How is behavioral therapy used to treat depression?

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Proponents of behavioral therapy argue that:
  • people suffering from depression often suffer a high rate of negative experiences related to important activities and relationships
  • these experiences may be due in part to the depressed individual possessing inadequate social skills
Behavioral therapy aims at increasing a person's number of positive experiences in two ways:
  • directly, by employing interventions intended to increase participation in pleasurable activities
  • indirectly, by providing training in social skills, communication, assertiveness, decision making or problem solving

Evidence suggests that behavioral therapy may be as effective at reducing the symptoms of major depression as amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Because it is a multi-faceted condition, treatment for depression is multi-faceted as well. Minor depression can often be treated with therapy and a few simple lifestyle changes, while chronic or major depression treatment can req...

uire medication in addition to therapy. In some severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used. It's important to work with your mental health professional to determine which course of treatment for your type of depression is most appropriate.
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