What Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies Help Treat Depression?

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Part of cognitive behavioral therapy is really to look at how are our thoughts affecting our emotions and our behavior, and as a result how is our behavior and our emotions affecting our thoughts, and the idea is that all three areas interplay and inform each other, and that by changing one we might be able to change the other too.

People who are depressed are not engaging in what we call high pressure ball or high mastery achieving behaviors they're often isolating themselves, not interacting with people, not taking challenges in their lives, and part of the treatment of depression part of the treatment in cognitive behavioral therapy is increase in those opportunities for pleasure, for reward, for social support, for mastery.

So this might be scheduling activities in the morning, getting yourself out of bed, getting dressed, putting your clothes on, putting your best face on if it means scheduling breakfast if you are not working, or if you are working, getting to work on time, and perhaps in your lunch time it's scheduling exercises, and parharps after work it might be scheduling a dinner or a date with somebody.

So it's really important part of cognitive behavioral therapy which is to schedule mastery and pleasure, and other part of it is look at our thoughts, one of the homework assignments I give to patients is called a thought log. So it's looking at our distortions and our thinking affecting us, is it keeping us back, is it preventing you from connecting with other people, is it preventing you from taking chances and risk.

So cognitive behavioral therapy as I said again is looking at three major things your thoughts, behaviors, and your feelings, and how are they interacting with you, and we have to address each three individually, one perhaps even for another to get treatment results for depression.