Cognitive behavioral therapy, often referred to as CBT, is a brief, problem-focused therapeutic approach with a strong evidence base for a number of mental health disorders for children and adults. CBT is grounded in the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and is widely utilized for the treatment of internalizing disorders, such as depression and anxiety.Read More
At some point in their lives most people experience feelings of sadness. However, when sad feelings persist and harm a person’s ability to function in daily life they may have a condition known as depression. In 2010, approximately 8% of people ages 12 and up in the United States reported experiencing depression.
There are many different types of depression which are all treatable by licensed psychologists. To learn about different types of depression click here.
Although depression can present itself differently in every person, four general characteristics of a person who may be experiencing depression include:
- Enduring feelings of sadness or worthlessness
- Sees the world as unfair
- Holds little hope for the future
- Loss of interest in activities once seen as pleasurable
Other symptoms of depression may include: Irritability, periods of decreased energy, too much or too little sleep, overeating or loss of appetite, aches and pains such as headaches, and/or thoughts of harming oneself. Help is available if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Search our database of licensed psychologists to find a health service psychologist near you! You may also consider finding support through the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. If you are in a crisis at any time, please call 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
To learn more about depression, consider the following resources:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Depression Self-Help Resources
- National Institute of Mental Health: Depression
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
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