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how does Cognitive behavioural therapy help depression

How does cognitive behavioural therapy help depression?

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to change the way they think and behave in order to improve their mental health. CBT is an effective treatment for depression, and can help people to recover from the condition. It can be used to treat many depressive disorders, including major depressive disorder (severe depression).

 How does CBT work for depression?

CBT works by helping people to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviours, and to replace them with more positive ones. This can help to reduce symptoms of depression, and can also help people to prevent future episodes of the condition. It may be used on its own without the need for antidepressant medication but this should always be discussed with your own doctor first. This is because treating depression in some people will require antidepressant medication.

There are many different types of CBT, and they all involve identifying negative thoughts and behaviours in order to find new ways of thinking and behaving. Negative or unhelpful thoughts can skew our perspective on things. This in turn improves low self esteem and breaks vicious cycle of thoughts and behaviours. At Man Confidence, we deliver CBT online, without the need to speak directly to a therapist. This is because we ask you questions during our initial assessment to filter out the therapy you need and then give you instant access to the videos and worksheets. It can also be used to help other mental health problems.

What is the duration for CBT?

CBT usually takes place over a number of weeks or months, and the number of sessions required will depend on the individual. Most people who undergo CBT will see an improvement in their symptoms, and some may even recover completely from their depression.

CBT is a relatively short-term treatment, and most people will see an improvement in their depression symptoms within a few weeks. However, it is important to note that CBT is not a quick fix, and the benefits of therapy may not be immediately obvious. It can take time for people to change their thinking and behaviour patterns, and it is important to be patient during this process.

Written by Dr Junaid Hussain (Family Physician)