Michael Silverstein has advanced training in CBT and is accepting new clients now.
Take the first step to feel better now.
The hardest thing to do is pick up the phone to ask for help. Research has shown that people begin to feel better just after leaving a message asking for a return call from a therapist. Taking that first step gives people hope that relief is on its way. Our clinical director is available to speak with you about your particular situation and answer any questions about depression treatment.
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