Talk Therapy and Counseling Can Eliminate Depression in Just 12 Weeks- from Cary and Crystal Lake, IL
YES, 322 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Some people think that the cause of depression is simply a chemical imbalance in the brain, but the reality is that it is far more complicated. Scientific research has yet to completely understand the biology of depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is caused by a complex and sometimes little understood combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.
What Causes Depression?
This illness can give you the predisposition to fall into a depressed mood after having experienced a negative external event. For example, getting fired might send one person into a deep funk, while another simply bounces back after the initial sadness and disappointment.
Many experts believe that depression is caused by, and worsens, with distorted negative thinking, conscious or subconscious. According to this theory, if you are genetically predisposed, the emotions you experience during an episode are created by negative thoughts and perceptions and your mood will result from the meaning you attach to them. If you eliminate these distorted, negative thoughts, you will find it easier to cope with the negative event that triggered your depression and that’s where talk therapy and counseling is often the answer.
Why Did I Feel Fine Yesterday?
According to this theory, if you felt fine yesterday, but today feel depressed and hopeless, distorted thinking may be to blame. As an example, let’s say you woke up late and had to rush to work. This put you in a bad mood, and you started thinking distorted negative thoughts-consciously or subconsciously. For example, “I’m always late. I’m a loser. My boss is going to be angry at me all day. He probably hates me anyway. I’m going to get fired.” As the day goes on, every event will be processed through this very grim filter, causing you to feel worse.
Talk Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of talk therapy that helps you become aware of and challenge negative patterns of thought. By challenging these thoughts, you can improve your mood. For example, “I’m always late.” This is an overgeneralization. More than likely, you have not been late that often. If this is something you want to change, you can alter your schedule and habits to become more punctual.
Depression is complicated, and as such is best managed by comprehensive treatment. If you’re suffering from it, it is likely that you are genetically predisposed and a licensed therapist can help you understand it and develop strategies to cope with and improve your symptoms. Together, we can develop a plan for you to create your very best future. Give my office a call today, and let’s schedule a time to talk.